Foodies/literary geeks (often one and the same) might overdose on sensory/intellectual goodness when legends and legends in the making of the food-writing world convene in Key West for the 29th-annual Key West Literary Seminar. This year's theme is "the Hungry Muse."
The seminar is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, January 6 to 9, and will be repeated January 13 to 16. More than 25 novelists, historians, journalists, poets, essayists, and others are scheduled to speak. Among them: Former Gourmet Editor-in-Chief Ruth Reichl, longtime New York Magazine restaurant critic Gael Greene, Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold (of New Times sister paper LA Weekly!), and Adam Gopnik of the New Yorker.
Each session kicks off
with a keynote speech -- on January 6, Reichl speaks on "The Taste of
Language: A Toast to Toast"; on January 13, it's Gopnik: "The Rituals of
Taste: On Molars & Morals." Authors Calvin Trillin and Roy Blount
Jr. will speak at both sessions.
Readings, lectures, panel discussions, an art exhibition, and, of course,
dining round out the agenda.
Ten writers' workshops are planned in the days between the two sessions -- January 9 to 13. Seminar cost is $495 per session or $950 for both. Workshops cost $400 to $450 apiece.
Visit kwls.org, or call 888-293-9291.