25th Annual Key West Literary Seminar - January 11-14, 2007

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"Wondrous Strange: Mystery, Intrigue, and Psychological Drama"
January 11-14, 2007

25th Annual Key West Literary Seminar - January 11-14, 2007 - Wondrous Strange: Mystery, Intrigue, and Psychological Drama


January 11 to 14, 2007
Thursday     Friday     Saturday     Sunday

Note: All events take place at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, unless otherwise noted.
Panelists are subject to change. All panelists are confirmed as of this posting.
   Thursday, January 11, 2007
 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Registration
 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Registration
 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. INTRODUCTORY REMARKS by the President of the Key West Literary Seminar,
Lynn Mitsuko Kaufelt
"On Turning 25: Celebrating ¼ century of literary excellence"
 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. The John Hersey Memorial Address - Michael Wood
"The world is a fabrication and full of delirious improbabilities"
Of course reality often is hard, resistant, unformed, impenetrable and unpleasant, but an experience enlarged by stories respects this reality and others, allows the mind and the world to have their difference but remain entangled.
Michael Wood “The liberation of Macondo”
 9:15 – 11:00 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

(Note: unlike in previous years, this evening’s reception is not a full dinner; please be sure to eat prior to the keynote.)
   Friday, January 12, 2007    "Strange Episodes"
 8:45 – 9:30 a.m. Coffee, Tea, Pastries
Note: From time to time, James Tate will provide us with spontaneous readings of wondrous strange poems prior to scheduled presentations.
 9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Introductions
Peyton Budinger and Bob Muens, 2007 Program Co-Chairs
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Jeffrey Eugenides
Omens and the Search for a Hybrid Voice in Middlesex “As with any myth, the experience related is extreme, but not inhuman.”
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Tananarive Due: Probing Into Darkness
11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 – 12:15 p.m. The Supernatural as a Doorway to Ordinary Reality Are we in the business of telling dreams and sharing visions or in reducing the complex world to a series of neat plots?
Feeling Around in the Dark for What’s Really There
What Compels Us To Go There?
Tananarive Due, Siri Hustvedt, Amy Tan, Mary Kay Zuravleff

Moderated by Roz Brackenbury
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Steve Stern: The Angel of Forgetfulness: Reading and Commentary
 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Aimee Bender: Strangeness as a Doorway to the Familiar
Modern Day Fairy Tales
 3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Joyce Carol Oates: The tradition of the grotesque
Reading and Commentary
 3:45 - 4:00 p.m. Break
 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Amy Tan: Ghosts of My Imagination
 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Duval Street Art Stroll
 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Dinner at the Lighthouse
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. The gardens are a five block walk from the San Carlos.
   Saturday, January 13, 2007    "Ambiguity and Shifting Realities"
 8:45 – 9:30 a.m. Coffee, Tea, Pastries
 9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Aimee Bender: Reading
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Wally Lamb: “The Hour I First Believed”
Conversation and Reading from a work in progress
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Joyce Carol Oates and Ian McEwan: Literary Unease and Psychological Disquiet
Dark Territories: Strangeness and Suspense in Everyday Life.
Imagining the unthinkable: The Offhand Approach to the Unspeakable.
What does it take to convey the madness of modern day life?

A conversation guided by Mary Morris
11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. “To See the World in a Grain of Sand”
The Use of Literary Devices: Getting Beyond Perceived Reality
Why write stories that aren’t completely realistic?
How to make the unbelievable, believable
Margaret Atwood, Aimee Bender, Michael Cunningham, Tananarive Due, Mary Kay Zuravleff

Moderator, Michael Wood
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Michael Cunningham: Reading and Commentary
 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt: “Nods & Winks”
Stylish Insubordination: The Interior Journey and the Search for Identity

A conversation guided by Mary Morris
 3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break
 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Becoming Someone You’re Not: the Strange and Eye-Opening Experience of Writing First-Person Fiction and the Invention of Self Character and Psychological Issues
Jeffrey Eugenides, Siri Hustvedt, Wally Lamb

Moderator, Roz Brackenbury
 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Poetry Readings
Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Joyce Carol Oates, James Tate
 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Staged reading of Gnadiges Fraulein by Tennessee Williams
and selected “Shel’s Shorts” by Shel Silversten
specially produced for the Seminar by the Red Barn Theatre
 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 (Not intended as dinner; please be sure to eat something prior to the 7:00 p.m. Presentation)
   Sunday, January 14, 2007    "Wondrous Strange"
 8:45 – 9:30 a.m. Coffee, Tea, Pastries
 9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Mary Kay Zuravleff: Reading
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Steve Stern: "Memories of Amnesia: Jewish Folklore and the Mystery of Identity"
10:15 – 10:50 a.m. Ian McEwan: Reading with Commentary
10:50 – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 – 11:45 Margaret Atwood and Michael Cunningham:
Speculative Fiction and the Art of Subversion
Witnessing the truth of the present in the past and future
No ONE Truth: Literature as a Tonic for Fundamentalism

Moderated by Mary Morris
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Beyond Violence: A conversation
Our Secret Kinship with the Horrifying
Altered Realities: Can Literature Save Us?

Paul Auster, Jeffrey Eugenides, Ian McEwan, Joyce Carol Oates

Moderated by Roz Brackenbury
12:30 – 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.
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.
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Ian McEwan: Reading
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Wally Lamb: Wondrous Strange at the Connecticut Woman’s Prison
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Siri Hustvedt: A writer's adventures in psychiatry and neuro-science
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Michael Cunningham, Tananarive Due, Amy Tan
Wondrous Strange: Doorway to Truth in the Modern Age

Moderated by Michael Wood
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