Animated Star 17th Annual Key West Literary Seminar Animated Star
January 7-10, 1999
Writers' Workshops - January 11-14, 1999
The American Novel, January 7-10, 1999 SCHEDULE

Thursday, January 7, 1999
Friday, January 8, 1999
Saturday, January 9, 1999
Sunday, January 10, 1999

Please note: Schedule and participants are subject to change. All events take place at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, Key West, Florida, unless otherwise indicated. Transportation is provided to other locations when required.

Thursday, January 7, 1999
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Seminar Registration
San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street
2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Literary Walking Tours
Delightful one hour, one mile walk provides an intimate glimpse into the writers’ Key West. Meet at the San Carlos five minutes before walk begins.
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Join Photographer Rollie McKenna for a wine reception.
Lucky Steet Gallery, 1120 White Street
Rollie McKenna's Key West—an exhibit of portraits of Key West writers taken by world renowned photographer Rollie McKenna over the past thirty years, including among others Alison Lurie, Elizabeth Bishop, John Malcom Brinnin, and James Merrill. Rollie is dedicating the exhibit to John Malcolm Brinnin.
"John Malcolm Brinnin was my cherished literary mentor. His recent death has been a deep sorrow to all who knew him."
"It may be that the best photographs are those which do not speak at once of the photographer's selectivity and craft. On first looking at them, we are so taken by the subject as to be unmindful of art: we see something, and to some extent see into it, as if the only agency were our own mysteriously heightened powers of perception. Rollie McKennaís pictures enable me in that way .... The people in McKenna's portraits are all posing to some extent, and not all are smiling, yet almost all are responding to a benign concentration and a friendliness which is not intrusive. The world of Rollie McKenna's portraits, for all the diversity and difficulty of her subjects is (thanks to her) a warm and sociable one."
                     Richard Wilbur on Rollie McKenna
The exhibit will run throughout the seminar. Lucky Street Gallery is a 30 minute walk from the San Carlos Institute or a five minute taxi ride. A step up into Lucky Street Gallery is a step into a world of challenging,contemporary art. Many of Key West's best-known artists--Roberta Marks, John Martini, Dalva Duarte, Molly Goodwin, Tom Colbert, Kevin Sloan, Susan Sugar—to name just a few—show their paintings and sculpture here. Lucky Street recently moved to 1120 White Street, in an area rapidly becoming the locals' and discerning tourists' favorite shopping destination for art, antiques, and books. The gallery is open daily from 11-5.
7:30 p.m. Welcome
by David Ethridge, Seminar President
A Remembrance of John Malcolm Brinnin
by Richard Wilbur
The 1999 John Hersey Memorial Lecture, "How Writers Write"
by E.L. Doctorow
9:15 - 10:30 p.m. Reception
In the garden of the Wreckers’ Museum--the Oldest House, 322 Duval Street. The house was built in 1839 in the ship’s carpenter fashion of early seafaring in Key West. It’s now owned and operated by the Old Island Restoration Foundation. Food and cocktails provided.
Friday, January 8, 1999
9:00 a.m. Coffee and Pastries
10:00 a.m -Noon What’s “American” about the American novel?
A panel discussion followed by audience questions and answers.
What makes a novel American? The setting, the author’s nationality, thematic concerns? Or is it the language? How is the American novel being influenced by the ethnic currents and cultures of America? How do American mythology, American history, our sense of place and space, shape the American novel? Can we say that American novels are defined by a common history seen from different points of view?
Moderator: Hilma Wolitzer
with: Jamaica Kincaid, Harry Mathews, Robert Stone,
Amy Tan, John Edgar Wideman.
Noon Lunch Break
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. What’s the Difference? (Men and women novelists)
Afternoon Panel Discussion
Do men and women write about different subjects, in different ways, and for different audiences? Can novelists depict in-depth characters of the opposite sex convincingly (to the opposite sex)? Has feminism made a difference to novels by men, as well as by women? Do women novelists write with a woman reader in mind and men with a man? Are American gender differences in novels the same as gender differences in foreign novels?
Moderator: Morgan Entrekin
with: Ann Beattie, Philip Caputo, Alison Lurie,
John Edgar Wideman.
4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Joseph Heller: My Life as a Writer
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Tea with Joseph Heller
Top of La Concha, 430 Duval Street
8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Joyce Carol Oates, Work in Progress: Intimate Notes on Novel Writing
Ms. Oates will read from work in progress and discuss her artistic process.
Saturday, January 9, 1999
9:00 a.m. Coffee and Pastries
10:00 a.m. - Noon What gets the novel going? (Its origin in language or life)
Panel discussion followed by audience questions and answers.
Where does the novel begin? Is it in an idea of character? Is it a lived or observed experience? Or is it an idea that waits for the right image to take life? Can it be a formal idea, a strategy for writing that helps create the people and story that fit? Panelists may wish to read a passage to trace back a novel’s origin. Does the origin vary for the same novelist with different books?
Moderator: Susan Shreve
with: Joseph Heller, Jamaica Kincaid, Harry Mathews,
Amy Tan
Noon Lunch Break
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. The Problem with Reality (Choosing styles)
Afternoon panel discussion.
“It is unnerving to consider that the underside of our current, divided national consciousness may be beyond the imaginative powers of even our best novelists.”
              A.O. Scott
How can American life be depicted by realism since it is, in setting and society, so exaggerated, so surreal? Isn’t some other style, impressionistic or expressionistic a better fit? How do panelists define their styles? What decisions do they make about style as they begin writing? Does this change during writing?
Moderator: Hilma Wolitzer
with: Peter Matthiessen, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Stone,
Kurt Vonnegut, John Edgar Wideman
4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Peter Matthiessen    Mr. Matthiessen will read from his work in progress Bone By Bone, the third volume of the Watson Trilogy (to be published in April).
5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Tea with Peter Matthiessen
Top of La Concha, 430 Duval Street
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Writing Between the Lines
A conversation between Amy Tan and her editor, Faith Sale.
8:30 - 10:30 p.m. Reception
at the East Martello Museum.
Join the authors at the East Martello Museum for a gala reception. The museum is one of the three former Civil War era forts built on Key West and the Dry Tortugas. Folk art by Stanley Papio and Mario Sanchez, historical Key West artifacts and a writers’ room are included in the permanent collection.

Enjoy the sounds of Melody Cooper as she sings from her great American Songbook. Melody Cooper is a popular Key West pianist/vocalist whose recent credits include a successful run of her original one woman show Torch! at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Along with her appearances on the jazz circuit and with the unique chamber ensemble, Bach to Bassa Nova, Melody can also be found engineering behind the scenes at Private Ear Recording Studio (which is once again running sound for the Key West Literary Seminar).

Those needing transportation please meet at the San Carlos at 8:15 for trolley service.
Sunday, January 10, 1999
9:00 a.m. Coffee and Pastries
10:00 a.m. - Noon Talking of War (War’s effects on the American Novel)
Panel Discussion followed by audience questions and answers.
War has had a watershed effect on the American novel: the existential influence of disaffection and alienation; the social reorientation in the new mix of mass enlistment and draft; the end of Depression politics and a new optimism, cynicism, and irony.
Did WWII actually change the novel more than Vietnam did? In retrospect, does the effect of WWII on the novel seem to be merely a continuation of the effect of WWI? Has media awareness of the conditions of war made new demands on novelists? Has a technology of instant war imagery changed the war novel? What has compelled panelists to write about war?
with: Philip Caputo, Joseph Heller, Robert Stone,
Kurt Vonnegut
Noon Reception
at the Key West Library sponsored by the Key West Friends of the Library (corner of Elizabeth and Fleming Streets)

A conversation with Judy Blume
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Concurrent afternoon panel discussions (Please note: the following two panels are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis)
Is the Novel dead, dying, or just a smaller slice of the verbal pie?
Do contemporary Americans have as much time for novels as before? How does the novel compete for attention against the shortened attention span of television, computer, and sound byte? To what degree did the novel ever shape the intellectual texture of American life? Has the novel itself been influenced by other forms of communication such as film? Are memoir and “faction” good, bad or indifferent for the novel?

Where is the American novel at the end of the twentieth century? Where is it going? Do stories matter?
Moderator: Susan Shreve
with: Joseph Heller, Jamaica Kincaid, Harry Mathews,
Joyce Carol Oates

Publishing: How changes have affected American novelists.
(This panel will be offered at the Waterfront Theatre in Mallory Square)

What happened to the period between the first novel and the “breakthrough,” the period when the new writer was nurtured and supported, without regard to the immediate costs? Are the only villains the accountant-driven multi-national conglomerates controlling publishing? Or are there problems with TV and movie-mimicking writers, and writers of “faction” and memoir? What is the novelist to do? Are there fewer good-book buying readers? Do publishers and agents gang up against serious novelists?
Moderator: Morgan Entrekin
with: Ann Beattie, Philip Caputo, Alison Lurie
7:00 p.m. Writers' Workshops Orientation Dinner
Top of La Concha, 430 Duval Street
Monday, January 11 thru Thursday, January 14
   See the Writers’ Workshops for schedules.

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