Each year, the University of Idaho’s Creative Writing Program sponsors the Hemingway Festival to honor the annual Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award recipient. This prestigious award is given for a novel or book 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 meet with students, faculty and the community during the festival. Events include readings by distinguished visiting authors, MFA faculty and students, and are free and open to the public. New events added to the festival for 2016 includes a high school writing contest, a sneak peek event at the 1912 Center and a reading at the Moscow Public Library.
Tickets may be purchased for the multi-course feast inspired by Hemingway’s work. A portion of the proceeds from this fundraising event benefits the University of Idaho Ernest Hemingway Fellowship Fund. A no-host bar is also available for ticket holders.
The festival is typically held in the spring, and a specific calendar of events is made available with information about events and how to purchase tickets for the feast.
Wednesday, March 2
The festival officially kicks off with the Sneak Peeks Event at the 1912 Center. Local authors (Kim Barnes, Mary Blew, Peter Chilson, Laura Godfrey, Erin James, Jenn Ladino, Debbie Lee, Ron McFarland, Daniel Orozco, Bret Shepard, Alexandra Teague, Joy Passanante, Scott Slovic, Robert Wrigley) will give short readings from their forthcoming work not released yet to the public. This event is a lot of fun with door prizes and food. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, March 3
Winners from the UI Hemingway Festival High School Writing Contest will be announced with short readings from the winning work. This year’s Hemingway Fellow, Misty Ellingburg, will kick off this event with a short reading and last year’s Hemingway Fellow, Max Eberts, will MC the event. We will have light snacks at this event. Free and open to the public.
Papa’s Pilar Rum Cocktail Party, with a seminar presented by Philip Greene, author of “To Have and Have Another – A Hemingway Cocktail Companion.” This will be an entertaining and educational 60-minute PowerPoint presentation on the life and times of Hemingway, focusing on his favorite drinks. Like no other author, in his letters and prose, Hemingway offered great detail about what he and his characters were drinking, in such a way, Greene argues, that adds depth, nuance and complexity to Hemingway’s already vivid descriptions. The Hemingway Rum Company’s Papa’s Pilar brand of award-winning rums will be on hand, and participants will enjoy three of Hemingway's favorite cocktails included in the price of the ticket. Hearty hors d'oeuvres will be served. There will also be a no-host Hemingway Cocktail bar to enjoy more of Papa’s favorite recipes. Tickets are $25 per person or free with the purchase of A Moveable Feast ticket. Copies of Greene’s book will be available for purchase and signature at the event.
In addition to being the Trademark Counsel for the U.S. Marine Corps at the Pentagon, Philip Greene is one of the founders of the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans, and an internationally-recognized authority on cocktail history. In “To Have and Have Another – A Hemingway Cocktail Companion,” Ernest Hemingway enthusiast and cocktail connoisseur Philip Greene delves deeper into the author’s drinking habits than ever before, offering dozens of authentic recipes for drinks directly connected with the novels, history and folklore, and colorful anecdotes about the man himself. With this cocktail companion, you will be able to fully enjoy Hemingway’s works beyond the limits of the imagination—pick up this book and taste how “cool and clean” and “civilized” Frederic Henry’s martini was in “A Farewell to Arms,” learn how to make the Jack Rose that Jake Barnes drank while waiting in vain for Brett in “The Sun Also Rises” or enjoy a famous Hemingway Daiquiri, which Papa enjoyed so much in his favorite bar in Havana (it made him “feel a friend to all mankind,” as he wrote to his son Patrick) that he set the single-day record of 34. Greene has presented for the Michigan Hemingway Society, the Hemingway Oak Park Foundation, and for the Key West Art & Historical Society (at Hemingway’s former home on Whitehead Street), as well as for the Smithsonian and Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Friday, March 4
The Social Hour for A Moveable Feast Havana Nights begins at 5 p.m. at the Best Western University Inn. There will be Cuban music and Hemingway mojitos and daiquiris available for purchase at the no-host bar. This event is included with the purchase of A Moveable Feast ticket.
Enjoy a six-course Cuban-inspired feast by executive chef Marshall Baltzall at this fundraising event, and meet the 2015 PEN/Hemingway Award winning author, Arna Bontemps Hemenway. During the feast, enjoy Cuban music and dance. Door prizes include a box of cigars Hemingway himself would enjoy plus more Hemingwayesque prizes throughout the evening. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Best Western University Inn, online at uidaho.edu/class/hemingway/feast, or by calling the English Department at (208) 885-6156. Tickets $85. Early Bird Discount: $10 off ticket price if purchased before February 1, 2016.
Saturday, March 5
Spend an afternoon with PEN/Hemingway Award winning author Arna Bontemps Hemenway at the Moscow Public Library. This event offers local book clubs and the general public an opportunity to discuss Hemenway’s book, “Elegy on Kinderklavier,” in an intimate setting. This event will have delightful snacks and tea. Free and open to the public.
The University of Idaho English Department’s 7th annual Hemingway Festival will celebrate Ernest Hemingway’s love of Cuba, the recently reinvigorated U.S.-Cuba political relationship and the 65th anniversary of Hemingway’s writing of “The Old Man and the Sea.”