Howells Society Dinner at the Tavern Club
4 Boylston Place, Boston
Friday, May 25, 2007 at 7 p.m.
Reservations must be made by May 15, 2007

Price: $80 for non-WDHS members, $70 for WDHS members

Many of you at the ALA conference six years ago may recall the superb dinner our Society enjoyed at the Tavern Club; the evening was enhanced by splendid dining and camaraderie in the inspiring atmosphere of Old Boston during the late 19th century. Now we are planning to do it again! The W. D. Howells Society will sponsor a dinner during this year's American Literature Association Conference in Boston at the historic Tavern Club, of which W. D. Howells was the first president.


The all-inclusive price, with gratuities, for members and their guests is $70 each; for non-members the price is $80, but for those who wish to join the Society and send $10 dues to the treasurer before or with their dinner reservations, the dinner price for themselves and their guests will be reduced by $10 per person.

Reservations should be made by May 15 so that a final count can be submitted to the Tavern Club. If you would like to attend, please mail your check in U. S. funds (payable to the "W. D. Howells Society") to

Dr. Elsa Nettels
211 Indian Spring Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23185.

Please indicate how your check should be divided ($80 for nonmember or $70 for a member/$10 for WDHS membership).

Howells Society Excursion
Saturday, May 26, 2007 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: Free

As on the day following our Tavern Club dinner in 2001, the Society has scheduled again a bus excursion to the Howells family home at Kittery Point. It will begin when we board the bus at our hotel on Saturday morning at 9 and end in mid-afternoon the same day; the bus will leave Kittery Point at 2 and arrive back at the hotel in time for participants to have the late afternoon in Boston.

A short program there will include an informal discussion by Susan Goodman and Carl Dawson on writing their distinguished biography, William Dean Howells: A Writer's Life (2005), with remarks by Sarah Daugherty and others; comments and questions from the floor will be welcome.

Box lunches will be provided.

Although the Society has done this before, we may not have a chance to do it again, so if you'd like to visit the Howells Memorial Home, on a truly gorgeous site, this spring is the time to do it.Through the generosity of the William Dean Howells Memorial Committee, to whom the Society is grateful indeed, the full cost of the excursion for all participants will be covered.

To sign up: Please notify Susan Goodman by e-mail:

Because we expect a large turnout and bus seats are limited, it would be advisable to let her know as soon as possible. Membership in the Society is not required.