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 9th annual Hemingway Festival will continue to celebrate this legacy of literary arts, including the 2018 Hemingway High School Writing Contest and readings by 2017–2018 U of I Hemingway Fellow Grant Maierhofer and 2017 PEN/Hemingway Award winner Yaa Gyasi.
The festival will also host readings by distinguished visiting authors, MFA faculty, and students, including a sneak peek event at BookPeople of Moscow, an academic panel on Hemingway and his scholars at the Moscow Public Library, and a screening of the recent documentary film, “Papa’s Shadow: Hemingway in East Africa” at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre. All festival events, with the exception of the fundraising dinner, are free and open to the public. A portion of the proceeds from this fundraising event benefits the University of Idaho Ernest Hemingway Fellowship Fund.
For more information about the Hemingway Festival, please call the U of I English Department at 208-885-6156.
2018 Festival Schedule
Thursday, March 1
Scholars on Hemingway & Place
Panel Chaired by: Suzanne del Gizzo
with Laura Godfrey, Dale Graden, & Joseph Mbele
11 a.m., Moscow Public Library / Free
“Papa’s Shadow: Hemingway in East Africa”
“Explore the integral role of two safaris in their shaping of an author and the demise of a legend, with insight from Hemingway’s son…”
1 pm / Kenworthy / Free
Sneak Peeks Reading
with U of I MFA Faculty
7 p.m., BookPeople of Moscow / Free
Friday, March 2
Hemingway’s Cuban Legacy with Diane Kelly-Riley
1 p.m., Moscow Public Library / Free
High School Contest Winners Presentation & Reception for Yaa Gyasi
Will include hors d’oeuvres by Bloom
5:30 p.m., McConnell Mansion / Free
PEN/Hemingway Winner, Yaa Gyasi Public Reading
7 p.m., Moscow High School Auditorium / Free
Saturday, March 3
Hemingway Fellowship Fundraiser Dinner
A Staged Reading of “Hills Like White Elephants” with Kelly Quinnett, Dylan Paul, and Ben James
Call 208-885-6156 for tickets or buy tickets online.
6 p.m., Bloom
A Moveable Feets
Graduate Student Reading and Dance Party
7:30 p.m., One World Café; Free