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Kerouac in Florida: Where the Road Ends

Updated on: Sep 25, 2007 @ 11:16:00 am

The University of Central Florida Libraries, in conjunction with the Kerouac Project of Orlando and the Orange County Library System, is planning a series of programs this fall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouacs seminal works, On the Road and Dharma Bums. Kerouac has long been acknowledged as one of the most significant and influential figures in American literature and is recognized as the father of the Beat Generation. These programs will emphasize Kerouacs connection to central Florida in general and the Orlando area in particular. While it is known that Kerouac spent the final years of his life in St. Petersburg and died there in 1969, what is often overlooked is that he was living in his home in the College Park neighborhood of Orlando when On the Road was published in September of 1957 and that he returned shortly thereafter to write his follow-up, the Dharma Bums which was published in 1958.
For a complete schedule of upcoming events, please visit Kerouac in Florida Programs will run from mid-September through October 31 and will include a keynote address by Bob Kealing, author of Kerouac in Florida: Where the Road Ends.
Upcoming programs of interest include:
7:00 p.m.Thursday 9/27 Library room 223.
Bob Kealing, Emmy Award winning WESH-TV reporter, will provide insight into his research and discovery of lost photographs. His book Kerouac in Florida: Where the Road Ends will be available for purchase.
3:00 5:00 p.m Saturday 9/29 Kerouac House Tour and program by Darlyn Finch. This is the house where Kerouace wrote Dharma Bums.
9:00 a.m 9:00 p.m. Thursday 10/4 UCF Library lobby. Marathon reading of Dharma Bums. Come join
Sigma Tau Delta Literary Club and read the book straight through.




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