For the 28th time, arm-chair scholars of Cross Plains’ world renown citizen of the 1920-30’s will be gathering at the Project Pride pavilion to honor the legacy of the prolific author. Howard wrote in many styles and subjects , but is considered the father of the sword-and-sorcery genre.
Participants in the conference scheduled on Friday and Saturday, June 13-14 this year will lead and participate in several panel discussions focusing on the ways Howard used actually historical events and peoples in his fictional stories. Patrice Louinet of France will be the guest of honor for the event and as such, will be the keynote speaker at the 6:30 Celebration Dinner in the Cross Plains Community Center on 2nd and Beech Street. Louinet is recognized for his massive amount of research and analysis of Howard’s writers and has translated quite a number of those pieces into the French language. He has also translated several of the Howard books that embody the collections of each of Howard’s character stories.
In addition to the panel discussions held at the Cross Plains Public Library on Main Street, local host Project Pride has scheduled tours of the Robert E. Howard Museum on the Abilene highway, tours around the rural areas that Howard mentioned in his correspondence with friends. There will also be a special postal cancella- tion available at the local Post Office just off Main Street on First Street and a Silent Auction preceding the Friday dinner. All of these events are free to the public.
The only event with a fee is the dinner on Friday evening with an advance registration of $15.00, which can be mailed to Project Pride, PO Box 534, Cross Plains, TX. 76443 or via PayPal at ProjPride@yahoo.com
Further information can be obtained by calling 254-725-4993 or 254-725-6265.