Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Well, we're done.
On behalf of the organization, thanks to everybody. It's been so nice to have you around.
Thanks to our keynote speakers, to the people talking in the round tables, to every lecturer, chairs, friends, to the people attending the conference and to the students who have been such a great aid for the organization. Good job!
It would be such a long list if we start mentioning everybody, so we'll keep it in secret. But you all know that we really mean it when we say that we feel grateful that you came and contribute to our conference.
We hope that everybody had a safe trip traveling back home and... only one last wish: See you next time!
Ondo izan!
By the way, in that picture that you have above, you only see some of us there in the City Hall reception. We were a bigger group. Some of you skipped this event because you were tired or eager to work on your presentations but we didn't forget you when we were giving thanks to all of you.
In the following days, I'll try to upload more pictures. You are invited to send any picture you may want to share with us to rewest2014@gmail.com and I'll make a selection.
Once again, thanks to everybody for such a great job! Mila esker guztioi!! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

III International Conference The American Literary West: FINAL PROGRAM

After taking some time for adjustments and revisions, here is the final program for the III International Conference The American Literary West to be held in Vitoria-Gasteiz this next October. From the 8th to the 10th we'll be glad to hear so many stimulating papers and also that we'll have the chance to see old friends and make new ones. It is our aspiration that these three days are a great opportunity for networking, scholarly improvement and a contribution to the study of Western American Literature and Culture. And we are sure that you'll agree with us when you see the roster that we have the pleasure to announce right now; click down there, in the words in bold, and you'll get direct access to the program in pdf format:

 American Literary West Final Program


Thursday, September 4, 2014

III International Conference The American Literary West: FIRST (TENTATIVE) PROGRAM

A month for the big day and it is about time to start getting ready for it. 

Click in the link that you'll find at the end of this post and you'll have direct access to our first tentative program. We are open to study changes and variations whenever possible and justified. So check your slot and title and if you have any comment to do you can always get back to us at rewest2014@gmail.com

More information about rooms and chairs will be given when the final program is published. 

And, please, don't forget to complete your registration before coming to Vitoria-Gasteiz. And remember that we are already here and almost ready to give you a warm welcome and share this experience with you. 

Please click on the capitalized word PROGRAM to have access to the file. 

And, as we always do, you can enjoy some music while you take a look to the program, so feel free to press the play button and have some fun listening to...


Friday, June 13, 2014



Registration for the American Literary West III International Conference (to be held in Vitoria-Gasteiz in October 8-10 2014) will be completed through a new telematic platform sponsored by the University of the Basque Country. Thus, we aim at ensuring that the process is safe and efficient. However, before we give you some more explanations on how to complete the process, take a look to the fee table:

Rates per fee and period
Early bird
(07/04/2014 - 15/09/2014)
Late registration
(16/09/2014 - 07/10/2014)
Presenter - Regular90,00€ 125,00€
Attendee - Student20,00€ 20,00€
Presenter - Post Graduate75,00€ 100,00€
Attendee 80,00€ 80,00€ 

                                      Please, keep this fee table as the right one. There is one error in the English version of the website. 
                                                   The fees for attendees and student attendees are incorrect in the website. We'll correct it as soon as possible. 

At the bottom of this informative post, you will find a direct link to the official website. The process can be done in three different languages (Spanish, Basque or English), so first make your choice. Then you just need to follow the instructions and fill in the required information.

When you proceed to make the payment, you will observe that you have two different options. 

The first one is the online option. You will be directed to a payment platform that keeps all the necessary standards to guarantee that the process is safe.  This is a credit card payment online, so you will be asked to give some specific information about your credit card. 

The second option is called offline payment and it gives you the option to choose other paying methods. If you choose this option you will receive an email with all the information that you need in order to proceed to pay by using any of the following methods: bank transfer, at your bank, again through the same online platform but completing the boxes with the information that you have received by email or paying via ATM or cash point.

Probably, the easiest way to go would be to pay by credit card and that is why we tried to launch this new platform and make the whole process safe and accessible. Still, you are free to choose the option that is more convenient for you. If you choose the bank transfer option please make sure that your payment is indentifiable by adding a message such as ALW14 and your last name so that we easily see that it was your transfer that we got.

Please, note that registration is not final until payment is received. Again, remember that you need to complete your registration and the subsequent payment before attending the conference. For early bird registrations payment must be sent by the deadline date.  

Conference Banquet

Finally, we are happy to announce that we were able to organize a friendly and tasty banquet to celebrate that the conference is over. We will schedule the program so that we are done by Friday at lunchtime. Thus the final banquet will be at 3 o’clock pm the 10th of October 2014. If you want to get more information so that you make up your mind, please follow the two links that you will find after the one to go for registration and there you will find more information on the restaurant and the menu that we have booked. Just as a tip, we will be honored if you finally choose to come and just let us remind you that Basque cuisine is regarded as one of the best gastronomic experiences one can enjoy. In a recent article by The New York Times, they said what follows about Basque cuisine: “For the last decade, Basque cuisine has held a vaunted status in the culinary world.” Feel free to join us and experience it!

REGISTRATION. Click here to go to the official website. Or copy paste the following web address:

Restaurant. Click here to get more information or copy-paste the following web address: http://www.restaurantearkupe.com/

Menu. Click here to go to google drive and check the menus.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The American Literary West III International Conference

The American Literary West III International Conference will take place on October 2014. From the 8th to the 10th of that month we would be delighted if you had a chance to come to Vitoria-Gasteiz and participate in our conference. For those of you who are presenting a paper or those of you who are planning to come, we want to give you some tips so that you can start planning your trip.
In what follows, you will find information on how to get to Vitoria-Gasteiz and, if needed, where to stay. If you have any further inquiry, don't hesitate to ask. You can either use the email address for the conference or just write your comment here.
In short, we will be updating this blog so that you can find more information on how to register for our conference and any other additional announcement we'd need to make. Please, stay tuned and if you have questions, use any of the channels that we already mentioned before.  

And, just as we usually do, if you feel like listening to some music while you read all this information, let me tell you that we are happy to invite you to listen to Willy Vlautin's last music challenge. Right at the bottom of this entry you'll find a link to listen to his last band, The Delines, from youtube.com. If you want to listen to more music by The Delines, click here

How to Get to Vitoria-Gasteiz

Vitoria-Gasteiz (Vitoria is Spanish, Gasteiz is Basque) is the capital city of the autonomous community of the Basque Country in northeastern Spain. If you wish to know more about it you can visit any of the following links: wikipedia, the official website of the city council or the BasqueCountry tourist office website.

Vitoria-Gasteiz has very good train connections. If you are train traveling lover, you may want to check the RENFEwebsite (national railway company) and see if train traveling is your best option to come to Vitoria-Gasteiz. If you choose to fly, you will need to use more than one means of transport because you can’t make it right to Vitoria-Gasteiz by plane. Vitoria-Gasteiz has its own airport but this is only use for freight transport at the moment. You can go for any of the two following travel plans if you are choosing this travel option:

From Bilbao

If you are flying, probably, the best (meaning cheapest) way to get to Vitoria-Gasteiz is to fly to Bilbao InternationalAirport. This is the nearest airport with international connections. If you are flying overseas then you’ll probably have to travel in two steps, via Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid or London. It is also worth mentioning that there are some low-fare companies operating to and from Bilbao (Easyjet, Air Berlin, Vueling…)

If you feel like coming right to Vitoria-Gasteiz after you landed in Bilbao, you’ll need to go first to Termibus, Bilbao’s main bus station. There, you’ll be able to catch a bus to Vitoria-Gasteiz. But before that, you need to come from Bilbao International Airport to the city center, which is about half an hour away from the airport. You can easily catch a shuttle bus from the one and only bus stop that you’ll find outside arrivals. The ticket is cheap and you pay directly at the bus. They come every 20-30 minutes and the ride only takes about 20-25 minutes. You have to stay on the bus until the last stop in Bilbao, which is that of Termibus. You can check the schedules here. The only other way to get from the Airport to Termibus would be to take a taxi (a bit faster, but much more expensive, around 20-30 euros).

Once in Termibus, you can take a bus to Vitoria-Gasteiz. The company running these buses is called LaUnión, and you can check the schedules here. Direct buses take around one hour and it will amount for about 6 euros. You have to buy your tickets at the La Unión ticket booth in Termibus.

Tip: we wouldn’t recommend you to get a taxi from Bilbao to Vitoria-Gasteiz. Vitoria-Gasteiz is about sixty miles away from Bilbao and it would be very expensive to make that trip by taxi.

From Madrid

Another option would be to fly to Madrid first. In that case, there are two options available for you:

1)        To arrive to Vitoria-Gasteiz by train. You need first to travel from the Adolfo Suarez International Airport (formerly known as Barajas) to Chamartín train station by metro. Take metro line 8 to Mar de Cristal and from there then take line 4 to Pinar de Chamartín first and then line 1 to Chamartín. Once in Chamartín Railway Station you can take a train to Vitoria-Gasteiz. There are around seven trains connecting Madrid and Vitoria-Gasteiz every day and prices range from 40 to 60 euros approximately. The trip takes around three to five hours. You can check schedules and prices here. And if you want to check the metro timetable, you can visit the following website: metro Madrid.

2)        To arrive to Vitoria-Gasteiz by bus. The company running the buses from Madrid to Vitoria-Gasteiz is called Alsa. You have a ticket office at Adolfo Suarez International Airport (Barajas) but these buses leaving from the airport run only from Madrid to Bilbao. You can buy a ticket to Vitoria-Gasteiz, but you’ll probably have to make a stop in Bilbao. There are only a few buses making this trip from the airport to Bilbao and they won’t probably fit with your flying plans. If these is so, you’ll have to do the following:
If you want to travel directly to Vitoria-Gasteiz or you couldn’t make it on time to take one of the buses leaving from the airport, you need to go first to Madrid Bus Station in Avenida de América. There is a metro line from the Airport to Avenida de América. You need to take metro line number 8 to Colombia and then metro line 9 to Avenida de América. In any case, you can go to metro Madrid official website by using the link that I gave you before. And, of course, you can also take a taxi cab. The trip from Madrid to Vitoria-Gasteiz takes around four hours and a half and the ticket is 27-30 euros approx. There are many buses every day and tickets can be bought at the bus station or online.

Once in Vitoria-Gasteiz

The American Literary West III International Conference will take place at the Faculty of Arts of the University of the Basque Country (check the website if you want to know more about us: Faculty of Arts).

All distances (from bus or train stations or from most of the hotels to the conference venue, also from the conference venue to the old town, the city center or shopping areas) are all walking distances, sometimes, even in pedestrian ways.

Vitoria-Gasteiz is a friendly city, well known for its many running lovers, an easy-to-bike city and it is appreciated and celebrated for its green areas and parklands (in 2012, the city was awarded the European Green Capital recognition). So get ready to make a lot of walking and forget about subways and taxi cabs. However, since 2008, the city enjoys a tramwaysystem that can be very useful if your hotel happens to be in a distant area.

Where to Stay in Vitoria-Gasteiz

Vitoria-Gasteiz has a good range of lodging possibilities. In the following table, you’ll find a list of hotels, hotel ratings, the average room prices for an individual room (you better check this again before choosing one or the other), estimated distance to the conference venue and a link to the corresponding website so that you can book your room. Please, remember that we do not have any kind of agreement with any of these hotels and you are free to choose. Of course, our list here is not accurate or interested. You can check the whole list that Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council proposes to every tourist coming to visit the city here.

Before we copy here the aforementioned list of hotels, please, remember that if you want to stay in Bilbao or Donostia-San Sebastián before or after the conference, you may want to check the official websites to get more information (you can do it here and here). We don’t recommend to stay in any of these two cities and then commute to the conference. That would mean about an hour from Bilbao and an hour and half from Donostia-San Sebastián every day.

If the following table is too small for you to have a good reading, you’ll find another copy on pdf format at the end of this entry.

List of Hotels

Average Prices
(Individual Room)
Distance from venue
Gran Hotel Lakua
90-110 euros
50 mts
Hotel Boulevard
68-90 euros
30 mts
NH Canciller Ayala
70-90 euros
10 mts
Silken Ciudad de Vitoria
73-106 euros
10 mts
Abba Jazz Vitoria
60-70 euros
8 mts
AC General Álava
67-105 euros
20 mts
Centro Vitoria
36-41 euros
8 mts
32-36 euros
7 mts

Please, remember that prices are in euros, distances in minutes and that we highly recommend to check again prices and availability by visiting the corresponding websites.

In the following link you’ll find a map in which you can find all these hotels tagged and you can study distances and locations:  https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zMAQx3P_T8yk.kSAewPknHqbY
(copy this link if needed and paste it in your search bar)

Just in case you have any trouble with the direct links we offered within the text, here you have a complete list of all the websites we have recommended to visit:

Vitoria-Gasteiz Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitoria-Gasteiz
Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council Official Website: http://www.vitoria-gasteiz.org/
Basque Country Tourism: http://tourism.euskadi.net/en/
RENFE: http://www.renfe.com/
Bilbao International Airport: http://www.aeropuertodebilbao.net/es/
Shuttle-Bus Bilbao Airport: http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Bilbao/es/Page/1237554477328/
Autobuses La Unión: http://www.autobuseslaunion.com/es/
Chamartín Railway Station: http://www.adif.es/en_US/infraestructuras/estaciones/17000/informacion_000295.shtml
Metro Madrid: http://www.metromadrid.es/es/index.html
ALSA Bus Company: http://www.alsa.es/en/
Avenida de América Bus: http://www.spain.info/es/informacion-practica/transportes/estaciones-autobus/madrid/estacion_de_autobuses_de_avenida_de_america.html
Faculty of Arts: http://www.ehu.es/en/web/letrak/home
Vitoria Tramway: http://www.euskotren.es/es/tranviavitoria
Bilbao: www.bilbao.net/
Donostia-San Sebastián: www.donostia.org/

List of hotels in pdf format: click here.
To see all this information in pdf format: click here (please, take into account that direct links to websites don’t work in this format)

If you need any further information, please feel free to make any comment in this entry and we will try to give you further guidance.

The American Literary West III International Conference
Vitoria-Gasteiz, October 8-10 2014.