Laura Albritton, along with Florida Keys historian Jerry Wilkinson, is the author of the histories “Marathon: the Middle Keys,” “Key West’s Duval Street,” and the 2018 book, “Hidden History of the Florida Keys.” Albritton has written for publications such as the Miami Herald, Sculpture magazine, Harvard Review, the Houston Chronicle, and the Times Literary Supplement.
Author Andrea di Robilant will discuss his 2018 Hemingway biography, “Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse,” Wednesday March 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Key West Public Library, 700 Fleming St. The book is an intimate look at Hemingway in his later years when he wrote the seminal short novel, “The Old Man and the Sea,” which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Andrea di Robilant is a journalist and writer who lives in Rome and Venice. He is the author of five books of nonfiction, including “A Venetian Affair,” and “Lucia: A Venetian Life in the Age of Napoleon.” Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
Katharyn Howd Machan is a poet and professor at Ithaca College. She has published 30 poetry collections, and her work has appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies, and textbooks. In 2002 she was named the first Poet Laureate of Tompkins County, New York. Every March she leads a five-day workshop, “Writing in the Garden,” as part of the Mana Project, Inc. in Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden, located in the heart of Old Town, Key West.
Singer-songwriter Billy Kemp will perform as part of the Key West Library’s Music in the Palm Garden series at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 6th . A Baltimore native, Kemp is a multi-instrumentalist best known for his inventive guitar playing. Gates open at 5:30 and seating is limited.
Kristina Neihouse was awarded an Anne McKee Artist Fund Grant to publish her debut novel, “Knowing When to Leave,” a near-future dystopian novel about a world coping with catastrophic climate change. Neihouse moved to Key West in 1995 and is a full-time librarian. When not reading, writing or feeding cats, she participates in 5K runs and triathlons.
Poet Rosalind Brackenbury will read from her new collection of poems, “Invisible Horses,” at 6:00 p.m., Feb. 27, at the Key West Library, 700 Fleming Street.
Brackenbury has served as Poet Laureate of Key West and published several collections of poetry as well as several novels, including “Paris Still Life,” and most recently, “The Lost Love Letters of Henri Fournier.” Free. Seating is limited.
Carrie Jo Howe is the author of the humorous novel, “Island Life Sentence,” the story of an American Mid-western woman who feels like an alien in the “one human family” of Key West. Howe is also the author of “Motherhood is NOT for Babies: A Story of Dating, Mating, and Procreating.”
Author Katrin Schumann discusses her debut novel, “The Forgotten Hours,” at 6PM, Feb. 20, at the Key West Public Library, 700 Fleming Street in Key West. Schumann is the author of five nonfiction books and has been featured multiple times on NBC’S Today, Talk of the Nation, and in The Times (London), as well as other national and international media outlets.
Tom Corcoran is the writer of the massively popular Alex Rutledge mystery novels set in Key West. The latest in the series was published in November of 2018 and is called “Guava Moon Revenge.” Corcoran is also the author of “Jimmy Buffett: The Key West Years,” and was Buffett’s longtime photographer and co-lyricist of the songs “Cuban Crime of Passion” and “Fins.”
Author Elizabeth Meade Howard will discuss her nonfiction book, “Aging Famously: Follow Those You Admire to Living Long and Well,” at 6pm, Feb. 13 at the Key West Library, 700 Fleming St.
In “Aging Famously,” Howard shares intimate interviews with her inspiring role models. She offers readers helpful tactics and lasting legacies of creative people in their 70s, 80s and beyond who continued to take risks and contribute their talents. Some of the interviewees include famous Key Westers like poets Richard Wilbur and Eleanor Taylor, community benefactors Sol and Barbara Jacobson, writers Laurent de Brunhoff and Alma Bond, artist Suzie dePoo and saloon keeper Captain Tony Tarricino.
This free event is open to the public.
Richard René Silvin is a lecturer, historian and author of several histories and memoirs, including a book about his friendship with the late Duchess of Windsor called “Noblesse Oblige: The Duchess of Windsor as I Knew Her.”
David McConnell is the author of “American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men,” which won the 2014 American Library Association Stonewall Book Award for Non-Fiction. He has also written the novels, “The Silver Hearted,” and “The Firebrat.” His short fiction and journalism have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies. He’s now at work on a memoir about his relationship with a man on death row.
The Kennedys are an American folk-rock band, consisting of husband and wife Pete and Maura Kennedy. They are recognized for their harmonies and instrumental prowess, blending elements of country music, bluegrass, Western swing and janglepop. The duo have been recording and touring together since 1994.
Robin Lloyd is a journalist and novelist. He is the author of “Rough Passage to London: A Sea Captain’s Tale,” and “Harbor of Spies: A Novel of Historic Havana.” Lloyd has been involved in television journalism for more than forty years, including fifteen years as a veteran correspondent for NBC News.
NASA Ambassador Kevin Gallagher will discuss Mars and the possibility of living on the Red Planet at 6PM on Wed., Jan. 23, at the Key West Public Library, 700 Fleming St. Gallagher has a degree in chemical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and has served as President of his local astronomy club in New Jersey. Free and open to the public.
Richard Horan is the author of the nonfiction book “Seeds: One Man’s Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton.” He is also a novelist, English teacher, and book reviewer for several national publications.
Author Steve Paul will discuss his 2017 nonfiction book, “Hemingway at Eighteen,” at 4pm, Wednesday, Jan. 16 at the Key West Library, 700 Fleming St. Mr. Paul is an award-winning writer and editor who worked at the Kansas City Star for more than 40 years, and a former board member of the National Book Critics Circle. Free and open to the public.
Modern-folk duo Friction Farm is a husband and wife team of traveling troubadours. Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay combine storytelling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes, and quirky observations. From ballads to anthems each song is filled with harmony and hope. They perform internationally and throughout the US.
The Key West Library presents award-winning author Matthew Pitt on Wednesday, November 14th at 6:00 pm. Pitt is the author of two fiction collections, “These Are Our Demands” and “Attention Please Now”, and has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. This event is free and open to the public. Gates open at 5:30 pm.
Our 5 public libraries will be closed Thursday, August 30th for a county-wide staff training day. We will reopen Friday the 31st at 9:30a.m. and look forward to serving you with improved skills and fresh ideas.