2011: A Year of Howardian Milestones

The year that was 2010 is already fading in the rearview mirror as we speed into 2011.  All in all it was a good year for Howard fans – lots of new books, e-books, audio books and Howardian discoveries. Looking ahead into 2011, nothing but sunshine and blue skies are visible through the windshield. It will certainly be a very busy year, with a number of important milestones, among them the centennial of Cross Plains, the 75th anniversary of the death of Robert E. Howard, the 50th anniversary of The Howard Collector and the 25th anniversary of Howard Days.  It is also the 35th anniversary of TGR and the year Glenn Lord turns 80.

Updates for various events, celebrations, commemorative books and publications and a special Howard Days in June, will be posted here, the REHupa website, on the Conan.com Forums and at other Howard related websites.

So keep a lookout for everything Howardian coming your way and start saving up those pazoors—you will need a passel of them for all the upcoming books and events.

Kicking off the year, will be what has become an annual event, the REH Birthday Bash.  It is typically held on the Saturday nearest to January 22nd. Plans are still being firmed up on the location (either Cross Plains or Austin) and the venue. The best place to get updates is at Dennis McHaney’s Yahoo group. The citizens of Cross Plains will start their centennial celebrations this month as well — more details to come.

Switching gears, it was one year ago today that the new TGR blog went live. The rest of the website was transitioned over shortly after that. So with the start of the New Year, I want to thank all of you who  faithfully visit and support the blog and website.

Regular TGR bloggers, Brian Leno and Rob Roehm have both done outstanding jobs, posting informative and entertaining posts — making my job easier and adding dozens of posts to the mix. While guest bloggers Barbara Barrett, Mark Finn and Patrice Louinet don’t appear very often, they all have posted important pieces. I can’t thank all of them enough for their contributions to the cause.

But we are not going to rest on our laurels — you’ll be treated to more of the same great Howardian scholarship and discoveries in 2011. As the old saying goes, you ain’t seen nothing yet!