2005 Key West Literary Seminar
2005 Key West Literary Seminar Schedule
Go to Schedule for 1st Session - January 6 - 9, 2005
Go to Schedule for 2nd Session - January 13-16, 2005

Schedule for 1st Session - January 6 - 9, 2005
Thursday     Friday     Saturday     Sunday
Please Note: Schedule and participants are subject to change.
All events take place at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, Key West, or within walking distance, as noted.
   Thursday, January 6, 2005
 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Registration, San Carlos Institute
 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Wine and Cheese Reception
Lucky Street Gallery, 1120 White Street
Featuring a special exhibit of Key West artists entitled “Humor.” The exhibit will run throughout the Seminar. Lucky Street Gallery is a 30 minute walk from the San Carlos Institute, or a five minute taxi ride. Transportation is not provided. The gallery is open daily from 11 – 5.
 7:45 p.m. Introductory Remarks
by Lynn Mitsuko Kaufelt, President of the Key West Literary Seminar
 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. The John Hersey Memorial Address
by Billy Collins
"Humor in Poetry: The Dog That Runs Away When You Call Its Name"
 9:15 - 11:00 p.m. Gala Reception in honor of Billy Collins
At the garden of the gardens of the Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Street (corner of Whitehead and Truman). The lighthouse is operated by the Key West Art and Historical Society. Bountiful food and refreshments are offered, catered by Mangoes Catering. The gardens are a five block walk from the San Carlos.
   Friday, January 7, 2005 - Roots
 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Coffee, Tea, Pastries
 9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Dave Barry
Reading
 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Lee Smith
“Why I Still Live at the P.O.” The humor of place
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Al Young
"Funny Ha-Ha, and Funny For-Real: Thoughts on Humor"
11:30 - 12:15 p.m. Blanche McCrary Boyd
“Terminal Velocity”
Social history and personal and societal transformation as a source of humor.
12:15 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch
 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Alison Lurie
“The Nature of Humor in Literature”
 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Barbara Ehrenreich
“The Snarling Citizen”
 3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break
 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen
South Florida—The Funniest Place on Earth
 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Wine and Hors D’oeuvre Reception
Kent Gallery, 821 Duval Street (5 minute walk from the San Carlos).
Savor the Gallery’s current exhibit while enjoying fine wines and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres in a relaxing and beautiful venue. Kent Gallery features a sophisticated, comprehensive collection of contemporary abstract and representational art in all visual disciplines.
 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. Al Young “Music and Poetry”
Calvin Trillin and Roy Blount, Jr. “The Battle of the Rhyme”
Billy Collins “Wagging the Dog” (a poetry reading)
   Saturday, January 8, 2005 - Real Life
 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Coffee, Tea, Pastries
 9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Percival Everett
Reading
 9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Lee Smith
Reading
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Christopher Buckley
“Don’t Tread on Me” The discipline of satire.
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 - 12:15 p.m. “The Time of Our Lives”
Making fun out of hard times; Irony and the literary mind
Roy Blount, Jr., Barbara Ehrenreich, Percival Everett, Calvin Trillin
12:15 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch
 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. Modern Life and Intimate Relationships
What’s so funny about sex (a woman’s view)
Blanche McCrary Boyd, Lorrie Moore, Cathleen Schine
 3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Break
 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Humor on Stage
Christopher Durang, Wendy Wasserstein
 8:00 - 9:20 p.m. Carl Hiaasen: Reading
Clyde Edgerton: “Stuck in a Chair Without a Bottom: Humorous scenes and songs
Christopher Durang: Performance
Roy Blount, Jr.: I Lost It At the Library
 9:30 - 11:00 p.m. Champagne Reception
The Key West Museum of Art and History at the Custom House, 281 Front Street (15 minute walk) Coffee, cocktails, nibbles and lavish deserts, catered by Mangoes Catering. (Not intended as dinner; please be sure to eat something prior to the 8:00 p.m. presentation)
   Sunday, January 9, 2005 - Transformations
 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Coffee, Tea, Pastries
 9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Lorrie Moore
Reading
 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. “No Pain, No Gain”
Christopher Durang, Percival Everett, Cathleen Schine
10:30 - 10:40 a.m. Break
10:40 - 11:00 p.m. Wendy Wasserstein
Shiksa Goddess: Or, How I spent My Forties
11:00 - 12:00 p.m. The Pathos of the South: Humor to the Rescue
Roy Blount, Jr., Blanche McCrary Boyd, Clyde Edgerton, Lee Smith
Please note. Through the generous support of Key West Literary Seminar benefactors, Sunday’s afternoon activities are free and open to the public. Seating is available to all, on a first-come, first-served basis. Being a registrant to the Seminar does NOT guarantee space for the following events.
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Conch Chowder at the Key West Library’s Palm Garden
Sponsored by Friends of the Library and the Key West Literary Seminar.
 2:00 - 2:20 p.m. Cathleen Schine
Reading
 2:20 - 2:40 p.m. Christopher Buckley
Reading
 2:40 - 2:50 a.m. Break
 2:50 - 3:30 p.m. Billy Collins
Poetry Reading
 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Al Young and Clyde Edgerton
“Ending on a High Note”
 7:30 p.m. Orientation dinner (workshop participants only)
Top of La Concha, 430 Duval Street


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Schedule for 2nd Session - January 13 - 16, 2005
Thursday     Friday     Saturday     Sunday
Please Note: Schedule and participants are subject to change.
All events take place at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, Key West, or within walking distance, as noted.
   Wednesday, January 12, 2005
7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Al Young at VFW Hall, 803 Emma Street in Bahama Village
Free & Open to the Public

Featuring Jazz, Poetry and free refreshments
   Thursday, January 13, 2005
 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Registration, San Carlos Institute
 7:45 p.m. Introductory Remarks
by Lynn Mitsuko Kaufelt, President of the Key West Literary Seminar
 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. The John Hersey Memorial Address
by Calvin Trillin
“What’s So Funny”?
 9:15 - 11:00 p.m. Gala Reception in honor of Calvin Trillin
At the garden of the gardens of the Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Street (corner of Whitehead and Truman). The lighthouse is operated by the Key West Art and Historical Society. Bountiful food and refreshments are offered, catered by Mangoes Catering. The gardens are a five block walk from the San Carlos.
   Friday, January 14, 2005 - Out of Darkness, Light
 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Coffee, Tea, Pastries
 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Riffs & Readings
Billy Collins, Bruce Jay Friedman, Blanche McCrary Boyd, Paul Beatty
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Judy Blume in conversation with Patricia Marx - “Uncensored”
11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 - 12:00 p.m. Garry Trudeau in conversation with Roger Rosenblatt
“Beyond Satire” How to make light of a world gone mad
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch
 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Augusten Burroughs
“Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me” The transformative power of humor
 2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break
 2:45 - 4:00 p.m. Blanche McCrary Boyd, ZZ Packer, Cathleen Schine, and Meg Wolitzer
“The Joy of Sex and other escapades” Using the past to mine for Humor
 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Champagne Reception
At the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens, 205 Whitehead Street.
The reception will be held in the John Malcolm Brinnin Commemorative Butterfly Garden. Champagne has been donated by The Mitchell Wolfson Family Foundation.
 8:30 - 10:00 p.m. Four Poetry Readings
Paul Beatty, Calvin Trillin, James Tate, Billy Collins
   Saturday, January 15, 2005 - Real Life
 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Coffee, Tea, Pastries
 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Riffs & Readings
ZZ Packer, Meg Wolitzer, Roger Rosenblatt
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Bruce Jay Friedman
"A Change of Plan" and "The Heartbreak Kid" A funny thing happened on the way to the movies
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 - 12:00 p.m. A candid conversation about race, ethnicity, and humor in America
Paul Beatty, Ruth Ozeki, ZZ Packer, Calvin Trillin
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch
 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Ruth Ozeki
Amuse-bouche, or what’s so funny about meat and potatoes?” Reading from “My Year of Meats” and “All Over Creation”
 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Sex, Boys, and Dogs
Nora Ephron, Patty Marx, Cathleen Schine, Meg Wolitzer
 3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break
 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. That’s so gay: what’s everyone laughing about?
Blanche McCrary Boyd and Augusten Burroughs
 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Wine and Hors D’oeuvre Reception
At Kent Gallery, 821 Duval Street (5 minute walk from the San Carlos).
Savor the Gallery’s current exhibit while enjoying fine wines and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres in a relaxing and beautiful venue. Kent Gallery features a sophisticated, comprehensive collection of contemporary abstract and representational art in all visual disciplines.
 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. John Malcolm Brinnin Memorial Address
by Molly Ivins
 9:30 - 11:00 p.m. Champagne Reception in honor of Molly Ivins
At the Key West Museum of Art and History at the Custom House, 281 Front Street (15 minute walk) Coffee, cocktails, nibbles and lavish deserts, catered by Mangoes Catering. (Not intended as dinner; please be sure to eat something prior to the 8:00 p.m. presentation.)
   Sunday, January 16, 2005 - This American Life
 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Coffee, Tea, Pastries
 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Riffs & Readings
Augusten Burroughs, Cathleen Schine, and James Tate
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Paul Beatty
Satire as a Literary Device
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 - 12:00 p.m. How to make fun of American political life
Molly Ivins, Ruth Ozeki, Calvin Trillin, Garry Trudeau
Please note. Through the generous support of Key West Literary Seminar benefactors, Sunday’s afternoon activities are free and open to the public. Seating is available to all, on a first-come, first-served basis. Being a registrant to the Seminar does NOT guarantee space for the following events.
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Conch Chowder at the Key West Library’s Palm Garden
Sponsored by Friends of the Library and the Key West Literary Seminar
 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Molly Ivins
Are We Having Fun Yet?
 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Garry Trudeau
What’s My Line? The art of cartooning
 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. This American Life
Nora Ephron, Bruce Jay Friedman, ZZ Packer, Roger Rosenblatt

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