The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is now a Literary Landmark -- the dedication ceremony today was a great success. Thanks to all who attended this and other One Island One Book events -- see you next year! Above, writer Les Standiford speaks at the dedication. Middle, Mike Morawski and Circulation Librarian Kris Neihouse hold the plaque while it's installed. Bottom, the plaque in its place of honor, right next to the front door.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, 907 Whitehead Street, as a National Literary Landmark. This designation, which comes from the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) with our own Friends of the Library as co-sponsors, is long overdue -- it will be the eighth literary landmark on our little island alone, and the second honoring Hemingway (the first is his birthplace in Oak Park, Illinois). Anyone with a local photo I.D. gets free admission to the Hemingway Home; writer Les Standiford will speak and we'll be serving refreshments. Hope you can join us!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
On Monday, we make it Two Islands One Book when the Book Bites book group holds a special meeting at 3 p.m. Monday at the Florida Keys Community College Library on Stock Island. All are welcome; if you've never been to the library it's worth the trip just to check out the place -- great collection, fabulous views and smart and wonderful staff. The Library is upstairs at Building A -- the blue building. On Wednesday, Book Bites meets again at its usual time, 5:30 p.m., at the Key West Library, 700 Fleming St. Once again, all are welcome -- you don't have to be a "member" of the group or even hold a Monroe County library card. On Thursday at 10 a.m. historian Tom Hambright will talk about the WPA (Works Progress Administration) in Key West -- that's the New Deal program that Hemingway described unflatteringly in several places, including "To Have and Have Not." (The head of the arts program, Al Dornbush, painted the map above left, one of the images in this year's Friends of the Library calendar.) On Friday at 5 p.m., we go back to the college for a talk by FKCC professors Sharon Farrell and Pat Silcox, followed by a viewing of "Soul of a People," the documentary about the Federal Writers Project. And it all wraps up on Sunday at 2 p.m. with the dedication of the Hemingway House as a Literary Landmark. If you have questions, call us at 305-292-3595.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
The movie version has a great pedigree -- it stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall and William Faulkner wrote the script -- but it does differ significantly from the novel on which it's based. For one thing Martinique is substituted for Cuba. For another, all the stuff about the social structure of Key West is gone. But it's still a great movie -- and the only movie that includes two Nobel Prize winners (Faulkner and our man Ernest Hemingway). The movie is free and you do not have to have a library card to attend.