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‘August, 2004’

London’s Hampstead Theatre a Trendy Place for Modern Plays

London’s Hampstead Theatre a Trendy Place for Modern Plays

If you are going to London, there’s a very modern theater you should visit. It’s not in the center of the city; it’s in Hampstead in north London, the intellectual heart of town. Or at least that’s the neighborhood where a lot of writers and theater people live. Giving honor to place, the theater is called the Hampstead Theatre, and its recent incarnation is the creation of Jenny Topper, artistic director from 1988 until 2003, the first woman to hold that post.

Literati Gather in Key West for Annual Literary Seminar, this one on “Crossing Borders”

Literati Gather in Key West for Annual Literary Seminar, this one on “Crossing Borders”

Hemingway’s ghost hovers over an annual confab of literati from all over the U.S. who meet every January in Key West, Florida, for a seminar that has become so successful that some years it closes out early. The Key West Annual Literary Seminar has been going for 22 years, drawing writers, writer wanna-be’s and fans to hear novelists, essayists and playwrights talk about literary themes and also about how they work. Each year, there’s another topic; past seminars have focused on the memoir, the novel, the natural world, science, and journalism.