We hope you can make it by the library next Tuesday, October 23 to hear Professor Robert Kerstein talk about his new book Key West on the Edge: Inventing the Conch Republic.
The talk will be from 4pm to 5pm in AV2. Food and drinks will be served.
“Key West is an island steeped in lore, from Hemingway to Fantasy Fest, but behind the façade of Margaritaville lie buried tensions and conflicts in need of examination. Kerstein provides a much-needed dose of reality in the form of a masterfully researched study of the island’s tourism industry, from the shadowy power brokers who pull the strings to the underpaid workers who serve the drinks. From seedy bars to trendy discos, Kerstein has managed to capture the improbable mixture of this strange island, while offering a cautionary tale of tourism run amok.”\”—Robert Lee Irby, author of 7,000 Clams