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    July 24, 2017
    WRITERS IN THE LOFT presents
    former CIA officer and historian
    NICHOLAS REYNOLDS
     
    with his New York Times bestseller
    WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY:
    Ernest Hemingway’s
    Secret Adventures, 1935-1961
     
    Thursday, August 10,
    7pm
     
    As Seen on CBS THIS MORNING and featured
    on NPR WEEKEND EDITION
     
    “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
     
    “...the tangled fabric of Hemingway’s event-filled life...fascinating.”—Times Literary Supplement (London)
     
    “Important...Reynolds, a former curator at the CIA Museum, demonstrates that Hemingway was afraid the FBI might uncover a dirty little secret he had hidden for more than 20 years.”—Wall Street Journal
     
    Ticket package includes book, bar beverage, and author meet-and-greet/signing

    Portsmouth, New Hampshire, July 20 - On Thursday, August 10, the former CIA officer and historian at the CIA Museum Nicholas Reynolds comes to town with his unique biography WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961. In this New York Times bestseller, Reynolds 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.

    The 7pm event includes an author presentation and moderated Q+A, plus book signing and meet-and-greet. It will be held at the Music Hall Loft at 131 Congress Street, in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

    “Nicholas Reynolds’ bestseller is a fascinating look at the life of Ernest Hemingway, someone we think we know through his fiction —his legendary days in Paris and Spain, his passion for Key West and Cuba. Full of CIA revelations, this book makes Hemingway’s story of ‘rugged individualism’ even more compelling,” said Margaret Talcott, Producer of Writers in the Loft and the evening’s moderator. As it unfolds Hemingway’s personal life and involvement in several conflicts, “WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY takes us also to last century’s great conflicts — in Spain, occupied France, Cuba, and the USSR, now Russia. Brimming with old news as well as new discoveries, Reynolds mixes history and biography to tell a thrilling spy tale.”

    In 2010, while he was the historian at the esteemed CIA Museum, Nicholas Reynolds, a longtime American intelligence officer, former U.S. Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to uncover clues suggesting Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway was deeply involved in mid-twentieth-century spycraft—a mysterious and shocking relationship that was far more complex, sustained, and fraught with risks than has ever been previously supposed. Now Reynold’s meticulously researched and captivating narrative, WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, reveals for the first time the whole story of this hidden side of Hemingway’s life: his troubling recruitment by Soviet spies to work with the NKVD, the forerunner to the KGB, followed in short order by a complex set of secret relationships with American agencies, including the FBI, the Department of State, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a precursor to the CIA.

    As he examines the links between Hemingway’s work as an operative and as an author, Reynolds reveals how Hemingway’s secret adventures influenced his literary output and contributed to the writer’s block and mental decline (including paranoia) that plagued him during the postwar years—a period marked by the Red Scare and McCarthy hearings, which destroyed the life of anyone with Soviet connections. Reynolds also illuminates how those same experiences played a role in some of Hemingway’s greatest works, including For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea, while also adding to the burden that he carried at the end of his life and perhaps contributed to his suicide.
     
    A literary biography with the soul of an espionage thriller, WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY is an essential contribution to our understanding of the life, work, and fate of one of America’s most legendary authors. Join us for a night of reading and revelations with Nicholas Reynolds!
     
    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 an historian. As a colonel in the reserves, he eventually became officer in charge of field history, deploying historians around the world to capture history as it was being made. When not on duty with the USMC, he served as a CIA officer at home and abroad, immersing himself in the very human business of espionage. 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.
     
    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 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                                                                            
    mtalcott@themusichall.org
    603-433-3100x5013
    or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer
    plynch@themusichall.org
     
    PRAISE for Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy
     
    “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
     
    “[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)
     
    “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)
     
    “Important...Reynolds, a former curator at the CIA Museum, demonstrates that Hemingway was afraid the FBI might uncover a dirty little secret he had hidden for more than 20 years: In 1940 he had agreed to assist the NKVD, the Soviet Union’s foreign intelligence agency.”—Wall Street Journal

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