One Island One Book

Ever been curious about Big Read type programs, where a whole community reads the same book then gathers for discussions, etc.? We’re giving it a try at the Key West Library in a program called One Island One Book — and our choice for this inaugural year is “To Have and Have Not” by Ernest Hemingway. It’s not considered one of Hemingway’s best works — but it was written here, it’s set here and it takes place in the 1930s, a time that has special resonance for us in these uncertain economic times. The events take place during the first two weeks of March — you can pick up a schedule at the Key West Library, check out our blog or join the One Island One Book group on Facebook. There will be movie screenings (including the film of the same name starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall), documentaries about Hemingway and the Federal Writers Project and talks about the book and the WPA in Key West. The grand finale will be Sunday, March 14, at 2 p.m. when the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum is dedicated as a Literary Landmark. Writer Les Standiford will speak. Please join us for any and all events.

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