James D. McCallister

author of the Edgewater County series


Good news today—I’ve submitted to appear at the 2013 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association meeting. This conference has hosted the Grateful Dead Caucus for the last 16 years, and my last trip, in 2007, eventually resulted in the writing and publication of this article. I’d previously attended in 2004 as a presenter, and an essay I wrote about the Dead and politics graced the conference program a few years ago, but I’m long overdue to again attend in person.

This time, I’m proud to be presenting Fellow Traveler to this community of scholars, some of whom read the book in earlier forms, others who supplied the lovely blurbs on the cover, but to which all contributed in their own way simply through the excellence of their thoughts and papers on the GD phenomenon—whether presenting or not, I’m always honored and enlightened by being among these fine minds.

Once I get the info, specific details on the this’n that regarding the scheduling and content of my panel will be posted here and elsewhere.

UPDATE: Here are the final details:


 February 13, 2013

 Session 3 (4:30–6:00 p.m.)    Grand Pavilion I-II
“To Walk On Air”: The Grateful Dead in Fiction

Chair: Nicholas G. Meriwether, University of California–Santa Cruz

James D. McCallister, Independent Scholar
“A Song of My Own: Deadhead Fiction and the Writing of Fellow Traveler.”

Robert Cooperman, Independent Scholar “Grateful Dead Poetry.”

The conference takes place Feb 13-16 at

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque

330 Tijeras NW,

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA 87102

About dmac

James D. McCallister is a South Carolina author of novels, short stories, and creative nonfiction. His latest book, a story collection called The Year They Canceled Christmas, releases in November 2017.

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