Book Notes: UI plays host to Hemingway celebration

Attention, fans of Ernest Hemingway: The University of Idaho is hosting its annual Hemingway Festival, Thursday through Saturday in Moscow.

This celebration of all things Ernest includes readings by visiting authors, a screening of a Hemingway documentary and (two things Papa would have loved): a Hemingway Cocktail Hour and a “Moveable Feast,” a banquet.

The full schedule is available at www.uidaho.edu/class/hemingway, but here are a few highlights:

• A reading by Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner, Brando Skyhorse, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Kenworthy Performing Arts Center, Moscow, free.

• “Rivers to the Sea,” Hemingway documentary screening, Saturday, 6 p.m., Kenworthy Performing Arts Center, free.

• “Why Hemingway Matters Today,” panel discussion, Saturday, 8:30 p.m., Kenworthy Performing Arts Center, free.

Hemingway was an Idaho resident for the latter part of his life; he died in Ketchum. The University of Idaho publishes one of the premier Hemingway journals, The Hemingway Review.

Patricia Henley at GU

Patricia Henley, a celebrated novelist, poet and short-story writer, will speak on Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. as part of the Gonzaga University Visiting Writers Series.

Henley’s first book of stories, “Friday Night at Silver Star,” won the Montana First Book Award in 1986. Her first novel, “Hummingbird House,” was a National Book Award finalist. She has also written two poetry chapbooks.

She has taught for 24 years in Purdue University’s MFA program. She lives in Indiana.

Her talk will be in GU’s Wolff Auditorium in the Jepson Building. Please note that this is a different location from most Visiting Writer’s Series events.

Diaz traded for Pinsky

Speaking of the GU Visiting Writers Series, the previously announced visit of Pulitzer Prize fiction winner Junot Diaz has been canceled.

But he’s been replaced by an equally big name: Robert Pinsky, one of the best known poets in the U.S.

Pinsky’s visit will come Feb. 28.

A live Vowell appearance

Sarah Vowell, the well-known author and radio voice, has been booked for Spokane Community College’s Presidential Speaker Series, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.

Vowell is the author of the best-selling books “The Wordy Shipmates,”  “Assassination Vacation” and “Unfamiliar Fishes.” She has also been a regular contributor to public radio’s “This American Life.”

Her talk will be in SCC’s Lair-Student Center Auditorium, Bldg. 6, 1810 N. Greene St.

Vowell will also do a casual question-and-answer session on Nov. 8, 9:30 a.m. in the Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities at SCC.

Both events are free and open to the public.

‘What Can We Learn …’

Gonzaga University continues its provocative series of public faculty presentations with “What Can We Learn from Gandhi and Martin Luther King?” on Thursday, 7 p.m. at Wolff Auditorium in the Jepson Building.

The free event will feature two Gonzaga professors, Ron Large of the religious studies department and Kellie Carter Jackson of the history department.

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