The Hemingway Festival at the University of Idaho starts March 2 with a slew of events celebrating the author with food, drink, readings and more. Here’s a few highlights from the complete schedule.
The festival kicks off March 2 with a free Sneak Peeks Event at 6:30 p.m. at the 1912 Center where authors will give short readings from their forthcoming works. Readers are Kim Barnes, Mary Blew, Peter Chilson, Laura Godfrey, Erin James, Jenn Ladino, Debbie Lee, Ron McFarland, Daniel Orozco, Alexandra Teague, Joy Passanante, Scott Slovic and Robert Wrigley.
Hemingway scholars will give short talks on the life and history of the author, teaching his work in the classroom and his contribution to literature from 1:30 to 3 p.m. March 4 at the University of Idaho Commons Whitewater Room.
A Moveable Feast – Havana Nights, March 4, features a Cuban-inspired, six-course dinner by executive chef Marshall Baltzell inspired by menus from two of Hemingway’s favorite Cuban restaurants, La Floridita and La Bodeguita del Medio. The UI Ballroom Dance Team will provide Cuban Salsa and Mambo dance lessons at a social hour from 5 to 6 p.m. and perform throughout the evening at the Best Western Plus University Inn. Tickets are $85.
The winner of this year’s PEN/Hemingway Award, Arna Bontemps Hemenway, will speak about his book, “Elegy on Kinderklavier,” at 2 p.m. March 5 at the Moscow Public Library and 7:30 p.m. at the 1912 Center, followed by a free reception at 9 p.m. at Lodgepole restaurant. Hemenway’s fiction appears in Best American Short Stories 2015. He teaches at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.