Under the Influence: Archetype and Adaptation from Homer to the Multiplex

Coverage of the 2019 Seminar: "Under the Influence: Archetype & Adaptation"

John Hersey Memorial Address: Margaret Atwood
Presenters: Margaret Atwood, Geraldine Brooks, Meg Cabot, Joseph Cassara, Nicole Galland, Victor LaValle, Valerie Martin, Michael Mewshaw, Madeline Miller, Naomi Novik, Joyce Carol Oates, Danielle Paige, Dexter Palmer, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Eric Shanower, Kate Tuttle, Stephanie Powell Watts, Emily Wilson, Kevin Young
Writers’ Workshop Faculty: John Dufresne, Daniel Menaker, Gregory Pardlo, Emily Raboteau, Richard Russo, Katrin Schumann, Dara Wier, Joy Williams, Kevin Young

Opening night: The John Hersey Memorial Address, given by Margaret Atwood. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Victor LaValle in conversation with Kate Tuttle: "The Changeling: From Maurice Sendak to Norse Myth to New York City Fairy Tale." Photo by Mark Hedden.

Artist Carol Munder. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Kick-off reception for attendees and presenters at the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens. Photo by Mark Hedden.

President Diane Shelby on opening night. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Meg Cabot moderating a talk on graphic novels. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Joyce Carol Oates and Dexter Palmer discuss "Time Travel." Photo by Mark Hedden.

Executive Director Arlo Haskell opening the 2019 Key West Literary Seminar. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Kevin Young reading from his book Bunk: Archetype of a Hoax. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Valerie Martin discusses the importance of "wives and maids." Photo by Mark Hedden.

Margaret Atwood with a reader. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Teacher and Librarian Scholarship Winners at the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Madeline Miller and Valerie Martin on "The Other Side of the Story," during Sunday's Free Program. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Dexter Palmer reads "The King and the Three Imposters." Photo by Mark Hedden.

Madeline Miller at the Friends of the Library Talk at the Old Town Hall (open to the public). Photo by Mark Hedden.

Naomi Novik talks about girls' representation in modern literature. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Victor LaValle on Frankenstein's political undercurrents. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Emily Wilson: "Translating the Odyssey again: How and Why." Photo by Mark Hedden.

Margaret Atwood signing books. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Meg Cabot, Naomi Novik and Nancy Klingener discuss giving young women a voice in literature. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Kevin Young between sessions on Duval Street. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Joyce Carol Oates reads from her short story "Assassin." Photo by Mark Hedden.

Margaret Atwood meeting her fans. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Valerie Martin discusses "The Other Side of the Story." Photo by Mark Hedden.

Victor LaValle talking about his novel, The Changeling, with Kate Tuttle. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Meg Cabot on "Giving Young Women a Voice: Fairy Tales in the Modern Age." Photo by Mark Hedden.

Kate Tuttle, Valerie Martin, Emily Wilson and Margaret Atwood: "Wives and Maids, What Do They Know? Equal Rights for Minor Characters." Photo by Mark Hedden.

Rowan Ricardo Phillips: "Therefore All Seasons Shall Be Sweet to Thee: On Literary Influence and the Power of Prophesy." Photo by Mark Hedden.

Danielle Paige and Eric Shanower: "King Arthur, the Wizard of Oz, Frankenstein, and the Undersea City." Photo by Mark Hedden.

Margaret Atwood. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Madeline Miller on "Writing back to Homer." Photo by Mark Hedden.

Geraldine Brooks and Nicole Galland in conversation. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Emily Wilson discusses Homer's "preferred pronoun," during her talk on translation. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Margaret Atwood on elevating minor characters in literature. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Eric Shanower: "Retelling the Trojan War for Comic Book Readers." Photo by Mark Hedden.

Geraldine Brooks on "The Other Side of the Story," during Sunday's Free Program (open to the public). Photo by Mark Hedden.

Margaret Atwood talks about archetypes in literature. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Rowan Ricardo Phillips shares thoughts on literary influences. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Executive Director Arlo Haskell launches the Seminar's Free Programs, open to the public. Photo by Mark Hedden.

Madeline Miller reading from her book Circe. Photo by Mark Hedden.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Meg Cabot and Danielle Paige: “From Princesses to Supergirls”

By Diane Hance Meg Cabot and Danielle Paige opened the first public session of the 37th annual Key West Literary Seminar with a confession: “We are both guilty,” Cabot claimed, “of writing books based on other books.” The authors began their lively conversation by sharing early influences and favorite childhood …Read More


Naomi Novik on “The High Cost of Magic”

By Nancy Klingener The title of Naomi Novik’s talk was “The High Cost of Magic” — a reference to the work-in-progress from which she read an excerpt. And to frame the reading, she spoke about context — and how it relates directly to the theme of this year’s Seminar. “I …Read More


Madeline Miller on “Writing Back to Homer”

by Genevieve Morgan Madeline Miller set the tone for her lively discussion, “Writing Back to Homer,” when she grasped the microphone, strode to the middle of the stage, and said she could not abide being stuck behind a podium. She started with a short passage from Circe where Odysseus asks …Read More


Rowan Ricardo Phillips at Key West High School

by Kate Peters For the past four years, the Key West Literary Seminar has been spiriting one of its esteemed authors away from the Friday morning session to speak to students at Key West High School during their third period. First Junot Díaz, then George Saunders. Last year, Jamaica Kincaid, …Read More


“Age of Bronze”: Retelling the Trojan War for Comic Book Readers

by Roxann Fournier Eric Shanower enlightened and entertained participants of the Key West Literary Seminar with his obsessively accurate depiction of the Trojan War in the graphic novel Age of Bronze. “Even though you are familiar,” he warned, “you will find surprises. I hope you like surprises.” Surprises were indeed …Read More


Emily Wilson on “Translating the Odyssey Again: How and Why”

By Michelle Alonzo On a stage aptly decorated with Doric columns and a large amphora, Emily Wilson kicked off the first talk of the 37th Annual Key West Literary Seminar, “Translating the Odyssey Again: How and Why,” by reading from her 2018 translation of Homer’s Odyssey to a packed auditorium. Contained in the …Read More


Behind Fear: Victor LaValle’s Discussion of The Changeling

by Connie Pertuz-Meza Victor LaValle’s latest novel, The Changeling, is a hybrid fairy tale and horror story. Set in New York City, it tackles many issues that are part of our everyday reality. In his conversation with Kate Tuttle, LaValle dove into the major themes of the novel: parenting in this …Read More


Margaret Atwood’s Keynote on “Influences at Work!”

by Shayne Benowitz The 37th annual Key West Literary Seminar “Under the Influence: Archetypes & Adaptation” commenced Thursday evening with the John Hersey Memorial address delivered by the inimitable Margaret Atwood. To begin her talk, “Alert! Influences at Work!” she took to the podium and introduced herself: “I’m Margaret Atwood, …Read More


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