Yet Another World

—Literature of the Future—

the 30th annual Key West Literary Seminar

January 5–8, 2012

Unless noted, all events take place at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street. Sunday afternoon’s session is free and open to the public: first-come, first-seated. All other sessions are full. Check-in for registrants will take place on Thursday, 01/05, from 1:00–5:00 pm. and from 7:00-7:30 pm.


  • 7:45 pm: Douglas Coupland & William Gibson: Why Is It Always Now?
    John Hersey Memorial Conversation
  • Reception to follow @ Audubon House, 205 Whitehead St.


  • 9:30-9:45 am James Gleick: Introductions
  • 9:45-9:50 am Billy Collins: “The City of Tomorrow”
  • 9:50-10:20 am Jonathan Lethem: The True and the Real
  • 10:20-11:15 am Margaret Atwood, China Miéville, & Joyce Carol Oates: Why Other Worlds? (Isn’t the “Real” One Enough?) Moderator: James Gleick
  • 11:35–11:50 am Dexter Palmer: The Dream of Perpetual Motion
  • 11:50–12:05 pm Charles Yu: The Bored Explorers
  • 12:05–12:30 pm Dexter Palmer & Charles Yu: How to Construct a Universe
  • Book Signings: Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Lethem, Dexter Palmer, Joyce Carol Oates.

  • 2:10–2:35 pm Jennifer Egan: The PowerPoint Narrative
  • 2:35–2:45 pm James Tate: “Never Again the Same”
  • 2:45–3:15 pm George Saunders: The Honorable Old Task
  • 3:35–4:05 pm Douglas Coupland & Michael Cunningham: Looking for Planet X
  • 4:05–5:00 pm Janna Levin, Jonathan Lethem, Rivka Galchen: Science & Story.
    Moderator: Robert Krulwich
  • Book Signings: Michael Cunningham, Douglas Coupland, Jennifer Egan, James Tate

    5:15–6:30 pm Exhibit & Reception @ Lucky Street Gallery, 540 Greene St.
    6:00–7:00 pm Cocktail Reception @ San Carlos Institute

  • 7:00–8:00 pm Margaret Atwood in conversation with Valerie Martin
    John Malcolm Brinnin Memorial Evening


  • 9:30–9:40 am Announcements
  • 9:40–10:10 am Joyce Carol Oates:Close Encounters with the Other
  • 10:10–11:10 am Jennifer Egan, Michael Cunningham, Charles Yu: The Elephant in the Room (Isn’t All This Really Just Sci Fi?) Moderator: James Gleick
  • 11:30–11:50 am Janna Levin: Death by Black Hole
  • 11:50–12:00 pm James Tate: “Shut Up and Eat Your Toad”
  • 12:00–12:30 pm Colson Whitehead: Departing the Zone
  • Book Signings: James Gleick, Janna Levin, Charles Yu (pending), Colson Whitehead

    1:00–2:00 pm Exhibit & Reception with Annie Dillard @ Gallery on Greene, 606 Greene St.

  • 2:15–2:40 pm Rivka Galchen: The Very Real Fantastic
  • 2:40–3:10 pm Rivka Galchen & George Saunders: Narrating Thought: The Mind at Work
  • 3:30–3:40 pm Billy Collins: The Past and the Future
  • 3:40–4:40 pm William Gibson, China Miéville, Dexter Palmer: Here Come the Dirigibles
    (Mixing Old & New to Make “Steampunk”) Moderator: Robert Krulwich
  • Book Signings: Billy Collins, Rivka Galchen, William Gibson, George Saunders

    7:00–9:30 pm Dinner @ Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead St.


  • 9:30–9:40 am Announcements
  • 9:40–9:50 am Billy Collins: “The End of the World”
  • 9:50–10:20 am Gary Shteyngart: Apocalypse Soon
  • 10:20–10:50 am China Miéville: Manifestos, Movements and Moments
  • 11:10–12:10 pm Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Lethem, Colson Whitehead: After the Apocalypse (Are We Having Fun Yet?) Moderator: Valerie Martin
  • 12:10–12:20 pm Billy Collins: Benediction: “The Future”
  • Book Signings: China Miéville, Gary Shteyngart

    12:20-2:15 pm Conch Chowder Lunch at the Oldest House, 322 Duval St.

    Free and Open to the Public – Doors open at 2:00 pm.
    San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street

  • 2:15–2:25 pm Introduction
  • 2:25–2:40 pm Billy Collins: Reading
  • 2:40–3:10 pm George Saunders: “Ask the Optimist”
  • 3:10–3:40 pm Johnson–Merrill–Russo Award Winners. Readings by Diana Khoi Nguyen, Christy Strick, Sabra Wineteer. Introduced by Robert D. Richardson.
  • 4:00–4:10 pm James Tate: Reading
  • 4:10–5:00 pm Margaret Atwood, Michael Cunningham, Dexter Palmer, Gary Shteyngart: Creating a Universe: When Writers Play God. Ringleader: Margaret Atwood
  • Book Signings: Margaret Atwood, Billy Collins, Michael Cunningham, Dexter Palmer, Gary Shteyngart

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