For anyone in the vicinity, the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque is hosting a public lecture with Verlyn Flieger next Thursday night, April 9, at 7:00 pm. The talk will be held in George Pearl Hall, at Cornell and Central (the southern edge of the campus).
Verlyn will be speaking on the question, “When is a Fairy-story a Faërie Story?” Not too long ago, she published a paper of the same title in the Walking Tree collection, Myth and Magic: Art according to the Inklings — which, coincidentally, I just reviewed for Mythlore. I’m not sure how much of the same ground her lecture next week will cover, but it’s bound to be in the same general ballpark. From the UNM press release, “Tolkien’s essay ‘On Fairy-stories’ in both its published and draft versions shows his developing thought about the nature of Faërie and its relationship to both the Secondary and Primary Worlds. Flieger’s talk will trace the trajectory of his concept from first jottings to final publication.”