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Reading Retreat at Hemingway-Pfeiffer Set for April


PIGGOTT — The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC) has announced dates for its upcoming Riviera Reading Retreat, April 13-14, 2018, at 1021 W. Cherry Street, Piggott.

Upon registration, participants will receive copies of three novels to read at their convenience. The titles include Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night and Liza Klaussmann’s Villa America.

The three novels focus on a group of writers and artists who regularly visited expatriates Gerald and Sara Murphy at their home on the French Riviera called Villa America. The wealthy Murphys moved to the French Riviera in the 1920s and created a social circle that included artists and writers of the Lost Generation.

After reading the novels, participants will come together at the museum in Piggott April 13-14 for a weekend of meaningful discussion and fun activities.

Experts in the field will lead discussion about the books. In addition, there will be a film screening as well as a themed cocktail party in the Pfeiffer-Janes house. Participants are invited to come to the party dressed for an evening on the Riviera.

The cost of the retreat is $100, which includes copies of the three books, meals throughout the weekend and a ticket to the party. Tickets for the party alone cost $40. For more information about the retreat, including the full schedule, contact the museum at 870-598-3487 or email adamlong@AState.edu.

HPMEC is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site located at 1021 W. Cherry Street, Piggott. Tours are on the hour Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday 1-3 p.m.

HP House
Pfeiffer-Janes home in Piggott.