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Explore Hemingway with Sigrid Nunez & Darla Worden (free)

  • Historic Sheridan Inn 856 Broadway St. Sheridan, WY 82801 United States (map)

Award-winning author and Ucross writer-in-residence Sigrid Nunez will join editor and writer Darla Worden at The Sheridan Inn on Thursday, August 30, at 6:30 p.m. for a reading that celebrates the literary legacy of Ernest Hemingway in Wyoming. A book signing and refreshments will follow the reading. The reading, co-hosted by Ucross and Sheridan College, is open to the public at no charge. 

The emcee for the evening will be writer and Ucross trustee Dorie McCullough Lawson. 

Nunez will read from her most recent novel The Friend, published this year. Worden will read from her forthcoming book, The Dignity of the Iceberg: One Woman’s Wyoming-to-Paris Search for Hemingway, about her experience of following in the famous author’s footsteps through Paris only to discover the importance of Sheridan and her home state in his work. 

This event is the third this year in “Explore Hemingway: Along Wyoming Highways,” a statewide, multi-year initiative celebrating the life and writing of Ernest Hemingway and exploring related historical and contemporary issues. 

About Darla Worden
A former Sheridan resident and a graduate of Sheridan High School, Darla Worden currently lives in Denver, where she is editor of Mountain Living magazine. She has published articles on Hemingway’s Wyoming connection and has been interviewed about the subject on Wyoming Public Radio. She is the founder of the Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris, an annual summer writing workshop and literary tourism experience. For the workshop, Worden takes writers from around the world to Hemingway’s favorite Paris spots. 

About Sigrid Nunez
Sigrid Nunez first came to Ucross as a writer-in-residence in 1997, when her novel, A Feather on the Breath of God, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction. She has written six additional novels. Ucross has partnered with the PEN/Hemingway Award – founded by Mary Hemingway, wife of Ernest Hemingway – since 1995, and invites the award winner, two finalists and two honorable mentions for one-month residencies at Ucross. The award is administered by PEN America.

Nunez is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag and she has contributed to publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Paris Review. Her other honors include a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, and two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A resident of New York City, she has taught at universities including Columbia and Princeton and in spring 2019, she will be visiting writer at Syracuse University. She has also served on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. 

Future “Explore Hemingway” events include an exhibition reception on Sept. 7, 2018, for Hemingway and the Comics at Neltje Gallery at Sheridan College from 4-6 p.m., with a presentation by Hemingway scholar Robert Elder at 6. Elder will give another presentation Sept. 8 at the Hub on Smith Street on Hemingway’s high school crush. 

The public opening of events for the NEH Hemingway Highway grant will take place Sept. 15, 2018 starting with Saturday U at Sheridan College (free) at 9 a.m. featuring lectures by University of Wyoming faculty. At 7 p.m. we'll celebrate Hemingway's life in Wyoming at the Sheridan Inn for a ticketed event featuring Phil Greene, author of To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion. Tickets for this event can be purchased by calling the Sheridan College Foundation at 307-675-0500.