Monday, June 8, 2009

Medellín and Málaga, Spring Talks & Travels

When I booked my airline ticket the girl asked: "Do you only travel to places beginning with M? On May 3rd I set out from Montana via Miami to Medellín to give the keynote speech in the Centro Colombo Americano's six week lecture series on the Lost Generation.  My days were filled with talks, interviews, and workshops at the Centro and three universities in the beautiful mountain valley where sunshine and rain showers are sisters.   I was greeted with enthusiasm and appreciation and noted a lively interest in the arts and promotion of culture in Botero's home town.   It was agreed by all that Medellín is a place to return to soon.

From Medellín I flew to Málaga where I was given a rousing welcome.   I attended the Encuentro Internacional/Mayo 2009 HEMINGWAY Un Verano Peligroso, MÁLAGA 1959 marking the 50th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway's stay at La Consula when he was gathering material for The Dangerous Summer.  The setting for my talk was the stately former home of Bill and Annie Davis where I spent a total of eight months over a two year period (1959-60) with the Hemingways.  Now one of Europe's finest culinary schools, La Consula's conference room was filled to capacity.  After my talk we were invited outside and feted with a very fine selection of tapas and local wines.  The conference was sponsored by the Fundacíon Manuel Alcántara and directed by the genial Andrés Arenas Gómez.   
Málaga is vying to become the European Capital of Culture 2016.  If you have any affinity for this Andalusian coastal city, please send in your vote.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Link to Today show interview, Dec 8, 2004

There were some reports of difficulty viewing this video, so I am publishing a more direct link to my interview by Ann Curry of a few years ago:

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Video Chat!

I have taken another step into the 21st century by starting to have "video chats" with my far-flung family. One of my children set it up for me. I have not done it very often yet, but I have high hopes!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Lecture in Toronto, evening of Mar 30th

Here is some advance publicity for the Toronto lecture:

The lecture series, which is partly sponsored by the Toronto Star and includes Marc Kielburger and Roxanne Joyal, Valerie Hemingway, Diane Keaton, Isabella Rossellini and Whoopi Goldberg, starts at 7:30 p.m. at Roy Thomson Hall.

As you can see, I am in some very good company!

Original context is here.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Lecture in Port Huron, MI lunch Feb 9th

No, this isn't a misprint: I am going to try to give a lecture in Port Huron in the day and another lecture in Toronto in the evening of the same day.

I pray for good weather and smooth travel connections!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Lecture in Denver, 7:30pm Feb 9th

Rocky Mountain New

More advance publicity for my "Unique Lives" lecture on Feb 9th in Denver:

* Unique Lives & Experiences: Valerie Hemingway Feb. 9 at the Buell Theatre. Ernest's secretary talks about the author and his estranged son, whom she wound up marrying. or 1-877-872-812

Full context here.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Lecture in Denver, 7:30pm, Feb 9th

Here is some advance publicity from an upcoming gig which was in the on-line Denver Post:

The 2009 Unique Lives & Experiences lecture series is being hawked in newspapers: "Don't Miss The Ultimate Girls' Night Out!" The series, which starts Feb. 9, includes Valerie Hemingway, Diane Keaton, Marlee Matlin, Christiane Amanpour, Kerry Kennedy and Azadeh Moaveni.

Full context here.