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