Valerie Hemingway to visit Powell, Cody on March 4-5

2014-02-28T13:30:00Z 2014-02-28T19:59:04Z Valerie Hemingway to visit Powell, Cody on March 4-5 The Billings Gazette
February 28, 2014 1:30 pm

POWELL, Wyo. ─ Valerie Hemingway, daughter-in-law of Ernest Hemingway, will share her insights and memoir in Powell and Cody, Wyo., on March 4 and 5.

As a featured author for the Northwest College Writers Series, Hemingway will give a 7:30 p.m. reading March 4 from her memoir, “Running with the Bulls: My Years with the Hemingways” in NWC’s Hinckley Library. Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

In Cody, she’ll participate in a 7:30 p.m. reception at the Chamberlin Inn on March 5. Ernest Hemingway stayed at the Chamberlin Hotel in 1932; the guest register still bears his name. During his stay there, he completed and mailed the manuscript for “Death in the Afternoon,” fished the Clark’s Fork River and frequented the Irma Bar.

Tickets to the reception are $50 and will be used to defray the cost of the NWC humanities field studies trip to Paris in May. They can be purchased by calling 307-754-6120 or

Valerie Danby-Smith was a young Irish reporter when a chance encounter in Spain in 1959 brought her face to face with Ernest Hemingway. She said the interview was awkward and brief, but before it ended, “something had clicked into place.”

For the next two years, she devoted her life to Hemingway and his wife, Mary, traveling with them through old haunts in Spain and France and living with them during the tumultuous final months in Cuba.

Following the author’s death, she worked for the Hemingway Estate in Cuba, Key West, Ketchum and New York — gathering and organizing all the author’s papers for presentation to the Kennedy Library.

She came by the Hemingway name by marrying — and divorcing 21 years later — Gregory, Ernest’s youngest son.

For two decades, Valerie Hemingway worked in publishing and public relations in New York City, including two years as a fiction reviewer for Publishers Weekly. Her articles have appeared in Saturday Review, The New York Times and Smithsonian magazine. She is a contributing writer for Distinctly Montana.

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