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 writes about humans and other animals. She is the author of Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc. 2013), a story collection that explores the electric zone where local and foreign lives meet. Holiday in Cambodia has been shortlisted for three national book awards in Australia and her work has appeared in The Best Australian Stories, Award Winning Australian Writing and The North American Review.
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.