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Grab a Book and Join Walloon Lake Reads: The Nick Adams Stories

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 ALL SESSIONS ARE RECORDED AND WILL BE POSTED ON THE VILLAGE ZOOM ACCOUNT

Nick Adams Detailed Flier

April 1 Kickoff – ZOOM RECORDING: 

STUDY GUIDE: Walloon Lake Reads (Kick Off Discussion)

April 8 Section 1 – ZOOM RECORDING: 

STUDY GUIDE: Walloon Lake Reads (Section 1 The Northern Woods)

April 15 Section 2 – ZOOM RECORDING: 

STUDY GUIDE: Walloon Lake Reads (Section 2 On His Own)

April 22 Section 3 – ZOOM RECORDING:

STUDY GUIDE: Walloon Lake Reads (Section 3 War)

April 29 Section 4 – ZOOM RECORDING: 

STUDY GUIDE: Walloon Lake Reads (Section 4 A Soldier Home)

May 6 Section 5 – 

STUDY GUIDE: Walloon Lake Reads (Section 5 Company of Two)

May 13 Finale Caravan Tour of the Walloon Lake Area: 

MODERATOR BIOS Chris Struble — President of the Michigan Hemingway Society and Owner of Petoskey Yesterday – a local company specializing in tours of Hemingway Haunts, Prohibition, Ghosts and Paranormal locales along with other facets of Northern Michigan’s rich and diverse history. He is also the owner / designer at Arlington Jewelers in Petoskey, an avid outdoorsman and photographer with a lifelong passion for history and travel.


Don Daiker — Professor Emeritus of English at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, has published essays on Hemingway in The Hemingway Review, The McNeese Review, the Fitzgerald-Hemingway Annual, the South Atlantic Review, the North Dakota Quarterly, MidAmerica, Middle West Review, and Texas Studies in Literature and Language. He is co-editor and contributor to Hemingway’s Combat Zones: War, Family, Self (2019).  He serves on the Editorial Board of The Hemingway Review. He sometimes thinks that he is Jake Barnes.

Sean C. Hadley — Teacher, a lecturer, and an author. His essays and book reviews have been published by FORMA Journal, An Unexpected Journal, and The Hemingway Review. Since 2009, Sean has taught humane letters, and for the last ten years he has directed the Thesis program at two different schools. Sean has been a speaker at the Association of Classical Christian Schools annual conference and he has presented at other venues as well, such as Faulkner University’s Institute of Faith and the Academy annual conference and the annual American Literature Association Since 2014, Sean has taught at Trinitas Christian School located in Pensacola, Florida.

Peter Hays — Author & Professor Emeritus of English – University of California in Davis, California. He has served on The Hemingway Society and Foundation Board and is the author or editor of six books on Hemingway as well as numerous articles – the most recent books being Fifty Years of Hemingway Criticism, and Reading The Old Man and the Sea with Bickford Sylvester and Larry Grimes.


Jennifer Tianen (McQuillan) — English teacher and founder of the Literary Garden at West Bloomfield High School in West Bloomfield, Michigan. The Literary Garden houses plants from American authors’ homes and works to provide a multi-sensory setting for student learning (including “the close-growing mint” in “Summer People” (section 4, The Nick Adams Stories). Her research and writing has appeared in The Dictionary of Literary Biography, Green Teacher, The Oakland Journal, Proteus: A Journal of Ideas, and The Literary Encyclopedia. Tianen is the secretary of the Michigan Hemingway Society and is the editor of the Marge Bump Letters Project. Hemingway’s mint is a student favorite in the Literary Garden. (or on Instagram or Twitter @wbhslitgarden)

Katherine Palmer — Adjunct Instructor of English at North Central Michigan College and English Teacher at Boyne City High School has taught literature, creative writing, and composition for over 15 years. Her article, “In Their Time: Making Hemingway Relevant to the 21stCentury Student” was presented at the 2016 International Hemingway Conference in Oak Park, Illinois. She has also presented at and moderated panels on Hemingway at the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature and taught a class on the “Summer Education of Ernest Hemingway” at the Bay View Chautauqua.

In anticipation of this series, and to explore Hemingway’s deep ties to Northern Michigan along with how they influenced his attitudes, passions and writings, WCMU Public Media is partnering with the Clarke Historical Library and noted Hemingway historian Michael Federspiel for “Hemingway in Michigan: A Live Streaming Event” Wednesday, March 31 at 6 p.m. For more:

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Lauri Elbing

    Thank you so much for offering so many opportunities to learn about and experience a part of Ernest Hemingway’s works in a place he loved.

    1. Dianna Stampfler

      Thanks Lauri. We are excited about the 2021 Hemingway Homecoming events!

  2. Judy Rapanos

    I am excited about the program you have developed. I was Chairperson of the Michigan Humanities Council when the Great Michigan Read was launched with the first book “The Nick Adams” stories. Major funding came from Meijer and we held programs throughout the state about Hemingway which included a week’s visit with Valerie Hemingway.

    I wish you much success.

    Judy Rapanos

    1. Dianna Stampfler

      Thanks Judy. We are excited to launch this program – which is modeled after the Great Michigan Read!

  3. John Frey

    I wish there was a way to watch these at another time. I work second shift and am not available. I so wish I could see these. I love Hemingway.

    1. Dianna Stampfler

      Good afternoon John…we will be recording these sessions and will add them to the Walloon Lake Village Facebook and YouTube pages. Links to both are on the top of the website here. Thank you.

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