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Miami Book Fair International and “Literary Death Match” Team Up for another Showdown Nov. 22


Miami, November 22, 2013 - Put your thinking caps on South Florida and prepare for another literary spectacle as The Center for Literature and Theatre @ MDC and the 30th Miami Book Fair International present Literary Death Match. This year’s throw-down promises an evening of subversive, geeky, raucous fun that pins authors against each other before a live audience. The event will take place at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, at Bardot Lounge in Midtown Miami.

The increasingly-popular event, known for its humor and wit, brings together four prominent authors to read their most electric writing for a maximum of seven minutes before a panel of three, all-star judges. After each pair of readers, the judges take turns sprouting their off-the-wall commentary in the categories of literary merit, performance, and intangibles, before selecting their favorite to head to the finals. The two finalists then compete in a comical climax, to determine who is crowned the winner.

This year’s competing judges include Albert ‘Prodigy’ Johnson, author of H.N.I.C., Meg Cabot, author of The Bridge Wore a Size Twelve: A Novel, and Daniel Alarcon who will present his title At Night We Walk in Circles.  

Readers will include Kevin Barry, who will share excerpts from his book, Dark Lies the Island, J.J. Colagrande who will offer insights from Tigertail: A South Florida Annual: Sunstruck Matches, Lauren Oliver who will read from Requiem, and Lucy Knisley who will reveal tidbits from Relish: My Life in the Kitchen.

A special Happy Hour will also take place from 6 – 8 p.m. with local pop-up library, The Bootleggers: A Library on the Run. Trade, donate, or buy a book for just $2. First-timers walk away with a free book!


Miami Book Fair International Hosts Literary Death Match

  • WHEN: Friday, Nov. 22, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • WHERE: Bardot Lounge 3456 N. Miami Ave.

For more information on the event, please visit

The 30th edition of the Book Fair, the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, will take place Nov. 17 – 24, 2013, at MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., in downtown Miami. The always-popular Street Fair runs Friday through Sunday, Nov. 22 – 24, with more than 200 exhibitors selling books in a festive atmosphere.

For more information, please visit, call 305-237-3528 or email

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, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,
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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