Grab a Book and Join Walloon Lake Reads: The Nick Adams Stories (Beginning April 1, 2021)

As part of its year-long HEMINGWAY HOMECOMING celebration, the Village of Walloon Lake is hosting Walloon Lake Reads: The Nick Adams Stories which kicks off on Thursday, April 1 and runs through mid-May, culminating with a finale tour of area sites featured in the stories.

“Our inspiration for this community literary event was the 2008 Great Michigan Read of The Nick Adams Stories, which was organized by the Michigan Humanities Council,” says Dianna Stampfler, who is helping coordinate many of the 2021 events focused on Ernest Hemingway in Walloon Lake. “While many have read this book or the individual stories over the years, there are still those who have no idea how Nick Adams and ultimately Ernest Hemingway were influenced by the woods and waters in and around Walloon Lake.”

Chris Struble, president of the Michigan Hemingway Society and founder of Petoskey Yesterday, will kick off the 7-week virtual Zoom series with a look inside the Hemingway family and their summers spent along Walloon Lake. He will also share some of the background about how The Nick Adams Stories came to be, where they were written and the significance of having them published in chronological order and released posthumously on April 17, 1972.

A viewing of the WCMU 30-minute special Ernest Hemingway: Life is Michigan and introduction of the upcoming Ken Burns Hemingway documentary (airing April 5-7 on PBS and featuring the voice of Michigan and CMU’s own Jeff Daniels as Hemingway) will also be featured during that opening event.

The five weeks following will include virtual discussions on the individual sections of The Nick Adams Stories, moderated by educators, historians and others well-versed in Hemingway’s work, including:

  • April 8 – The Northern Woods with Don Daiker, Professor Emeritus of English at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio
  • April 15 – On His Own with Sean C. Hadley, Teacher – Trinitas Christian School in Pensacola, Florida
  • April 22 – War with Peter Hays, Author & Professor Emeritus of English – UC Davis in Davis, California
  • April 29 – A Soldier Home with Jennifer Tianen (McQuillan), English Teacher and founder of the Literary Garden at West Bloomfield High School in West Bloomfield, Michigan
  • May 6 – Company of Two with Katherine Palmer, Adjunct Instructor of English at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey and English Teacher at Boyne City High School

A finale event will be held mid-May which likely will include a driving tour to sites around Walloon Lake and Horton Bay featured in The Nick Adams Stories, lead by Struble. If a public event cannot be hosted, a virtual tour will be offered.

Copies of The Nick Adams Stories are available at most local libraries and bookstores, including McLean & Eakin in downtown Petoskey.

Other events this year as part of the Hemingway Homecoming include:

  • Hemingway Birthday Celebration planned for Wednesday, July 21 (Ernest was born on this date in 1899) with a handful of family-friendly events.
  • Hemingway Homecoming activities over Labor Day weekend (September 3-6) include a Wedding Reception fundraiser dinner at the Talcott Center in downtown Walloon Lake on the 100th anniversary of Ernest’s wedding to Hadley Richardson at the Horton Bay Methodist Church (September 3, 1921); and the unveiling of art and historical installations downtown focused on Hemingway as well as other aspects of the village’s development and growth at the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth century – like early rail travel, hotels and resorts, boating and more.

Ernest Hemingway was just three months old when he made his first trip from his hometown of Oak Park, IL to Walloon Lake where his parents – Clarence and Grace (Hall) – had purchased property along the North Shore. He would spend time each and every summer until 1922 at the family’s beloved Windemere cottage (including his 1921 honeymoon), the cottage still owned by descendants of the Hemingway family.

All events are held on Thursday evenings beginning at 7pm.  Advanced registration is required for this virtual Zoom series. Register for Grab a Book and Join Walloon Lake Reads: The Nick Adams Stories at