At Muvico Broward 18 – better known as “Muvico Pompano” -- there's a red carpet rolled out in front of Cinema 6. Inside, the projectionist is running "Edge of Salvation," a new film by Los Angeles-based director Luciano Saber.
"Actually, my publicist suggested it because she had opened another movie here,” says Saber. “So I said, 'Alright, let's do it in Pompano Beach, Florida. Why not?' "
If you think writers from all around the world have been descending upon Key West for 31 years to escape cruddy winter weather while knocking back a rum runner or two and discussing their work, you probably won’t get an argument from them.
Chef and culinary historian Maricel Presilla owns two restaurants and has written many cookbooks. But her newest book, Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America, is her attempt to give fans a heaping helping of the many cultures she blends into her world.
"It's my whole life," she tells Morning Edition host David Greene. "There are recipes there of my childhood, things that I remember my family, my aunts doing. But also things that I learned as I started to travel Latin America."
Reporter Patricia Sagastume spoke with poet Kwame Dawes about one specific love story within Voices of Haiti.
The devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti demolished the country's health care system along with everything else.
But from the ruins came Voices of Haiti -- an odyssey in verse that grew out of a commission from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to document HIV/AIDS after the quake. The multimedia project, which came to the University of Miami this year, blends Haitian voices to conjure up images of strength, hope and faith.
The work of a biographer might seem straightforward enough. Although the general public might consider the genre a sub-category of nonfiction writing, the best works transcend that title, and stand apart as a class of their own. Biographies contain facts and historical documentation about the life of particular subject, and in this way meet the criteria for nonfiction. In a talk at the Key West Literary Seminar on Saturday, however, acclaimed biographer Jay Parini declared, “All biography is a work of fiction. It's an illusion of a life that may relate to reality.”
Those of us who speak more than one language are aware of the power and issues related to translation. For many of us it is a constant internal dialog, full of traps and the dangers of double entendres. The anxiety that the process brings about is the very reason why skillful translators are so valued. In it's essence, the act of translating is a multi thronged process. There is the literal, and then there is the intangible, the true root that translation attempts to illuminate. In the end the translation inevitably fails to some degree to reach this ultimate goal.
While the rest of the country (except for maybe the folks in Alabama) might be suffering from cold weather and holiday hangovers this time of year, the sun never stops in South Florida. Winter is when our events move outside.