Friends of the Library Lecture Series

The Friends of the Key West Library present leading figures in the world of books, art, and ideas. Lectures start promptly at 6:00 p.m. on Monday nights from January through March. Seating begins at 5:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis; there is no charge for admission. For more about the Friends, visit

Monday, January 14 — Brenda Wineapple is
the author of White Heat, about poet Emily
Dickinson, and biographies of writers including
Gertrude Stein and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
She will be in Key West for the 2013 Key West
Literary Seminar, Writers on Writers.Monday,

January 21 — Biographer Brad Gooch,
also a 2013 Literary Seminar panelist, discusses
the challenges of writing about writers such as
Flannery O’Connor and Frank O’Hara. His latest
subject is the Sufi poet Rumi.

Monday, January 28 — Kristen-Paige Madonia
writes compelling fiction for young adults. A
former TSKW artist in residence, she’ll talk about
the path to getting published and read from her
highly praised first novel, Fingerprints of You.

Monday, February 4 — Tom Corcoran reads from
The Quick Adios, the latest in his popular Alex
Rutledge mystery series, set in the bustling
streets and secret lanes of Key West.

Monday, February 11 — In his engrossing memoir,
Over Time, sportswriter and NPR commentator
Frank Deford recalls historic events and famous
athletes encountered during his career.

Monday, February 18 — Cultural historian David
Garrard Lowe examines upscale maritime
history with an illustrated lecture, The Great
Ocean Liners: From Early Packets to the Glories
of the Queen Mary and Normandie.Monday,

February 25 — Francine DuPlessix Gray
reads from her latest novel The Queen’s Lover,
based on the real-life love affair between the
Swedish count Axel von Fersen and the doomed
French Queen Marie Antoinette.

Monday, March 4 — Paul Hendrickson will
read from and talk about his recent best-seller
Hemingway’s Boat, an examination of Key
West’s most famous resident through the lens of
his beloved boat, Pilar.

Monday, March 11 — Lou Harris, the dean of
American pollsters, offers his annual political
forecast. His insider’s take on events in
Washington and around the globe is always

Monday, March 18 — Metal sculptor John Martini
turns beams and slabs of steel into magical,
enigmatic figures. He’ll show slides and talk
about technique, artistic influences and new

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