Nov 242017
New Book Explores Key West's Jewish History

Sand Paper Press announces the release of Arlo Haskell’s new book, The Jews of Key West: Smugglers, Cigar Makers, & Revolutionaries (1823-1969).  Leading scholars praise The Jews of Key West as a groundbreaking addition to regional and Jewish histories. Bancroft Prize-winning historian Robert D. Richardson says, “Haskell’s new book uncovers in fascinating and vivid detail the story of the immense impact the Jewish community has had on the basic culture of Key West.” Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, an expert on American Jewish history, praises Haskell’s “deep research and [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #244, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 242017
The Key West Poetry Guild is Proud to Present Our Ongoing Open Mic Series

1st Sunday, Every Month, 7pm December 3, Open Mic Featuring the work of Arida Wright Arida Wright, President of Powerlines Healing by the Sea Ministries lives her philosophy of self-empowerment, which for her is a lifelong mission of spirituality. She is a Minister of Metaphysics and a Traditional Reiki Master. Arida is a columnist with Key West The Newspaper (The Blue Paper). Her work has also been published in the Key West Citizen. An example of Arida’s poetry will be featured in Key West Laureate, Flower Conroy’s upcoming anthology [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #244, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 072017
KWPG Fusion Art and Lit Exhibit at the Key West Library, Opening: 5:30 PM, July 7

  The Key West Poetry Guild is excited to announce the opening of a fusion visual and literature art exhibit on display at the Key West branch of the Monroe County Library during the month of July. The formal opening will be held 5:30 PM, July 7 at the library. Key West native photojournalist, Jeane LaRance, will give a short presentation on her photos that members of the KWPG used as inspiration for original works of poetry, followed by a reading of the poems. These combination works are [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #226, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 072017
Custom House Museum to Serve as Literary Headquarters for Hemingway Days Symposium, Signings, and Readings

Literary fans of the legendary Ernest Hemingway can look forward to an array of new cultural offerings presented by Key West Art & Historical Society at the Custom House Museum during the annual Hemingway Days celebration, taking place July 18- July 23. “Hemingway is an integral part of Key West’s cultural fabric and honoring his literary legacy during Hemingway Days is an opportunity  for us to showcase some of the country’s finest Hemingway scholars,” says Director of Education Adele Williams. Hemingway Days events kick off on Tuesday, [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #226, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 072017
Writers' Workshop Openings Announced

The Key West Literary Seminar announces openings in its Writers’ Workshop Program January 15-19, 2018, in Key West. Faculty instructors with availabilities include short story master Joy Williams, two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, and critically-acclaimed novelist Madison Smartt Bell. Financial assistance is also available. The five-day Writers’ Workshop Program provides writers at all stages of development with opportunities to explore the craft of writing. Each workshop has its own focus and application requirements, but not all workshops require submission of a writing sample. Enrollment is limited [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #226, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
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 »