WQPT presents a variety of outreach activities in conjunction with the new Ken Burns documentary Hemingway. Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, Hemingway examines the visionary work and turbulent life of Ernest Hemingway, one of the most influential writers America has ever produced. Interweaving his eventful biography with excerpts from his writing, we will see beyond the façade of the public image, becoming intimately familiar with this brilliant, ambitious, charismatic, and egocentric man.

Beginning this week you can log on to https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/hemingway/events/ and join Conversations on Hemingway: A Virtual Event Series. These conversations feature the filmmakers and special guests as they explore the writer’s art and legacy. The hour-long discussions feature clips from the upcoming three-part series.

Availability is limited. Viewers may register for multiple events. Once registered, you will receive a unique, nontransferable link to attend the virtual event. Topics to be covered include:

March 2           Hemingway and the natural world at 6:00 pm CST

March 4           Hemingway and Celebrity at 7:00 pm CST

March 9           Hemingway, the Sea and Cuba at 6:00 pm CST

March 11         Hemingway, Gender and Identity at 6:00 pm CST

March 16         Hemingway the Author at 6:00 pm CST

March 18         Hemingway and Biography at 6:00 pm CST

March 24         Hemingway and Women 6:00 pm CST

Local outreach, which includes Hemingway at the Drive-In, A Cuban Inspired Meal with a Side of Hemingway, a Hemingway-themed Trivia Night, and a discussion with Hemingway biographer, Mary V. Dearborn are scheduled in March and April. The documentary will air on WQPT in April.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University.

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Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.