Michigan Hemingway Society

Since 1990, focusing on the Michigan influence in Ernest Hemingway's work,
especially the Nick Adams Stories.
The society holds an annual Hemingway Weekend in Petoskey, MI
each Fall which features speakers, readings, exhibits, and tours
of northern Michigan sites where the Nobel Prize-winning author
spent his boyhood summers.

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MHS 2019 Fall Conference
at The Terrace Inn, Bay View, Michigan
October 18-20, 2019

Stoneback-ParisWe are honored to welcome Dr. H. R. Stoneback to the conference as our keynote speaker and panel participant during the weekend. Dr. Stoneback’s credentials are respected throughout academia, not only as author and Hemingway scholar, but as an expert on Pound, Faulkner, Durell, Richard Aldington, and Elizabeth Madox Roberts. His most recent volume, Hemingway’s Paris, Our Paris? is widely praised, and the international Hemingway conference he directed in Paris in 2018 was hugely successful and the best-attended in the Hemingway Society’s history. Dr. Stoneback will present his keynote address entitled “My Michigan in 1961,” a fascinating meditation on his own lasting inspiration from time spent Up North.

After Friday’s opening reception, we will enjoy President Chris Struble’s very popular program of historic photos of the area. Chris is an expert on the history of Petoskey and the surrounding area. We also expect to be able to introduce some of the winners of the PEN/Robert J. Dau Prize Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, which recognizes 12 emerging fiction writers each year for their debut short story published within the calendar year in a literary magazine or cultural website and aims to support the launch of their careers as fiction writers.

Saturday morning, breakfast at the Terrace Inn will be followed by a presentation about Hemingway and his parents by Charlotte Ponder.  Mrs. Ponder, board member and former president of MHS, has been doing research on the Hemingway family, especially Grace Hall Hemingway, for many years. It will be exciting to hear hitherto unpublished details from interviews she has done with Hemingway’s sister, Carol Hemingway Gardner, and with Carol Douglas, the daughter of close Hemingway family friend Ruth Arnold.

Options in the works for Saturday and Sunday include tours of sites such as Grace Cottage, a film and round table discussion of the short story “Indian Camp” by Stoney Stoneback and a group of graduate students, with readings and panel discussions by winners of the PEN/Robert J. Dau winners and essays by our Coté Scholarship winners. And our president, Chris Struble, always has a "suprise" event following lunch on Sunday that's worth staying for.

The Terrace Inn in the Northern Michigan Chautauqua community of Bay View will once again be our conference headquarters. All rooms at The Terrace Inn are blocked for our conference until September 27th. Reservations must be made by calling 231-347-2410 or emailing info@theterraceinn.com, mentioning your reservation is for the Michigan Hemingway Society conference in October. Very reasonable room rates range from $129 to $189 (plus 5% hotel tax.) There is a special discounted rate of $99 for your room on the Thursday night prior to, and/or the Sunday night following, the conference. Call early to assure your reservation for one of the 38 quaint rooms available in this historic hotel that was built in 1910.

If you are not a member of the Michigan Hemingway Society for the 2019 calendar year you may join online now and your conference fee will be reduced by $40.

A student scholarship is available to help pay for expenses to attend the MHS conference, see details at the Coté Scholarship webpage.

We hope to see you Up North in October for another enjoyable weekend with friends who share an interest in Hemingway and in the environment that so significantly influenced him and his writings.