Key West Literary Seminar

(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. 

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.

Key West Literary Seminar: On Grief And Reason

Jan 20, 2013
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All this week, we're bringing you stories from the Key West Literary Seminar which runs through this weekend. Cara Cannella originally posted this piece on the KWLS blog.

Key West Literary Seminar: How To Drink Like A Writer

Jan 18, 2013
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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.

Key West Writers Weigh In On Key West Chickens

Jan 18, 2013
Carey Winfrey

A short film being screened during this year’s Key West Literary Seminar is a spinoff on the event’s theme - “Writers on Writers.”


“Writers on Chickens” explores the chicken population in Key West through the eyes of writers who live in the city at least part of the year.  

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.

At The Key West Literary Seminar: Hemingway On A Boat

Jan 17, 2013
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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.

The 'Key' To Being A Successful Writer

Jan 16, 2013
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.

Marzena Pogorzaly / geoffdyer.com

Welcome to the Key West Literary Seminar edition of Tweet Us A Story

Starting at 5:00, we'll be writing a story with KWLS author Geoff Dyer.

Dyer has graciously given us the first line of a tale. It's up to you to help us finish it.

You can join in on the storytelling in the space below. Check out the rules at the bottom of the page.

Parallel Lives: Colm Tóibín on Henry James

Jan 13, 2013
Nick Doll

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

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.”

Key West Literary Seminar: We Become What We Read

Jan 12, 2013
Nick Doll

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

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.

Nick Doll

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

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.