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Gastro Pubs: Key West Literary Seminar Goes Gourmet

We're hearing murmurs that flocks of the food obsessed are heading south for the winter, specifically for the 29th Key West Literary Seminar we told you about last week. More on that: the theme is The Hungry Muse. The seminar consists of readings, lectures, panel discussions and, yes, parties, featuring a who's who of writers--"memoirists, novelists, poets, historians, journalists, and all manner of lettered gastronome, gourmand and epicure."

We already mentioned Bruni, Reichl and Greene, but also confirmed are: best-selling historian Mark Kurlansky, the author of Cod, Salt, and The Eastern Stars; Darra Goldstein, founding editor of Gastronomica and a leading expert on Russian cuisine; Judith Jones, Julia Child’s lifelong editor and the author of The Pleasures of Cooking for One; and Jonathan Gold, the only food critic ever to have won a Pulitzer Prize. In addition to the seminar, writers' workshops will be held, led by Susan Shreve, founder of George Mason University’s MFA writing program, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. "It promises to be a mouthwatering and fascinating investigation not simply of the stuff we eat, but of all the things food stands for in our thoughts, words, and stories," says a press release. For more information, click here. [EaterWire]