Imagine running on a treadmill listening to a laugh-out loud lecture by Allan Gurganus. Or imagine your morning commute: wouldn’t you look forward to it more if you could listen to a keynote address by Lee Smith? And wouldn’t the winter be just a little more tolerable if you could listen to Silas House read a passage from his novel-in-progress behind a chorus of cicadas and whippoorwhill?
The Key West Literary Seminar hosts a four-day readers’ event each January focused on a specific theme. At the Seminar, “readers from all over the world join the best writers of our time for the readings, discussions, lectures, and parties that make up todayâ€™s smartest and most high-spirited literary gathering.” The Seminar has created a truly phenomenal resource: the best of these recordings are now being digitized and released online for use by educators, students, and readers worldwide.
These recordings can now be streamed at http://www.kwls.org/podcasts or downloaded so we can take them with us wherever we goâ€”on errands, car trips, or just to our living-room couch.
Other speakers and guests include fiction writers Junot Diaz, Joyce Carol Oates, and Colson Whitehead; poets Rita Dove, Robert Pinsky, and Charles Simic; and many many more.
For more information on the Key West Literary Seminar, and to listen to all the recordings, visit http://www.kwls.org/.