Washington University Libraries will host a celebration of author A. E. Hotchner’s 101st birthday and the launch of his new novel, The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom, on June 28, 2018, in Room 142 of John M. Olin Library. Refreshments will be served at 9 a.m., and the talk will begin at 9:30 a.m. To attend the free event, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hotchner, a St. Louis native and Washington University alumnus, is a memoirist, novelist, playwright and biographer who adapted numerous Ernest Hemingway stories for stage and screen. His book King of the Hill, a memoir about growing up in 1933 St. Louis, became a major motion picture. He co-founded Newman’s Own Inc. with his friend and neighbor, actor Paul Newman, in 1982. His new work, The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom, is a heartwarming amateur detective story set in Depression-era St. Louis.
Henry I. Schvey, professor of drama and comparative literature at Washington University in St. Louis, will interview Hotchner via streaming video. A reception with beverages and snacks will follow the talk, and copies of The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom will be for sale.
After the program, attendees can view original scripts, photographs, correspondence, and other archival material recently acquired from Hotchner. The materials span his years at Soldan High School in St. Louis and Washington University in the 1930s, his close friendship with Hemingway, and his stage, screen and literary works, including his latest novel. In addition, a smaller selection of Hotchner materials is on display until fall 2018 in the newly opened Jack E. and Debbie T. Thomas Gallery of Olin Library.