Larry McMurtry

Looking Back at the Life and Work of Larry McMurtry

Thursday Nov. 11, 2021, at 7:00 pm

Akin Auditorium, MSU

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The 64th annual American Studies Association of Texas conference will kick off with a free, open to the public discussion entitled, “Looking Back at the Life and Work of Larry McMurtry.” 

McMurtry, of course, grew up in Archer City and was the author of Pulitzer Prize winner Lonesome Dove, as well as other well-known novels such as Horseman, Pass By, The Last Picture Show, and Terms of Endearment. He also won an Academy Award for his adapted screenplay of Brokeback Mountain and was the recipient of a National Humanities Medal, presented at the White House by President Barack Obama in 2014. 

McMurtry passed away on March 25, 2021, in Arizona.

Moderator Greg Giddings will welcome Mark Busby, Professor Emeritus from Texas State University, and Sue Dean, McMurtry’s sister, to the discussion.

Busby is the author of two novels, Cedar Crossing and Fort Benning Blues, as well as a collection of poems entitled, Through Our Times: Occasional Poems 1960-2017. Busby also published the first extended examination of McMurtry: Larry McMurtry and the West: An Ambivalent Relationship (Texas Writers Series). Busby is considered by many to be the foremost scholarly authority on McMurtry.

Sue Dean is not only Larry McMurtry’s sister, but also the former manager of The Blue Pig Book Shop in Archer City. Sue not only oversaw the day-to-day affairs of the business, but more importantly she embodied the spirit of the shop, regaling customers with local gossip while suggesting a lesser known book or two. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Speakers and Issues Series at MSU Texas.  Admission is free, and masks and social distancing are encouraged.