Robert K. Elder will discuss his book, Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park, during a Society of Midland Authors program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., Chicago. Admission is free, and no advance reservations are required.
Co-written by Mark Cirino and Aaron Vetch, the book presents highlights from the extraordinary collection of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park. Thoroughly researched, and illustrated with more than 300 color images, this impressive volume includes never-before-published photos; letters between Heming-way and Agnes Von Kurowsky, his World War I love; bullfighting memorabilia; high school assignments; adolescent diaries; Heming-way’s earliest published work, such as the “Class Prophecy” that appeared in his high school yearbook; and even a dental X-ray. Hidden Hemingway also includes one of the final letters Hemingway wrote, as he was undergoing electroshock treatment at the Mayo Clinic. These documents, photographs, and ephemera trace the trajectory of the life of an American literary legend.
Elder is the director of digital product development & strategy at Crain Communications and the founder of Odd Hours Media LLC. As a journalist, he has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and DNAinfo. His previous books are The Best Film You’ve Never Seen, The Film That Changed My Life and Last Words of the Executed.
Edward McClelland will discuss his book How to Speak Midwestern on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago. McClelland will speak at 7 p.m. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.