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We're delighted to announce that Billy Collins will be making a special guest appearance at next year's Seminar with spontaneous readings of poetry related to the journey, inner and outer.

We're pleased to announce that Dervla Murphy will travel from her home in Ireland (following a three month stint in North and South Korea) to join us for Adventure, Travel & Discovery.

We're most pleased to announce that Pico Iyer has accepted our invitation to deliver this year's John Hersey Memorial Address.

Adventure, Travel, and Discovery - January 2006 Key West Literary Seminar

2006 PANELISTS
Note that moderators and panelists listed are confirmed but subject to change.
Adventure, Travel, and Discovery - January 2006 Key West Literary Seminar




Patricia Hampl
Patricia Hampl
MODERATOR
Patricia Hampl first won recognition for A Romantic Education, her memoir about her Czech heritage, which was awarded a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship in 1981.

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Michael Shapiro
Michael Shapiro
MODERATOR
Michael Shapiro is the author of A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration, a collection of eighteen interviews with the world's leading travel writers, including Jan Morris, Peter Matthiessen, Tim Cahill, and Pico Iyer.

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Rosalind Brackenbury
Rosalind Brackenbury
Rosalind Brackenbury was born in London, grew up in the south of England, has lived in Scotland and France and now lives in Key West, Florida.

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Tim Cahill
Tim Cahill
Over the past two decades, Tim Cahill has established a reputation as America's best known (and funniest) adventure travel writer.

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Billy Collins
Billy Collins
Billy Collins is an American phenomenon. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal.

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Hal Crowther
Hal Crowther
Crowther's current collection of essays, "Gather at the River," a National Book Award nominee, will be published by LSU in September.

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Hanns Ebensten
Hanns Ebensten
Hanns Ebensten is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society who, in addition to having operated the first tourist expeditions to Easter Island, has pioneered tours to other remote and exotic destinations.

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Gretel Ehrlich
Gretel Ehrlich
Gretel Ehrlich was born on a horse ranch near Santa Barbara, California and was educated at Bennington College and UCLA film school.

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Linda Greenlaw
Linda Greenlaw
Linda Greenlaw has been a deep-sea fisherman for 18 years, becoming the first and only female swordfish captain in the Grand Banks Fleet.

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Eddy L. Harris
Eddy L. Harris
Eddy L. Harris, a product of St. Louis, is the author of four critically acclaimed books, Mississippi Solo, Native Stranger, South of Haunted Dreams, and Still Life in Harlem.

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Tony Horwitz
Tony Horwitz
Tony Horwitz lived overseas with his Australian wife for a decade and filed dispatches from forty countries, often as a war correspondent covering conflicts in the Persian Gulf, Sudan, Lebanon, Bosnia, and Northern Ireland.

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Pico Iyer
Pico Iyer
Pico Iyer was born in England to Indian parents, grew up in California, attended Eton and Oxford and now lives in suburban Japan and California.

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Barry Lopez
Barry Lopez
To read Barry Lopez is to commune with a deep thinker. His writings have been compared to those of Henry David Thoreau and Edward Abbey...

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Peter Matthiessen
Peter Matthiessen
"I like to hear and smell the countryside, the land my characters inhabit. I don't want these characters to step off the page, I want them to step out of the landscape."

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Ana Menéndez
Ana Menéndez
Ana Menéndez was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Cuban exiles. She is the author of two books of fiction, which have been translated into several languages: In Cuba I was a German Shepherd and Loving Che, a national best-seller.

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Michael Mewshaw
Michael Mewshaw
Michael Mewshaw is the author of nine novels and six books of non-fiction. His fiction includes the recently published Shelter from the Storm and Year of the Gun, which was set entirely in Rome.

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Lawrence Millman
Lawrence Millman
Lawrence Millman has an unusual penchant for traveling to the farflung corners of the globe, places where you and I might never dream of going.

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Mary Morris
Mary Morris
Mary Morris's stories often deal with the tension between home and away. Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone (written in 1988) is a seminal work of travel, adventure and discovery.

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Dervla Murphy
Dervla Murphy
Dervla Murphy shows us what it is to be a real traveller. Making no concessions either to her age or her gender, this indomitable Irish female boldly goes where lesser mortals wouldn't dare.
     —The Guardian

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Kira Salak
Kira Salak
Kira Salak was born in Illinois in 1971, and regularly travels to the world's furthest flung places on assignment for National Geographic and their Adventure magazine. She was the first person to canoe solo 600 miles down the River Niger to Timbuktu.

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Robert Stone
Robert Stone
Eschewing their roles as "boozing, wenching buccaneers", Stone and a buddy set out to behave like "proper expatriates." They walked the city, they watched the people, they heard the music of conga bands and African flutes. They drank coffee slowly from small cups. "At the time," recalled Stone, "I was struck less by the frivolity of Havana than by its unashamed seriousness..."

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Patrick Symmes
Patrick Symmes
Patrick Symmes is a Contributing Editor at Harper's and Outside magazines. As a foreign correspondent, he has traveled with Maoist insurgents in Nepal, visited both main guerrilla groups in Colombia, and profiled drug gangs in Brazil.

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Kate Wheeler
Kate Wheeler
Kate Wheeler was born Oklahoma in 1955 and grew up in several countries in South America. She also trained as a Buddhist nun in Burma. Her first novel, When Mountains Walked, is a story of foreigners adrift in exotic cultures.

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