November 2016, Volume 20, Number 5

Cultural Spotlight

The Fairest Fair of Them All

Lighting up the lives of South Florida book lovers for 33 years, Miami Book Fair delivers yet another fantastic lineup of top authors, thinkers and celebrities to Downtown Miami this month. In addition to the exciting weekend Street Fair, Nov. 18-20, that packs the streets with tent after tent of book vendors from around the U.S., there are myriad events to keep you busy throughout the week.

Party Starter

Famed comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah kicks off Miami Book Fair on Nov. 13, discussing Born a Crime, his wild chronicle about growing up in apartheid South Africa. The special event is sponsored by The de Groot Foundation.
On the heels of the tumultuous political season, U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Nov. 19 shares his personal experiences from the campaign trail and outlines his plan to transform the country in his book Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In.

Children’s Alley

The most visibly enthusiastic fairgoers are the youngest ones, who thrill at the sight of their favorite characters at Children Alley’s and revel in author presentations that bring stories to life. This year’s lineup of children’s and young adult authors will not disappoint, with graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, Newbery Medal winner and Number the Stars author Lois Lowry, and Jon Scieszka, creator of the beloved Frank Einstein series. Stop by the Once Upon a Time Stage for music, dance, storytelling and more, or illustrate books, travel through time and dig up fossils at one of our pop-up fun rooms.

Evenings With

See award-winning authors talk about their latest books in the flesh at Miami Book Fair’s Evenings With events. This year’s lineup includes journalist Jorge Ramos, political analyst and former Clinton strategist James Carville, actor Alan Cumming, author Geraldine Brooks, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, TV and public radio host Tavis Smiley, historian Annette Gordon-Reed with Jefferson scholar Peter S. Onuf, and writer and journalist Jeffrey Toobin. You can also hobnob with this year’s hottest authors in the final Evenings With event featuring the 2016 National Book Awards finalists.

Kitchen Stadium

Stop by for a demo at the Fair’s 200-seat cooking stadium and grab some grub at one of the 20+ food vendors. One of many culinary highlights will feature model, TV host and acclaimed cookbook author Padma Lakshmi in conversation with novelist and journalist Ben Greenman on her new Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs. Kitchen Stadium is sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority.

Introducing ReadCaribbean

Miami Book Fair expands its programming this year to include extensive Caribbean-specific events, including readings, panel discussions, children’s writers, book signings, storytelling and music, plus publishers at the Street Fair. When appropriate, author events will take place in Creole with simultaneous translation into English.
ReadCaribbean programs are created in partnership with Sosyete Koukouy, Bocas Literary Festival and ReadJamaica, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Green Family Foundation.

The Porch

Get in tune with your inner artist at the ultimate urban hangout. Take a breather from your packed fair schedule to catch improv comedy, cabaret and live music by local performers, as well as films and art by local artists. The space is sponsored by The Miami Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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