It shouldn't be surprising that an Idaho scholar would be a Hemingway expert, given his adopted home in the Wood River Valley. PBS's American Masters series apparently agrees--they found their expert in Moscow.
Susan Beegel is the editor of The Hemingway Review (a scholarly journal published twice yearly) and an affiliate faculty member at the University of Idaho. She recently lent her Hemingway expertise as a consultant on the upcoming documentary, Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea, an American Masters program airing September 14 on PBS.
Beegel acted as a consultant on Papa's life and works for the film. She was also able to put the documentary's makers into contact with experts on other aspects of the author's life--such as a scholar in Spain who was able to provide information about Hemingway and bullfighting.
The day after the documentary airs, The Washington Post will sponsor an online discussion of Hemingway. Beegel will be a featured guest. Those wanting to participate in The Washington Post's online chat should go to washingtonpost.com on September 15, and scroll down to the "Live Online" section. Beegel will be joined by Valerie Hemingway, the author's daughter-in-law, author of Running with the Bulls: My Years with the Hemingways.
Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea, Wednesday, September 14, at 9 p.m. on PBS.
The Washington Post online chat, Thursday, September 15, from 11 a.m.-noon MST, at http://washingtonpost.com under "Live Online."