Congratulations are due to Professor Florence Dore, who successfully brought together a diverse group of scholars and artists for the conference "Novel Sounds: American Fiction in the Age of Rock & Roll." The weekend was hosted by the National Humanities Center and featured, among other things, a concert by legendary guitarist Richard Thompson and a keynote panel showcasing Thompson, music critic Greil Marcus, and novelist Jonathan Lethem. The event drew a large and variegated audience thanks to the interdiscipinary focus of the weekend, which explored questions of Rock & Roll's relationship to writing, the status of race and gender in twentieth-century music history, and the sonic demensions of literature - to name a few. Taking place immediately after the announcement for Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize for Literature, "Novel Sounds" was a timely interrrogation of the intersection of writing and music.
Check out Professor Dore's interview with Jonathan Lethem on WUNC's The State of Things.
A full list of panelists and other information about the conference can be found here.