CO-CHAIRS Bruce Michelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Michael J. Kiskis, Elmira College PLANNING COMMITTEE Lawrence I. Berkove, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Emeritus Joseph Csicsila, Eastern Michigan University Kerry Driscoll, Saint Joseph College Ann Ryan, Le Moyne College Mark Woodhouse, Elmira College Barbara Snedecor, Elmira College PANEL CHAIRS James E. Caron, University of Hawai'i Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Stanford University Alan Gribben, Auburn University at Montgomery Susan Harris, University of Kansas Lawrence Howe, Roosevelt University Holger Kersten, Universität Magdeburg Judith Yaross Lee, Ohio University James Leonard, The Citadel Sharon McCoy, University of Georgia Jeffrey Melton, Auburn University at Montgomery Linda Morris, University of California-Davis, Emeritus Tom Quirk, University of Missouri-Columbia Laura Skandera Trombley, Pitzer College EDITING SESSION Robert H. Hirst, University of California, Berkeley DISCUSSION GROUP LEADERS Cameron Nickels, James Madison University, Emeritus David E.E. Sloane, University of New Haven Jeffrey Steinbrink, Franklin and Marshall College Henry Wonham, University of Oregon CLOSING ROUNDTABLE Louis J. Budd, Duke University, Emeritus Alan Gribben, Auburn University at Montgomery Robert H. Hirst, University of California, Berkeley Tom Quirk, University of Missouri-Columbia Ann Ryan, Le Moyne College Gary Scharnhorst, University of New Mexico KEYNOTE SPEAKER Russell Banks A prolific writer of fiction, Russell Banks' titles include The Darling, The Sweet Hereafter, Cloudsplitter, Rule of the Bone, Affliction, Success Stories, Continental Drift, Searching for Survivors, Trailerpark, The Book of Jamaica, The New World, and Hamilton Stark. The Angel on the Roof is a collection of thirty years of Banks' short fiction. His meditation on American history, entitled Amérique: Notre Histoire (translated by Pierre Furlan) was recently published in France. Banks has contributed poems, stories, and essays to The Boston Globe Magazine, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, Harper's and numerous others. His most recent novel, The Reserve, is set in the Adirondacks in 1936-37, at the height of the Great Depression.