Blank Slate Press, an imprint of Amphorae Publishing Group, announces The Hemingway Files, H. K. Bush’s debut novel, will be published June 20, 2017. The Hemingway Files is available for pre-order at retailers and online in paperback for $15.95 and as en e-book for $9.99. The Hemingway Files is a story within a story, set in the halcyon days before the Great Kobe Earthquake of 1995.
One cold day in 2011 an English professor receives a package from an old student containing his final words and the story of a lifetime. The Hemingway Files takes the professor to Kobe, Japan circa 1992, where a newly minted PhD student, Jake Springs, encountered a mysterious Japanese professor of American literature, named Goto. The second son of a family of immense wealth and power, Goto was a clandestine collector of literary rarities, manuscripts, and books.
Through a series of meetings, Goto provided Jack with a systematic set of revelations about Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and other literary giants, all of which were supported by unknown documents in Goto’s possession. With the allure of these revelations, as well as Goto’s beautiful niece, Jack was drawn back to Goto’s house again and again until the tragic events on the day of the Great Kobe Earthquake of 1995 threatened to destroy all that had been revealed—including Jack’s sense of who he was and what he was capable of.
About the Author
H.K. Bush is a professor of English at Saint Louis University, a former Fulbright Senior Scholar in Freiburg, Germany and a Senior Fellow at Waseda Institute in Tokyo. He is most noted for his work as a scholar of Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Prof. Bush has authored numerous books including Mark Twain and the Spiritual Crisis of His Age (2007) and American Declarations (1999). His recent books include Continuing Bonds with the Dead (2016) and The Letters of Mark Twain and Joseph Twichell (2017). In addition, he has written regularly in popular venues such as Books & Culture, Christian Century, The Cresset, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, among others and is also founder and contributing editor for the Heithaus Haven on-line blog community. The Hemingway Files is his first novel. Find out more at halbush.com.