Miami Book Fair International-November 2008

by Rachel Baker on August 22, 2008

Miami Book Fair InternationalEvery year, over a eight day period in November,  downtown Miami becomes the center of the literary world. This year will be the Miami Book Fair International’s 25th Anniversary.   During the week of November 9th-16th, 2008, Miami will be welcoming hundreds & thousands of people who attend readings and discussions featuring prize-winning, best selling and emerging authors from the U.S. and around the world.   Miami Book Fair International is a premier program of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College and is held in Miami, FL, and surrounding downtown streets.

For the Book Fair’s 25th year, Russell Banks, Ishmael Beah, Rick Bragg, Sandra Cisneros, Junot Diaz, Connie May Fowler, Cristina Garcia, Nikki Giovanni, Tom Hayden, Wally Lamb, Peter Matthiessen, Jane Mayer, Honor Moore, Stewart O’Nan, Joseph O’Neill, Esmerelda Santiago, Tavis Smiley, Amy Tan, Derek Walcott, Cornel West, Edmund White are just a few of the over 400 authors from the U.S. and abroad who will gather in downtown Miami for the 25th Annual Miami Book Fair International, Sun., Nov. 9 and Sun., Nov. 16.

This year, Miami Book Fair International has partnered with Diamond Book Distributors to present comprehensive programs on graphic novels and the comics world that will celebrate their historical place in our country’s literary life, as well as their recent rise in popularity and integration into the mainstream via book stores, libraries and educational curricula all over the country.

With the participation of the format’s most respected and beloved figures, including Art Spiegelman and Chip Kidd, as well as other established authors and creators and newer talent, including Frank Beddor, David Hajdu, David Heatley, Ariel Shrag and Marvel editor, William Rosemann, Miami Book Fair will include educational programs for librarians, educators, creators and publishing professionals on Thursday, Nov. 13.

The Congress of Authors begins on Saturday, Nov. 9 with the first Evenings With…. featuring major literary figures reading and discussing their books in English and Spanish.

From Friday afternoon through Sunday, Nov. 14-16, is the Street Fair and the Congress of Authors, when more than 400 authors from all over the world read and discuss their work in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Kreyol. At the Street Fair, over 250 publishers & booksellers exhibit and sell books in many languages. Festival-goers can visit the International Village, showcasing the literature, fine arts and folkloric traditions of many nations. At Children’s Alley is a full slate of activities, including book-inspired theatre and arts-and-crafts, storytelling and readings by children’s book authors from around the world. The Antiquarian Annex showcases rare books, signed first editions, original manuscripts and other collectibles.

“As we head toward a quarter of a century of celebrating literature, I am proud to see that the Fair continues to be a vibrant, important part of South Florida’s cultural landscape,” says Alina Interián, executive director of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College. “Our programs this year will reflect the preoccupations, as well as the joys of our community and our nation.”Miami Book Fair International Map

For more information, contact the Book Fair office at (305) 237-3258 or online at
WHAT: 25th Miami Book Fair International
WHEN: Sunday,  November 9 through Sunday, November 16, 2008
WHERE: Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami
ADMISSION: “Evenings With…” lectures: Sun., Nov. 9- Fri., Nov. 13: FREE
Tickets will be needed for admittance to Evenings With…
Please visit to order and download free tickets.

Street Fair, Sat & Sun., Nov.15 & 16, $5; Fairgoers 18 years of age and younger, Miami Dade College students & employees with ID and Book Fair Friends, volunteers, exhibitors and guests with credentials: free

INFORMATION: (305) 237-3258 and

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