THE HUNGRY MUSE: Cast of Characters

THE HUNGRY MUSE: Cast of Characters


Construction of new author pages is now complete for all 22 confirmed speakers for the upcoming 2011 Key West Literary Seminar: "The Hungry Muse: an exploration of food in literature." The pages include biographical information, selected bibliographies, and links to resources like interviews, book reviews, and audio and video clips from around the web.

The upcoming Seminar promises to be a unique exploration of food’s place in our literary culture, chaired by a once-in-a-lifetime assembly of today’s great writers, thinkers, chefs, and eaters. Confirmed speakers at the January 2011 Seminar already include leading food critics Frank Bruni, Ruth Reichl, and Jonathan Gold (the only food critic ever to have won a Pulitzer Prize); as well as publishing legends like Judith Jones (editor to both Julia Child and John Updike), Jason Epstein (co-founder of The New York Review of Books, editor to Vladimir Nabokov and Alice Waters), and Ecco publisher Daniel Halpern. The list also includes compelling novelists like PEN/Faulkner Award-winner Kate Christensen and Diana Abu-Jaber, perennial best-selling writer Mark Kurlansky (author of Salt, Cod, and The Big Oyster), and gourmand-funnymen Roy Blount Jr. and Calvin Trillin. And that’s not all. Poets Billy Collins and Kevin Young will be here, as will one-of-a-kind writer Harry Mathews and Southern food expert John T. Edge.

Click here for the complete list of speakers. And stay tuned for more names (including one or two very special guests) to be announced in the coming weeks.

Registration for the Seminar is still $495 and advance registration is strongly encouraged. We fully expect both sessions (January 6-9 and 13-16) to sell out 2-3 months in advance.

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