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Miami, November 21, 2013 - Organizers of the 30th edition of the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, Miami Book Fair International, presented by the Center for Literature & Theatre at Miami Dade College (MDC) are pleased to present this year’s sponsors.

 “We are very grateful to have so many returning sponsors and are delighted to welcome new sponsors and organizations that are joining us this year for the first time,” said Alina Interián, Executive Director for MDC Cultural Affairs. “Their support is a vital part of making Miami Book Fair International truly successful.”

 The 2013 Miami Book Fair International sponsors are as follows:

 Premier Sponsors

 OHL-Arellano Construction Co. is a comprehensive construction management firm headquartered in Miami, Florida, which specializes in the construction and renovation of healthcare, commercial, and institutional facilities. Founded in 1974, OHL-Arellano Construction has a reputation for outstanding client service, quality, and integrity. They build relationships, not just buildings. For more information, please visit www.arellanogc.com.

 American Airlines focuses on providing an exceptional travel experience across the globe, serving more than 270 airports in nearly 50 countries and territories. American’s fleet of nearly 900 aircraft fly an average of more than 3,500 daily flights worldwide from hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. American flies to nearly 100 international locations including important markets such as London, Madrid, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. With more than 500 new planes scheduled to join the fleet, including continued deliveries of the Boeing 737 family of aircraft and new additions such as the Boeing 777-300ER and the Airbus A320 family of aircraft, American is building toward the youngest and most modern fleet among major U.S. carriers. American's website, aa.com®, provides customers with easy access to check and book fares, and personalized news, information and travel offers. American's AAdvantage® program, voted Airline Program of the Year at the 2013 Freddie Awards, lets members earn miles for travel and everyday purchases and redeem miles for flights to almost 950 destinations worldwide, as well as flight upgrades, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and other retail products. The airline also offers nearly 40 Admirals Club® locations worldwide providing comfort, convenience, and an environment with a full range of services making it easy for customers to stay productive without interruption. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest airlines in the world, including global brands like British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia Airlines, Japan Airlines, LAN and Qantas. Together, its members serve nearly 900 destinations served by more than 10,000 daily flights to more than 150 countries. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir or Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AMR Corporation common stock trades under the symbol “AAMRQ” on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by OTC Markets Group.

Associate Sponsors

Established in 1967, The Miami Foundation has helped hundreds of people create powerful legacies by establishing custom, charitable Funds. More than $160 million in grants and scholarships have been awarded in the Foundation’s history. Today, the Foundation stewards more than $165 million in charitable assets. Through its Our Miami initiative, the Foundation advocates for a more livable, connected and engaged Greater Miami. Visit miamifoundation.org and ourmiami.org for more information.

Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today, Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Follett’s extensive college store network includes the Miami Dade College Bookstores. For more information, please visit www.follett.com.

Co-Sponsors

The National YoungArts Foundation (formerly known as the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and support the next generation of artists, and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the literary, performing, visual and design arts. YoungArts has honored more than 17,000 young artists with over $6 million in monetary awards; facilitated in excess of $150 million in college scholarship opportunities; and enabled its participants to work with master teachers who are among the most distinguished artists in the world, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d'Amboise, Plácido Domingo, Bill T. Jones, Quincy Jones and Martin Scorsese. In addition, at the request of the Commission on Presidential Scholars, which is appointed by the President of the United States, YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country's highest honor for artistically talented high school seniors. For more information, please visit www.youngarts.org

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S. with approximately 1,300 retail stores from Florida to Maine.  In South Florida, TD Bank has 67 locations and offers a broad array of retail, small business and commercial banking products to its customers.  Known for delivering a unique, Customer-centric banking experience that is convenient and hassle-free, TD Bank has many products and services that customers get to enjoy including longer hours, 7-day banking at most locations and live customer service 24/7.

Established by Henry B. Peacock, Jr. in 1947, the mission of the Peacock Foundation, Inc. is to enhance and promote the good health and well-being of children, families, and underprivileged persons in Southeast Florida. For more information, please visit www.peacockfoundationinc.org.       

Publix Super Markets Charities, formerly the George W. Jenkins Foundation, was created by the founder of Publix, Mr. George W. Jenkins, to improve life in its communities.  Their mission is to endeavor to meet the needs of the people in the community.  To that end, they are dedicated to the dignity and value of the human spirit, helping strengthen it to overcome adversity, determined to offer people hope and a choice for the future, and devoted to the highest standards of community involvement as demonstrated by George W. Jenkins. 

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is a not for profit sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions. To contact the GMCVB, visit http://www.MiamiandBeaches.com or call 305-539-3000.

The Children's Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their futures.

Other major sponsors of this year’s Miami Book Fair International include: the Batchelor Foundation, Goldstein, Schechter, Koch, City National Bank, Alvah H. and Wyline P. Chapman Foundation,  GEICO, Miami Parking Authority, Miami Dade Transit, Car 2 Go, Wells Fargo, State Farm, Jackson Memorial Health, the New York Times, Cheerios ® Spoonfuls of Stories ®, FPL, Regions Bank, Wall Street Journal, Mystery Writers of America, Kenneth Lattman Foundation, Scholastic, Tri-Rail, Arrastia Capote Phang, MTV Networks, and Smart Start Day Schools. 

Media Sponsors

The Miami Herald Media Company (MHMC) publishes The Miami Herald, winner of 20 Pulitzer Prizes, and El Nuevo Herald, recipient of the Ortega y Gasset international prize for Spanish-language publications. Together, our newspapers are read each week by more than 1.5 million people in print and online at MiamiHerald.com and elNuevoHerald.com. MHMC also publishes Miami.com and Miami.com en Español, South Florida’s most comprehensive interactive guides to local entertainment and attractions for both locals and tourists. MHMC produces content across all media, including video, wireless formats and radio broadcasts on WLRN/Herald News, as well as custom publications for hotels, airlines and other clients. For more information, please visit our websites: www.MiamiHerald.com, www.elNuevoHerald.com, www.Miami.com.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Its assets include Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching approximately 96% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching approximately 89% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to news, and an additional  suite of six cable offerings - De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Distrito Comedia;  Univision Studios, which produces and co-produces reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for the Company’s platforms; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 69 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; UVideos, the first bilingual digital network serving Hispanic America offering popular Univision and new original and third-party programming, to be an on-demand service on whatever device audiences choose; and Interactive, a network of digital products and offerings including www.univision.com/, which continues to be,  the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, Univision Móvil, a longstanding industry-leader  with unique, relevant mobile products and services; and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.univision.net/.

WLRN Channel 17 is a South Florida PBS member station with a viewing audience in four South Florida counties, from Palm Beach to Key West. WLRN is Florida's leading PBS Ready To Learn station and locally produces documentary specials to address the diverse interests of the South Florida community. WLRN Learn channel in Miami-Dade County Channel 79 is available on most cable systems a local, non-commercial, cable channel managed and programmed as a public service, is carried by all cable providers in Miami-Dade County. WLRN 91.3 FM serves a weekly audience of more than 375000 from Palm Beach to Key West.  Ranked number one in the state of Florida among NPR stations, it is also South Florida's local Public Radio International affiliate. As South Florida's first FM station, it has grown steadily to become an integral part of the South Florida community through award-winning local programs such as The Sunshine Economy, Topical Currents, South Florida Arts Beat, and Evening Jazz.  Additionally it provides one of the country's largest Radio Reading Services - a 24-hour, seven-day service to South Florida's visually impaired community. In 2008 they began broadcasting on WKWM 91.5 FM in the Florida Keys, thus expanding their public radio reach. For more information about WLRN Public Television and Radio, please visit www.wlrn.org.

NBC 6 South Florida / WTVJ is the NBC-owned station serving Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties.  NBC 6 was Florida’s first television station and has been covering news in South Florida for more than 60 years.  WTVJ was founded on three basic principles: commitment to the community, excellence in journalism, and pioneering and innovation.  Today, NBC 6 produces more than 30 hours of local news and programming per week, delivers dynamic multi-platform content on NBC6.com and COZI6, and continues its commitment to the community by cultivating local partnerships and capturing the diversity of South Florida.

WDNA 88.9FM Public Radio is South Florida’s only source for prime time jazz, Latin jazz, blues, reggae, Brazilian, and world beat music. 88.9FM also offers health and human interest programs to better serve the community. Live streaming, station information, and membership application is available on its secured website at www.wdna.org.

Classical South Florida is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public radio organization dedicated to broadcasting classical music. Its fulltime schedule of classical music includes broadcasts of nationally renowned programs such as Performance Today®, SymphonyCast®, Classical Live, The Metropolitan Opera and Pipedreams®. Classical South Florida began broadcasting in South Florida in October 2007. Its program service can be heard on WKCP 89.7 FM in the upper keys, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, on WPBI 90.7 in the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast, and on WNPS 88.7 in Fort Myers, Naples, Marco Island and Southwest Florida. In the Palm Beaches, Classical South Florida also provides an all-news program service, WPBI News at 101.9 FM and on WPBI HD2. This service broadcasts a schedule of the best programs from National Public Radio, American Public Media, Public Radio International, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the British Broadcasting Corporation including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, and A Prairie Home Companion, as well as regular local programming. Both Classical South Florida and WPBI News are available worldwide on the Internet at www.ClassicalSouthFlorida.org and www.WPBINews.org. Classical South Florida is a listener-supported organization affiliated with American Public Media. They are governed by a Board of Trustees who live in South Florida, along with a representative of American Public Media.

Founded in 1953, Diario Las Américas has written in Spanish the history of daily events in South Florida, the United States, Latin America and the world. The prestigious Diario has been and will continue to be an indispensable source of information for the Hispanic community, which represents 17% of the population in the United States. Diario Las Américas is available online at www.diariolasamericas.com and also on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

Comcast Communications of the South Florida region serves communities in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties and the Florida Keys.  As Comcast grows, they continue to adhere to a long-standing tradition of giving back to the communities they serve through community programs and partnerships. Comcast is a proud, long-standing supporter of MDC and the Miami Book Fair International. Visit us at www.comcast.com for more information. 

Other media sponsors of this year’s Miami Book Fair International include: WPBT, C-Span 2: Book TV, Univsion Radio, Miami New Times, Miami Diario, Book Reporter Network, Boomer Times, South Florida Times, and Caribbean Today.

In addition to these sponsors, Miami Book Fair International is made possible through the support of Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Downtown Development Authority, the Florida State Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, please visit www.miamibookfair.com, call 305-237-3528 or email wbookfair@mdc.edu.

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 Centerpromotes 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

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.

For more information, please visit www.miamibookfair.com, call 305-237-3528 or email wbookfair@mdc.edu.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359, khill1@mdc.edu, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366, rromero3@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu
Lisa Palley, Miami Book Fair publicist 305-642-3132, lpalley@bellsouth.net; Maria Lanao, Miami Book Fair social media and Spanish programs publicist, 305.764.3370 ext. 206, maria@levycomm.com.




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