Reading Kafka can make you smarter

By Mark Saunders

Award-winning author, broadcaster and adjunct professor Kathi Diamant will give an  afternoon keynote address on “Kafka: A Love Story.”

San Miguel Writers’ Conference Announces
“Kafka: A Love Story,” by Kathi Diamant
Fri, Feb 14, 1:30-3pm
Hotel Real de Minas, Ancha de San Antonio 1
Tickets US$25; Biblioteca courtyard
11am-2pm, January 23, February 4 and 6 or

On Friday, February 14, at 1:30pm, as part of the San Miguel Writers’ Conference and Literary Festival held at Hotel Real de Minas, Kafka scholar Kathi Diamant will share her research and conclusions about the last year of Franz Kafka’s life and the mysterious woman he shared it with, Dora Diamant.

Diamant’s own love of Kafka dates back to 1971 and a literature class, during which she was reading Kafka’s famous short story “The Metamorphosis,” a story that changed her life in more ways than one. She learned to love Kafka both as a writer of extraordinary fiction and as an inspirational guide through life.

The Mystery of Dora Diamant

Kathi Diamant spent two decades researching Kafka, traveling to Poland, Germany, France, England, the Czech Republic and Israel. The result was the publication of her book, Kafka’s Last Love: The Mystery of Dora Diamant. Her ground-breaking biography won the Geisel Award, the “Best of the Best” at the San Diego Book Awards in 2003. It contributed to a new and better understanding of Kafka, and received critical acclaim in more than 60 international publications for original research and discoveries.

Diamant’s afternoon Keynote address will focus on the love story between Kafka and Dora, a young Eastern European woman, and what became of Dora after Kafka’s death. She’ll also talk about “Ten Things You Should Know About Kafka,” including this fascinating tid-bit: Reading Kafka can make you smarter (two separate scientific studies prove it!).

About Kathi Diamant

A 2012 Woodrow Wilson International Center Scholar, Diamant has taught courses on Kafka and Writing at San Diego State University’s Osher Institute and the University of California San Diego, and lectures internationally on Kafka’s influence and relevance to our lives. She leads the Kafka Project, an organization committed to recovering missing literary work by Kafka. In recognition of her achievements, in 2006 Kathi received a Living Legacy Award from the Women’s International Center. A longtime broadcast professional, she continues to work for PBS pledge programs, earned an EMMY Award (“Outstanding Performer”) in 1985, and in 2007 was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

More Afternoon Keynotes

David Whyte will give an afternoon Keynote address on Thursday, February 13, starting at 1:30pm. His theme will be “Poetry and The Pilgrim Path: The Art of Asking the Beautiful Question.”

Ellen Bass will give her afternoon keynote address on Saturday, February 15, beginning at 1:30pm. She’ll read poems from her new book, Like a Beggar, which offer up praise for the “whole catastrophe” of life. She’ll also talk about the craft of poetry and share how some of these poems were made.

Where to purchase tickets: All Keynote sessions, evening and afternoon, are included in each Conference Package, and are available for Single Ticket purchase. To buy tickets or register in person, stop by the Biblioteca courtyard from 11am-2pm on January 23, or February 4 and 6. To purchase tickets online, go to:


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