May 262017
 
Q&A with John Hemingway – Special Guest Speaker at Upcoming Mystery Fest Key West

Event organizers have announced that John Hemingway, grandson of the late Nobel Prize winning American author Ernest Hemingway, is set to be a special guest speaker during the Mystery Fest Key West, an annual gathering of award-winning and bestselling mystery fiction and true crime authors and the readers who love them, set for June 16-18, 2017. The American-born, Canada-based writer and translator’s articles and short stories have appeared in American, Italian and Spanish newspapers and reviews. He was a contributor to the “Murder In Key [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #220, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
May 052017
 
JIMMY BUFFETT: A Good Life All the Way, by Ryan White (on-sale May 9)

The weather is getting warmer and it’s 5 o’clock somewhere—which means there’s no better time for JIMMY BUFFETT: A Good Life All the Way (on-sale May 9; Touchstone), a rollicking, incisive biography of everyone’s favorite tropical troubadour by music critic Ryan White (also the author of Springsteen: Album by Album). This is the definitive, comprehensive account of Jimmy Buffett’s long-way-around road to success, his music, and the massive $1.5 billion-per-year Margaritaville lifestyle brand it spawned. Deeply researched—with interviews from friends, musicians, Coral Reefer Band members, [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #217, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 312017
 
Q&A with Tito Davis, Author of Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive

What if tomorrow, you had to leave your family, your home, and everything you’ve ever known to become a fugitive in a country where you couldn’t even speak the language?   Do you think you’d survive? Dan “Tito” Davis did. In his real-life memoir, Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive, written while serving a 10-year prison sentence, he details his shocking story of the 13 years he spent on the run from the United States federal government. Davis was released in 2015 and [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #212, Literature, What To Do 1 Response »
Mar 102017
 
Don’t Call Them Trailer Trash

Images Challenging the Stereotype of Mobile Homes Atglen, PA— Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., is pleased to announce the release of Don’t Call Them Trailer Trash: The Illustrated Mobile Home Story by John Brunkowski and Michael Closen featuring postcards, home advertising, emblems, newspaper articles, memorabilia, and other items of interest. Although the phrase “trailer trash” is catchy and kitschy in describing mobile home living, this revealing peek into a stereotype that has dogged the mobile home since its earliest days challenges that label and defends the honor [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #209, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 032017
 
Author Diana Abu-Jaber Will Speak At Friends of the Library Series March 13

Monday, March 13 the Key West Friends of the Library will welcome well-known author, Diana Abu-Jaber to the podium for its ongoing lecture series. The talks are at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. and begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating begins at 5:30 on a first come first served basis. Admission is free. Diana Abu-Jaber was born in Syracuse, New York to an American mother and a Jordanian father. Her family moved to Jordan a few times throughout her childhood, and elements of [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #208, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 242017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series to Feature Fidel Castro’s Exiled Daughter Alina Fernández

On Thursday, March 9 at 6:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes Distinguished Speaker Series guest Alina Fernández to the San Carlos Institute. Fernandez, daughter of former President Fidel Castro, will offer a first-person, intimate account of growing up in Cuba, based on her autobiography, “Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba,” published in 1997, and the many broad sweeping changes affecting Cuba today. Her illuminating presentation offers a critical look at her life in Cuba prior to her exile, with suspenseful anecdotes, snapshots [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #207, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Author James Gleick will speak At Friends of the Library Feb. 27

Monday, Feb. 27, the Key West Friends of the Library will welcome acclaimed author, James Gleick to the podium to participate in its ongoing lecture series. The talks, which begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. are at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. and begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating begins at 5:30 on a first come first served basis. Admission is free. James Gleick writes about science and technology. His first book, Chaos, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #206, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Author Alison Lurie to Speak At Friends of the Library Feb. 20

Monday, Feb. 20, the Key West Friends of the Library will welcome distinguished Pulitzer prize winning author Alison Lurie to the podium. Lectures in the series are at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Admission is free. They begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., but seating begins at 5:30 on a first come first served basis. Alison Lurie is a novelist, memoirist and writer of non-fiction. She won her Pulitzer for Foreign Affairs for fiction in 1984. Author John Fowles, writing about the book, said: [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #205, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 032017
 
Friend of the Library Speaker Sseries Will Feature Rebecca Wallwork Feb. 13

  The Key West Friends of the Library welcomes Rebecca Wallwork as speaker on Mon., Feb. 13, as part of their lecture series at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Admission is free. The talks begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., but seating begins at 5:30 on a first come first serve basis. Rebecca Wallwork is a writer, editor, and content director from Miami Beach. She is currently a writer in residence at the Studios of Key West. Wallwork specializes in digital content for travel [continue reading…]

 February 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #204, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 132017
 
Marathon Friends of the Library Speaker Series

Friends of the Marathon Library Speaker Series Features Key West Mystery Writer Michael Haskins Michael Haskins, author of nine books in his Mick Murphy Key West Mystery series will be the featured speaker on Jan. 19. The location of the talk is St. Columba Episcopal Church, 451 52nd Street, Gulf side. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Haskins’ writing career began with journalism and in 2008 his first book was published. At the time he worked as the public information officer for the City of Key [continue reading…]

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #201, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 062017
 
Did A Famed Journalist’s Investigation Into JFK’s Assassination Lead To Her Death?

New Book Explores The Final Days Of Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen In 1965, Dorothy Kilgallen was at the pinnacle of her profession. She was a real-life Lois Lane, a woman who since the 1930s had earned acclaim as a daring reporter and columnist in the cigar-smoking, whiskey-drinking, male-dominated world of daily newspapers. Her journalistic fame even landed her gigs as a celebrated radio talk show host and a panelist on CBS’s popular TV show What’s My Line? But on Nov. 8, 1965, the intrepid Kilgallen, [continue reading…]

 January 6, 2017  Posted by at 12:47 am Issue #200, Literature, What To Do 2 Responses »
Jan 062017
 
Calvin Trillin is Guest Speaker At Friends of the Library January 16

Monday, Jan. 16, the Key West Friends of the Library will present distinguished journalist and author Calvin Trillin as the first speaker of their annual lecture series. Lectures are at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. and admission is free. The talks begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., but seating begins at 5:30 on a first come first serve basis. Calvin Trillin began working at Time magazine in the early 1960s after studying at Yale and a stint in the army. Since 1963 he has [continue reading…]

 January 6, 2017  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #200, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 302016
 
New Coming-of-Age Novel Recalls South Florida in the Stormy 1960s

Author Book Signing and Q&A Friday, January 6 at 6:00 PM Books and Books at The Studios of Key West 533 Eaton St, Key West, FL 33040 Laced with humor and peopled with colorful characters, The Skinny Years, by award-winning author Raul Ramos y Sanchez, recalls South Florida during the 1960s, a decade rocked by the seismic shocks of the cold war, the civil rights movement and the hippie counter culture. Called “gritty and witty” by Foreword Reviews, The Skinny Years is drawn from memories [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #199, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 302016
 
Friends of the Library Book Sale New Date: Sat Jan 14th

Friends of the Key West Library will sponsor their first book sale of 2017 on Saturday, January 7 14th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 in the Palm Garden next to the library, 700 Fleming Street. Many sale tables, with discards of Library books, CDs, and DVDs, all 4 for $1.00. You’ll find art, biography, cookbooks, history, hobbies, pet care, nature, geography, novels and non-fiction by your favorite authors, and many other categories. Children’s and coffee-table books are at low prices. Baked goods supplied by Key West [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #199, Literature, What To Do No Responses »