Friends of the Library Lecture Series

Join Friends of the Library Monday evenings for free talks by leading writers and cultural figures. Doors open 5.30pm. Lectures begin at 6pm.

Alison Lurie. Still image from Open Road Integrated Media Inc. Full video can be found here.

Jan. 19 Novelist, sports writer, world traveler, Michael Mewshaw has written a lively memoir recalling his longtime friend- ship with Gore Vidal whom he first met in Italy in the ’70s. Please note: The location of this talk is The Key West Theatre, 512 Eaton Street.

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. Please note: The location of this talk is The Key West Theatre, 512 Eaton Street.

Feb. 2 Phyllis Rose describes her new book, The Shelf, as an experiment in off-road reading. It’s also a lively and absorbing foray into the world of books. Please note: The location of this talk is St. Paul’s Cathedral, 401 Duval Street.

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 1920’s. The location of this talk is St. Paul’s Cathedral, 401 Duval Street.

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. The location of this talk is St. Paul’s Cathedral, 401 Duval Street.

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. The location of this talk is St. Paul’s Cathedral, 401 Duval Street.

Mar. 2 In a new collection of essays, novelist Edward Hower relates his experiences leading a writing workshop for inmates in a New York State maximum security prison. The location of this talk will be announced shortly.

Mar. 9 Mark Childress, author of 7 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. The location of this talk will be announced shortly.

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. The location of this talk will be announced shortly.

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. The location of this talk will be announced shortly.

The Studios of Key West