Explore the city through Fitzgerald's eyes.

The birthplace of F. Scott Fitzgerald – Saint Paul, Minnesota – is proud to host the 14th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference, June 25 through July 1, 2017. The conference, filled with fascinating papers and presentations from scholars from all over the world, will also include a “FitzFest” – seven days of public events and Fitzgerald-related fun! The local host organization, Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, has arranged for a week of activities to appeal to serious scholars, Fitzgerald aficionados, and newcomers/students alike.

Based at the Hotel 340 and College of St. Scholastica-Saint Paul Campus, the conference headquarters is located in the center of downtown Saint Paul, with easy connections to all sites. The Twin Cities metro area of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is one of the most vibrant literary and cultural cities in the US, with world-class museums, amazing theater, renowned indie bookstores, as well as great shopping and stunning natural settings. This conference is a not-to-be-missed event for any Fitzgerald fan.

Conference activities are scheduled to include an opening reception at Saint Paul’s historic Central Library, a closing banquet at the beautiful Hotel 340 ballroom, and a tour of Fitzgerald sites in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood, as well as over 70 scholarly presentations. Plenary sessions will feature a panel by nationally-acclaimed Minnesota mystery writers William Kent Krueger, Ellen Hart and David Housewright; award-winning Hmong-American author Kao Kalia Yang; Greg Barnhisel on book history and Fitzgerald; and eminent Fitzgerald scholars Scott Donaldson and Anne Margaret Daniel.

Special “FitzFest” add-on activities are slated to include a pool party at the University Club with reggae band Irie Sol; a Gatsby night at the Saint Paul Saints baseball stadium; a tour of White Bear Lake, including a Fitzgerald flotilla; and 20s era jazz at the Vieux Carré club. Bus tours will venture out to Duluth/Lake Superior; cultural highlights of Minneapolis; and the Sinclair Lewis birthplace in Sauk Centre. Finally, five exhibits will feature rarely seen Fitzgerald photos; Minnesota artists and authors from the Fitzgerald era, Minnesota and WWI; White Bear Lake artists of the 1920s; and a contemporary photography exhibit of Fitzgerald homes and haunts in Minnesota.


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