Lecture Series

The Friends of the Key West Library are proud to introduce leading figures in the world of books, art, and ideas. Programs take place on Monday nights from January through March at the Studios of Key West's historic armory building, 600 White 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.

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2014 Friends of the Key West Library Lecture Series Schedule

January 2014

  • Jan. 13: Billy Collins. One of America's favorite and most accessible poets will delight fans with readings of new work and some perennial favorites.
  • Jan. 20: Carey Winfrey has spent a year filming and interviewing writers who spend extended time in Key West. His video includes top American authors as well as new voices on their way up.
  • Jan. 27: Lee Smith writes short stories and novels with enthralling plots. She'll read from her newest, Guests on Earth, set in the 1930s in a mental asylum, where fact and fiction are intertwined.

February 2014

  • Feb. 3: Hal Crowther is a widely-published journalist and humorist who writes about politics and controversial issues in the South. Currently, he is working on a book about H. L. Mencken.
  • Feb. 10: John Leslie, known for his mystery series set in Key West, now takes readers to a horse farm in Texas. Border Crossing tells the compelling story of a young boy's journey to manhood as he faces crucial events in contemporary America.
  • Feb. 17: David Garrard Lowe. Popular author and cultural historian offers a lecture with slides. "The Invention of the Riviera" follows Cole Porter, Picasso, Gerald and Sarah Murphy, the Fitzgeralds and others to the South of France in the 1920's and 30's.
  • Feb. 24: Painter, teacher, intrepid traveler Valerie Hird shows slides of her trips to North Africa and the Middle East and tells how her experiences have influenced her artwork.

March 2014

  • Mar. 3: Robert Stone writes insightful novels tinged with dark humor--often set in exotic landscapes. He'll read from his latest work, Death of the Black-Haired Girl.
  • Mar. 10: Hy Conrad. Along with page-turning mystery fiction and numerous books of crime puzzles, Hy Conrad is also known for his innovative scripts for the quirky TV detective series Monk.
  • Mar. 17: The dean of public opinion polls, Lou Harris, delivers his annual political forecast with insider views of national and international issues that concern us all.