Miami Bookworms rejoice!
An eight-day literary party kicked off on Sunday, November 16th at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus.
The Fair, now in its 31st year, includes a popular “Evenings With…” series, featuring six nights of readings and discussions with noted authors from the United States and around the world. You can find a detailed schedule of hundreds of events taking place throughout the fair here. A few of this year’s highlights include:
- An Evening With Joyce Carol Oates, best-selling author of We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, and The Falls
- Literary Death Match: The Florida Edition
- “The Kitchen” where fairgoers will experience a gastro-literary feast as cookbook authors discuss their culinary philosophies and demonstrate their recipes in the Miami Culinary Institute’s state-of-the art Wine Theatre.
On Friday, the Street Fair gets under way, featuring the most-popular fair event, the Festival of Authors, with more than 450 authors reading and discussing their work, including the Latin American and Spanish authors who participate in the IberoAmerican Authors Program. Thousands of South Florida schoolchildren will help kick off the Street Fair, making the trip downtown Friday to hear authors and participate in Children’s Alley activities, including theater, arts-and-crafts, storytelling and readings by children’s book authors. Comics and graphic novels are once again featured, and a new section just for kids and teens, as well as presentations over the weekend by renowned graphic novelists and illustrators.
During Street Fair weekend, more than 250 publishers and booksellers exhibit and sell books, with special features like the antiquarians, who showcase of signed first editions, original manuscripts and other collectibles.
The first Miami Book Fair International, founded by Miami Dade College and community partners, took place in 1984. Since then it has been recognized as the nation’s finest literary festival. In 2001, the Fair became part of The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College, a cultural and academic initiative that promotes the advancement and appreciation of literature throughout the year.
Miami Book Fair International has bridged the gap from forgotten tombs to bestselling e-books for decades, and with this massive celebration of all things literary comes a flurry of events and big names to keep even the most TV-addicted local interested.
Friday, November 21: Festival of Authors: Featuring more than 450 writers reading and discussing their works. Ira Glass, John Waters, Joyce Carol Oates, John Cleese, and Jason Segel are just a few of this year’s exciting visitors. From Latin American and Spanish works to children’s books to graphic novels, the festival truly has something for everyone to enjoy. Locals can also pick up treats from the fair, where more than 250 publishers and sellers will exhibit books with first editions, original manuscripts, and other collectibles.