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Ernest Hemmingway
Ernest Hemingway

Photo Credit: Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.

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News Release

Contact: Lynne Thomas, Founders Memorial Library
(815) 753-0255

January 6, 2009


January 15 presentation will focus on
‘Picturing Hemingway’ exhibit at library

DeKalb, Ill. — Redd Griffin, a founding director and past chair of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, will present a lecture on Thursday, Jan. 15, in conjunction with the “Picturing Hemingway” traveling exhibit now at Northern Illinois University’s Founders Memorial Library.

The presentation will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department on the library’s fourth floor (402A). The event is free and open to the public.

The Picturing Hemingway traveling exhibit, developed by the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, features dozens of images that chronicle the life of the American literary master. The exhibit is on display on the first floor of Founders Memorial Library through the end of January.

Griffin will talk about the development of the exhibit, which focuses on the history and influence of popular images of Ernest Hemingway. Griffin also will discuss how Hemingway’s experience as a journalist helped hone his ability to communicate with a worldwide audience and how the author developed his own gift for “picturing” through narrative descriptions that conveyed compelling images to readers.

The lecture is sponsored by Friends of Northern Illinois University Libraries, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the educational mission of the university through development of library resources.

For more information, call (815) 753-9838 or e-mail

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