Hemingway Scholar & Lecturer

Nancy W. Sindelar, Ph.D. is the author of Influencing Hemingway: The People and Places That Shaped His Life and Work and a popular presenter on the life and work of Ernest Hemingway. She has made multiple presentations at the International Colloquium Ernest Hemingway in Havana, Cuba, the American Literature Association Conferences in Washington, DC, Boston and San Francisco, the Hemingway Society Conferences in Venice, Italy and Oak Park, IL., Paris France and Sheridan, WY and keynoted the Hemingway Festivals in Sun Valley, ID.

She also has presented at the American Library in Paris, keynoted the Michigan Hemingway Society Conference and the Hemingway Days Festival in Key West, Florida, and guided walking tours through young Hemingway's Oak Park. She has been a guest lecturer at numerous libraries and universities, a cultural enrichment speaker on luxury cruises to Cuba and the Caribbean and lived in Hemingway’s Ketchum, ID home as the 2021 Writer-in-Residence. Nancy is a board member of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park and teaches Hemingway: The Man, The Writer, The Legend at University of California, Riverside.

Sindelar’s presentations are energized by her passion for all things Hemingway, her research into his private letters, his fiction and nonfiction, and her extensive travel to and knowledge of the locales that were important to the writer. She has stood in the bedroom where Hemingway was born and the foyer where he ended his life and has visited all the places in between.

Hemingway Presentation Topics

People and Places That Influenced Ernest Hemingway

Meet the people, places and activities that shaped the legendary author who courted life-threatening adventures and glamorous friends while writing articles, novels and short stories that captivated the world. This session begins with Hemingway’s birth and early influences in Oak Park, Illinois and then moves to Hemingway’s adventures and experiences in Kansas City, Italy, France, Spain, Key West, Florida, Cuba and Sun Valley, Idaho and is enhanced with rarely seen photos and excerpts from Hemingway’s personal letters to parents, wives, children and friends. (One Hour)

A Visit to Papa’s Places

Tour of the places Ernest Hemingway lived and worked -- Oak Park, Illinois, Paris, France, Chamby, Switzerland, Key West, Florida, San Francisco de Paula, Cuba and Ketchum, Idaho. View photos of his houses and consider the impact these places had on the life and work of the legendary author. (One Hour)

Hemingway’s Women

Meet the women Hemingway loved and the influences they had on his life and work. View Sindelar’s collection of rarely seen photographs and hear excerpts from Hemingway’s personal letters to parents, wives, lovers, children and friends to gain insight into these intimate relationships. (One Hour)

Hemingway and the FBI

Explore Hemingway’s fascination with sleuthing and espionage and the role these adventures played in the development of his FBI file. View excerpts from the FBI files on Hemingway and consider the author’s paranoia regarding FBI surveillance and other events that preceded his suicide. (One Hour)

Hemingway and War

Learn about Hemingway’s attitudes toward war and the people and experiences that influenced these attitudes. View photos depicting Hemingway’s involvement in World War I, the Spanish Civil War, and World War II and contemplate passages from his novels and articles he wrote as a war correspondent. (One Hour)

Hemingway Reader Series

A custom series of 3 to 6 presentations and discussions based on Hemingway’s short stories and novels — a great series for libraries and book clubs.

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