On the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Moviegoer: Walker Percy’s novel The Moviegoer won the National Book Award in 1962 and has remained a popular favorite among New Orleanians and among Percy fans all over the world. The Walker Percy Center celebrates the 50th anniversary of the publication of this remarkable novel with its inaugural conference October 14-16, 2011. Walker Percy's ties to Loyola include his brief stint on the faculty in the 1970s, when he discovered the manuscript of A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, and then helped to excerpt it for publication in Loyola’s literary magazine, New Orleans Review.
Keynote Speaker: Jay Tolson, author of Pilgrim in the Ruins: A Life of Walker Percy and editor of The Correspondence of Shelby Foote & Walker Percy. Mr. Tolson is currently the News Director of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty.