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.
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.”