New York Times bestselling novelist joins lecture series



On Monday, Jan. 14, the Friends of the Key West Library present Madeline Miller as the first speaker in its acclaimed and popular Monday evening lecture series. Miller’s talk — the first in the series of 10 free lectures — at the Old City Hall (510 Greene St.) is made possible by the support of the Key West Literary Seminar.

Miller is the author of two novels. The first, “The Song of Achilles,” was Winner of the 2012 Orange Prize (now The Women’s Prize for Fiction) and a finalist for several other awards. Her second novel, “Circe,” was an instant No. 1 New York Times best-seller. “Circe” won the 2018 Elle Big Book Award and was at the top of many Best of 2018 lists.

The author has been a high school teacher of Latin, Greek and Shakespeare for 20 years.

“Circe” is a re-imagining of the tale of the nymph daughter of the god Helios. “One of the most amazing qualities of this novel (is): We know how everything here turns out — we’ve known it for thousands of years — and yet in Miller’s lush reimagining, the story feels harrowing and unexpected. The feminist light she shines on these events never distorts their original shape; it only illuminates details we hadn’t noticed before,” wrote Ron Charles in The Washington Post.

Annalisa Quinn on NPR called “Circe “a “lush, gold-lit novel” that paints a picture of “a fierce goddess who, yes, turns men into pigs, but only because they deserve it.”

Access to the Meeting Room at Old City Hall is at the front of the building by foot up a flight of stairs or by elevator located at the rear of the building. The Duval Loop bus has two nearby stops.

Admission to the lectures is free. The talk begins promptly at 6 p.m. Seating starts at 5:30 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. For more information, go to and click on lecture series. ¦

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