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Readers Retreat to Feature Hemingway Novel at Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum


PIGGOTT – Published 25 years after his death, Ernest Hemingway’s “The Garden of Eden” will be the subject of a readers retreat that coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC) in Piggott.

The retreat will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9-10.

“The Garden of Eden is one of Hemingway’s most perplexing novels. Published posthumously and set in the French Riviera, it examines the complicated relationship between David Bourne and his wife Catherine,” said Shannon Williams, HPMEC director.

Williams said the retreat will explore the novel alongside two other Lost Generation books that share important themes, including Zelda Fitzgerald's "Save Me the Waltz," and F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited."

Upon registration, participants will receive copies of three books. Discussion about the books will be led by experts in the field.

In addition to these discussions, there will be a banquet on Saturday, Aug. 10, celebrating the museum’s 25th anniversary. Admission to the banquet is included for retreat participants, and additional tickets are available for sale for members of the general public.

The cost of the retreat is $200. Tickets for the anniversary banquet can be purchased for $50.

Registration to the full retreat is limited to 18 attendees. A $25 late fee will be assessed after July 26.

Tickets to the banquet will be available up to the day of the event. 

For more information about the retreat, including the full schedule and reading list, contact the museum at 870-598-3487 or email shwilliams@AState.edu.

HPMEC is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site. Tours are on the hour Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Other A-State Heritage Sites include Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, Lakeport Plantation Museum, and the Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash.

Hemingway Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center
Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center