November 2009, Volume 13, Number 8

Cultural Spotlight

2009 Miami Book Fair International

Each year in November, hundreds of the world’s most acclaimed writers converge upon MDC’s Wolfson Campus for readings, panel discussions and a celebration of literature.

While the size of Miami Book Fair International is limited in light of recent budget reductions, the breadth and scope of the programming remains the same. More than 350 authors – including a slate of critically and commercially successful Ibero-American writers – have confirmed their attendance at the 2009 Book Fair.

What follows is a quick snapshot of familiar programs.

Evenings With ...

Elizabeth Alexander: A Pulitzer finalist for poetry, Alexander delivered the poem “Praise Song for the Day” at President Barack Obama’s inauguration. Sunday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m., Chapman Conf. Rm. (Bldg. 3, 2nd Floor). Free Opening Night Event.

Margaret Atwood: Winner of the 2000 Man Booker Prize for The Blind Assassin, Atwood contemplates near-future disaster in her latest “speculative fiction,” The Year of the Flood. Sunday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m., Chapman Conf. Rm., (Bldg. 3, 2nd floor). Admission: $10.

Ruth Reichl: Chef, food writer, memoirist and editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine, Reichl is on a mission to demystify the world of fine cuisine. Her latest book is Gourmet Today: More than 1000 All-New Recipes for the Contemporary Kitchen. Monday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m., Chapman Conf. Rm. (Bldg. 3, 2nd Floor). Admission: $10.

Barbara Kingsolver: In the best-selling memoir Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Kingsolver described life on a working Virginia Farm. The Lacuna is her first novel in nine years. Monday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m., Chapman Conf. Rm. (Bldg. 3, 2nd floor). Admission: $10.

Jeannette Walls: A top New York gossip columnist for 20 years, Walls revealed the grinding poverty of her childhood in the best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle. She continues her family’s story in Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel. Tuesday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., Chapman Conf. Rm. (Bldg. 3, 2nd Floor). Admission: $10.

Richard Powers: Generosity: An Enhancement, is Power’s first novel since he won the 2006 National Book Award for The Echo Maker. Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m., Chapman Conf. Rm. (Bldg. 3, 2nd Floor). Admission: $10.

Isabella Rossellini: Actress, model and beauty icon, Rossellini is the author of the new book, Green Porno, based on her experimental film series about the sex lives of insects and mollusks. Thursday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., Chapman Conf. Ctr. (Bldg. 3, 2nd floor). Admission: $10.

Orhan Pamuk: The first writer from Turkey to win a Nobel Prize in Literature, Pamuk is the author of The White Castle, My Name is Red, and, his latest, The Museum of Innocence. Friday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., Chapman Conf. Rm. (Bldg. 3, 2nd Floor). Admission: $10.

The Comix Galaxy

Miami Book Fair International has again partnered with Diamond Book 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 bookstores, libraries and educational curricula.

The School of Comics: The bell rings promptly at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13. The daylong program includes six educational sessions for teachers, librarians, parents and others who want to learn more about the format.

Panel on New Graphic Novels and Comics: On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 and 15, graphic novel and comics creators will participate in panel discussions and present new works. Highlights include discussions on the life and art of MAD Magazine creator Harvey Kurtzman, and on the biggest news to rock the comics world in 2009—Archie and Veronica are tying the knot!

Kids’ Comic Con! During the three-day Street Fair, Friday-Sunday, Nov. 13-15, the road show version of Kids Comic Con offers back-to-back comics-making activities for kids and teens taught by renowned artists visiting from all over the U.S. Includes everything from drawing workshops to portfolio reviews.

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