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May Speaker Series Announced

Ernest Hemingway: Citizen of the World by Dr. Nancy Sindelar

was presented on Wednesday, May 18 2016 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Lower Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.

Few individuals compare to the legendary status of Ernest Hemingway. A native of Oak Park, Illinois; an outspoken journalist; a world renowned author, a Nobel laureate; an avid sportsman; and a tragic ending, Hemingway’s life tells a story of adventure, excitement, anger, contempt, and heartbreak. Through it all, he provided the world with timeless literary works such as For Whom The Bell Tolls, A Farewell To Arms, and The Old Man And The Sea.

On May 18, 2016, the Geneva Library Foundation hosts Dr. Nancy Sindelar as she retraces the footsteps of one of history’s most well-traveled men in Ernest Hemingway: Citizen of the World. Starting with his birth in nearby Oak Park, Dr. Sindelar follows Hemingway to Italy, where he served as an ambulance driver during World War I. Following a serious injury, Hemingway returned home, but only temporarily. Within a few years, Hemingway was off to Paris, where he found a place among artists, poets, and authors in what became known as the “Lost Generation.” Sindelar traces Hemingway’s travels throughout Europe and back to Key West, where he made his home. Hemingway would not stay put however - he returned to France and traveled to Spain - where his love of bullfighting developed. During his life, Hemingway also found his way to East Africa, providing material for several short stories. Later in life, Hemingway took up residence in Havana and split his time between Cuba and Sun Valley, Idaho. And it was in Idaho where he ultimately took his own life. Through her presentation, Dr. Sindelar discusses the cities and places most special to Hemingway, many of which he returned to several times throughout his life, and the effect each had on his writing and his life.


Nancy Sindelar, Ph.D is the author of Influencing Hemingway: The People and Places That Shaped His Life and Work and has made many popular presentations about the life and work of Ernest Hemingway. Her work has brought her to Cuba, where she has presented multiple times at the International Colloquium of Ernest Hemingway. She has given presentations in Venice, Italy and Paris, France, as well as at the Hemingway Festival in Sun Valley, Idaho. She is the keynote speaker at the 2016 Hemingway Days Festival in Key West, Florida. In addition to her numerous speaking engagements, Dr. Sindelar serves on the board of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park and teaches at the University of California – Riverside.

The evening will include an introduction of the Geneva Library Foundation, the presentation, and a Q&A session. This is a free event.

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The Geneva Library Foundation was established in 2005 as a charitable organization to provide support for current and future library materials, services and facilities. It is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. The GLF is committed to providing a substantial, permanent, and stable source of funds to support the Geneva Public Library.

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