Lecture Series

The Friends of the Key West Library are proud to introduce leading figures in the world of books, art, and ideas.

LOCATION for 2017: Programs take place on Monday nights from January 16 through March 29 at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. Admission is free and seating begins at 5:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis with the programs starting promptly at 6:00 p.m.

2017 Friends of the Key West Library Lecture Series Schedule

January 2017

  • Jan. 16: Calvin Trillin has been contributing to the New Yorker since 1963. He writes about murder, food, politics, and culture. Among his many achievements he coined the term "Sabbath Gasbags" in reference to the pundits who appear on Sunday morning talk shows. He is also known for his expansive thoughts on barbecue.
  • Jan. 23: Curt Richter is a photographer who splits his time between Finland and the United States. His most recent book is A Thousand Words: Portraits from the Key West Literary Seminar. Richter has been visiting Key West and photographing members of its arts and literary community for close to a decade. This book is the most recent fruit of those visits.
  • Jan. 30: Frank DeFord is a writer and public radio commentator who primarily writes about sports. He has been a writer at Sports Illustrated since 1962, and a commentator at NPR since 1980. His football-centric novel Everybody's All American was made into a movie starring Denis Quaid and Jessica Lange. He has also written several novels not centered on the world of sports.

February 2017

  • Feb. 6:David Garrard Lowe is a well-known cultural historian, lecturer, and author of books about great cities and their architecture. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, American Heritage, House & Garden, and City Journal among others. His books include Lost Chicago, Chicago Interiors, Stanford White's New York, Art Deco New York, and Beaux Arts New York.
  • Feb. 13: Rebecca Wallwork is a writer and editor from Miami Beach. Her book New Kids on the Block's Hangin' Tough is a deep study of the late 1980s cultural moment inspired by an album that has sold more than 17 million copies. She will be in Key West for a writer's residency at the Studios of Key West.
  • Feb. 20: Alison Lurie is a writer and novelist who has spent her winters in Key West since the 1980s. She has published ten novels, a book of short stories, three books of non-fiction, and a number ofbooks of children's stories. Her novel Foreign Affairs, which centers on the romantic liaisons of Americans in England, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Feb. 27:James Gleick is the author of The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. His first book, Chaos, was a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist and a national bestseller. His other books include the best-selling biographies, Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman and Isaac Newton, both shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book Time Travel examines the porous boundary between pulp fiction and modern physics.

March 2017

  • Mar. 6: Eugene Robinson is a columnist for the Washington Post and a well-known TV pundit. In 2009, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for "his eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focus on the election of the first African-American president, showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture." His books include Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America, Last Dance in Havana, and Coal to Cream: A Black Man's Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race.
  • Mar. 13:Diana Abu-Jaber was born in Syracuse, New York, to an American mother and a Jordanian father. Her upbringing was the subject of her award-winning memoir The Language of Baklava. Her latest novel, Birds of Paradise, won the National Arab American Book Award and was named a top book pick by the Washington Post, NPR, Chicago Tribune, and the Oregonian. Her most recent book is the memoir Life Without a Recipe: A Memoir of Food and Family.
  • Mar. 20: Key West resident Stephen Kitsakos has worked as a theater writer, composer, musician, performing arts administrator, director and teacher. He has written the libretti for the chamber operas The Wooden Sword and The White Rooster. The first act of his most recent opera, A Thousand Splendid Suns, premiered at the Studios of Key West last year.