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.

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!