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PEN Hemingway Awards - April 13, 2003

April 13, 2003 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky will provide remarks as part of the PEN/Hemingway Award ceremony hosted annually by the Kennedy Library which is home to the Hemingway archives. 

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Writers on War - March 21, 2004

March 21, 2004 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Sean Hemingway, who edited a collection of his grandfather's writings titled Hemingway on War, shared his insights with Paul Fussell, author of The Great War and Modern Memory, and James Webb, Jr., author of the best selling Vietnam War novel Fields of Fire.  Harvard University's Susan Suleiman moderated.

PEN Hemingway 2004 Awards - April 4, 2004

April 4, 2004 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Russell Banks delivered the keynote address at the PEN Hemingway Awards ceremony hosted annually by the Kennedy Library.  Mr. Banks has won numerous awards and prizes for his work.  Continental Drift and Cloudsplitter were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 and 1998 respectively. Affliction was short listed for both the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Prize and the Irish International Prize.  The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway's works.

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Life with the Hemingways - November 8, 2004

November 8, 2004 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Valerie Hemingway, confidante and daughter-in-law of Ernest, shared stories of her years traveling with Ernest and Mary Hemingway.  Her book is Running with the Bulls.

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2005 PEN/Hemingway Awards - April 10, 2005

April 10, 2005 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

PEN/New England and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum honor Chris Abani as the 2005 recipient of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for a distinguished first book of fiction for GracelandPatrick Hemingway, the son of Nobel Prize-winning writer Ernest Hemingway, presents the prestigious literary award.  Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo, author of Mohawk, The Risk Pool, Nobody's Fool, Straight Man and Empire Falls, delivers the keynote address.

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Dear Papa, Dear Hotch - November 28, 2005

November 28, 2005 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

On the publication of Dear Papa, Dear Hotch: The Correspondence of Ernest Hemingway and A.E. Hotchner, the award-winning playwright, author, and good friend of Hemingway shared stories about the man.  Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Justin Kaplan moderated.

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PEN Hemingway Awards - April 2, 2006

April 2, 2006 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Joyce Carol Oates, recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, delivered the keynote address at the annual PEN/Hemingway Award ceremony hosted annually by the Kennedy Library.  The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway's works.

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A Conversation with Patrick Hemingway - December 3, 2006

December 3, 2006 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Patrick Hemingway, the son of Ernest Hemingway, discussed his father's writing and legacy with Stanley Katz, President Emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies and chair of the Societies' Social Research Council Working Group on Cuba, through which he has done extensive work with the Hemingway materials remaining in Cuba.  The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway's papers.

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Edward P. Jones

PEN Hemingway Awards - April 1, 2007

April 1, 2007 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Edward P. Jones delivered the keynote address at the PEN/Hemingway Awards ceremony hosted annually by the Kennedy Library. Mr. Jones won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Lannan Literary Award for The Known World. He is a past PEN/Hemingway Award winner and MacArthur Fellow. His new book is All Aunt Hagar's Children. The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway's works.

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True Gen

The True Gen - April 2, 2007

April 2, 2007 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

The close friendship between Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper is the focus of a new documentary directed by John Mulholland. He and Patrick Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's son, discussed the film and showed selected excerpts. Peter Keough, film critic for The Boston Phoenix, moderated.

Alice Hoffman

PEN Hemingway Awards - March 30, 2008

March 30, 2008 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Alice Hoffman delivered the keynote address at the PEN/Hemingway Awards ceremony hosted annually by the Kennedy Library. Ms. Hoffman is one of our nation's most distinguished novelists. The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway's works.

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The Centennial of Martha Gellhorn - November 9, 2008

November 9, 2008 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Gellhorn's biographer, Caroline Moorehead, and war correspondent turned novelist, Ward Just (who was a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist), paid tribute to the groundbreaking career of journalist and writer, Martha Gellhorn. NPR special correspondent Susan Stamberg moderated. Gellhorn was the third wife of Ernest Hemingway, whose papers are archived at the Kennedy Library.

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Richard Rhodes

PEN Hemingway Awards - March 29, 2009

March 29, 2009 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Patrick Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's sole surviving son, and author Richard Russo bestowed the annual PEN/Hemingway Award to Michael Dahlie for his first book of fiction, A Gentleman's Guide to Graceful Living. Rebecca Goldstein introduced the ceremony's keynote speaker, Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb. The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway's works.

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Lillian Ross and Susan Morrison

A Conversation with Lillian Ross - June 9, 2009

June 9, 2009 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

To mark the 110th anniversary of Hemingway’s birth, Lillian Ross reflected on her famous 1950 New Yorker profile of the Nobel-prize winning author, and what she has learned about writing and writers throughout her career. Ms. Ross was joined by her New Yorker editor, Susan Morrison.

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A Moveable Feast A Moveable Feast
A Moveable Feast A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast - September 20, 2009

September 20, 2009 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Sean Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's grandson; Adam Gopnik, New Yorker writer and author of Paris to the Moon; and Diane Johnson, author of Le Mariage and Le Divorce, discussed the restored edition of Hemingway's Parisian classic, A Moveable Feast, with Scott Simon, host of NPR's Saturday Weekend Edition.

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Patrick Hemingway
Dorothy Allison

PEN Hemingway Awards - March 28, 2010

March 28, 2010 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Patrick Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s sole surviving son, and Dorothy Allison, National Book Award finalist, honored Brigid Pasulka for her first published work of fiction, A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True. Of the three PEN Winship winners -- for fiction (Anne Sanow), poetry (Meg Kearney) and nonfiction -- the nonfiction winner, Elyssa East for Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town, spoke. The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway's works. 

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Hadley and Ernest Hemingway

A Novel Based on Hadley Hemingway

March 23, 2011 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Paula McLain discussed The Paris Wife, her novel based on Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson, during their marriage in Paris with Jennifer Haigh, the 2004 PEN Hemingway winner.

Paul Hendickson and Scott Simon

Ernest Hemingway and the Sea

October 12, 2011 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Paul Hendrickson discussed his new biography of Ernest Hemingway as seen through Hemingway’s long relationship with his beloved boat, Pilar. Scott Simon, of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, moderated.

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Corey Stoll Sandra Spanier
Scott Simon Ward Just

Hemingway's Letters: From Childhood to Paris

December 11, 2011 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

On the publication of the first volume of Ernest Hemingway's letters, Sandra Spanier, the book’s editor; novelist Ward Just; and moderator Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday discussed The Letters of Ernest Hemingway: Volume 1, 1907-1922. Corey Stoll, the actor who played Hemingway in Woody Allen’s recent Midnight in Paris, read selections.

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Patrick Hemingway
Andre Dubus III Teju Cole

PEN Hemingway Awards

April 1, 2012 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Patrick Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's sole surviving son, introduced the 2012 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, which was given to Teju Cole for his first novel Open City. In addition, the Laurence L. & Thomas Winship/PEN New England Awards were given to fiction winner Yannick Murphy for The Call, poetry winner Elizabeth Willis for Address, and nonfiction winner Mitchell Zuckoff for Lost in Shangri-La. The two Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award finalists, Amy Waldman for The Submission and Stephanie Powell Watts for We Are Taking Only What We Need, were also honored. Andre Dubus III, author of House of Sand and Fog and Townie, delivered the keynote speech.

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2014 PEN Hemingway and PEN New England winners, finalists, and judges

PEN Hemingway Awards

April 6, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Patrick Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s son, presented the PEN Hemingway Award for best first published work of fiction by an American author. This year's winner was NoViolet Bulawayo for We Need New Names. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks (March, People of the Book, Caleb's Crossing) was the keynote speaker. The ceremony also included the presentation of the PEN New England Awards, honoring best works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by New England authors. This year’s honors went to News From Heaven by Jennifer Haigh, What Happens Next? by Douglas Bauer, and Frost in the Low Areas by Karen Skolfield. The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway's works. 

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