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WOUB Hosting Virtual Hemingway Event with Ohio University Alumnus Van Gordon Sauter and Hemingway Director/Producer Lynn Novick

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June 29 at 7 p.m.

ATHENS, OH – Ernest Hemingway never lived in Ohio, but an Ohio University Alumnus lived in Idaho and became involved in the effort to preserve Hemingway’s legacy. Van Gordon Sauter ’57, former president of CBS News and Fox News, will be part of a virtual screening and panel discussion hosted by WOUB Public Media called OHIO Connection to Hemingway in Idaho. Sauter will talk about his time as the head of a committee that was trying to find or become the manager/protector of the Hemingway House in Ketchum, Idaho. Sauter also wrote a book about Sun Valley, Idaho, where the home is located. 

OHIO Connection to Hemingway in Idaho

Zoom Virtual Screening and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, June 29

7 p.m. EST

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The panel will also feature Lynn Novick, who directed and produced the Hemingway documentary series with Ken Burns which premiered on PBS in April, Jenny Emery Davidson of the Community Library in Ketchum which currently owns and manages the home, and Gary Holcomb, an African American Studies professor at Ohio University, who published a critical collection called Teaching Hemingway and Race. 

“The event will be held virtually over Zoom on June 29 at 7 p.m. EST,” said WOUB Community Engagement Manager Cheri Russo. “We are thrilled to be able to hear from Van, Lynn, Jenny and Gary about their perspective on Hemingway and the way his Idaho home is being preserved for future generations and present-day writers who use the home for inspiration.”

The Ketchum, Idaho house, and its associated 13.9 acres of land alongside the Big Wood River, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its association with the great writer and because it is an exquisite example of mid-century architecture. Hemingway worked on For Whom the Bell Tolls, Islands in the Stream and a memoir, A Moveable Feast, while in Idaho. However, it was a memoir he never finished. Hemingway committed suicide on July 2, 1961, at the Idaho home.

WOUB is holding this event in partnership with Idaho Public Television. Those in attendance will see an excerpt from the PBS Hemingway documentary series, as well as an episode of Idaho Experience which focuses on the extraordinary home Hemingway lived in during his time in Idaho. The panel will discuss the life of Hemingway, the history of this home and take questions from those in attendance.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. You can sign up for the event here:

HEMINGWAY is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C. Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, written by Geoffrey C. Ward, and produced by Sarah Botstein, Lynn Novick and Ken Burns. The film was co-produced by Salimah El-Amin and Lucas Frank, with associate producers Vanessa Gonzalez-Block and Jonah Velasco. Original music produced by Johnny Gandelsman, with additional music created by longtime Florentine collaborator David Cieri. The executive in charge for WETA is John F. Wilson.