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: Programs take place on Monday nights from mid-January through March at the Studios of Key West's new location at 533 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.

2015 Friends of the Key West Library Lecture Series Schedule

January 2015

  • Jan. 19: Novelist, sports writer, world traveler, Michael Mewshaw has written a lively memoir recalling his longtime friendship with Gore Vidal whom he first met in Italy in the '70s.
  • Jan. 26: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alison Lurie will show slides illustrating her latest work. The Language of Houses is an insightful exploration of the way buildings speak to us.

February 2015

  • Feb. 2: Phyllis Rose describes her new book, The Shelf, as an experiment in random reading for which she chose a specific shelf of fiction in an historic New York City library and read her way through it. The result is a lively and absorbing foray into the world of books.
  • Feb. 9: Author and cultural historian David Lowe talks about Dorothy Parker and the celebrated group of New York City writers, critics, actors, and wits who held court at the famous Algonquin Hotel Round Table in the 1920s.
  • Feb. 16: Jonathan Santlofer, painter and author of five best-selling mystery novels will show slides of his work and talk about the process of combining two talents in words and pictures.
  • Feb. 23: Popular pianist Larry Smith has had a long and varied career in the world of jazz. His narrative and keyboard artistry will focus on some of the legendary musicians who have inspired his own arrangements and original compositions.

March 2015

  • Mar. 2: Edward Hower writes novels, essays and travel articles often based on his personal experiences working with delinquents. In a new collection of essays, he relates his experiences leading a writing workshop for inmates in a New York State maximum security prison.
  • Mar. 9: Mark Childress, author of seven hilarious novels set in the South, will read from personal favorites—Georgia Bottoms, Crazy in Alabama—and talk about his experiences on the way to popular and critical acclaim.
  • Mar. 16: Historian and novelist Les Standiford has written a true-life thriller. Desperate Sons tells the story of Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, and the secret bands of radicals who led the colonies during the American Revolution.
  • Mar. 23: Lou Harris in conversation with Richard Grusin. The Dean of public opinion polls shares his views of important national and international issues. There will also be plenty of time for questions from the audience.