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Miami Book Fair International, Presented by the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at MDC, welcomes The Children’s Trust to Children’s Alley!

~Miami Book Fair International runs Nov. 14-21. Children’s Alley will be presented Nov. 19-21~
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Miami, November 8, 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 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 to 21, featuring the family favorite Children’s Alley, along with more than 200 exhibitors from around the country selling books in a festive atmosphere. 

In 2009, The Children’s Trust sponsored the inaugural year for the “Let’s Get Fancy” and “The Treehouse” tents.  The Book Fair is pleased to welcome back The Children’s Trust as sponsors of those areas again this year. In these tents, children can explore a world of glamour in the “Let’s Get Fancy” tent, based on the Fancy Nancy books, and stop by “The Treehouse,” featuring several new books this year. 

In addition, this year, The Children’s Trust is also the sponsor of the “…Happily Ever After Stage,” which was known as “The Storytelling Stage” in previous years.  In this area, children will take off on world tours alongside storytellers performing tales from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe. Authors Duncan Tonatiuh will read from his book, Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin; Antonio Scare from La Noche Buena and Pablo Cartaya from Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes

“We are so happy to have The Children’s Trust with us again this year, with an expanded presence in Children’s Alley,” said Alina Interián, Executive Director of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts. “The Children’s Trust has done so much toward improving the lives of children and families in our community, and we are proud that they have selected to support the Book Fair, and specifically Children’s Alley, again this year.” 

“There are many children in our community who have never owned their own book, yet nurturing a love of reading and encouraging families to develop an extensive home library are critical to ensuring that children are reading at grade level at that critical third grade benchmark,” said Modesto E. Abety, president and CEO of The Children’s Trust. “This is why we are so supportive of events like the Book Fair and particularly the Children’s Alley,” he added.

Children’s Alley will open Friday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 - 21, from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Children under 18 enter the Fair for free. Adults pay an $8 admission fee

For updates on Miami Book Fair International, please visit www.miamibookfair.com, call 305-237-3528, or email wbookfair@mdc.edu.

MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL AND FLORIDA CENTER FOR THE LITERARY ARTS

Miami Book Fair International is the largest and 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 the 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 Alvah H. and Wyline P. Chapman Family Foundation, Inc., the Kenneth A. Lattman 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 ProTranslating. The 2010 media sponsors include:  The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, CBS4 and TV33, Univision23 and Telefutura69, BookTV on C-SPAN2, Univision Radio, WLRN Public Radio & Television, WPBT Channel 2, WDNA 88.9 FM Public Radio, Classical South Florida 89.7, WIOD Newsradio 610 AM, Diario Las Americas, PODER Magazine, Caribbean Today, Miami New Times, South Florida Times, Graphicnovelreporter.com, Granta US, FUEL Outdoors, Prestige Public Relations, and the Welcome Channel. 

ABOUT MIAMI DADE COLLEGE

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 Cultura 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. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960. 

Media contacts: Juan Mendieta, MDC director of communications, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu; or Tere Estorino, MDC director of media relations, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu ; or Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu; or Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu; or Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu; or Lisa Palley, 305-642-3132, lpalley@bellsouth.net.




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