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The Sinclair Lewis Society Conference

The Sinclair Lewis Society held a virtual conference July 14-15, 2022 to celebrate the 102nd anniversary of the publication of Main Street and 100th anniversary of the publication of Babbitt. The keynote speaker was James Gambone, co-director and producer of The Life and Loves of Sinclair Lewis who spoke from the newly refurbished Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home, courtesy of the Sinclair Lewis Foundation. His talk was preceded by a virtual tour of the refurbished Boyhood Home, courtesy of Jim Umhoefer, president of the Sinclair Lewis Foundation.

There were three panels on Sinclair LewisÕs works, with a focus on Babbitt and Main Street. In addition, Isabel Mar’n G—mez, from the University of Murcia in Spain, spoke on the publication history of Babbitt in Spain and its connections to SpainÕs political and social history. All the proceedings were recorded. Go to the schedule page to access recordings of the conference events. Contact Sally Parry at separry@ilstu.eduif you need a transcript of any session. The six presentations focusing on Babbitt will be in a special issue of Midwestern Miscellany, to be published in late 2022.

You can visit the conference archive and watch the session videos.

The next conference sponsored by the Sinclair Lewis Society will be in July 2025 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota and will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Arrowsmith and LewisÕs winning of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature.