Author: Cara Cannella

VIDEO: Robert A. Caro’s Keynote Address

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 ...Read More

Things Can Get Sweaty: Thomas McGuane and Arlo Haskell on Writing Key West

In a recent conversation with Thomas McGuane about his Key West novels—the National Book Award-nominated Ninety-Two in the Shade (1973) and Panama (1978)—Key West Literary Seminar executive director Arlo Haskell placed the “magical pair” alongside Ernest Hemingway’s Prohibition-era To Have and Have Not among the great literary time capsules of …Read More

Inside the New Yorker : Daniel Menaker in Conversation with James Gleick

In last night’s John Malcolm Brinnin Memorial Event, “The Inside Story: Fiction at the New Yorker,” a revealing conversation unfolded between Daniel Menaker and James Gleick through historic anecdotes, textual analysis, and plenty of juicy bits. “Was there allowed to be sex?” Gleick asked of stories that ran during Menaker’s …Read More

The Real Lives of Writers

Alafair Burke, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, and Michael Koryta came together yesterday afternoon to share behind-the-scenes revelations and anecdotes in “Real Life: What did you make out of yours?” Even the self-proclaimed introverts onstage opened up bravely to let curious KWLS attendees in on the magic and the mundane in their …Read More

Basic Instinct: Lee Child on Story’s Roots

When Lee Child’s daughter was a small child, she loved the appearance of danger, he told a packed house this morning at the San Carlos Institute during his address on the “Prehistoric Roots of Storytelling.” When he threw her up in the air, she would shriek in delight and terror. …Read More

Shop Talk with Reporters-Turned-Novelists

Any reporter worth his or her salt knows the value of a strong quote. The flavor of a source’s voice, expressed accurately and with nuance, can be the key that makes a story come alive. In the colorful KWLS conversation “Once We Were Journalists: Truth & Fiction,” John Katzenbach, Laura Lippman, and …Read More

Sara Paretsky’s Keynote Quest for Heroes

People often ask writer Sara Paretsky if V. I. Warshawski, the female detective at the center of her #1 New York Times  bestselling mystery series, is her alter ego. Despite clear similarities between the two (both like to run and drink a good whiskey, live in Chicago, and work stubbornly …Read More

The Light and Dark of David Foster Wallace

D.T. Max, New Yorker staff writer and author of Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, peppered his talk about the communal grieving of the gifted and troubled writer with plenty of levity. An anecdote about DFW’s mother Sally elicited much laughter from the crowd. She …Read More