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    Biographies and the Limits of Objectivity

    From the 31st annual Key West Literary Seminar in Key West, Florida, authors Jay Parini, Brenda Wineapple, Edmund White and Phyllis Rose talked about biographies and the limits of…

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    The Novelistic Essay and the Essayistic Novel

    From the 31st annual Key West Literary Seminar in Key West, Florida, essayist and novelist Geoff Dyer delivered a talk entitled, “The Novelistic Essay & the Essayistic Novel.”

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    Panel Discussion on Facts and Fiction

    From the 31st annual Key West Literary Seminar in Key West, Florida, panelists talked about the use and effect of facts when writing fiction. Panelists included authors Pico Iyer, Colm…

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    Biography and Fiction

    From the 31st annual Key West Literary Seminar in Key West, Florida, biographer Robert Richardson delivered a talk entitled, “In Search of Lost Time: Biography and Fiction.”

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    Book Discussion on Hemingway's Boat

    From the 31st annual Key West Literary Seminar in Key West, Florida, Paul Hendrickson talked about his book, Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost.

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    Gore Vidal on Writing

    Gore Vidal discussed his writing life with Jay Parini. Among the topics they discussed were his book on Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Americans' unfamiliarity with…

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    Boundaries of History Panel

    Peter Ho Davies, Megan Marshall, Sena Jeter Naslund, Patricia O’Toole, and Barry Unsworth participated in a panel discussion entitled “The Boundaries of History, Historical…

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    Ethel and Julius Rosenberg

    David Levering Lewis moderated a conversation between Michael Meeropol, the eldest son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg and his daughter, Ivy Meeropol, the director and producer of Heir to an…

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    Book Discussion on Land of Marvels

    Barru Unsworth read from his new novel, Land of Marvels (Nan A. Talese; January 6, 2009). The book is set in 1914 and focuses on the attempts by Western nations to control parts of…

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    Historical Methods and Practice Panel

    Eric Foner moderated a panel discussion, "How Can We Know (and Tell) What Happened in the Past?, with authors Jill Lepore, David Levering Lewis, Megan Marshall, and Patricia…

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    Historical Fiction Panel

    Authrs Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore took part in a discussion on history and fiction entitled, “Taking Liberties - Fiction and the Archives” and read from their co-authored…

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    Eric Foner Remarks on History and Fiction

    Author and historian Eric Foner presented his thoughts on history and fiction in a talk entitled, “Rethinking and Re-imaging the Past in a Changing World.” Eric Foner is a…

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    Book Discussion on To Catch the Lightning

    Alan Cheuse talked about To Catch the Lightning (Sourcebooks Landmark; October 1, 2008). His novel is based on the life of photographer Edward Curtis, who photographed Native American…

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    Vietnamese Voice in American Literature

    Hosted by Ms. Lanpher, the panelist talked about the Vietnamese voice in American literature. Mr. Butler, who wrote A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, talked about the…

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    Latino/Hispanic Voices in American Literature

    At the Key West Literary Seminar on a panel about the Latino voice in American Literature the panelists discussed the many ways in which the Latino story is told in books. They talked…

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    Impact of Culture

    Authors Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, Clark Blaise, Elizabeth Nunez and Bharati Mukherjee discussed their immigrant experiences. The panelists related the stories and experiences created…

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    East-European Voice in American Literature

    Authors Aleksandar Hemon, Eva Hoffman, and Andrei Codrescu discussed the impact of their emigrations from Eastern Europe to the United States on their writing. They addressed the…

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    Borders: Real and Imaginary

    Drawing on his own experiences, Mr. Codrescu talked about the crossing and erasing of borders. He also addressed the concept of temporary autonomous zones, where imaginative…

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    Dreaming of Cuba

    Ms. Garcia, a Cuban-born novelist, talked about the experiences of her family as exiles. She is the author of Dreaming in Cuban and The Aguero Sisters. She also read an excerpt…

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    Immigrant Writers and American Literature

    Panelists who are immigrants discussed the impact of immigrant writers on American literature. Moderator Hampl wrote A Romantic Education. Ms. Tan wrote The Bonesetter’s…

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