“Writers on Writers” Schedule of Events

“Writers on Writers” Schedule of Events


The complete program is now available for our 31st annual seminar, “Writers on Writers,” which features two independent sessions taking place on consecutive weekends.

Session One kicks off on January 10, 2013, as American biographer and critic Phyllis Rose delivers the annual John Hersey Memorial Address, entitled “Can Writers Ride Bikes? Writing Writers’ Lives.” Session Two begins January 17 with Irish novelist Colm Tóibín, whose keynote, “On Grief and Reason,” will explore the life and work of poets Elizabeth Bishop and Thom Gunn.

The exciting program recalls some of the year’s most talked-about biographies, including D.T. Max’s bestselling life of David Foster Wallace, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story; Julie Salamon’s acclaimed Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein; and Paul Hendrickson’s Hemingway’s Boat. Memoir will be another focus of “Writers on Writers” as Alexandra Styron discusses Reading My Father, her tale of the troubled life and celebrated work of her father William Styron. And finally there are works of a stranger sort—Pico Iyer’s Graham Greene-inspired The Man Inside My Head and Geoff Dyer’s D.H. Lawrence-obsessed Out of Sheer Rage among them—books which defy classification and address the core of creative consciousness.

Other highlights of “Writers on Writers” include poetry readings by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins; and a discussion of the life and legacy of Gore Vidal, led by his biographer and longtime friend Jay Parini.

In conjunction with the seminar, Lucky Street Gallery and Gallery on Greene will explore the visual dimension of “Writers on Writers,” with shows featuring work by internationally acclaimed portrait photographer Curt Richter, renowned book illustrator and printmaker Barry Moser, and a selection of paintings by “Key West Writer Artists” including Tennessee Williams and Annie Dillard. Rounding out the program are a short film; book signings by more than 30 authors; and receptions at a number of historic locations.

Two afternoon sessions—Sunday January 13 and Sunday January 20—will be open to the general public at no charge. All other sessions require advance registration.

Click here to register for Session Two—January 17-20, 2013. (Hurry! Session One is already sold out.)

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