On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 8 P.M., Ms. Blume will give a keynote speech at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. She will discuss the evolution of Ernest Hemingway’s writing process, his rise to literary fame, and his relevance to writers today.
She will sign books immediately afterward.
The Santa Barbara Writers Conference was founded in in 1972 by writer and artist Barnaby Conrad, who also distinguished himself as a prominent American matador known as El Niño de California. He briefly crossed paths with Hemingway, who apparently became that irritated Conrad’s bestselling novel Matador was infringing on Hemingway’s literary turf.
Conrad fought alongside legendary matador Juan Belmonte, who appeared under his own name in Hemingway’s debut novel, The Sun Also Rises – which Ms. Blume documented in her recent release Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises (HMH, 2016). She interviewed Conrad for her book and was the last journalist to sit speak with him before his death in 2013; she later wrote an in-memoriam piece in his honor for The Paris Review.