2018 Lecture Series


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

LOCATION for 2018: Programs take place on Monday nights from January 15 through March 19 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.


2018 Lecture Series

Teju Cole Photo by Tim Knox

Teju Cole
Photo by Tim Knox

January 15: Teju Cole


Teju Cole is a writer, art historian, and photographer. He is the author of four books, including the novels Open City and Every Day Is For The Thief. He is the photography columnist at the New York Times Magazine, and has had gallery shows in several countries.


Edmund White Photo by David Shankbone

Edmund White
Photo by David Shankbone

January 22: Edmund White


Edmund White is the author of dozens of books. His long and successful career spans fiction, memoir, biography, drama, and essays. His work centers on the gay experience in America from the 1950s to present, as well as in French culture.


Lee Smith Photo by Diana Matthews

Lee Smith
Photo by Diana Matthews

January 29: Lee Smith


Lee Smith grew up in the Appalachian mountains of southwestern Virginia. By the age of nine she was already writing stories – and selling for a nickel apiece. Since 1968, she has published eleven novels, three collections of short stories, and has received many writing awards.


Chantel Acevedo Photo by  Elaine Palladino

Chantel Acevedo
Photo by  Elaine Palladino

February 5: Chantel Acevedo


Chantel Acevedo is a Cuban American author from Miami who often utilizes Cuba as a backdrop for her prose and poetry. She has written five novels, a poetry chapbook, and a historical novel for young adults. Her most recent novel, The Living Infinite, is about the Infanta Eulalia.


Arlo Haskell Photo by Nick Doll

Arlo Haskell
Photo by Nick Doll

February 12: Arlo Haskell


Arlo Haskell is a writer, historian, publisher, and executive director of the Key West Literary Seminar. Much of his work focuses on the literary and social histories of Key West, Florida. His new book is The Jews of Key West: Smugglers, Cigar Makers, and Revolutionaries (1823-1969).


Stephen Kitsakos Photo contributed

Stephen Kitsakos
Photo contributed

February 19: Stephen Kitsakos


Stephen Kitsakos is a writer, director, performing arts administrator, and professor of theater arts. Most recently he has written the libretto for A Thousand Splendid Suns, an opera based of the Khaled Hosseini novel, which will premiere at the Seattle Opera in the 2019-2020 season.


Carol Munder Photo by Mark Hedden

Carol Munder
Photo by Mark Hedden

February 26: Carol Munder  

Carol Munder is a photographer and lithographer who creates hauntingly evocative monochrome images of artifacts ranging from Etruscan figurines to objects found at flea market. Her work has been exhibited her work in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad.


Willie Drye Photo by Doward Jones

Willie Drye
Photo by Doward Jones

march 5: Willie Drye


Willie Drye is an author with extensive knowledge of hurricane history and science who notably penned Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 and other works on recent storms in South Florida. He has served as a journalist for numerous papers and magazines.


Barbara Ross Photo contributed

Barbara Ross
Photo contributed

March 12: Barbara Ross


Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries: Clammed Up, Boiled Over, Musseled Out, Fogged Inn, Iced Under and Stowed Away. Barbara’s books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel..


P. Scott Cunningham Photo by Gesi Schilling

P. Scott Cunningham
Photo by Gesi Schilling

March 19: P. Scott Cunningham


P. Scott Cunningham is a poet, translator, essayist, publisher, and all-around human arts juggernaut from Miami. He is the director of the O, Miami Poetry Festival. His new book of poetry, Ya Te Veo, was selected by Billy Collins for the Miller Williams Poetry Series.