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    August 01, 2017
    WRITERS IN THE LOFT presents
    former CIA officer and historian
    with his New York Times bestseller

    Ernest Hemingway’s
    Secret Adventures, 1935-1961

    Thursday, August 10, at 7 pm

    As seen on CBS THIS MORNING and featured
    A fascinating look at 20th-C espionage, a compelling beach read!
    For lovers of espionage, history, and literature, WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY reveals Ernest Hemingway,  the celebrated American novelist, as never before - his links to Russia and U.S. intelligence, his roles in wartime through to the Day of Pigs.

    “You’d think it might be hard to find new insights into one of the most famous lives in literature, but Nicholas Reynolds’s new book does just that...I’m fascinated.”—Scott Simon, NPR’s Weekend Edition

    “...the tangled fabric of Hemingway’s event-filled life...fascinating.”—Times Literary Supplement (London)

    “Hemingway was afraid the FBI might uncover a dirty little secret he had hidden for more than 20 years.” —Wall Street Journal

    What:   The Music Hall welcomes to its Loft stage former CIA officer and historian Nicholas Reynolds with his New York Times bestseller, WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961, in which he reveals Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway’s secret life as a spy for both the Americans and the Soviets before and during World War II.  Reynolds began his research in 2010 while working as the historian at the CIA Museum. There he uncovered clues suggesting Hemingway’s involvement in mid-twentieth-century spycraft.... Don't miss hearing from this CIA expert about his New York Times bestseller. Join the post-event discussion with Writers in the Loft producer Margaret Talcott.

    When/Where:             Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 7pm
                                        The Music Hall Loft
                                        131 Congress Street
                                        Portsmouth, NH 03801

    Tickets: The ticket package for Writers in the Loft: Nicholas Reynolds on Thursday, August 10 at 7pm is $42 ($40, members). In addition to a reserved seat, the package includes a copy of WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures ($27.99, hardcover), a bar beverage, and book signing meet-and-greet.  Packages can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400 or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.

    About the Author:  Nicholas Reynolds has worked in the fields of modern military history and intelligence off and on for 40 years. Freshly minted PhD from Oxford University in hand, he joined the Marine Corps in the 1970s, serving as an infantry officer and then as a historian. As a colonel in the reserves, he eventually became officer in charge of field history. When not on duty with the USMC, he served as a CIA officer at home and abroad. Most recently, he was the historian for the CIA Museum, responsible for developing its strategic plan and helping to turn remarkable artifacts into compelling stories. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor at  Johns Hopkins University and, with his wife, Becky, cares for rescue pugs.

    About Writers in the Loft
    Akin to The Music Hall’s anchor literary series, Writers on a New England Stage, Writers in the Loft features bestselling authors in a smaller, more intimate space. The series brings audiences today’s top authors, the best of fiction and nonfiction, and award-winners across categories. The evening package includes a reserved seat and bar beverage, author presentation and Q+A, a copy of the book, and a meet-and-greet book signing with the featured writer.

    Series Sponsor:  RMC Research Corporation

    Contributing Partner:  The University of New Hampshire

    Season Sponsors:  Carey & Giampa Realtors;  Portwalk Place; The River House restaurant

    About The Music Hall
    The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service’s Save America's Treasures Program, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner, recently named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.

    Web: www.TheMusicHall.org | Twitter: @MusicHall | Facebook: /musichall | YouTube: /musichallnh

    “The crown jewel of Portsmouth’s cultural scene”- Yankee Magazine

    “The beating cultural heart of New Hampshire's seacoast” - Boston Globe

    For more information, contact:

    Margaret Talcott, Producer
    The Music Hall                                                                            
    or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer

    PRAISE for Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy

    “[An] engrossing story of Hemingway’s disillusionment with American politics, his sympathy with communism, and his attraction to adventure and subversion.”—Kirkus Reviews

    “An engrossing read for Hemingway buffs as well as casual readers, WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY  adds more fascinating details to a life that remains continually fascinating.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

    “Nicholas Reynolds’s fascinating new research in WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY shows that [Hemingway] was in fact working for both the Russians and the Americans.”—New York Review of Books

    “The riveting, brand-new story of how America’s greatest writer was shaped by his secret adventures as a spy for both the U.S. intelligence and the Soviet NKVD: WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY is compelling, vivid, and essential reading for all Hemingway and espionage fans. Reynolds adds much critical insight to our understanding of Papa’s jigsaw-puzzle character.”—William Doyle, author of PT 109: An American Epic of War, Survival, and the Destiny of John F. Kennedy

    “A thorough, well researched, and highly readable account of Ernest Hemingway’s engagement with espionage (American and Soviet), Communism, and military adventurism...In particular, WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY is the first book to put Hemingway’s dalliance with the Soviet NKVD in the broader context of Hemingway’s life.”—John Earl Haynes, co-author of Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America

    “Drawing on his intelligence background, Reynolds uncovers a trove of documents that point to American novelist Ernest Hemingway’s recruitment in 1940 by the NKVD...Reynolds ably researches Hemingway’s World War II adventures...An intriguing study highlighting the tensions between Hemingway’s Soviet sympathies and his identity as a U.S. patriot...Recommended for Hemingway enthusiasts and for readers interested in the history of Soviet espionage.”—Library Journal

    “[A] thoroughly researched exploration of Hemingway’s military adventurism.”—Publishers Weekly

    “Captivating...Reynolds reveals the covert side of Hemingway other biographers have not disclosed...An important addition to the canon of one of America’s foremost writers. Reynolds’ unique biography reads like an espionage thriller. It is well illustrated, clearly written, and an engrossing read that adds more details to Hemingway’s continually fascinating life.”—The Missourian

    “Nicholas Reynolds ably weaves Vassiliev’s revelation, unavailable to previous biographers, the tangled fabric of Hemingway’s event-filled life. Hemingway’s readers...will find it fascinating.”—Times Literary Supplement (London)

    “You’d think it might be hard to find new insights into one of the most famous lives in literature, but Nicholas Reynolds’s new book does just that. WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY reveals a secret that a writer who stripped them from the lives of others concealed in his own - that he offered to be a spy for the Soviet intelligence and tried to spy for the U.S., too, during World War II...I’m fascinated.”—Scott Simon, NPR’s Weekend Edition

    “Renowned American novelist Ernest Hemingway led a shocking secret life as a Soviet spy, according to claims in a new book. The startling revelations are detailed in WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY by former CIA officer Nicholas Reynolds.”—Daily Mail (UK)

    “Fascinating.”—Columbus Dispatch

    “Former CIA Museum historian Nicholas Reynolds pieced together a remarkable revelation: Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway had served as a spy for a number of intelligence agencies.”—Sacramento Bee

    “Well-researched and written biography...A tremendous accomplishment.”—Bookloons 

    “The pace is breathtaking, and that’s the effect Reynolds wants to achieve, because it is how Ernest Hemingway lived  his life.”—The Scotsman (Scotland)

    “Reynolds looks among the shadows and finds a Hemingway not seen before.”—London Review of Books
    Margaret Talcott, Producer