Ernest Hemingway, the Nobel Prize-winning author of classic American reads such as For Whom The Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea, will be the focus of a weekend full of events at annual fall conference of the Michigan Hemingway Society.

The conference, held Oct. 16-18, features a range of discussions, readings, tours and guest speakers on the subject of Hemingway, with a special focus on his time spent in the Petoskey area. The theme for this year’s conference is "Hemingway and Art."

Artist and author Colette Hemingway, this year’s keynote speaker, will speak about her book, In His Time, which studies the paintings Hemingway owned and his relationships with the artists. Seàn Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s grandson, will also be on hand to introduce a new, restored edition of A Moveable Feast. A book signing with Seàn is slated for Saturday afternoon at McLean and Eakin Booksellers.

Other speakers include Hemingway nephew John Sanford, who has done extensive research on his grandmother Grace Ann Hemingway’s paintings, and Northern Michigan artist Jerry Gates speaking about what might have attracted Hemingway to the world of visual art.

The conference will take place at the Odawa Hotel, with a special conference rate for attendees wishing to stay overnight through the weekend. To book a room, contact Odawa Hotel at 877-442-6464. More information on the Michigan Hemingway Society and the 2009 fall conference can be found at

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