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Norman Mailer Society to Hold Annual Conference at Monmouth University, Sept. 29-Oct. 1
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – (Sept. 16, 2016) – The Norman Mailer Society, in partnership with Monmouth University’s Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, will hold its 14th annual conference on campus from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. Barbara Mailer Wasserman, Long Branch native and sister of the late Norman Mailer, will provide the keynote address, “Mailer Roots in Long Branch.” Also included in the conference will be a reading by Monmouth Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Alex Gilvarry from his upcoming novel, Eastman Was Here and a performance of the one-woman play, A Ticket to the Circus, by Bonnie Culver, based on the memoir of Mailer’s wife, Norris Church Mailer, performed by K.C. Leiber.
The Republican convention begins on Monday, and the Democrats get their turn the following week. Writer Thomas Mallon gives Linda Wertheimer a reading list to prepare for the conventions, including mentions of Norman Mailer’s Miami and the Siege of Chicago and The Armies of the Night.
Danielle Mailer enlisted local volunteers to help create a mural-like work, with enormous fish covered in bright patterns, along the Naugatuck.
From Danielle Mailer:
The New York Times is doing a story on my mural project which is supposed to come out Sunday the 17th although you never know. [This is a] 3-minutue video Pete made of the year long process to make this 186ft mural install. We will start in two weeks attaching piece by piece the entire mural to the back of this long white wall that will soon be painted blue as the backdrop for the mural. I have raised 70k mostly state grants and private foundations and have a team of 5 installing and painting wall — not to mention the 50 people in the community who have been my painting interns. So all pretty exciting. Even the mayor an here City officials have come by and done a few brush strokes.
In anticipation of the Republican and Democratic national conventions later this summer, Nathan Gelgud, a correspondent for the Daily, will be posting a regular weekly comic about the writers, artists, and demonstrators who attended the contested 1968 DNC.
I have just this afternoon received notice from Monmouth University that Friday through Sunday is now its Family Weekend. This change was made due to Monmouth’s home football schedule. Saturday is a particularly busy day on campus with a home football game and family programming around campus. The 2016 NMS Conference runs from Thursday through Saturday.