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Author: Arlo Haskell

Early Key West Account Found in Charleston

One of the earliest known travelogues of the Florida Keys and Key West has been uncovered in South Carolina at the College of Charleston. It establishes, among other things, that Key West’s reputation for drunkenness and questionable behavior has done nothing to dissuade talented writers from visiting the place for 165 years.

Bookleggers Library comes to Key West

One of our favorite Miami literary upstarts is finally coming to Key West, for a not-to-be-missed event this Saturday from 3:00-8:00 at the Green Parrot Bar. Bookleggers Library is a community mobile library founded two years ago with a mission to provide the South Florida reading public with access to …Read More

David A. Kaufelt, 1939-2014

David A. Kaufelt, a novelist who founded the Key West Literary Seminar and did more to establish the island city as a fixture in the national literary consciousness than anyone since Ernest Hemingway, died this weekend at his Flagler Street home. He was 74. He arrived in Key West from …Read More

NEA Grant to Support Digitization Project

We are excited to announce that the Key West Literary Seminar has been chosen as one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, …Read More

John Banville & Benjamin Black: ‘Two Hats’

Friday evening’s John Malcolm Brinnin Memorial Event, entitled “Two Hats,” was coyly presented in the KWLS program as a “conversation” between John Banville and Benjamin Black, moderated by James Gleick. As Gleick noted after taking the stage, the audience would be forgiven for expecting three chairs where there were only …Read More

Word & Image: Final Chapter, Day 1 & 2

Elizabeth George: "I write about the dark to make sense of things. I look for answers to the whys of life in its most extreme moments." Photo by Nick Doll. John Banville, aka Benjamin Black: "There are just good books and books that are not so good. If I had ...Read More

Chapter One Audio Up; Final Chapter Begins

Three standout presentations from Chapter One of the 32nd annual Key West Literary Seminar are now available in our audio archives. In the laugh-out-loud “Florida Freak Show,” bestselling novelist and journalist Carl Hiaasen recounts his favorite Florida news items, including the suspicious disappearance of legendary Key West Fire Chief Joseph …Read More

Crime & Punishment in the Conch Republic

Despite heavy action this week as we turned from Chapter One to the Final Chapter of The Dark Side: Mystery, Crime, and the Literary Thriller, we found a few quiet moments to troll our favorite fishing hole for highlights of Key West crimes and punishments past. All images courtesy Monroe …Read More