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January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In Person: An Evening with Carey Winfrey & Friends


Books & Books


January 27
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books presents…



Key West Sketches: Writers at Mile Zero

(Blair, $27.95)

Saturday, January 27th, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is elated to present an evening with Carey Winfrey discussing his new book: Key West Sketches: Writers At Mile Zero (Blair, $27.95)

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

An eclectic collection by writers who have lived, worked, and played in Key West, Florida. Key West has long been America’s most vibrant writers’ colony, tracing its writerly roots to Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Robert Frost, John Hersey, Richard Wilbur, James Merrill, and Elizabeth Bishop. More recently, Thomas McGuane, Robert Stone, Judy Blume, Robert Richardson, Ann Beattie, Philip Caputo, Alison Lurie, and Meg Cabot have added their luster to the island’s literary heritage. This collection includes a treasure trove of more than sixty essays, reminiscences, musings, and poems about Key West. It features the town’s best-known writers: Lurie, Blume, Caputo, Cabot, McGuane, Beattie, Shames, Lee Smith, Frank Deford, Phyllis Rose, Glenn Frankel, Joy Williams, Barbara Ehrenreich, Billy Collins, and on and on.


About the Speakers:

Carey Winfrey retired as editor-in-chief of Smithsonian magazine in 2001. As a member of the Key West Literary Seminar board he was program chair for “Revealing Power: the Literature of Politics” (2017). He is the editor of the anthology Key West Sketches~Writers at Mile Zero (2023).

Brian Antoni is the author of South Beach: The Novel, which draws on his knowledge of Miami Beach over the last quarter-century. Antoni also writes frequently for magazines. In Key West, he owns the house that Midnight Cowboy author James Herlihy once owned.

Mark Hedden is a photographer, writer, and semi-professional birdwatcher. He has lived in Key West year-round for more than 30 years and says that he “is no longer employable in the real world.” His work has been published in the Key West Citizen, the Miami Herald and the Washington Post.

Nancy Klingener was, for many years, the Keys reporter for the Miami Herald and WLRN, South Florida’s public radio station. She has also worked for college and public libraries since 1991. She is president of the Key West Literary Seminar board and was the program chair for “Florida: The State We’re In” (2024).

Mirta Ojito is the author of two works of non-fiction, Finding Manana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus and Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town. She was a member of the New York Times team that won a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for a series about race in America.

Thomas Swick is the author of Unquiet Days: At Home in Poland; A Way to See the World: From Texas to Transylvania with a Maverick Traveler; The Joys of Travel: And Stories that Illuminate Them; and Falling into Place: A Story of Love, Poland, and the Making of a Travel Writer. He was the longtime travel editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.