To open the thirty-fifth annual Key West Literary Seminar last night, two-time Pulitzer winner Robert Caro delivered the John Hersey Memorial Address to a standing-room only audience at the historic San Carlos Institute. His keynote “Revealing Power: When Lyndon Johnson asked, ‘What the Hell’s the Presidency for?'” went right to the heart of this year’s seminar theme.
Revealing Power: When Lyndon Johnson asked, ‘What the Hell’s the Presidency for?’
Robert A. Caro
The Key West Literary Seminar welcomes readers and writers to this subtropical island city. Our flagship program is the annual Seminar, a four-day event that explores a unique literary theme each January, where readers from around the world enjoy presentations by some of the best writers of our time. In our Writers’ Workshop Program, also in January, writers of all levels meet in small groups with esteemed faculty to share their work and explore the craft of writing. A Scholarship Program reduces fees for teachers and librarians, and recognizes the work of outstanding emerging writers. Exclusive recordings from the Seminar over thirty years are available in the Audio Archive, while our online journal, Littoral, features news, essays, photographs, and other resources that document Key West’s rich literary history.
More than five hundred unique presentations by the world’s most influential writers are available in our audio vault, for use by educators, students, and readers worldwide. You can play many recordings immediately on our site, while others are available by request. Select a name from the index to begin, or browse our featured audio for highlighted selections with full liner notes.