Coverage of the 2011 Seminar: "The Hungry Muse"

John Hersey Memorial Address: Ruth Reichl (First Session) & Adam Gopnik (Second Session)
Presenters: Diana Abu-Jaber, Elizabeth Berg, Roy Blount Jr., Frank Bruni, Kate Christensen, Billy Collins, John T. Edge, Jason Epstein, Jonathan Gold, Darra Goldstein, Adam Gopnik, Gael Greene, Jane Hirshfield, Madhur Jaffrey, Judith Jones, Mark Kurlansky, David Mas Masumoto, Harry Mathews, Nicole Mones, Bich Minh Nguyen, Molly O’Neill, Julia Reed, Ruth Reichl, Michael Ruhlman, Patrick Symmes, Calvin Trillin, and Kevin Young. Writers’ Workshop Faculty: Paulette Bates Alden, Alan Cheuse, Billy Collins, Jane Hirshfield, Connie Regan-Blake, Porter Shreve, Susan Shreve, Robert Stone, Dara Wier, and Hilma Wolitzer.

From the Curt Richter Studio – 2011

Curt Richter is an internationally-renowned photographer, the winner of a John Kobal Portrait Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Fulbright Grant, among other honors. He may be best known for the landmark collection "A Portrait of Southern Writers," published in 2000 as the culmination of a commission from Louis D. …Read More

Hungry: The Muse in Black & White

Discussions at the second session of this year’s Seminar focused on the links between one’s experience of food and one’s urge to write. All agreed on the pleasure-giving merits of eating well, and everyone found something to laugh at. But it soon became clear that there was much more to …Read More

Behind the Scenes of “The Hungry Muse”

As we continue to digest “The Hungry Muse,” we wanted to thank the many volunteers and event staff that allow us to do what we do with style, class, and grace. Herewith, a glance behind the scenes. We’ll continue to post lots of new photos from both sessions this week, …Read More

Thursday Night Gopnik & Airstream-Gimlet

Adam Gopnik opened Session Two with a keynote address, titled “On Molars and Morals,” that examined the relationship between “mouth taste” and moral taste, while discussing the views of such thinkers as Thorstein Veblen and David Hume. Adam Gopnik on stage. All photos in this post by Ian Rowan. Embury …Read More

Session Two Begins Tonight

Adam Gopnik’s keynote address will kick off the second session of the 29th annual Key West Literary Seminar tonight at 7:45. If this second course of the Hungry Muse is half as good as the first, we’re in for a real treat. Here’s a few more pics from Session One: …Read More

“The Hungry Muse” – Session One

The first session of “The Hungry Muse” wrapped up Sunday afternoon. Here’s a few highlights from photographer Curt Richter. Stay tuned for more pics and audio coming soon. Session Two begins Thursday night, January 13, with a keynote address by Adam Gopnik. To register, call Miles at 305-293-9291. Voltaire Books …Read More

Day Two

Friday morning’s session featured a talk by Judith Jones, a poetry reading by Billy Collins, and a panel discussion with Diana Abu-Jaber, Jonathan Gold, Darra Goldstein, Madhur Jaffrey, and Julia Reed. Here’s a video recap of the day produced by Marky Pierson. Key West Literary Seminar 2011- from marky pierson …Read More

Breakfast on the Road

Life on the go can throw one’s regular practice awry. As we get ready to head out for a proper sit-down at 915, we take a look back at what sufficed for breakfast. Postcard by the one and only Curt Richter.

Opening Night – “The Hungry Muse”

Photo by Meghan Capozzi The 29th annual Key West Literary Seminar kicked off in fine style last night with a brilliant keynote address by Ruth Reichl. The wide-ranging lecture before a standing-room-only crowd at the San Carlos Institute immediately dispelled any lingering suspicions that food might not be a “literary …Read More

There Are More Days Than Sausages

Our old friend Curt Richter‘s just in from Helsinki. He’ll be continuing his series of portraits of writers during the Seminar these next two weeks; and in the meantime handed in these postcards: cogent reminders for the final behind-the-scenes push, and a little fuel for the fire. More to come …Read More

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