Hemingway’s Cuba–The Hemingway Symposium September 3-6 2014


The Community Library is hosting the 2014 Hemingway Symposium with support from Boise State University and the Idaho Humanities Council. The event kicks off with a party and reception from 4:00-6:00 pm on Sept. 3rd, with salsa music, beverages, and introductory speakers. Interspersed with scheduled literary discussions will be excursions to the world famous Silver Creek Preserve; a screening of the 1958 film, The Old Man and the Sea, which was partially filmed in Cuba; a tour of “Hemingway Haunts,” in Ketchum hosted by local guide Jim Jaquet; the chance to taste “Papa’s” favorite cocktails at the local Cornerstone Bar; and the opportunity to test shooting skills at the Sun Valley Gun Club.

To register for the event, click here, or call: (208) 726-3493, ext. 123. General admission cost is $45 ($30 student admission). Limited seating is still available as of this posting.

Portrait of Hemingway by Antonio Gattorno

Portrait of Hemingway by Antonio Gattorno

The highlights of the festival are presentations by director of the Finca Vigía, Ada Rosa Rosales, who is traveling to Ketchum from Cuba; by Sean Poole, author of Gattorno: A Cuban Painter for the World, about Antonio Gattorno, a close friend of Ernest Hemingway; by Boise State University’s Dr. Mac Test who will present, “The Old Man and the Sea (on the Sea)”; by Martin Peterson, renowned Hemingway scholar; and by Nancy Sindelar, author of Influencing Hemingway.

old man and the sea film poster

The literary portion of the event was created in close partnership with Boise State University who is sponsoring participating professors Mac Test, Mitch Wieland, Clyde Moneyhum, Emily Wakild, and Adrian Kane. Joining these scholars will be graduate students, featured in a panel discussion.

For more information, email Anna Svidgal at asvidgal@comlib.org.

New Writers and Old–Hemingway’s Persistent Influence

Hemingway Symposium Logo

The Hemingway Symposium–Hemingway and the Modern–opens at the end of this month here at The Community Library September 26th-28th. Hemingway has a hauntingly persistent influence on many readers and writers. A great many of the visitors to our Regional History Library profess an interest (and occasionally an obsession) with the writer, interred in the cemetery just north of our community of Ketchum. Most common reference question? How can one tour the Hemingway house? (Alas, the answer is, one can’t. It is still private property.) But the streamside of the Wood River flowing nearby is public land, and visitors can walk the nearby fishing holes and get a glimpse of the house across the river and into the trees.

Hemingway is mentioned extensively in the first American edition of Kevin Jackson’s Constellation of Genius: 1922: Modernism, Year 1, which just arrived on my desk, soon to land on our new book shelf. Writer, BBC contributor and pataphysician Jackson has created an in-depth biography of the year 1922, which iconoclastic Hailey-born poet Ezra Pound designated as Year One of the new modern epoch. Pound declared the Christian era had ended on the 30th of October, when James Joyce finished Ulysses. The book is a fascinating survey of the explosion of art and literature that began with the publication of Ulysses and ended with the printing of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. At this time, Hemingway was just 23 and had moved to Paris with his new wife Hadley–Paris would be his base for the next two years as a foreign correspondent for the Toronto Daily Star.

Constellation of Genius

Writer Daniel Woodrell (Winter’s Bone) confessed in a recent article in Atlantic Magazine that reading Hemingway guided his decision to follow writing as a true vocation. Woodrell’s new book, The Maid’s Version, just hit our new fiction shelves–readers can decide for themselves if they detect a wisp of Hemingway’s wraith in the writing.

The Community Library has a wide range of books by, about, and referencing Ernest Hemingway–a keyword search will turn up 1067 hits. Thinking of coming to the symposium? Come and party in the stacks like it’s 1922…we’ve got it covered.

the maids version

5th Annual Ernest Hemingway Symposium September 26-28


The theme for this year’s Hemingway Symposium is “Hemingway and the Modern”, with keynote speaker David Earle (Ph.D.) holding forth on Tiki Hemingway and the Modern Primitive at 6:00 pm Thursday, September 26th. There will be a pre-Symposium screening of A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man (1977, 98 min.) on Wednesday September 26th at the Community Library to kick off the long weekend’s Hemingway-centered festivities.

All hosted events will rally at the Community Library Lecture Room, 415 Spruce Ave North, Ketchum, Idaho, unless otherwise indicated and are free of charge. Events include four film screenings, two Hemingway Haunts tours (sign up early!), a field trip to the famed Silver Creek hunting retreat with birding guide Zeke, and many in-depth presentations on Hemingway and modern literature. Topics will include Hemingway Style and the Shock of the New, Writers Look at Hemingway, and a welcoming reception for all participants and presenters with wine and hors d’oeuvres before the keynote address. Plan your autumn outing now! As it says on the Trail Creek Memorial, “Best of all, he loved the Fall.”

Hemingway Symp logo

New update, August 13th!
The Library is holding a fundraiser for housing for students who may wish to attend the Symposium this September. The link to the online fundraiser to Sponsor a Student is at One4All. All proceeds will go solely to student housing. Thank you!

Happy Founders Day! The Library is 58–we have cookies!


Founders Day

To celebrate the founding of the Community Library, we have coffee and cookies for you at the library. Fifty eight years is a long time in Ketchum years–in 1954 only Main Street was paved, the McCarthy hearings were in full swing, and Ernest Hemingway won the Nobel Prize. From the Library’s beginning in a miners shack, where the Gold Mine Thrift Store banked it’s first sale it took only two years for the Founders to break ground and build the Library, on time, under budget, and in the black.  Check out our display of memorable regional history photos, on special sale for the event, 70% off!

Our circulation librarians also celebrated our Founding this week with an impromptu award for one of our steadiest and most eclectic patrons, Betty Bell, who has been borrowing tomes from the library since it’s inception.  Over the last ten years alone, Betty has borrowed over 4,000 volumes from The Community Library.  Daughter Andy and granddaughter Ebi are following in her footsteps, and helped us determine the appropriate milestone marker–a buffalo roast from Wild Idea Buffalo Company.  Betty had run across the story of Wild Idea in…a book.  We are now reordering a copy of Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch by Dan O’Brien, because ours wandered astray since it’s publication ten years ago.  Dan O’Brien is a very well respected author of both fiction and nonfiction western writings, and is a pioneer in sustainable ranching practices.


Betty Bell is also an author, and many will remember her column in the local papers, Small Potatoes, which introduced many of us to sustainable and green practices way ahead of the curve.  We have Betty’s Sun Valley Tour guides still in circulation at the library–they never go out of style.  The Small Potatoes columns can be found in our local newspaper archives in the Regional History Library.  Thank you, Betty, Andy and Ebi for your many contributions to the Community Library!

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