The opening session of the 31st annual Key West Literary Seminar begins on Thursday night at 7:45 pm at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street. Phyllis Rose will deliver the keynote address, entitled “Can Writers Ride Bikes: Writing Writers’ Lives.”
The first session concludes this Sunday with a program that is free and open to the public. Internationally acclaimed authors including Pico Iyer, Colm Tóibin, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will explore the lives of literary greats including Emily Dickinson, Graham Greene, Gore Vidal, and Walt Whitman. Authors will be available for a book signing at the conclusion of the program. Seating is first-come, first-served. All locals and visitors are encouraged to attend.
The second session of “Writers on Writers” takes place next weekend, January 17-20. Register online or in person this weekend at the San Carlos. A final free program will take place on January 20.
The cover of this year’s program book features a detail from “The Intellectual,” a 1936 painting by Cuban artist Marcelo Pogolotti. The interior includes a 50-page spread featuring artwork by acclaimed portrait photographer Curt Richter and master woodcut artist and printmaker Barry Moser. The collaborative and multi-media exploration of writers’ lives also includes essays from Pico Iyer, Mark Doty, Alexandra Styron, Robert D. Richardson, and more.
Copies of the program book are available for free to the general public at the Key West Public Library, 700 Fleming St, or at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St.