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The 32nd annual conference of the American Literature Association will take place at the Westin Copley Place hotel in Boston from July 7 to 10, 2021. The Jonathan Bayliss Society is sponsoring a roundtable, "Behold, I am doing a new thing: Form and Ritual in Modern Literature," scheduled for Saturday, July 10. It will include talks on Bayliss, Olson, T.S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, and others. For the complete schedule of the four-day conference, please visit americanliteratureassociation.org.
September 11-12, 2021
Albert Alcalay (1917-2008). Night Fleet, 1956. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum. Gift of the Family of Albert Alcalay, 2013
Rocky Neck in Three Dimensions: Art Colony, Marine Railways, and the Rudder, 1950s-1990s
This part of the JBS conference is free and open to the public
Six women with intimate knowledge of Rocky Neck as it was a few decades ago will share tales of their experiences in this special place. Speakers include Sally Bradshaw and Suzy O’Hara Kadiff, who as daughters of the painters Robert Bradshaw and Tom O’Hara spent childhood summers in and out of artists’ studios; Viking Gustafson, who managed the Gloucester Marine Railways for many years; and sisters Paula Parsons and Susan Baker, who ran the famous Rudder restaurant.
They will be introduced by Judy Walcott, who will touch on her own youthful memories as well as the Rocky Neck connections of the writers Peter Anastas and Jonathan Bayliss. A short slideshow of Rocky Neck scenes will precede the one-hour program, which is free and open to the public.
This program is offered in collaboration with the Cape Ann Museum and the Rocky Neck Art Colony. It is free and open to the public. If you're not registering for the entire JBS conference, register here for this one-hour program.
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Gloucester's 400th anniversary will be celebrated in 2023, and many organizations are coming together to commemorate the 1623 landing of the Dorchester Company expedition on what is now Half Moon Beach in Stage Fort Park. Throughout the year, events will highlight Gloucester’s rich history, culture, and heritage which will showcase its diverse community, extraordinary contributions to art and culture, remarkable industrial achievements, and wealth of natural resources. The Jonathan Bayliss Society is one of the many partners of Gloucester400. Please visit www.gloucesterma400.org for more information.
The September 2020 Zoom readings entitled "From Cats to Seagulls: A Bayliss Bestiary" and "Gloucester Quintet: Five Writers, Five Friends" are on YouTube.
David Rich and Ken Riaf read passages from the novels Gloucestermas and Gloucesterbook relating to downtown "Dogtown" at the first annual conference in September 2019 - the videotapes are available here.
A video of a September 2015 reading on labor-related themes in the novel Prologos is on YouTube, courtesy of the Gloucester Writers Center. Readers were David Adams, Peter Anastas, Thorpe Feidt, Henry Ferrini, Doug Guidry, Victoria Bayliss Mattingly, Martin Ray, Ken Riaf, and David Rich.
On Bayliss's birthday, September 7, 2013, the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library sponsored "Dogtown's Acropolis," a reading with commentary by Peter Anastas and David Rich. See the video recording.
A 1990 student production of Bayliss's stage play The Tower of Gilgamesh is available on the JBS YouTube channel.