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Author Valerie Hemingway to speak at museum

Valerie HemingwayWednesday, September 29, 2010
10:30 a.m.

Free admission to all visitors

Valerie Hemingway, author of "Running with the Bulls: My Years with the Hemingways," will visit Stockton on Wednesday, September 29, for a late morning speaking engagement and Q&A at The Haggin Museum.

This is a free event for the public, sponsored by the Marian Jacobs Literary Forum of the Stockton Arts Commission, University of the Pacific, Stockton Friends of the Library and The Haggin Museum.

Seating is limited to approximately 110 seats and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., when continental breakfast will be served in the Hull Gallery. Ms. Hemingway will begin speaking at 11:00 a.m. in the Haggin Room [map] and will answer questions afterward. Copies of her autobiography will be available for purchase and signing.

A native of Ireland, Valerie Hemingway moved to Spain when she was 18. Working as a journalist in Madrid she interviewed Ernest Hemingway in 1959. Two months later Hemingway hired her as his secretary, a job that took her all over Spain, to France and to Cuba.

She was a researcher at Newsweek in New York at the time of Hemingway's death. Mary Hemingway invited Valerie to return to Cuba to help sort out her late husband's papers and bring them back to the U.S. For the next three years Valerie arranged and catalogued the Hemingway papers for eventual presentation to the Kennedy Library in Boston.

She worked in publishing in New York from 1963 to 1967. In 1966, while publicity director of New Directions, Valerie married Dr. Gregory H. Hemingway, Ernest's youngest son. They lived in Florida for two years while he pursued a medical residency and she read fiction for Publisher's Weekly. Upon returning to New York in 1969, Valerie wrote a quarterly newsletter for The Guinness-Harp Corporation.

In 1980 the couple moved with their family to Bozeman, Montana, where she continues to reside, enjoying a career as freelance writer and editor. She received a bachelor's degree with highest honors in Modern Languages (Spanish) from Montana State University, Bozeman, in May 1991.