Miami Book Fair International 2009

by Rachel Baker on July 29, 2009

Over eight days for the past 25 Novembers, downtown Miami becomes the center of the literary world when the Miami Book Fair International welcomes 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.

WHAT: 26th Miami Book Fair International
WHEN: Sunday, November 8 through Sunday, November 15, 2009
WHERE: Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave., downtown Miami
“Evenings With…” lectures: Sun., Nov. 8- Fri., Nov. 13:
General Admission: $10, free for Miami Book Fair members
Please visit to order tickets.

Street Fair: Fri, Sat & Sun., Nov. 14 – 16:
Friday, Nov. 14: Free

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 15 & 16: $8, $5 for those 62 and older, and free for those 18 years of age and younger, Miami Dade College students & employees with ID and Book Fair Friends, volunteers, exhibitors and guests with credentials.

For the Book Fair’s 26th year, Sherman Alexie, Margaret Atwood, Roy Blount Jr., Robert Olen Butler, Meg Cabot, Alan Cheuse, Susie Essman, Mike Farrell, Al Gore, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Barbara Kingsolver, Jonathan Lethem, Peter Mayle, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Ralph Nader, Todd Oldham, Richard Powers, Francine Prose, Jeannette Walls and many others. Confirmed Spanish-language authors include Roberto Ampuero, Juanita Castro, Boris Izaquirre, Edmundo Paz Soldan, Cristina Rivera Garza, Raul Rivero and others, are just a few of the over 300 authors from the U.S. and abroad who will gather at the Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami for the 26th Annual Miami Book Fair International, Sun., Nov. 8 and Sun., Nov. 15, 2009.

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

From Friday afternoon through Sunday is the Street Fair and the Congress of Authors, when more than 300 authors from all over the world read and discuss their work in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Haitian Kreyol. At the Street Fair, over 250 publishers & booksellers exhibit and sell books in many languages, and the Antiquarian Annex showcases rare books, signed first editions, original manuscripts and other collectibles.

However, several past components of the Fair have been scaled back or postponed due to the challenging economic times and state budget cuts the college is facing. The Fair will be more contained. For example, this year, there will be no opening day ceremony and festivities; no International Pavilions Village; and no Street Fair Parade. In addition, the Fair is cutting back the number of author presentations, but still planning to present some 300 authors and writers representing the best in contemporary literature.

In addition, the members of the Book Fair board of directors and Fair administrators are raising the admission to the weekend Street Fair, from $5 to $8 per person. However, persons age 62 and over will continue paying $5. The Fair is also preserving the free access to fairgoers under 18, volunteers and others. Access to the Street Fair on Friday, Nov. 13th, will remain free of charge. Plans also call for the Evenings with program, which has been free for the last 25 years, to have a $10 admission fee. Moreover, the Fair is launching a philanthropic campaign aimed at mitigating this year’s financial challenges and supporting the long term sustainability of the beloved literary event.

“We are looking forward to hosting another amazing Miami Book Fair International this fall especially during a time when people need the escape and release so much that only books can provide,” says Alina Interián, Executive Director of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts.  “Even with our many challenges, we are confident fairgoers will enjoy this year’s program. We are very proud of our efforts, and take our responsibility to promote reading and literacy very seriously.”

“Best-selling writers, respected scholars, prize winners, artists, and hundreds of thousands of book lovers will again converge in downtown Miami,” added Book Fair chair and co-founder, Mitchell Kaplan. “You won’t want to miss it. However, please consider supporting YOUR book fair with a donation. Visit to give us your support.”

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