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Biographer to speak in Kansas City


The Kansas City Star
Date: 6/27/99 00:02

Michael Reynolds, a biographer who has been writing about Ernest Hemingway for more than 25 years, will speak July 8 at Unity Temple on the Plaza.

Reynolds will deliver the Kansas City Library's Sosland lecture on "Hemingway as American Icon." His appearance will be the first event in a local series celebrating "Hemingway at 100."

The biographer's latest work, Hemingway: The Final Years (reviewed elsewhere in this section), concludes his examination of the life and art of the Nobel Prize-winning writer who spent part of his early career at The Kansas City Star.

Hemingway: The Final Years, the fifth volume in Reynolds' major work, covers the years 1940-1961, the period during which Hemingway wrote The Old Man and the Sea and several other late works. Reynolds also is scheduled to sign copies of his biography.

The lecture is at 7:30 p.m. at Unity Temple, 707 W. 47th St. For a complimentary ticket, call the Central Ticket Office, 235-2700; after reservations have been made, tickets can be picked up at the Plaza Library, 4801 Main St.; the South Library, 201 E. 75th St.; or the Unity Temple.

The "Hemingway at 100" observance is co-sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library, The Kansas City Star, the Writers Place and the Fine Arts Theatre.

Other events in the series:

  • July 10-11: "To Have and Have Not," a 1945 film by Howard Hawks and partly based on a Hemingway novel, is scheduled to be screened at 1 p.m. both days at the Fine Arts, 5909 Johnson Drive. Tickets cost $4. Discussions led by Tom Poe, who teaches film and media studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, will follow the screenings.

  • July 18: A bus tour of Hemingway's Kansas City will be offered at three times: 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Each tour will begin with a talk at The Star's building, 1729 Grand Blvd., by Mark Zieman, the newspaper's editor and vice president. Tickets cost $4. For reservations, call 234-4636.

  • July 21: Area writers and educators will discuss Hemingway's work and his place in American literature at 7 p.m. at the Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Ave. Participants will include Michelle Boisseau, Tom Poe and Steve Shapiro; the panel will be moderated by Steve Paul. Tickets cost $5 at the door.

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