Each year, the University of Idaho’s Creative Writing Program sponsors the Hemingway Festival to honor the annual PEN/Hemingway Award recipient. This prestigious award is given for a novel or collection of short stories by an American author who has not previously published a book of fiction. The author then visits the University of Idaho to read and to meet with students, faculty and the community during the festival.
This year, the University of Idaho English Department’s 8th annual Hemingway Festival will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s graduation from high school. To this end, the first half of the festival’s Literary Evening fundraiser event will feature selected readings from Hemingway’s own high school efforts along with excerpts from the winning entries of the 2017 Hemingway High School Writing Contest. The second half of the fundraising program will include readings by 2016–2017 UI Hemingway Fellow Jerri Newbill Benson and 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award winner Ottessa Moshfegh.
The festival will also host readings by distinguished visiting authors, MFA faculty, and students, including a sneak peek event at BookPeople of Moscow, and a reading at Moscow Public Library; an academic panel on Hemingway and his scholars; and a high school writing contest. All festival events, with the exception of the fundraising dinner, are free and open to the public.
Tickets may be purchased for The Hemingway Festival Literary Evening beginning on January 15, 2017. A portion of the proceeds from this fundraising event benefits the University of Idaho Ernest Hemingway Fellowship Fund.
Friday, March 3
Hemingway Scholars will gather at this event and give short talks on the life and history of Ernest Hemingway, the teaching of his work in the classroom and his contribution to literature, and the history of his travels in the state of Idaho.
University of Idaho Campus — Idaho Commons, Whitewater Room | 10 – 11:30 a.m.
The Hemingway Review editor Suzanne del Gizzo will give a workshop for graduate and undergraduate students about publishing in academic journals, publishing opportunities suited to someone at the graduate level, and job opportunities in academic publishing. A complimentary spread of rolls, cold cuts, cheeses, chips and soft drinks will be provided.
University of Idaho Campus — Idaho Commons, Whitewater Room | noon – 1:30 p.m.
Join the 2016 Hemingway/PEN Award winner Ottessa Moshfegh and distinguished faculty member Kim Barnes for a candid discussion about the creative process and the writing life. A Q&A session will follow the authors’ presentation.
University of Idaho Campus — Arena Theatre, Shoup Hall | 3 – 4 p.m.
Don’t miss the Sneak Peeks Reading at BookPeople of Moscow. Acclaimed local authors (Kim Barnes, Mary Clearman Blew, Peter Chilson, Sayantani Dasgupta, Debbie Lee, Paul Lindholdt, Michael McGriff, Alexandra Teague, Joy Passanante) will give short readings from their forthcoming work not released yet to the public. Free and open to the public.
BookPeople of Moscow — 521 S. Main Street, Moscow | 7 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 4
Spend an afternoon with PEN/Hemingway Award winning author Ottessa Moshfegh at the Moscow Public Library. This event includes a 30-minute reading and offers local book clubs and the general public an opportunity to discuss Moshfegh’s book, “Eileen,” in an intimate setting. Tea and cookies will be provided. Free and open to the public.
Moscow Public Library — 110 South Jefferson St., Moscow | 1:30 – 3 p.m.
The Social Mixer for The Hemingway Festival Literary Evening begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Best Western University Inn. There will be complimentary appetizers and Hemingway mojitos and daiquiris available for purchase at the no-host bar. This event is included with the purchase of Literary Evening ticket.
Best Western Plus University Inn — 1516 Pullman Rd., Moscow | 5:30 p.m.
Guests at this event will enjoy a buffet-style dinner featuring lime and tequila grilled chicken and steak, with an Aztec platter of tri-colored corn chips, jalapeño poppers, bean dip and pico de gallo, accompanied by Southwest couscous salad, cabbage ensalada, corn flour tortillas, Mexican rice and refried beans. Desserts and soft drinks will be provided; a no-host bar will be available.
As they dine, guests will be treated to the evening’s literary offerings:
- Hemingway scholar Ron McFarland will read from a selection of Hemingway’s high school writings
- The winners of the 2017 Hemingway Festival High School Writing Contest will read excerpts from their winning entries
- 2016-2017 UI Hemingway Fellow Jerri Newbill Benson will read from the collection of short fiction that she is currently working on
- 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award winning author Ottessa Moshfegh will read from her acclaimed novel Eileen
Tickets to the 2017 Hemingway Festival Literary Evening are available online, by calling 208-885-6156 or by visiting the UI English Department, Brink Hall Room 200.
Tickets $30 | Student Tickets $20
Best Western Plus University Inn — 1516 Pullman Rd., Moscow | 6 – 9 p.m.