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U of I Hemingway Festival Takes over Moscow March 1-3

February 21, 2018

 The 2018 University of Idaho Hemingway Festival will provide a variety of literary events for the Moscow community Thursday through Saturday, March 1-3.

“There is a little something for everyone in this year’s festival program,” said Tobias Wray, director of the Creative Writing Programs in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.

The ninth annual festival includes a film screening of “Papa’s Shadow,” in which Hemingway’s son reflects on his father’s time in East Africa as well as a MFA graduate student reading and dance party, A Moveable Feets, at One World Café on Saturday evening. 

The Hemingway Festival honors the recipient of the most recent PEN/Hemingway prize, awarded for a novel or collection of short stories by an American author who has not previously published a book of fiction. The 2017 PEN/Hemingway Award winner, Yaa Gyasi, will read from her debut book “Homegoing” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the Moscow High School Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

“Yaa’s debut novel ‘Homegoing’ has received much critical acclaim,” Wray said. “She is a gifted writer and “Homegoing” is a spellbinding novel. We are so pleased to honor her and her work. You will not want to miss meeting her when she’s on the Palouse.”

The festival’s cornerstone event, the Hemingway Fellowship Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, March 3, will feature a staged reading of Hemingway’s short story “Hills Like White Elephants.”

“This year’s literary evening will be smaller and more intimate than our past fundraisers,” Wray said. “Attendees will have the chance to meet Yaa Gyasi, enjoy a Hemingway-inspired menu by Nectar and enjoy some of U of I’s amazing theater faculty perform a staged reading of one of Hemingway’s most anthologized short stories.”

A portion of the proceeds from the fundraising event will benefit the University of Idaho Ernest Hemingway Fellowship Fund, which allows a graduate student the time to work and write as the university’s Hemingway Fellow. The dinner will be held at Bloom in downtown Moscow. Tickets cost $70 and are available by calling 208-885-6156.

The Hemingway Festival also features readings by distinguished visiting authors, MFA faculty and students. All festival events, with the exception of the fundraising dinner, are free and open to the public. 

The schedule includes:

Thursday, March 1

  • 11 a.m., Moscow Public Library: Scholars on Hemingway and Place

  • 1 p.m., Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre: “Papa’s Shadow: Hemingway in East Africa” screening

  • 7 p.m., BookPeople of Moscow: Sneak Peeks Reading

Friday, March 2

  • 1 p.m., Moscow Public Library: Hemingway’s Cuban Legacy with Diane Kelly-Riley

  • 5:30 p.m., McConnell Mansion: High School Contest Winners Presentation and Reception for Yaa Gyasi

  • 7 p.m., Moscow High School Auditorium: PEN/Hemingway Winner Yaa Gyasi

Saturday, March 3

  • 6 p.m., Bloom: Hemingway Fellowship Fundraiser Dinner/A Staged Reading of “Hills Like White Elephants”

  • 7:30 p.m., One World Café: A Moveable Feets: Graduate Student Reading and Dance Party

For a more details on festival events, visit

Media Contact:
Tobias Wray
Director, Creative Writing Programs

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