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Fun for Teens and Tweens at the 28th Miami Book Fair International

~New this year, the Fair has expanded the Student Literary Encounters to Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17-18
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Miami, November 8, 2011 - The 28th edition of the Miami Book Fair International (MBFI), presented by Miami Dade College’s (MDC) The Center @ MDC, is jam-packed with readings, live performances and activities for youngsters of all ages – from toddlers to teens. The Fair runs Nov. 13 – 20.  

The teens/tweens program begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, with young-adult novelist Christopher Paolini, who will discuss his latest book, the fourth and final installment of the Inheritance cycle. This author presentation is free with a ticket, which can be obtained on the Fair site. Chapman Center (Building 3, second floor).  

Student Literary Encounters

On Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17 – 18, the Fair will host hundreds of students from local elementary, middle and high schools. They arrive from Miami-Dade and Broward county schools to listen to and meet their favorite authors and illustrators, and to be introduced to new works of fiction or nonfiction that they may otherwise not have been exposed to. Free. For reservations, please contact Nicole Swift at

Saturday, Nov. 19

All will be held in Room 1164 (Building 1, first floor), unless otherwise noted


10 a.m. – John Connolly, The Infernals; Conor McCreery, Kill Shakespeare; D.J. MacHale, The Black; and Jeff HirschThe Eleventh Plague  


11:30 a.m. – Linda UrbanHound Dog True; Tom AnglebergerDarth Paper Strikes BackAn Origami Yoda Book and Debbie Levy, The Year of GoodbyesA True Story of Friendship, Family and Farewells


12:30 p.m. – Sara DessenWhat Happened to Goodbye?; Colleen HouckTiger’s Voyage and Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie, authors of the Damned series


12:30 p.m. – Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, The Bridge to Never Land (Starcatchers), in the Chapman Center (Building 3, second floor)


1:30 p.m. – Dan SantatSidekicks; Stephanie Leduc, Titi Krapouti & Cie 


2:30 p.m. – Jonathan AuxierPeter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes; Matt PhelanAround the WorldThierry LabrosseAb Irato


3:30 p.m. Gene Luen YangLevel Up; Vera BrosgolAnya’s Ghost; Cyril PedrosaTrois Ombres (in French with interpretation)


5 p.m. Andrew SmithStick; Ellen HopkinsPerfect and M.K. ReedAmericus


5 p.m. Mireya Mayor, Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey from NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer, in the Chapman Center (Building 3, second floor)

Sunday, Nov. 20


11 a.m. – Geoffrey PhilpMarcus and the Amazons; Henry ColeA Nest for Celeste


Noon – Jessica MartinezVirtuosity; Cristina GarciaDreams of Significant Girls


1 p.m. – Jon Scieszka, SPHDZ Book 3


2 p.m. – Danielle JosephPure Red; Jennifer KnightBlood on the Moon 

The Fair will take place November 13 – 20, at the college’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. Free parking is available in the Building 7 garage (500 N.E. Second Ave). The popular Street Fair runs Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20, featuring more than 200 exhibitors from around the country. This year, the Fair will celebrate the literature and culture of China. 


Miami Book Fair International is the largest and finest literary gathering in America. It is the premier event of The Center for Literature and Theatre @ 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. Additionally, established and emerging writers from all over the U.S. read, lecture, and teach workshops. The Center is also the home of the Prometeo Theater, a Spanish-language conservatory style program that presents full productions and dramatic readings; in addition to offering a professional training program in theatre arts, continuing education acting classes for adults as well as Prometeitos, dancing and acting program for children. 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 literature 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; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; 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: Chrysler, Florida Blue, American Airlines, Bank of America, Miami Parking Authority, Miami Dade Transit, Mystery Writers of America, Southeastern Recycling, Cafeina Wynwood Lounge, City Hall the Restaurant, Graspa Group, Hyatt Regency Miami, Barefoot Wine, Florida Power & Light, First and First Southern Baking Company, Scholastic Books, Jackson Health System, Kork Wine & Cheese, Tri-Rail, Costco Wholesale, and the Doral Chamber of Commerce. The 2011 media sponsors include:  The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, Comcast, 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, WEDR 99JAMZ, Diario Las Americas, Caribbean Today, Miami New Times, South Florida Times, The Miami Times,, FUEL Outdoors, 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 Center @ MDC, the Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live! Performing 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 174,000 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.


For updates on Miami Book Fair International, please visit, call 305-237-3528, or email

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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
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