“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”                         – Ernest Hemingway to a friend, 1950

A Moveable Feast is

Walnut Creek’s 2018 One City, One Book!

Read the book and join us for exciting programs and activities starting in September! 


Wednesday, Sept. 12 @ 7:00-8:30 pm
Oak View Room @ Walnut Creek Library   
Recently returned from Paris for his 14th International Hemingway Conference, University of California Davis professor and Hemingway scholar Peter Hays will examine the legendary author’s wild young years and early writing life in the 1920s in the presentation “Hemingway’s Paris.” Hays will discuss Paris today in contrast with the 1920s city about which Hemingway wrote in A Moveable Feast. He will also explore Hemingway’s friendships with other Paris-based writers, including Ford Maddox and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and give attention to Hemingway’s first marriage and its dissolution. REGISTER>

An emeritus professor of English at the University of California, Davis, Hays has published six books, including five on Ernest Hemingway, and more than 100 articles and notes.

Monday, Sept. 17 @ 7:00-8:30 pm
Oak View room @ Walnut Creek Library  

New York Times best-selling author Paula McLain will discuss her two novels about Ernest Hemingway’s wives, The Paris Wife and Love and Ruin. Local book critic Lynn Carey will moderate the “Hemingway and His Women” conversation with McLain, who will appear via Skype. In The Paris Wife, McLain brings to life Hadley Richardson, whose devotion provided a solid foundation for Hemingway’s emerging writing career in 1920s Paris before the union dissolved. In Love and Ruin, writing and reporting from war zones brings together, and then drives apart, Hemingway and his third wife, Martha Gelhorn, who was one of the first female war correspondents. REGISTER>

Wednesday, Sept. 26 @ 4:00-5:00 pm
Storybook Room @ Walnut Creek Library – REGISTER>

Sailing toy boats on the Grand Basin at the Luxembourg Gardens is a pastime enjoyed by Parisians and visitors alike. Come test your sea legs and build your own boat. Together we’ll see if it sinks or it floats! This program is for families with kids three to twelve and will be held on the Storybook Room patio. You might get wet, so dress accordingly.  

Sept. 4 – Oct. 6  @ Ygnacio Valley Library – DETAILS>
Ernest Hemingway once said to a friend, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” We invite you to share a “moveable feast” of your own in 6 words. Pick up a submission form in September at the Ygnacio Valley Library. With your permission, your “moveable feast” will be added to our Wall of Sharing.

Wednesday, OCT 3 @ 6:30-7:45 pm 
Ygnacio Valley Library  – REGISTER>
The One City, One Book celebration for Ernest Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast” culminates with a community-wide book discussion at Ygnacio Valley Library. All are welcome to attend and share thoughts on the book that recaptures Hemingway’s early writing life in Paris. 

Published after Hemingway’s death, A Moveable Feast became an instant classic, delighting generations of readers with its unflinching descriptions of the writer’s life in 1920s Paris. It’s all here: the Left Bank cafes, the artists’ salons, and an unforgettable cast of characters including Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda.

One City, One Book is a “citywide book club” that encourages the community to read the selection and participate in a series of events that celebrate the book. The annual choice is announced in the summer and community events are planned for the fall giving the community time to read and enjoy the book. Now in its 13th year, One City, One Book is presented by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation and Contra Costa County Library. View previous book selections HERE.


Thank you to our 2018 sponsors:    

East Bay Times logo (1)   Minuteman Press     

      Thank you to our 2018 partners:   

Contra Costa County Library Friends of the Walnut Creek Library 

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