The Sun Valley Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau has teamed together with area enthusiasts and organizations to celebrate the life of world-renowned writer Ernest Hemingway.
One of the partners from the onset, the Community Library will be transitioning into the presenting role of this annual event starting this year with the newly titled Ernest Hemingway Symposium.
One of the main goals of the annual event is to honor the heritage of Hemingway's strong bond to the Wood River Valley and Idaho. The Ernest Hemingway Symposium takes place September 30- October 1, 2010 and honors the man who first arrived in Sun Valley in 1939.
Hemingway was given suite #206 of the Sun Valley Lodge, which he nicknamed "Glamour House," a room to which he would return many times. In this suite he worked on "For Whom the Bells Tolls." In his Ketchum home, Hemingway worked on "A Moveable Feast" and "The Garden of Eden" while standing at a desk with a view of the Boulder Mountains.
After writing in the mornings, Hemingway enjoyed duck hunting, often with actor Gary Cooper, on Silver Creek, 25 miles south of Ketchum.
In the evenings, Hemingway could be found socializing with friends at one of his favorite French restaurants, the Christiania, where he often requested a small table on the southwest side of the dining room. He also spent time at other businesses still in operation today such as The Casino, a local tavern; and at star-studded parties that once took place at Trail Creek Cabin, now owned by Sun Valley Resort. The author's descendants open this year's festival, which includes a trap shooting competition in homage to the author's passion for shooting sports.
For more information on the festival call 866-549-5783.