January 12, 2017

Happy 2017!

Some news: This website will be redesigned and relaunched shortly (by the amazing Doug Peterson).

And we have a ton of events coming up for “Hidden Hemingway.”


Sunday, January 29, 2017
1:30 p.m.

Barrington Area Library
505 N. Northwest Highway
Barrington, IL  60010

Rob will be on hand to talk about Hemingway’s legacy through a multimedia presentation.


Saturday, February 18, 2017
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E 7th St
Bloomington, IN 47405

Robert K. Elder and Mark Cirino will co-headline this multimedia event with an introduction by Terrell Scott Herring. Free and open to the public.


Sunday, February 19, 2017
1:30 – 3 p.m.

Indiana State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Westminster Village
1120 E. Davis Drive
Terre Haute, IN

Robert K. Elder and Mark Cirino will co-headline this multimedia event. Free and open to the public.


Nov. 7, 2016

A lot to update, most of which you can catch on our Hidden Hemingway website.

But, the big one is:

Please join myself and Chicago Tribune editor Ben Meyerson in conversation next week at Volumes Bookstore. Details:

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
7 p.m.
Volumes Bookcafe
1474 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL
(773) 697-8066




Aug. 30, 2015

A few updates, friends.

I’m making more updated via social media and on our webpage for Hidden Hemingway nowadays, but if you haven’t already seen this, check it out:

In the Comics Journal:
When Wolverine Met Hemingway: A History of Ernest Hemingway in Comics: Part I.


Yes, that’s right. Just Part 1. Part 2 is coming up shortly.

2) There are a ton of great “If I Knew Then…” columns up on, including Tanya Hall’s lesson.

3) We have a new podcast: HR Confidential with Heather Krentler. Catch us here on iTunes and SoundCloud.

July 12, 2016

The Chicago Tribune just published my piece “Hemingway’s first love? His passionate poem is found in Oak Park,” which breaks news about Hemingway’s first-ever love poem (featured in the book) and an unknown romance.

Check it out here.

March 23, 2016

Hidden Hemingway” has a cover!

And an Amazon link for pre-sales:

The cover for "Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park."

February 23, 2016

Apologies for the delay, but I’ve been on the road for Crain Communications these past few months, opening new markets.

Also, some amazing news: Garrison Keillor sent us a lovely quote for the jacket of “Hidden Hemingway.”

It reads:

“Ernest Hemingway was the genuine literary giant of my youth: we groundlings studied him closely, we imitated him and then we parodied him, we admired the fine figure he cut and envied his celebrity, and now fifty years later, it’s a privilege to look through his closet and read his stuff and discover him as a mortal man.”

If you’re not already, please follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @HiddenHemingway

The book is out in July.

Nov. 20, 2015

Announcing another new feature!

We’ve just launched “If I Knew Then…”

Let’s face it, even born leaders face a learning curve. In this series, we ask executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders about mistakes that have shaped their business philosophy.

In the first week, we featured a ton of folks, including investor Kevin O’Leary from ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

Check out the rest of the columns here.

Nov. 19, 2015

For those of you who have been asking what I’ve been up to and why I’ve been traveling so much…


We’ve just launched nine new brands across the U.S.

More details here.

September 15, 2015

I’ve been on the road so long for Crain Communications that I’ve neglected this space, preferring to update my Twitter instead (check it @robertkelder, if you already haven’t).

Things are going extremely well. I’ve been able to reconnect with old friends and make new ones on these nation-spanning trips.

More soon,


April 25, 2015


A few of you know, but now it’s official.

My next book will be: “Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park”–essentially a coffee table book telling the author’s life story through letters, family photos and personal treasures.

Release: July 2016

I already have Twitter & Instagram accounts going under the handle @HiddenHemingway, so please follow them!


Ernest Hemingway Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.

Ernest Hemingway Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.