…to the website of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, more generally known as the Hemingway Society. We hope that if you have not joined the Society, you will decide to become a member now. Just click on Join and go from there. If you are already a member then click on Renew Membership to renew your membership, update your contact information and enjoy free access to The Hemingway Review and the archives of the Hemingway Newsletter published by the Society.

XVI Biennial Hemingway Society Conference
“Hemingway in Venice”
June 22-27, 2014

Seating space for the Hemingway Society Fundraiser at the Gritti Palace Hotel on Tuesday is SOLD OUT! Organizers have, however, been able to expand the Gritti Palace fundraiser to a second event on Monday evening. If you would like to attend please click here: Gritti Palace Monday Option.

Also, please note that the Day Trip Excursion on Wednesday and the Closing Banquet on Friday evening are SOLD OUT.

As our academic program is materializing, we can already promise some real treasures: an international roundtable on Venice and the arts, an update on the Hemingway Letters Project, an address from our new President on Hemingway’s Venice, a talk from our site director, Rosella Mamoli Zorzi, about Hemingway’s Torcello, a panel celebrating The Hemingway Review and scores of papers about topics ranging from all aspects of Hemingway’s Italy to Spain, Africa, Cuba, teaching Hemingway, Hemingway and other artists, Hemingway and the East, and much more.

This will also be an excellent opportunity to experience a location that played an important role in Hemingway’s life and works. As a registered conference attendee you are invited to join a walking tour of Hemingway’s Venice and to attend an opening reception at the Venice International University. You may also choose from several optional conference events: a social at the Gritti Palace Hotel where Hemingway stayed, a bus tour that includes Fossalta where Hemingway was wounded during WWI, a PEN/Hemingway fundraiser at Locanda Cipriani on the island of Torcello where Hemingway also stayed and a closing reception and dinner at Al Giardinetto.

For more information and to register for the conference see the Venice 2014 tab under Conferences at the top of this page. Be sure to read about Tom Adams search for Hemingway sites in the area.

Please note that after April 30th, a late registration fee of $25 will be charged all registrations

Announcing the 2014 Hemingway/PEN Award for Debut Fiction


NoViolet Bulawayo wins Hemingway/PEN Award

By Jan Gardner Globe Correspondent March 15, 2014

NoViolet Bulawayo
Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP Photo

NoViolet Bulawayo, born in Zimbabwe and now a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, is this year’s winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for We Need New Names (Little, Brown). The novel follows a 10-year-old girl who leaves her shantytown in Zimbabwe to live with an aunt in Detroit.
Finalists for the award, which honors the best debut book of fiction by an American author, are The Residue Years (Bloomsbury), an autobiographical novel by Mitchell S. Jackson, who is black and grew up in Portland, Ore., and The Old Priest (University of Pittsburgh), a story collection by Anthony Wallace, who teaches writing at Boston University. For additional details see The Boston Globe article.

Kennedy Library Forums
PEN Hemingway Awards
April 6, 2014 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Geraldine_BrooksGeraldine Brooks by Randi Baird

Patrick Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s son, will present the 2014 PEN Hemingway Award for best first published work of fiction by an American author to NoViolet Bulawayo for We Need New Names. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks (March, People of the Book, Caleb’s Crossing) is the keynote speaker. The ceremony also includes the presentation of the PEN New England Awards, honoring best works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by New England authors. This year’s honors go to News From Heaven by Jennifer Haigh, What Matters Most by Douglas Bauer, and Frost in the Low Areas by Karen Scolfield. The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway’s works. Registration to attend is recommended or sign up for the webcast. See details at www.jfklibrary.org/Events-and-Awards/Forums.aspx.

An award-winning novel of immigration points to the vibrancy of American literature

April 12, 2014
The Kansas City Star

BOSTON — Sales at American book stores rose a measly 1 percent in 2013, according to trade accounts. It remains unclear whether that sluggishness — sales of ebooks have also tapered off — truly represents a further chipping away of the importance of books in our culture.

In any case, people continue to wonder with reason about the state and influence of literature in our lives.

Well, don’t count it out just yet.

Based on what I saw and heard at a Boston literary event last weekend, the state of American literature remains vibrant.

NoViolet Bulawayo
                                STEVE PAUL | THE KANSAS CITY STAR
NoViolet Bulawayo, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, spoke April 6 at the JFK Library and Museum.

Consider the self-made journey of NoViolet Bulawayo. A native of Zimbabwe, she emigrated to the United States, joining an aunt in Michigan, earned three college degrees — she’d intended to go to law school but “fortunately or unfortunately,” she said, “studied writing instead” — and now serves as a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

Bulawayo on Sunday received the PEN/Hemingway Award, which is given to an American author for a first published work of fiction. Bulawayo, in her early 30s, follows a long and multicultural list of award winners who are now notable writers, including Marilynne Robinson, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ben Fountain, Yi-yun Li and Teju Cole. (Full disclosure: I’m a member of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society, which co-sponsors the award with the PEN New England writers’ organization and the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, site of the Sunday event.)

Bulawayo’s novel, “We Need New Names,” is an extraordinarily vivid tale of a 10-year-old Zimbabwean girl experiencing the years of chaos a decade or so ago under President Robert Mugabe’s regime — Bulawayo’s own girlhood took place in relatively calmer years following the nation’s independence in the 1980s. The girl, Darling, and her friends steal guavas to satisfy their hunger and eventually watch homes being bulldozed during a brutal campaign against the poor and government opponents.

Before she departs, she visits an elder who conducts a tobacco ritual and declares, “The ancestors are your angels, they will bear you to America.”

The next brilliant paragraph shows off Darling’s narrative voice:

Finally he tied a bone attached to a rainbow-colored string around my waist and said, This is your weapon, it will fight off all evil in that America, never ever take it off, you hear? But then when I got to America the airport dog barked and barked and sniffed me, and the woman in the uniform took me aside and waved the stick around me and the stick made a nting-nting sound and the woman said, Are you carrying any weapons? and I nodded and showed my weapon from Vodloza, and Aunt Fostalina said, What is this crap? and she took it off and threw it in a bin. Now I have no weapon to fight evil with in America.

Bulawayo’s story of immigration is a sober yet often humorous document of America’s promise, America’s realities and the shifting idea of home in a transplant’s consciousness.
In that way it burnishes the notion that American literature, like America itself, is a melting pot, enriched as it ever has been by the voices of immigrants.

“American literature,” said Scott Turow, one of three judges who chose Bulawayo’s novel, “whatever the reports of its demise, is really in pretty good shape.”

In a keynote talk, the journalist turned novelist Geraldine Brooks (“Caleb’s Crossing,” “March”), spoke about the implausible truths that often inspire writers and how she has drawn from her own experience, like Hemingway, as a foreign correspondent and witness to war.

A writer toils in a quiet space and never really knows what difference he or she makes in the world.

All she can do is make the effort, Brooks said, “to make the suffering I’ve experienced count for something.”

That indeed is the work of literature.


2013 Ballots

The Hemingway Society is delighted to announce that H. R. (“Stoney”) Stoneback has been elected president for the 2014-2017 term. Gail Sinclair and Linda Patterson Miller have been elected to trustee positions for the same span.

New Editor of The Hemingway Review Announced

Susan Beegel, Susan Beegeleditor of The Hemingway Review, has announced her intention to retire effective 30 June 2014.  The Spring 2014 issue, Volume 33.2, will be her last.  Says Susan: “While Hemingway studies and Hemingway colleagues will always be a special part of my life, after 22 years—and 44 issues—I think the journal and I will both be ready for new directions.”

At its annual board meeting, held on 23 May 2013 at the American Literature Association conference, the Board of the Hemingway Society voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Suzanne del Gizzo as the next editor of The Hemingway Review.

Suzanne del GizzoWith a Ph.D. in English from Tulane University and an Associate Professorship at Chestnut Hill College, Suzanne is eminently qualified to edit The Hemingway Review.  She has significant editorial experience, with two co-edited anthologies to her credit: Ernest Hemingway in Context (with Debra Moddelmog, Cambridge UP, 2013) and Hemingway’s The Garden of Eden: 25 Years of Criticism (with Frederic Svoboda, Kent State UP, 2012).  Her editorial work has also included assembling two highly regarded special sections for The Hemingway Review (one on Hemingway and Frost and another on teaching The Garden of Eden).  A fine scholar, she has published twenty articles on Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and 20th-century American literature in a number of distinguished venues, including the Review.  She has evaluated submissions and reviewed books for our journal, while her three years of work reviewing annual publications on Hemingway and Fitzgerald for American Literary Scholarship have given her a sense of what other journals are up to.

Suzanne is well-known and well-respected by the Hemingway community.  Her service to the Society has been exemplary.  She organized our ALA and MLA programs from 2007-2011, is serving her third term as a board member, and co-directed the Society’s highly successful international conference in Lausanne, Switzerland.  As an administrator, she’s both innovative and competent, as well as a cheerful, approachable consensus-builder.

The Board believes that Suzanne will bring a wealth of fresh ideas and new enthusiasm to the journal.  “I am honored and excited to serve the Society in this way.  My principal goal will be to maintain the extremely high standards Susan has established for the Review so that it continues to be the premier journal for Hemingway scholarship,” says del Gizzo.

Both editor and editor-elect will be working closely together to insure a smooth transition.  Authors with work accepted through Spring 2014 will continue to work with Susan, while Suzanne takes over evaluating submissions for future issues. Updated contributor guidelines will be available on the Hemingway Society website on 1 July 2013.  Suzanne can be reached for questions at thehemingwayreview@gmail.com.

Board Makes Changes to the Lewis-Reynolds-Smith Founders Fellowships

The Hemingway Society Board agreed at its May 2013 meeting to open up the Lewis-Reynolds-Smith Founders Fellowships to all scholars regardless of rank, although preference will continue to be shown to applications from graduate students, independent scholars, and recent Ph.D.’s. Current plans are to award two $1000 Lewis-Reynolds-Smith Founders Fellowships in 2014; as donations to this fund increase, additional fellowships will be awarded annually. For more information about the Lewis-Reynolds-Smith Founders Fellowships, please see the Lewis-Reynolds-Smith Founders Fellowships page. To donate to the fund, please go to the Donation page.

Who We Are and What We Do

Mary Walsh HemingwayThe Ernest Hemingway Foundation was established in 1965 by Mary Hemingway, Ernest’s widow, “for the purposes of awakening, sustaining an interest in, promoting, fostering, stimulating, supporting, improving and developing literature and all forms of literary composition and expression.” Within that context, the Foundation’s activities have emphasized “the promotion, assistance and coordination of scholarship and studies relating to the works and life of the late Ernest Hemingway.”

In 1980 at Thompson Island in Boston Harbor, a group of Hemingway scholars assembled for a conference near the John F. Kennedy Library (the principal repository of Hemingway manuscripts and memorabilia) formed the Hemingway Society. I was delighted then, as a young Hemingway scholar, to participate in the founding of the Society. And for 34 years as a member–as a conference director and member of the Board of Trustees, as an enthusiastic supporter of the vision and work of the Hemingway Society–that initial delight has reverberated, resounded and multiplied many times over.

After the death of Mary Hemingway in 1986, Ernest’s sons Patrick and John Hemingway generously invited the Society to assume the resources, duties and functions of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation.

Since that time, the Foundation, as run by the Society, has taken the lead in advancing Hemingway studies. Among other things, we

  • Edit and publish The Hemingway Review, which appears semi-annually in the spring and fall. This outstanding journal is edited by Suzanne del Gizzo, and is mailed free to members of the Society.

  • Publish The Hemingway Newsletter. A complete archive of all issues is available online to Society members.

  • Hold biennial International Conferences in even-numbered years, generally alternating overseas sites with those in the United States.

  • Award annually one or two $1,000 Lewis-Reynolds-Smith Fellowships to support research and writing on the work and life of Ernest Hemingway. These competitive awards are made to Society members with worthy projects, and are funded in honor of the memory of three outstanding leaders in the Society: Paul Smith, our founding president, Michael S. Reynolds, Hemingway biographer who was president until shortly before his death in August 2000 and Robert Lewis who was also a founding member and multi-term President of the Society.

  • Sponsor and fund the annual PEN/Hemingway Award for the best first book of fiction. This award is presented at the Kennedy Library in Boston each spring. The winner receives a cash award of $10,000 and a one-week residency in the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at the University of Idaho’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. The 2014 Hemingway/PEN Award winner is NoViolet Bulawayo
    for her first book of fiction, We Need New Names. A list of previous award winners may be found here. The Society works closely with the Hemingway collection at the Kennedy Library in other ways as well, for example by evaluating applications from scholars seeking to do research among the treasure trove of manuscripts assembled there.

  • Organize and chair sessions on Hemingway at both the MLA (Modern Language Association) and ALA (American Literature Association) annual meetings, where members of the Hemingway Society have an opportunity to present papers and participate in panels.

  • Supervise major book projects, including the complete collection (or nearly so) of Hemingway’s letters and a full-text version of his Africa book.

  • Above all, encourage the reading and appreciation of the writing of Ernest Hemingway, and the fellowship of his admirers. In short, there are many reasons for Hemingway scholars and enthusiasts to join the Society.

Please join us in the important work of the Hemingway Society.

Now, as we prepare to gather for the XVI Biennial Hemingway Conference, I thank and salute everyone who has been working hard to make a splendid conference in Venice: our conference co-directors, Mark Cirino and Mark Ott; our site director in Venice, Rosella Mamoli Zorzi; the Board of Trustees of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation & Society; all our members busy polishing their paper presentations to perfection–indeed all who will be in Venice to affirm their devotion to Hemingway studies. And if you cannot make it to Venice, we will miss you and see you at the next conference.

I look forward to seeing many of you soon in “La Serenissima”–with so many compelling events scheduled, don’t forget to attend the Annual Meeting on Monday afternoon, where exciting announcements about new Society initiatives and future conference sites will be made. Onward to Venice and beyond!

My grandmother taught me never to mention, only to live, certain words; but she will forgive me if I echo Hemingway and say, with humility and true pride–

Yours for the Hemingway Society,
H. R. Stoneback, President