Steve Paul - Hemingway at Eighteen
Join us October 10th as we welcome Steve Paul in conversation with Donna Seaman to discuss his new book Hemingway At Eighteen: The Pivotal Year That Launched an American Legend.
“A delightful book, about a boy becoming a man, and a newspaper hack becoming one of our finest writers. Steve Paul’s biography will surprise even those who thought there was nothing new to know about Ernest Hemingway.” —RICK ATKINSON, author of An Army at Dawn
In the summer of 1917, Ernest Hemingway was an 18-year-old high school graduate unsure of his future. The American entry in the Great War stirred thoughts of joining the army. While many of his friends in Oak Park, Ill., were heading to college, Hemingway couldn’t make up his mind, and eventually chose to begin a career in writing and journalism. An uncle helped get him a job at one of the great newspapers in its day, The Kansas City Star. In six and a half months, Hemingway experienced a compressed, customized and streetwise alternative to a college education, which opened his eyes to urban violence, the power of literature, the hard work of writing, and a constantly swirling stage of human comedy and drama. The Kansas City experience led Hemingway into the Red Cross ambulance service in Italy, where, two weeks before his 19th birthday, he was dangerously wounded at the front. Hemingway at Eighteen takes a measure of those peak experiences of a young man bound for greatness and a writer at the very beginning of his journey. [October 2017, from Chicago Review Press]
Steve Paul grew up in New England, landed in Kansas City with his family, and eventually logged a 40-plus year career as a newspaper writer and editor. His journalism spans local and national news; book criticism and the arts; long-form features on murder, art fraud, architecture and barbecue; profiles of writers and musicians; restaurant reviewing; and editorial page editing and columnizing. He's a former board member of the National Book Critics Circle as well as the onetime owner of a bookshop. His latest book, "Hemingway at Eighteen" (Chicago Review Press), is the product of many years of off-and-on research. He's an active member in the international Ernest Hemingway Society, and co-produced its 13th biennial conference in Kansas City in 2008. Find him on Twitter (@sbpaul) and at the book's website: www.stevepaulkc.com/hemingway-at-eighteen
Donna Seaman is Editor, Adult Books, Booklist, a member of the advisory council for the American Writers Museum, and a recipient of the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism and the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. She has reviewed for the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, among others. Her newest book is Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists. Seaman lives in Chicago.