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Hemingway Seminar Focuses on Father-Son Relationships
Sunday, August 27, 2023


The 2023 Ernest Hemingway Seminar will focus on “Fathers & Sons.”

The event will be held Thursday, Sept. 7, through Saturday, Sept. 9, and will include both an in-person and virtual component.

This year’s seminar will look at Hemingway as a father and son. It will also dissect six of his short stories that focus on father-son relationships: “Indian Camp,” “The Doctor and the Doctor’s Wife,” “Ten Indians,” “My Old Man,” “Fathers and Sons” and “An African Story.”

It will kick off at 1 p.m. with an optional Pre-Seminar Writing Workshop.

Then it gets underway for good with an Opening Reception at 5 p.m. and Opening Keynote by Sherman Alexie, poet, writer, filmmaker and winner of the PENFaulkner and National Book Awards. Alexie will focus on “Two Indians: My Father and I Imagine Hemingway.”

The remaining schedule:

Friday, September 8

10:00 a.m.

Welcomeby Mary Tyson, The Community Library

10:30 a.m.

Boise State University Panel: “The Father and Son Stories: Continuity and Change in Hemingway´s Themes”by Clyde Moneyhun, and “Exploring Ernest Hemingway’s ‘My Old Man’: Origins, Publication History and Narrative Artistry” by Stacey Guill

12:30-2:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

2:00 p.m.

Breakout Discussionson "Indian Camp,"" The Doctor and The Doctor's Wife," and "Ten Indians"

3:30 p.m.


3:45 p.m.

Introduction and Film Screening: Under My Skin

5:30-6:15 p.m.

Join us at The Community Library’s new museum, The Wood River Museum of History and Culture, for a glass of wine and to explore the exhibit: A Writer in New Country: Hemingway in 1939.

Saturday, September 9

10:00 a.m.

"Ernest Hemingway: Fathers, Sons, and the Natural World"by Marc Seals, Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Baraboo

11:00 a.m.

Breakout Discussionson "My Old Man,” “An African Story,” and “Fathers and Sons"

12:30-2:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

2:00 p.m.

“We Loved Each Other:” The Letters Between Patrick and Ernest Hemingwayby Stacey Guill, performed by Clyde Moneyhun, Robert Wilson, and Stacey Guill

3:15 p.m.


3:30 p.m.

Closing Keynote by Verna Kale, Associate Research Professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University and Associate Editor of the Hemingway Letters Project

4:30-6:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks & Reception

The seminar costs $95 to attend in person and $30 to attend virtually.

To attend in person, visit To register to attend virtually, visit





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