State of the Conference February 2019: New Guest Speakers, Program Schedule & More

Hail Fellowship!

We are very happy to share with you our very full schedule of Tolkien programs presented by 17 brilliant scholars, musicians, and authors. Our Program Schedule page includes 3 programming rooms, 1 on the 7th Floor and 2 on the 6th Floor.

This update includes details concerning our Program Schedule, updated Guest Speaker List, additional speakers, Registration and vendors.

We’re incredibly grateful to all of our guest speakers for presenting their work this year, and a few of them have been Guests of Honor/Speakers at a prior NY Tolkien Conference.  Since our last “State of the Conference,” there have been a few more added, such as Jared Lobdell, David Emerson, Janet B. Croft, Kaleena Ma and Peter Walker.  Check out our updated Guest Speaker page  to learn more of their work.

Our Program Schedule Page is ready to go with Program details, times and locations.
Check out the Program Schedule Page here

Within the Program Schedule Page is a downloadable .pdf of the Program abstracts, times and locations.  Print this out and bring it with you! We will have printed copies of the schedule grid available at the Conference.
Check out the .pdf program download



ALL 120 Initial registrations are GONE. There is a waitlist with nearly 200 people on it, plus nearly 800 interested attendees on the Facebook page. If you do not have a ticket for the event and are not on the waitlist there will not be an opportunity for you to attend this event. We have limited space at this venue and cannot exceed capacity.

1) If you will not be able to attend the event, but have registered for it PLEASE CANCEL YOUR REGISTRATION before March 14th.

2) If you have registered with a ticket, you MUST arrive when the doors open  and you MUST check in prior to opening remarks. Doors open at 9:15. There will be a Registration table when you arrive at the 7th Floor Main Hall. All Registered attendees will be checked in. You will have a seat at the Opening Remarks at 10am if you check in by 9:55am.

3) If you registered with a ticket but do NOT check in by 9:55am, you must check in after opening remarks. The doors to the 7th Floor Main Hall will be closed. No one will enter until after opening remarks are complete. Opening Remarks start at 10am and end at 10:30am.  If you do not check in after opening remarks, you may lose your spot to someone on the waitlist.

4) If you are still on the waitlist by March 14th, chances are slim as to whether you can attend for the day. Those on the waitlist can check in with us via social media to see if any spots have opened.


We will have a very brief introduction from the Conference team, and then we will turn the floor over to Tony Del Aversano, Public Programs Associate for the Morgan Library and Museum.  Tony will be speaking about the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth Exhibition currently at the Morgan Library and Museum.


MAIN HALL 7th Floor

At prior conferences the hall outside 7th Floor Room 150 served as our vendors area.  This year we will have two vendors for you to check out.

Kent State University Press will be exhibiting books on and available to talk about potential publishing projects



John DiBartolo aka The Middle-earth Minstrel and founder of the Lonely Mountain Band will be have CDs of all his albums available purchase and inscription. 




We are in need of a few willing hobbits to assist us primarily with the registration process when the doors open.  Our one requirement is that you arrive at set up with us by 8:30am Sunday, March 17th. If you would like to volunteer please email Anthony MythInkBooks AT Gmail DOT Com. 




We have a small budget for this conference and are asking for your support.  Due to a few red tape issues we cannot charge for the Conference, which means we are seeking the support of a few willing hobbits. If you would like to help support this conference please visit our page for ways you can help us out.
See our Support the Conference page here

We are looking forward to having you all next month and celebrating Tolkien, his life, work, the exhibition and all things in between and around. Since our last update we have seen The Morgan Library and Museum twice!! We shall be posting our thoughts on those experiences very soon.

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