During his visit to Ketchum, Hemingway Distinguished Lecturer Timothy Egan will also participate in a luncheon on Friday, July 9th from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. with local teens who are interested in discussing social and political issues, the environment, and writing and its craft. A group of eight Wood River Valley students, in grades 9th–12th, will be selected to attend the small event, which will be hosted outdoors at the historic Ernest and Mary Hemingway House in Ketchum.
Ahead of the luncheon, the students will be invited to choose one of Egan’s recent opinion articles from the New York Times, then meet during the week of June 28th over pizza at the Library to discuss the articles selected, evaluate how an opinion piece is written, and formulate questions to pose to Egan. Students will also be invited to pitch their ideas for op-ed articles to Egan as they discuss the craft of opinion writing during the July 9th luncheon. This is a unique opportunity for local students to engage with and learn from a significant American writer whose work shapes public opinion each week through his wide-ranging books and articles.
Interested students can email their name and contact information, as well as an optional statement of interest, to the Library’s programs and education manager, Martha Williams, at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 21. Students selected to meet with Egan will also receive two tickets to outdoor lecture on July 8th.