Travels with Hemingway’s Keeper
In a discussion full of anecdotes and asides, Michael Katakis talks to Laura Jean McKay about the hard-living, muscular-writing master wordsmith that was Hemingway, his own love of travel, and how his two great loves influence his own creative work –as well as a detour into his thoughts on American politics and society.
Katakis is a man of many talents: he’s a travel writer, photographer, and manager of Ernest Hemingway’s literary estate. With Hemingway’s son, Patrick, he works to protect the integrity of the great man’s legacy – a job that takes him around the globe.
Laura Jean McKay is the author of Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc. 2013), shortlisted for three national book awards in Australia. Her work appears in Meanjin, Overland, Best Australian Stories, the Saturday Paper, and the North American Review. Laura is a lecturer in creative writing at Massey University, with a PhD from the University of Melbourne focusing on literary animal studies. She is the ‘animal expert’ presenter on ABC Listen’s Animal Sound Safari. The Animals in That Country (Scribe 2020) is her debut novel.
Michael Katakis has authored a number of books, including Despatches, The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial and, as editor, Sacred Trusts: Essays on Stewardship and Responsibility and Excavating Voices: Listening to Photographs of Native Americans.