The Michigan Hemingway Society will hold the 26th Annual Ernest Hemingway Weekend with this year’s theme, “1919: The Beginning of Something,” in Petoskey October 14th to 16th. Hemingway fans from across the state – and beyond – will have the chance to learn about the author’s connection to northern Michigan.
1919 was the last year Hemingway spent in the Walloon Lake – Petoskey area. Newly home from the war, he spent the summer at the family cottage on Walloon Lake and then, after being asked to leave the family cottage, stayed on into the winter in Petoskey. Home from the war, he enjoyed great popularity around town, speaking of his war experiences to groups, attending dances and parties, enjoying the company of the Petoskey girls, and beginning his career as a serious fiction writer.
This year, the keynote speaker will be Dr. Donald Daiker, Professor of English Emeritus at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A well-loved professor and sought-after speaker, both nationally and internationally, Daiker is undoubtedly going to be a highlight of the weekend. His extensive list of publications about Hemingway’s work make him an undisputed expert.
The conference opens Friday evening with registration and heavy hors d’oeuvres at the historic Perry Hotel and closes Sunday afternoon. There are plans for discussions on the world around Hemingway in 1919 (including Chicago and Petoskey), tours (including underground Petoskey; it was during prohibition).
All events are open to the public, some as ticketed events (breakfast at Jesperson’s diner with a very special visitor) and other events free to the public, including a recreation of the talk Hemingway gave at the Carnegie library on Saturday and a vintage baseball game hosted by the Petoskey Mossbacks depicting the 1919 “Black Sox” World Series scandal mentioned in “The Three Day Blow”.