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Discover Paraguay at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International


Miami, November 6, 2012 - This year’s Miami Book Fair International, presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC), will celebrate the culture and literature of Paraguay.


Known as the “Heart of the Americas,” Paraguay will be the featured country at the Book Fair and will present some of its most recognized authors, as well as stunning visual art, theater, music, and crafts.


Prominent Paraguayan authors will participate at various sessions in the Pavilion this year, including Domingo Aguilera, Emilia Alfaro de Franco, Alfredo Boccia, Lourdes Espínola, Renée Ferrer, and Father José Zanardini.


The presence of the Paraguayan culture will be felt throughout the Fair, beyond the authors program. At the Paraguay Pavilion, for instance, fairgoers can enjoy premier art works by established and emerging artists. The Pavilion opens at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 15, with performances by singer Lizza Bogado and dancer Patricia Flor. The Book Fair will also celebrate Paraguayan culture through film, including the documentary Los Paraguayos, and Marcelo Martinessi’s short film Karai Norte. The Paraguay Pavilion will be open from Friday, November 16 to Sunday, November 18, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


On Friday, November 16, at 8 p.m., the Book Fair will present Noche Paraguaya, with poetry readings, folk dancer Jessica Fernández, and soprano Rebecca Arramendi


Paraguay is thought to mean “river that flows like the oceans” in Guaraní, the language spoken by its indigenous people, and the country’s official language, alongside Spanish. Guaraní plays a significant part in the literary culture of the country; with more than 90 percent of the population speaking the language, books are published in Guaraní as often as they are in Spanish.


The 29th edition of the Book Fair, the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, will take place November 11 – 18, 2012, at Miami Dade MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., in downtown Miami. The always-popular Street Fair runs Friday through Sunday, November 16 – 18, with more than 200 exhibitors from around the country selling books in a festive atmosphere.



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 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.

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