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Readings, Author signings and Topical Discussions 29th MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL

The 29th edition of the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, Miami Book Fair International, presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC), will take place November 11 – 18, 2012, at Miami Dade MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., in downtown Miami. The always-popular Street Fair runs Friday through Sunday, November 16 – 18, with more than 200 exhibitors from around the country in a festive atmosphere.

The Fair, MDC’s flagship cultural event, will treat book lovers to eight days of cultural and educational activities, including the beloved Evenings With… series, the IberoAmerican Authors program, myriad learning activities for children, and programs for food enthusiasts in partnership with the college’s Miami Culinary Institute.



The Fair continues to raise the bar of excellence by offering a fine roster of writers from the U.S. and abroad, and this year will be no exception. Confirmed authors include  talk show host Bill O’Reilly, actress Molly Ringwald, political commentator Andrew Solomon, historians Robert Caro and Deborah Dash Moore, David Maraniss, Michael Grunwald; Pulitzer Prize winning Junot Diaz; essayists and commentators Adam Gropnik and Camille Paglia; novelists Sandra Cisneros, Emma Donoghue, Jess Walters, Ann Lamott Lauren Groff, Robert Goolrick, Thane Rosenbaum, personality Lemony Snickett;  fashion designers Isabel and Ruben Toledo; best selling authors James Patterson, Jo Nesbo, RL Stine, Justin Torres, and opening the Fair on Nov. 11 is novelist and journalist Tom Wolfe, to name just a few of the 300 plus authors coming to Miami from all over the world to read from their newest works, to meet their readers and sign books.

As usual, many top authors are expected to participate in this year's event. We are looking forward to checking out these authors in particular:

Jamal JosephPanther Baby:  A Life of Rebellion & Reinvention: A true personal odyssey—from the streets of 60s Harlem as a Black Panther activist to Riker’s Island to FBI’s most wanted fugitive to the halls of Columbia, the same school he once exhorted students to burn to the ground

Leonard Pitts’s historical novel, Freeman is about a runaway slave’s epic search for his wife in the wake of the Civil War.  

Ishmael Reed, Going Too Far: Essays About America's Nervous Breakdown  

Challenges the idea that racism is no longer a factor in American life

Lila Quintero WeaverDarkroom: A Memoir in Black and White An illustrated and illustrious true story of a Latina's struggle to fit in the Jim Crow South of the 60s.



Tennessee Reed, New and Selected Poems: 1982-2011 Selections from Reed's first four collections joins new work from the poet known as "Oakland's Guardian Angel".


This year, the Fair continues to expand its children’s programming with Generation Genius Days, a component for toddlers, children, tweens and teens to explore, discover and learn through reading and writing, storytelling, art-making, music and theater. Age-appropriate, book-inspired activities will be offered, and will include a “musical petting zoo”, where kids can handle instruments; map-making and star-gazing; junior engineering projects and science experiments; creative writing and theater workshops, computer storyboarding for comics and cartoons, and other activities that can lead to learning and discovery in the various subject areas, such as English, math, history, geography, the sciences, the visual arts and others. An additional day of author readings for students on field trips is now on the schedule, as well as a fourth day of readings, storytelling and entertainment on the two children’s stages.

The Fair also continues special programming for educators with the day-long School of Comics and Graphic Novels -- a series of workshops on how to use comics in the classroom--and adds workshops on how to teach creative writing to K-12 students.

Miami Book Fair International 2012 promises to be another exceptional literary event!  For regular updates on the Miami Book Fair, please visit, call 305-237-3528 or email [email protected].



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