The Big Read, a program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, featuring Ernest Hemingway’s novel, A Farewell to Arms, offers the following events this week. For more information, visit Oak Park Public Library’s website at www.oppl.org/bigread.
Hemingway in Love and War: A Local Writer’s Footprints on the World, an art exhibit featuring 18 local artists,, celebrates the life of Ernest Hemingway with an opening reception this Saturday, Oct. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Gallery of Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. The exhibit continues through October during regular library hours.
A Farewell to Arms book discussions continue through Nov. 3, including two sessions beginning Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m., led by Hemingway scholar Rose Marie Burwell and Redd Griffin at the Hemingway Museum, 200 N. Oak Park Ave.; River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave., Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 1:30 p.m.; Holley Court Terrace, 1111 Ontario St., with reference librarian Irene Balks, Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m.; Buzz Cafe, 905 S. Lombard Ave., with Maze Branch librarian Nadine Thompson, Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m.; Senior Citizens Center of Oak Park and River Forest, 414 S. Oak Park Ave., with reference librarian Irene Balks, Thursday, Oct. 17, at 9:30 a.m.; Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 1 and 7:30 p.m.; Dominican University, Lewis Lounge, Lewis Hall, 7900 Division St., River Forest, Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.; Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd., Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. with library director Rodger Brayden; and By-line Ernest Hemingway at Centuries and Sleuths Book Store (771-7243), 7419 Madison St., Forest Park, on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m.
Hemingway in Love and War: The Real Life Story, a slide/lecture with James Nagel, co-author of Hemingway in Love and War: The Lost Diary of Agnes Von Kurowsky and editor of Ernest Hemingway: The Oak Park Legacy, Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. at Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. On Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., Nagel and Redd Griffin present Hemingway’s Table, an exploration of the writer’s social life with wine and appetizers at the Hemingway Museum, 200 N. Oak Park Ave. Admission is $10. Call 697-6914 for reservations.