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Miami Dade College Opens 29th Miami Book Fair International with Novelist Tom Wolfe


Miami, October 25, 2012 - Renowned American novelist and journalist Tom Wolfe will kick-off the 29th edition of the Miami Book Fair International (MBFI), presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC). As part of the Fair’s popular Evenings With series, Wolfe will present his Miami-centric novel, Back to Blood, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.

The Evenings With series treats book lovers to live presentations by some of the most celebrated contemporary authors in the world. This year’s lineup includes Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz, Irish writer Emma Donoghue and New Yorker essayist Adam Gopnik.

Kick-off festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with the Miami Book Fair International Inaugural Ceremony in the Wolfson Campus Auditorium (Building 1, second floor). The ceremony includes musical performances from artists from this year’s featured country, Paraguay. The event is free and open to the public. 

Evenings With programs are as follows:

·         Tom Wolfe (Back to Blood) – 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11

·         Junot Diaz (This is How You Lose Her) – 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12

·         Chris Hayes (Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy) – 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12

·         Sandra Cisneros (Have You Seen Marie?) – 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13

·         Dr. Brian Weiss and Amy Weiss (Miracles Happen) – 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14

·         Jeffrey Toobin (The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court) – 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14

·         Robert A. Caro (The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon B. Johnson) – 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15

·         Adam Gopnik (The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food) – 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15

·         Emma Donoghue (Astray) – 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16

·         Alan Ryan (On Politics: A History of Political Thought: From Herodotus to the Present) – 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16

Unless otherwise noted, all Evenings With presentations will be held in the Chapman Conference Center (Bldg. 3, second floor) at the Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave. Tickets for each session are $10 and must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets, visit Tickets go on sale Nov. 5.

The Fair will also present additional free presentations during the week, as follows:

·         Isabel and Ruben Toledo in conversation with New Yorker writer Judith Thurman (Roots of Style: Weaving Together Life, Love and Fashion) – 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11 – At the Freedom Tower

·         An afternoon with Lemony Snicket – 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12 – At the Auditorium (Building 1, Second Floor). Please note that a ticket is required for this free event.

·         Mirta Ojito in conversation with Nicholas Lemann (A conversation on life as a journalist) – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 – At the Chapman Conference Center

·         Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz (Miami Transformed: Rebuilding America One Neighborhood at a Time) – 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16 – At the Freedom Tower

As usual, the Fair will feature Twilight Tastings during the week – delicious morsels and drinks courtesy of popular Miami restaurants.

The Fair will take place November 11 – 18, 2012, 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 16 through Sunday, November 18, featuring more than 200 exhibitors from around the country.


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 Centerpromotes reading, writing and theater at locations throughout South Florida by consistently presenting activities open to all. Its Generation Genius programs for children and teens promote literacy and learning. Its creative writing program has national appeal, and courses are taught by local and visiting authors. It is also home to Prometeo Theatre, the nation's leading Spanish language, conservatory-style program offering training for actors, and featuring performances throughout the year. In 2012, the Center celebrates its tenth year with a renewed commitment to the advancement of literary and theater arts.

Miami Book Fair International is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; 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; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners.


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 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 seven campuses and two 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.


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