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Unique insight into Florida's ugly past

Peter Peter Matthiessen, author of Shadow Country (which used to be informally known as the Mr. Watson trilogy), joins the already-confirmed panelists for the 2009 Key West Literary Seminar, which takes place in January and will focus on the theme of "Historical Fiction and the Search for Truth."

The seminar, which fills up fast, has also signed on Gore Vidal, Russell Banks, Calvin Baker, Andrea Barrett, Allan Gurganus, Tony Horwitz, Geraldine Brooks, Barry Unsworth and Madison Smartt Bell.

Click on the seminar's blog for further updates.

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amy

What a lineup! Do you need me to go cover that for you?

Connie

I know, it's a good one. Listen , they won't even let ME cover it (the cost of a hotel room in Key West in January is prohibitive, and we have a reporter in the Keys...sigh.)

nan

What if a nice person in Key West let you pitch a tent in their backyard?

Connie

That would depend on two things:

1. the mosquito situation

2. how far the tent was from the nearest tiki bar.

nan

Tiki bars not so much in Old Town but there's a pub with an excellent beer selection half a block away. Mosquitoes usually aren't a problem in January. The biggest hazard would be the dog's belief that it is, in fact, HER yard. We let her think that so she'll keep up the chicken patrol.

Connie

You know, my dogs would LOVE to go on chicken patrol. They already excel at squirrel/iguana/lizard patrol, as well as anybody who dares to walk by the house with another dog patrol...

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