Each year the Key West Literary Seminar explores a unique literary theme. Readers from all over the world join the best writers of our time for the readings, discussions, lectures, and parties that make up today’s smartest and most high-spirited literary gathering.

The 33rd annual Seminar will explore literature’s relationship to the inexplicable. “Our hope,” writes program co-chair Pico Iyer, “is to talk about essentials—what lasts and what is at the heart of us—through poetry, essay, fiction, and even silence; to push words as far as they can go and then to respect what remains when they give out.”

Registration for the 2015 seminar is now closed. However, the afternoon program on Sunday, January 11, is free and open to the public, first-come, first-seated.

The 2016 seminar will be announced and registration will open on December 16.