David Kaufelt, among others, in the audience at a Seminar in the 1980s. Photo by Jeffrey Cardenas.
The daily schedule for our 2009 Seminar has been announced. The first session begins at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 8 with a keynote address from Geraldine Brooks. All day Friday and Saturday will be given over to readings and discussions, including Ursula Hegi reading from Stones from the River, David Levering Lewis discussing W.E.B. DuBois, Peter Matthiessen reading from Shadow Country, and a special gala evening with Gore Vidal. The first weekend concludes on Sunday afternoon, with a free-and-open-to-the-public program featuring Sena Jeter Naslund, Allan Gurganus, and Barry Unsworth.
Unsworth returns to deliver the keynote address for the second session, which begins on the evening of Thursday, January 15. The second weekend will include readings by two of this year’s National Book Award nominees, Rachel Kushner and Marilynne Robinson; and an on-stage discussion between William Kennedy, Joyce Carol Oates, and Russell Banks. The free-and-open-to-the-public event on the final Sunday features Anchee Min, Madison Smartt Bell, and Francisco Goldman, among others.
Click here to view the schedules for the first and/or second session of the 2009 Key West Literary Seminar.