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  • Jose Marti
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    Jose Marti

    Mr. Goldman talked about Jose Marti and his importance as a political leader who wanted to help free Cuba. Marti was killed in 1895 in the Cuban revolution. Marti was also a poet and an…

  • Immigrant Writers and American Literature
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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 Daughter. Ms.…

  • Vietnamese Voice in American Literature
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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 Vietnamese presence in…

  • Immigration and Displacement Panel
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    Immigration and Displacement Panel

    Panelists discussed immigration, displacement, and the difficulty of adjusting to a new culture. Mr. Dickstein moderated the panel, which was entitled "The Mythology of the American Dream:…

  • LatinoHispanic Voices in American Literature
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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 about…

  • Dreaming of Cuba
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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 from her…

  • Impact of Culture
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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 as…

  • EastEuropean Voice in American Literature
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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…

  • Author Reminiscences
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    Author Reminiscences

    Ms. Tan, author of The Bonesetter’s Daughter, reflected on her mother’s influence on her career as a writer. She read from her writings. The theme of the 2004 Key West Literary Seminar was,…

  • Borders  Real and Imaginary
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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 thinkers may…