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One of the longest-running, most respected writers’ conferences in the upper Midwest is back in Sauk Centre for its 24th year!   This year’s keynote speaker is Jim Klobuchar, distinguished journalist, author, columnist and speaker, who will be joined by: Joyce Sutphenwho  will discuss the autobiographical poem, Anthony Bukoski who  will examine artistic and personal strategies to crafting short stories, and Marlene Connor who will talk about e-readers and their impact on writers and agents. The conference is on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Sauk Centre High School auditorium.  Cost is $60, including lunch, breaks and a reception following at the Palmer House Hotel.  Both beginning and established writers are invited to attend the conference.  Participants will have the chance to hear three different presentations, the keynote talk, and a panel discussion.

If you’d like to attend, make your check payable to “Sinclair Lewis Writers Conference” and mail it to Jim Umhoefer;  13 S. 7th Street;  Sauk Centre, MN  56378. 

 For conference details, go to  or call Jim Umhoefer at 320-352-2735 (evenings).

The new issue of the Sinclair Lewis Society Newsletter is now out (Spring 2013). If you'd like a sample copy, e-mail Dr. Sally Parry at


Welcome to the Sinclair Lewis Society Web site!

We hope you will take a few minutes to learn more about the Society and join us in the scholarship and celebration of one of America's finest novelists, Sinclair Lewis. Here you can find excerpts and quotes from some of Lewis's novels and browse our extensive list of Lewis links.

For information on what's been published in our newsletter over the last twenty years, click on the Society link. Newsletters can be ordered individually or as a set. For a time line of Lewis's life and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), check out the Sinclair Lewis link.

To inquire about membership in the Sinclair Lewis Society, e-mail Dr. Sally Parry.

Here's our most asked question:

Q: Did Sinclair Lewis say, "When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross"? 

A: This quote sounds like something Sinclair Lewis might have said or written, but we've never been able to find this exact quote. Here are passages from two novels Lewis wrote that are similar to the quote attributed to him.

From It Can't Happen Here: "But he saw too that in America the struggle was befogged by the fact that the worst Fascists were they who disowned the word 'Fascism' and preached enslavement to Capitalism under the style of Constitutional and Traditional Native American Liberty."

From Gideon Planish: "I just wish people wouldn't quote Lincoln or the Bible, or hang out the flag or the cross, to cover up something that belongs more to the bank-book and the three golden balls."

There was also a play called Strangers in the late 1970s which had a similar quote, but no one, including one of Lewis’s biographers, Richard Lingeman, has ever been able to locate the quote.