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Arts and Entertainment at the 2010 Miami Book Fair International at Miami Dade College

Rock Bottom Remainders

The Rock Bottom Remainders performing at the 2008 Miami Book Fair International

Miami, November 4, 2010 - The 27th edition of the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, Miami Book Fair International, presented by the Florida Center for the Literary Arts (FCLA) at Miami Dade College (MDC), will take place November 14 - 21, 2010, at the college’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. The popular Street Fair runs Friday through Sunday, Nov. 19 - 21, with more than 200 exhibitors from around the country selling books in a festive atmosphere. This year, the Fair will celebrate the literature and culture of Mexico.

This year’s Book Fair also offers various arts and entertainment options for the entire family. On Nov. 15, MDC’s Freedom Tower will launch two significant exhibitions celebrating the art of Mexico: Natalia Toledo’s Cuento del Conejo y el Coyote and Bicentenario-Itinerante-Empacado by Jose Nuño, in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of its independence.

The Wolfson Campus Centre Gallery, located on the third floor of Building 1, will showcase art from Iverna Lockpez’s graphic novel Cuba: My Revolution (DC Comics/Vertigo). Also at the Centre Gallery, more than 40 candid photos of Cuban poet Jose Lezama Lima, who always avoided the camera, taken by Ivan Cañas.

Throughout the Street Fair, Children’s Alley will host performances by Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theater, Momentum Dance Company, and Los Prometeitos, Prometeo Theatre’s children’s troupe, among many others. 

The Fair will feature two impressive, large-scale art installations, including twenty-five giant, inflatable nylon sculptures to be peppered throughout the fairgrounds as part of the Giants in the City project curated by Alejandro Mendoza. At the Plaza Mexico, view the World’s Largest Spiral of Books. Slightly used and new books will be accepted throughout the week of the Fair and later donated to local jails.

The Plaza Mexico is also the setting of several theatrical and musical performances, including classical music by Virginia Covarrubias, modern sounds of Colectivo Nortec, traditional dance by Ballet Mexcaltitan, among others. Renowned actress Alma Muriel performs her original monologue, Para ti…Sor Juana, and Odin Dupeyron presents his original one-man play, ¡A vivir!    

Back by popular demand, The Rock Bottom Remainders will play on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. on the fifth floor terrace of Building 3. The band, comprised of authors Dave Barry, Sam Barry, Ridley Pearson, Kathi Kamen Goldmark and Scott Turow, will be joined by a surprise special guest.


Miami Book Fair International is the largest and is regarded as the finest literary gathering in America. It is the premier event of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College. The Center promotes reading and writing throughout the year by consistently presenting quality literary activities open to all in South Florida. Literacy projects target children of all ages—from kindergarten to high school—as well as college students and adults. Established and emerging writers from South Florida and all over the U.S. read, lecture, and teach workshops. They work with K-12, MDC students, and diverse members of the community, helping to deepen their understanding of literature, and encouraging their work of writers at all stages of development. The Center envisions South Florida as a nexus of literary activity in the Americas and beyond, and will continue to champion its mission of promoting the advancement and appreciation of the literary arts in all forms.

Miami Book Fair International is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Recovery Act; the City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; City of Miami, The Children’s Trust, Peacock Foundation, Inc., Publix Super Markets Charities, Miami Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development Authority, the Alva H. and WY line P. Chapman Family Foundation, Inc., the Kenneth A. Littman Foundation, and the Friends of the Fair. 

The Book Fair’s corporate sponsors as of this date include: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, American Airlines, Bank of America, Land O’Lakes, Google, Hyatt Regency Miami, Miami Parking Authority, Miami Dade Transit, GEICO, Florida Power & Light, Mystery Writers of America, Southeastern Recycling, The Children’s Trust, Barefoot Wine, Cirque du Soleil, Rums of Puerto Rico, Ford Fiesta, Diamond Book Distributors, Google, First and First Southern Baking Company, and Retranslating. The 2010 media sponsors include:  The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, CBS4 and TV33, Univision23 and Telefutura69, Book TV on C-SPAN2, Univision Radio, WLRN Public Radio & Television, WPBT Channel 2, WDNA 88.9 FM Public Radio, Classical South Florida 89.7, WIOD News radio 610 AM, Dario Las Americas, PODER Magazine, Caribbean Today, Miami New Times, South Florida Times,, Grant US, FUEL Outdoors, Prestige Public Relations, and the Welcome Channel.


Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, The Florida Center for the Literary Arts, The Miami International Film Festival, the Culture del Lobo performance arts series, The Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 170,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. In 2006, MDC admitted its 1.5 millionth student.


Please visit the Book Fair website for schedule information and updates at, call 305-237-3528, or email

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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