Valerie Hemingway, author of Running with the Bulls: My Years with the Hemingways, kicks off the Kansas City Literary Festival with a memoir about her travels with the noted American novelist on Wednesday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Running with the Bulls is considered by many to be among the best books ever written about Ernest Hemingway and his family. In 1959, Valerie Hemingway (then Valerie Danby-Smith), an aspiring young Irish writer, became Hemingway's secretary and traveled with him and his wife, Mary, throughout Spain and France. She also lived with the couple during the tumultuous final months in Cuba.
Following Ernest Hemingway's death, Valerie Hemingway worked for the Hemingway Estate, gathering all of the author's papers and organizing them for presentation to the Kennedy Library. She came by the Hemingway name by marrying—and later divorcing—Gregory, Ernest Hemingway's youngest son.
Copies of Running with the Bulls will be available, courtesy of Barnes and Noble on the Plaza, and the author will sign copies purchased during the event.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Complete the form below or call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending. (angelakille)