- From 08 Thu Jan 2015 to 11 Sun Jan 2015 January 8, 2015 January 11, 2015 Parrot Key Resort
33rd Annual Key West Literary Seminar
Seventeen leading contemporary writers are to offer insights into literature’s relationship to the inexplicable during the 33rd annual Key West Literary Seminar. Scheduled Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 8-11, the seminar is themed “How the Light Gets In: Literature of the Spirit.”
The novelists, journalists, poets, essayists and others scheduled to speak include Marilynne Robinson, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning “Gilead”; Wally Lamb, who has penned five New York Times bestselling novels including “We Are Water”; Barry Lopez, who earned a National Book Award for “Arctic Dreams”; celebrated poet Marilyn Nelson, recipient of Newbery and Coretta Scott King honors; and Pico Iyer, whose books include “The Open Road” about his annual travels with the Dalai Lama.
Most presentations are to take place at Key West’s historic San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St.
The seminar begins with a keynote address by Iyer set for 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8. Following the keynote, the Paul Winter Consort jazz ensemble is to take the stage to present “Unbridled Joy,” a blend of musical and literary performance that incorporates the voices of poets including seminar presenters Mark Doty, Jane Hirshfield and Marie Howe. Both events are scheduled at the Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Road.
Subsequent days feature readings, lectures, informal talks, panel discussions, book signings, receptions and gatherings where seminar attendees and authors can mingle. Highlights are to include a Saturday night presentation by Robinson titled “Grace” and a Sunday session with Iyer and Lopez titled “Wonder: Entering and Exiting the Great Mystery.”
In conjunction with the seminar, 11 writers’ workshops are planned Sunday through Thursday, Jan. 11-15.
While the 2015 seminar is sold out, each year’s program includes Sunday afternoon presentations open to the public. These include readings and commentary by several of the seminar’s featured writers, and admission is free with first-come, first-served seating.
Event information: www.kwls.org or 888-293-9291