Ernest Hemingway Symposium

Presenters and Schedule


The Ernest Hemingway Symposium 2013: Hemingway and the Modern

The emphasis of this year’s event will be “Hemingway and the Modern,” highlighting how Ernest Hemingway’s life and writing were influenced by the world in which he lived and how his writing changed that world. Hemingway’s writing continues to influence writers and readers more than fifty years after his death. "Modern" can and does point to literary studies and to Hemingway's high period, but it also has suggestive connotations not just for what is new, but maybe more specifically for what has been reinvented, revised, updated, etc. We will focus on reinvention and re-seeing throughout this year's programming.



David Earle, PhD - Associate Professor, Transatlantic Modernism, University of West Florida [ Click here for more information. ]

Ben Fischer, PhD – Professor of English, Northwest Nazarene University [ Click here for more information. ]

Heather Parkinson Dermott - Novelist, Adjunct Professor, Boise State University [ Click here for more information. ]

Clyde Moneyhun, PhD - Writing Professor, Boise State University [ Click here for more information. ]

Clay Morgan - Novelist, Essayist and MC of the Symposium [ Click here for more information. ]

Jacky O'Connor, PhD - Professor of English, Boise State University [ Click here for more information. ]

Mitch Wieland - Professor of English, Boise State University [ Click here for more information. ]

Brewster Moseley - Freelance writer and photographer [ Click here for more information. ]





Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Screening: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1977)

6:00 p.m. - James Joyce is another voice from the Paris expatriate era, a renaissance of art between two World Wars. Stephen Dedalus is a young man growing up in Ireland in the early part of the 20th century. His search for knowledge and understanding, and the decline of his family's circumstances, lead him to revelations on the nature of art and politics. His personal renaissance makes him feel unwelcome in his own nation, and forces him to decide whether to leave and accept exile, or to stay and fight. Based on the novel of the same name by James Joyce, one of the expatriates Hemingway didn’t excommunicate from his circle of friends.



Thursday, September 26th, 2013

The Practice of Fiction: A Story Workshop with Clyde Moneyhun

12:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Creative writing master class cosponsored by Boise State University and the Sun Valley Center for the Arts: want to write like Hemingway? Boise State professor Clyde Moneyhun, author of Crafting Fiction: In Theory, In Practice, will first lead participants through a series of exercises aimed not at helping you imitate Hemingway, but rather at helping you use the basic principles of writing that Hemingway brought to his craft. Applying his admonition to “watch what happens and write what you see,” the exercises will help you more fully imagine your fictional characters and the worlds they inhabit. Any writer, from beginner to professional, can emerge from the workshop with useful new tools, and—just maybe—a new story.

$50 per student. Registration available through the Sun Valley Center for the Arts here.


Screening of Midnight in Paris (2011)

2:00 p.m. - In this film, Woody Allen's surprise hit that earned him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and multiple other nominations, including Best Picture, Gil and Inez travel to Paris as a tag-along vacation on her parents' business trip. Gil is a successful Hollywood writer, struggling on his first novel. He falls in love with the city and wants to move there after they get married. Inez does not share his romantic notions of the city or the idea that the 1920s was the golden age. Gil takes a solitary walk at midnight and discovers what could be the ultimate source of inspiration for writing. Gil's midnight walks in Paris could take him closer to the heart of the city but further from the woman he's about to marry. (94 min)


2013 Ernest Hemingway Symposium Reception

5:00 p.m. - Welcoming for all participants and presenters of the 2013 Ernest Hemingway Symposium.


Keynote Talk: David Earle, PhD - Tiki Hemingway and the Modern Primitive

6:00 p.m. - Introduction by Sandra Hofferber. David M. Earle, PhD, Associate Professor of Transatlantic Modernism and Print Culture at the University of West Florida, is the author of Recovering Modernism: Pulps, Paperbacks, and the Prejudice of Form (Ashgate Publishers, 2009) and All Man!: Hemingway, 1950s Men’s Magazines, and the Masculine Persona (Kent State University Press, 2009). Earle has published on topics as diverse as James Joyce and absinthe, and Joseph Conrad and pulp paperbacks. He also curates the Pulp Magazines Project, an online database of pulp. Although professor Earle grew up in Cleveland, his family is from Sun Valley.



Friday, September 27th, 2013

Hemingway Haunts Tour

9:00 a.m. - Jim Jaquet will lead a small group of participants on a walking tour of local Hemingway Haunts. Jim came to Ketchum as the City Administrator in 1977, retiring after 25 years of service to the community, is on the Board of directors of the Ketchum Sun valley Ski and Heritage Museum, and is a longtime Hemingway fan. Space is limited, please sign up at the Symposium.


Moderated Student Panel

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. - A panel of four undergraduates from Boise State University and Northwest Nazarene University will present papers for 12-15 minutes on some aspect of Hemingway and modern literature. The papers may be literary or historical. A moderated Q&A will follow the presentations. Limited space. Presenters are nominated by their professors and selected by Ben Fisher, PhD of Northwest Nazarene University. The panel will take place in the Regional History Department at the Community Library.


Screening: Ernest Hemingway: Wrestling with Life A&E Biography® (1988)

11:00 a.m. - Ernest Hemingway's novels rank among the most influential and celebrated in history while his life remains an obscure image shrouded in myth. In this feature-length portrait narrated by the author's granddaughter, actress Mariel Hemingway, A&E's Biography® examines the remarkable life story of this legendary Nobel laureate. It is a fascinating trip through his world-from the hospital in Milan where he first found love to the resort community in the west where he took his own life, from the battlefields of Europe to the docks of Key West (94 minutes).


Hemingway, Style and the Shock of the New

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. – Introduction by Clay Morgan. Join a conversation with distinguished Hemingway experts, authors, and faculty members of Boise State University, including Clyde Moneyhun and Jacky O’Connor.


Brewster Moseley: Hemingway's Roommate, Bill Horne

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Based on an interview that Mr. Moseley’s mother conducted with Bill Horne before Mr. Horne's death in 1984, Brewster Moseley will guide us through a friendship that spanned nearly forty years. Horne and Hemingway firstmet in New York while enlisting for ambulance driving service in Italy during WWI, became friends during their service and roomed together in Chicago after the war. Mr. Moseley is a full-time Blaine County resident.


Writers Look at Hemingway

3:15 p.m. - Introduction by Mitch Wieland. A group of four creative writers from area universities will give public readings from their works of poetry or fiction. The pieces will relate to Hemingway through style or engagement with the Symposium theme.


Guest Speaker Presentation: Heather Parkinson Reading

6:00 p.m. - Heather has an MFA in Film Production from USC. Heather's first novel, Across Open Ground, is set near Ketchum during WWI. The New York Times favorably compared it to writing of Cormac McCarthy. It is on 2013 Idaho Commission for Libraries' sesquicentennial READ ME community reading list. Heather will read the first chapter from her forthcoming novel, A Great Front, which is a loosely based sequel to Across Open Groundand starts out in Idaho.

Saturday, September 28th, 2012

Nature Walk at Silver Creek with Birding Guide Zeke

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Maybe it’s true that 'best of all he loved the fall,' but more than that, he loved Silver Creek. Perhaps the strongest attraction for Ernest Hemingway to Idaho, the Silver Creek Preserve is located in Southern Blaine County. It is not far from the town of Picabo, Idaho and about 25 miles south of Sun Valley. Zeke Watkins will lead this year’s birding tour/nature walk of Silver Creek Preserve. He is an avid birder and is exceptionally knowledgeable about the Silver Creek area wildlife. Zeke will meet with participants at the Ketchum LDS Church parking lot on Saturday morning. Wear appropriate shoes and clothing for hiking; bring your own water, food and binoculars. Zeke will convey his love of the natural world as you walk along the country Hemingway loved.


Screening: Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962)

10:00 a.m. - Young and restless Nick Adams, the only son of a domineering mother and a weak but noble doctor father, leaves his rural Michigan home to embark on an eventful cross-country journey. He is touched and affected by his encounters with a punch-drunk ex-boxer, a sympathetic telegrapher, and an alcoholic advance man for a burlesque show. After failing to get a job as reporter in New York, he enlists in the Italian army during World War I as an ambulance driver. His camaraderie with fellow soldiers and a romance with a nurse he meets after being wounded propel him to manhood (145 minutes).


Hemingway Haunts Tour

12:00 p.m. - Jim Jaquet will lead a small group of participants on a walking tour of local Hemingway Haunts. Jim came to Ketchum as the City Administrator in 1977, retiring after 25 years of service to the community, is on the Board of directors of the Ketchum Sun valley Ski and Heritage Museum, and is a longtime Hemingway fan. Space is limited, please sign up at the Symposium.




Times and venues are subject to change. Please check for updates.

All hosted events will take place at the Community Library Lecture Room, 415 Spruce Ave, Ketchum, Idaho, unless otherwise indicated and are free of charge. Parking is available in the public parking lot next to the LDS Church across Spruce Avenue from the Library. Look for signs.