Stetson Kennedy (born 1916) is a pioneering folklorist, labor activist, and environmentalist. He is the author of the books Palmetto Country, Southern Exposure, The Jim Crow Guide, The Klan Unmasked, and After Appomattox; and co-author, with Peggy A. Bulger and Tina Bucuvalas, of South Florida Folklife.
Kennedy is in Key West this weekend promoting his newest book, Grits ‘n’ Grunts: Folkloric Key West, which (according to his website) is "neither a history nor a guidebook, (but)… a treasure trove gleaned from the rich multiculture that came to full-flower on "The Rock" during the first half of the twentieth century." The book contains images of woodcuts by noted Key West folk artist Mario Sanchez.
Kennedy will be signing copies of the book on Friday at the Customs House, during the opening reception for the Key West Art and Historical Society’s exhibit of Sanchez’s work, “100 Years And Better Than Ever.” Click here for details.
Kennedy will be at Voltaire Books, on the corner of Eaton and Simonton Streets, for a question and answer session on Saturday from 3:00 to 4:00. To RSVP, visit this event’s page on facebook.