- This event has passed.
A special program just for tweens and teens to discuss the life of young Ernest Hemingway in the local region, 1899 – 1919, titled Saturday Morning with Ernie and Nick will be held at the Petoskey District Library on Saturday, March 25. The event gets underway at 10:30 a.m. in the library’s lower level classroom.
Contemporary Learning Systems, Inc., the Petoskey-based producer of a new feature documentary on the influence of northern Michigan on young Hemingway‘s later writing career, is co-sponsoring the event. Dr. George A. Colburn, the writer director of the documentary entitled “Young Hemingway and His Enduring Eden,” will show segments of his documentary during the session. The event will be videotaped, Colburn said, adding that “We hope to use a few minutes in the final editing phase. At the end of the event, we want the junior high and high school students attending to offer their comments on the documentary’s storyline and presentation,” Colburn said. “In effect, this will be for us a focus group for the short segments we will create for classroom use upon completion of the documentary this summer.”
Leading the discussion of the documentary segments will be Jennifer McQuillan, a member of the Michigan Hemingway Society who teaches Hemingway’s “Nick Adams” stories in our ELA class at West Bloomfield High School. After being married in Horton Bay in the fall of 1921, Hemingway and his bride moved to Paris where he wrote several Nick Adams stories. Published in 1923, those stories launched his illustrious literary career.
Other special guests for the event include Christopher Struble of Petoskey, the president of the Michigan Hemingway Society, an actor who will portray young Hemingway’s many presentations to Petoskey organizations in the fall of 1919 when he lived at 602 State Street while recuperating from his World War I injuries, and Patrick Bevier, principal of Sheridan School who will show students how Hemingway’s life-long love of nature was cultivated by his love of fishing in the creeks and rivers of our area.
Colburn’s documentary features an original song written and sung by Robert Lee Berry of Boyne City. Entitled “Gone Wild,” the song will be performed at the event by Ms. Berry and members of the Little Traverse Youth Choir.
Interested tweens/teens should make reservations by phone, 231.758.3100 or at www.petoskeylibrary.org –>Event Calendar