06/26/14 -Â On Thursday'sÂ Â Topical Currents literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez speaks with writer and filmmaker, Rebecca Miller, about her latest book, â€śJacobâ€™s Folly.â€ť It explores the competing demands of individual freedom and communal responsibility.Â And on our Food and Dining se
05/29/14 - Thursdayâ€™sÂ Topical Currents features an interview with Olivia Lang about her latest book â€śA Trip to Echo Springâ€ť.Â It examines the impact alcohol had on the lives and work of six great American writers.Â Literary contributor Ariel GonzalezÂ spoke with Liang.
(Note: Mark Hedden's wife is on the board of the Key West Literary Seminar.)
David Kaufelt died Saturday at home in Key West.
He and his wife Lynn arrived from New York four decades ago. David was a writer and wanted to be surrounded by more writers.Â Several others already made the island their home, but Kaufelt had an idea to make Key West into a true literary destination, not just for people interested in the legacies of Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, but for living, breathing writers too.Â
Through the Knight Arts Challenge Miami, the Knight Foundation is one of the primary sources of funding for South Florida arts. The only rule a project must meet to qualify for the grant is that it be about art, benefit South Florida, and that it be matched in funding.
03/24/14 - Monday's Topical Currents: Â George Saunders has been called one of Americaâ€™s greatest short story writers. His work astounds readers with its effortless mix of humor and horror. A brilliant satirist, he delights in skewering the foibles of our corporate-driven, consumer-based society. But beneath the fun and games lies a profound wellspring of compassion for his fellow man.
02/03/14 - 1:30 -Literary contributorÂ Ariel GonzalezÂ with Native American writer Sherman Alexie.Â Heâ€™s praised for his prolific production of both poetry and fiction.Â His latest publication isÂ BLASPHEMY, a collection of his short stories
Behind Libreri Mapou's pink storefront, tall bookshelves cover every wall and ceiling fans make small red, blue and white Haitian flags wave. Small, dark sculptures of dancing people are on display.Â The small, Haitian bookstore sells titles in Creole, French and English written by Haitians from the island and itsÂ diaspora.
12/31/13 - Tomorrowâ€™sÂ Topical Currents is an interview with novelist Salman Rushdie, by literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez. Â Rushdie, of course, authored Satanic Verses in 1988.Â It enraged Muslim clerics, and Iranâ€™s Ayatollah Khomeini called for his death.