We are delighted to announce Adam Gopnik as keynote speaker for the second session of the 29th annual Key West Literary Seminar, this January 13-16, 2011.
The theme of this year’s Seminar is THE HUNGRY MUSE: An Exploration of Food in Literature, and Gopnik is an ideal candidate to begin four days of discussion about the role of food and writing-about-food in our lives.
As a writer at The New Yorker since 1986, Gopnik is known for his reportage on an enormous range of cultural topics and figures– everything from literature and television to sports and politics; from ballet to terror to theater to travel. Gopnik has also written frequently and perceptively about food, including profiles of elite chefs like Fergus Henderson and Alain Passard, investigations of obscure locavores devoted to eating solely within the five boroughs of New York, and a story about the burgeoning French culinary movement Le Fooding. Former Paris editor for The New Yorker, Gopnik’s writing on food simultaneously addresses the worlds of fashion, politics, and art while engaging the essential human issues of what it is to hunger and be satisfied, to search and savor.
A collection of Gopnik’s food essays, The Table Comes First, is forthcoming. Previous books include Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln and Modern Life and the bestselling Paris to the Moon.
Gopnik will be joined at the second session by writers including John T. Edge, Gael Greene, Mark Kurlansky, Michael Ruhlman, and Calvin Trillin. Registration is $495.00.
Each year, the Seminar begins with the John Hersey Memorial Address, established by members of our community in fond remembrance of Hersey (1914-1993), a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, novelist, short-story writer, and beloved figure in Key West, where he and his wife Barbara lived for many years. Past lecturers include Stephen Jay Gould, Frank McCourt, E.L. Doctorow, Annie Dillard, and Derek Walcott.