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Miami Dade College Kicks Off Milestone 30th Miami Book Fair International on Nov. 17 with Official Welcome by His Royal Highness the Prince of Asturias

Miami Book Fair International

Miami, October 30, 2013 - The Miami Book Fair International (MBFI), presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC), is celebrating its 30th anniversary with some of the world’s top authors, creators, entertainers, thinkers, and leaders. The festivities will begin with an inaugural ceremony at 5:30 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., downtown Miami.

Joining in the program will be His Royal Highness The Prince of Asturias, who will officially inaugurate the Fair and address the audience. Her Royal Highness The Princess of Asturias will also attend the ceremony. Spain is the featured country at this year’s Fair.

The inaugural ceremony will also feature musical performances by Suite Hispania, a music and dance ensemble that offers an innovative interpretation to the music and dances of Spain, the New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, and more. The inauguration is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available at MDC Wolfson Campus’s parking garage, 500 N.E. 2nd Ave. (entrances at N.E. 5th and 6th St.), and with free shuttle service to the theater and back.   

Following the inauguration, bestselling author Dan Brown will present his new book, Inferno, at 7:30 p.m., at the Gusman Center. Ticket is $15.

Spain’s Pavilion opens to the public at 7:30 p.m., offering a taste of the literature, culture and traditions of Spain. Get a first look at La lectura en cartel, an exhibition that reflects the evolution of Spanish graphic design for books, and see the thousands of books published in Spain and shipped across the Atlantic specifically for sale in the pavilion.

In addition, Cervantes Prize-winner Jorge Edwards will discuss his new book, Los círculos morados at 8 p.m., at the Wolfson Campus Auditorium (Building 1, second floor). This event is free.   

The 30th Miami Book Fair International runs Nov. 17 – 24. The popular Street Fair, featuring hundreds of exhibitors and vendors, will take place Nov. 22 – 24.

Miami Book Fair International and The Center @ MDC

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 at Miami Dade College. The Center promotes reading, writing and theater at locations throughout South Florida by consistently presenting activities open to all. Literacy projects target children and teens, as well as college students and adults. 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.


MDCulture is the Cultural Affairs Department of the College. Comprising the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, Tower Theater, the Center for Literature and Theatre, Koubek Center, Freedom Tower, MDC Live Arts and MDC Galleries and Museum of Art + Design, MDCulture is committed to providing everyone the opportunity to come in contact with innovative thinkers, creators and tradition bearers from around the world. With each presentation, MDCulture offers a bridge between cultures and ideas, creating new opportunities for the increasingly diverse population of Miami to come together through shared live arts experiences..

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 through MDCulture, it’s cultural affairs department, including the Miami Book Fair International, the Center @ MDC, the Miami International Film Festival, MDC Live Arts 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 175,000 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 more than 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

Media-only contacts: Juan Mendieta, MDC director of communications, 305-237-7611,; Tere Estorino Florin, director of media relations, 305-237-3949,; Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,; Roxana Romero, 305-237-7187,; or Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,; Lisa Palley, Miami Book Fair publicist 305-642-3132,;Maria Lanao, Miami Book Fair social media and Spanish programs publicist, 305.764.3370 ext. 206,

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Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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