Lecture Series

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

NEW LOCATION for 2016: Programs take place on Monday nights from January 11 through March 14 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.

2016 Friends of the Key West Library Lecture Series Schedule

January 2016

  • Jan. 11: For many, Thomas McGuane's novels Panama and Ninety-Two in the Shade defined the wild ways of Key West in the 1970s. He returns to the island to read from his latest book of short stories, Crow Fair.
  • Jan. 18: Hal Crowther is a widely published journalist and humorist who writes about politics in the South. His recent biography, An Infuriating American: The Incendiary Arts of H. L. Mencken, explores the life of one of the most powerful and controversial journalists of the 20th century.
  • Jan. 25: There are few novelists with as strong, dedicated, and multi-generational a following as Judy Blume. She will discuss her last novel In the Unlikely Event, which is set in the 1950s and was written for adults. 

February 2016

  • Feb. 1: Robert D. Richardson has written definitive biographies of Emerson and Thoreau. Lincoln Perry is a nationally renowned painter and sculptor. They will discuss and show illustrations from their recent collaborative project centered on The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
  • Feb. 8: Prize-winning author Ann Beattie is a master of short fiction. She'll read from The State We're In, her brilliant new collection of linked stories.
  • Feb. 15: Popular author and cultural historian David Garrard Lowe offers an illustrated lecture based on the tumultuous life of the French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, whose fascinating family saga goes back 900 years.
  • Feb. 22: Rob O'Neal, a staff photographer at the Key West Citizen, has traveled to Cuba many times for work and pleasure. He will share his impressions and show photographs from his recent book Cuba Photo Safari.
  • Feb. 29:  Suspense writer Hallie Ephron will read from her newest novel Night, Night, Sleep Tight, full of riveting plot twists and set in the tawdry glamour of old Hollywood.

March 2016

  • Mar. 7: Author and historian Brewster Chamberlin has compiled The Hemingway Log: A Chronology of His Life and Times. It's an important resource for literary scholars, as well as a fascinating read for Papa fans.
  • Mar. 14: Meg Cabot, author of the popular Princess Diaries, has published over 80 novels written for kids, tweens, teens, and adults. She'll talk about her multi-tiered career including her newest title, Remembrance, a romantic thriller for adults.