Since 1990, focusing on the Michigan influence in Ernest Hemingway's work, especially the Nick Adams Stories. Annual Hemingway Weekend in Petoskey features speakers, readings, exhibits, and tours
of northern Michigan sites where the
Nobel Prize-winning author
spent his boyhood years.

Dates for 2009 weekend: Oct. 16-18
Theme: Hemingway and art
featuring Colette Hemingway

Conference headquarters: Odawa Hotel

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Artist, author Colette Hemingway to keynote at 2009 Conference

“During his lifetime, Ernest Hemingway acquired key paintings by some of the finest artists of the twentieth-century—Joan Miró, Juan Gris, Paul Klee, André Masson, Georges Braque, and Antonio Gattorno, among others—painters whom he knew in Paris, Spain, Cuba, and elsewhere. He once said that painters were a part of learning how to see and hear and feel. Maybe that is why Hemingway bought art. He always aimed at precise, fresh language in his writing, comparable to how Cézanne broke things down into swatches of pure color that together give a true feeling for his subjects.” [Excerpted from in his time, Colette C. Hemingway (2009) © Colette C. Hemingway]

in his time by Colette C. Hemingway is a book about Ernest Hemingway and the paintings he acquired; and, it is about his relationships with the artists who created these paintings during a time that we can now look back on as one of the most critical periods in modern art. Until this present study, some of the paintings owned by Hemingway had never been published, or were misidentified, and very little was known about them. Based on her study and conversations with some of the individuals who knew Hemingway best, Colette does not simply describe these artists and paintings; rather, she brings the art and the makers of this art alive within the context of Hemingway’s life and work.

Colette C. Hemingway received her Ph.D. at Harvard University. She paints, is a writer, and teaches piano. Having written a number of scholarly publications, this is her first book. Colette, her husband Seán, daughter Anouk, and loveable dog Chloe live in Maplewood, NJ.


  • Seán Hemingway to introduce his restored version of A Moveable Feast: Seán Hemingway has edited a restored version of A Moveable Feast, as his grandfather had prepared it, with a new preface by his uncle, Patrick Hemingway. The book will be published on Bastille Day (July 14) and has already won glowing reviews. Seán, who is the son of Gregory and Valerie Hemingway, will talk about the book at breakfast Saturday, and be available for autographs at McLean and Eakin booksellers on Saturday afternoon.
  • Independent scholar and Hemingway nephew John Sanford will be speaking at MHS’s October, 2009, conference. John has presented papers at many international conferences and has done extensive research on his grandmother, Grace Hall Hemingway’s, paintings. He will be sharing with us his knowledge and his photographs of her works during our examination of Hemingway and Art.
  • Northern Michigan artist Jerry Gates will speak from his perspective, discussing what attracted Hemingway, who could be called a visual artist in prose, to the world of painting. He will also talk about what he sees as the meaning behind Hemingway’s art as it reflected the spirit of the times and EH’s spirit as an individual.
  • Evoking Hemingway’s literature through the art of photography is your chance to be creatively involved in the 2009 MHS conference, “Hemingway and Art.” You may have a photograph already in your collection that calls to mind the stories or the settings of Hemingway’s literature. Or you may choose to take photos during the conference at “Hemingway haunts”. Photos will be exhibited and judged by Patricia Innis, MFA. Details:
  • Bookseller Steve Ruebelman will offer Hemingway-related books and magazines for sale, and share his knowledge and experience about collecting first editions.

This year’s conference returns to the The Odawa Hotel, located on Route 131 South. The Odawa is holding a block of rooms and suites from Thursday October 15 to Monday October 19 so you may come early or stay late to enjoy Hemingway country. The rates for the rooms are Sunday to Thursday $69 and Friday and Saturday $89. The rates for the suites are Sunday to Thursday $89 and Friday and Saturday $109. These rates are based on single/double occupancy with a $15 charge for additional adults. The Odawa will hold these rooms until September 16, one month before the conference begins. To book your room now, call 1-877-442-6464 and mention the Michigan Hemingway Society for the special conference rate. Accommodations may also be available at nearby hotels; for information, call 1-800-845-2828 or see

New DVD available: Ernest Hemingway, A Life in Michigan, created by Central Michigan University, Michigan Council for the Humanities, and the Michigan Hemingway Society. Includes Michigan sites of his stories and life, interviews with scholars and family, historical photos. A CMU/WCMU-TV/PBS production. To order, please send $25 (includes shipping and handling) to:
Nancy Nicholson - P.O. Box 922 - Petoskey, Michigan 49770
Coming to northern Michigan? Want to tour historic Hemingway haunts?
MHS offers this guide with suggested readings.
Michigan Hemingway Society is proud to support the Ernest Hemingway collection and endowment
at CMU's Clarke Historical Library.

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