Short Story Book Group: Hills Like White Elephants (SOLD OUT)

Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 2:00PM

There is no charge to attend. Reservations are required.

This event is sold out.

Please note this is a book discussion without the author present.


Each moderated group will focus on an award-winning short story. Participants should have read the story and come ready to discuss. Whether new to short stories or an avid reader of them, this group will offer an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations about literature and connect with other book enthusiasts.

Short Story: Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway

Description: A couple’s future hangs in the balance as they wait for a train in a Spanish café in this short story by a Nobel and Pulitzer Prize–winning author.

At a small café in rural Spain, a man and woman have a conversation while they wait for their train to Madrid. The subtle, casual nature of their talk masks a more complicated situation that could endanger the future of their relationship.

First published in the 1927 collection Men Without Women, Hills Like White Elephants exemplifies Ernest Hemingway’s style of spare, tight prose that continues to win readers over to this day.

Moderator: Margaret Wilesmith

Margaret Wilesmith is a senior brand strategist, award-winning copywriter and the founder of Wilesmith Advertising | Design, where she served as President and Chief Creative Director from 1998 to 2018. She earned her Master of Science degree in Strategic Communications from Columbia University in New York City and her Master of Arts in Creative Writing at London’s Birkbeck University. She has been an associate at Columbia University Graduate School of Professional Studies, an adjunct professor at California State University, Los Angeles’ College of Business and Economics, a guest lecturer at New York University Graduate School of Professional Studies and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s School of the Arts. She is the author of Too Good To Eat: Beautiful Food Packaging from Around the World and is a founding director of the Palm Beach Book Festival. Margaret divides her time between London and Palm Beach and is working on a collection of short stories, and a TV script entitled “Not Dead Yet.”