Key West Literary Seminar

Books
9:46 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

David Kaufelt, Founder Of Key West Literary Seminar, Dies At 74

(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. 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. 

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And Crime Writers Weigh In
1:00 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

In Key West, Graveyard Thief Flouts Police, Becomes Celebrity

An image capture from security footage of the Key West Graveyard Thief.
Credit John Martini

Over the last year, the small, two-house compound in Old Town Key West where John Martini lives has been robbed at least four times.

“We've kind of lost count, as a matter of fact,” he said. “The first time or two, maybe he hit us and we didn't even know ... because he only stole cash, and he stole it out of our wallets and put our wallets back in the same place.”

Once Martini realized they were being robbed, he installed locks on his doors, something he hadn't done since he moved in in 1978. When the compound was robbed again, they installed a security-camera system.

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Literary Cocktails
11:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: How To Drink Like A Writer

Sean Hoard’s Whisky Priest combines Scotch, soda, and Brooklyn Hemispherical apple cider bitters.
Credit kwls.org

All this week, we're bringing you stories from the Key West Literary Seminar which runs through this weekend. Shayne Benowitz originally posted this piece on the KWLS blog.

Reading Pico Iyer’s The Man Within My Head is one way to get under the influence of Graham Greene. Another is by sampling the cocktails at this year’s seminar.

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Key West Literary Seminar
1:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: Real Portraits, Invented Biographies

All this week, we're bringing you stories from the Key West Literary Seminar which runs through this weekend. Shayne Benowitz originally posted this piece on the KWLS blog.

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Key West Literary Seminar
3:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

The 'Key' To Being A Successful Writer

Arlo Haskell, right, Associate Director of the Key West Literary Seminar with attendee Hannah Scott, left, and Jolly Benson, center.
Credit KWLS

  If you think writers from all around the world have been descending upon Key West for 31 years to escape cruddy winter weather while knocking back a rum runner or two and discussing their work, you probably won’t get an argument from them.

The Key West Literary Seminar attracts some of the finest authors – and their fans – for two consecutive weekends.

This year’s four-day event started on Jan. 10 and the second session picks up on Jan. 17 and ends on the 20th, with a Writers’ Workshop Program sandwiched in between.

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Literature
11:30 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Parallel Lives: Colm Tóibín on Henry James

Colm Tóibín discusses The Master, his 2004 novel about Henry James.
Nick Doll

This post is featured thanks to our friends at the Key West Literary Seminar. Read more of their material here.

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Literature
10:08 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Is The Biography A Work Of Fact Or Fiction? Musings From The Key West Literary Seminar

Author Jay Parini says “All biography is a work of fiction. It's an illusion of a life that may relate to reality.”
Nick Doll

The work of a biographer might seem straightforward enough.  Although the general public might consider the genre a sub-category of nonfiction writing, the best works transcend that title, and stand apart as a class of their own.  Biographies contain facts and historical documentation about the life of particular subject, and in this way meet the criteria for nonfiction.  In a talk at the Key West Literary Seminar on Saturday, however, acclaimed biographer Jay Parini declared, “All biography is a work of fiction.  It's an illusion of a life that may relate to reality.”

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Literature
3:30 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: We Become What We Read

Former poet laureate Billy Collins
Nick Doll

This post is featured thanks to our friends at the Key West Literary Seminar. Read more of their material here.

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Literature
2:30 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: Translating A Life With Judith Thurman

New Yorker contributor, non-fiction writer, and bigrapher Judith Thurman on Translating a Life
newyorker.com

Those of us who speak more than one language are aware of the power and issues related to translation.  For many of us it is a constant internal dialog, full of traps and the dangers of double entendres.  The anxiety that the process brings about is the very reason why skillful translators are so valued.
In it's essence, the act of translating is a multi thronged process.  There is the literal, and then there is the intangible, the true root that translation attempts to illuminate.  In the end the translation inevitably fails to some degree to reach this ultimate goal.

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Literature
12:29 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: On Those Same Steps: Iyer on Greene

Pico Iyer at “Writers on Writers.”
Nick Doll

This post is featured thanks to our friends at the Key West Literary Seminar. Read more of their material here.

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Key West Literary Seminar
9:30 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Can’t Make It To The Key West Literary Seminar? Meet Us There On Twitter

Curt Richter pairs real portraits with fictional biographies.
Credit kwls.org

Just because you can’t drive down for the 31st annual Key West Literary Seminar, doesn’t mean you can’t take part.

WLRN is teaming up with the KWLS folks to bring the conversations online.

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