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THE ERNEST HEMINGWAY FOUNDATION OF OAK PARK, THE ANIMAL CARE LEAGUE WELCOME SCHOLAR, AUTHOR OF ‘HEMINGWAY’S CATS’ FOR LECTURE, CAT ADOPTIONS!

Carlene Brennen to talk about ‘the gentle side of Hemingway;’ ACL will showcase available cats

Photographs of Ernest Hemingway’s home in Key West are full of feline life. Descendants of the author’s famous six-toed cats lounge, loll, and sun themselves on the porches, furry reminders that the complicated genius had a much softer side.

On May 17, author and Hemingway scholar Carlene Brennen will visit the Foundation to explore that aspect of Hemingway’s life — and give some help to less famous cats in need!

Her talk, “Hemingway’s Cats: The Gentler Side of Hemingway,” will focus on her understanding of the author, one cat lover to another. She will speak at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the Hemingway Museum, 200 N. Oak Park Ave.

The event will feature six to eight of the many cats available for adoption through Oak Park’s Animal Care League. The ACL will be accepting donations of pet food at the door; bring some kibble for the cats to nibble and get a discount on your admission!

An award-winning photojournalist and author, Brennen spent eleven years researching her book Hemingway’s Cats. She says she was inspired after visiting the Hemingway House and Museum in Key West. After four trips to Cuba and visiting Hemingway’s farm Finca Vigia in Cuba — where Hemingway owned 57 cats and knew each one by name — she obtained enough new material to complete her book.

“There was a gentle, loving side to Ernest Hemingway that most biographers chose to ignore,” Brennen said. “No person ever loved his cats more.”

Brennen and her husband Terry live in Fort Myers with their three rescued cats Charlie Chaplin, Princess of the Wild and Little Kitty. Brennen’s best cat friend and writing companion Bugsy Baum Brennen, age 14, passed away in 2006 of heart failure.

“He was my dearest cat friend,” Brennen said.

Hemingway’s cat Boise, who he called brother, also died at age 14 from a heart ailment.

Brennen will sign copies of her books “Hemingway’s Cats” and “Hemingway in Cuba,” which are available for sale in the Hemingway Museum Store.

Admission: $2 for Foundation members who bring pet food to donate; $5 for members without pet food. $5 for non-members with pet food to donate; $7 for non-members without pet food.

Suggested Donation: 5 lb. bag or six cans of cat food.

RSVP: Call (708) 848-2222, or simply reply to this e-mail! Pay at the door when you drop off your pet food.

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