Eduardo J. Padrón
Office of the President
300 N.E. Second Avenue
Miami, Florida 33132-2297
Message From the President
Friday, November 12, 2010
Miami Book Fair International starts on Sunday
The 27th edition of Miami Book Fair International begins this weekend, bringing eight days of cultural and educational activities to Wolfson Campus and the neighboring area. The official inauguration will take place on Sunday, Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m., with renowned Mexican actress Alma Muriel, pianist Virginia Covarrubias and folkloric dance troupe Ballet Mexcaltitán, whose performances will celebrate their country's bicentennial and jump-start the Book Fair's tribute to Mexican literature and culture. Festivities will continue through Sunday, Nov. 21.
The Fairgoer's Guide, which includes complete programming for this year's Book Fair, is available now. A limited number of print guides will be available onsite, so please consult the online guide to build your Fair itinerary.
The Fair will again treat bibliophiles to the beloved Evenings With… series, the IberoAmerican Authors program, Student Literary Encounters, the Weekend Festival of Authors, the popular Street Fair, Nov. 19 – Nov. 21; Comix Galaxy with Kids Comic Con and School of Comics, Children’s Alley and much more.
This year's confirmed-author lineup includes several literary sensations — Harvard biologist and naturalist Edward O. Wilson, MacArthur Fellow Edwidge Danticat, screenwriter and author Nora Ephron, musician Patti Smith, novelist and memoirist Pat Conroy, South-Florida favorite Dave Barry, novelist Michael Cunningham, filmmaker John Waters, biographer and novelist Susan Cheever, humorist Ian Frazier, comics-creator Charles Burns, NPR’s All Things Considered host Michele Norris, as well as Ann Beattie, Kate DiCamillo, Emilio Estefan and Jonathan Franzen.
The IberoAmerican program will present Paquito D´Rivera (Cuba-USA), Eduardo Sacheri (Argentina), Alberto Fuguet (Chile), Luis Leante (Spain), Claudia Piñeiro (Argentina), Pablo Simonetti (Chile) and more. Caribbean writers featured include Earl Lovelace, Raoul Pantin, Gideon Hanoomansingh, Merle Hodge, Winston Maynard-Moderator, Lasana Kwesi, Diana McCaulay and Geoffrey Philp. Confirmed Haitian writers are Miriam Chancy, Michele Voltaire Marcelin and Edwidge Danticat.
Admission to the Street Fair is free to all College employees and students with a valid MDC ID card. Faculty, staff and students may access the fairgrounds on Saturday, Nov. 20, and Sunday, Nov. 21, through the Red "Credentials" Entrance on N.E. 5th St. and 2nd Ave.
Evenings With...tickets are $10 this year. This support is vital to sustaining the Book Fair and we appreciate your understanding. There will be several free events during the week. Please check the Fairgoer's Guide for dates and times.
I would like to thank the staff of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, especially executive director Alina Interiàn, Book Fair director Delia López, and the hundreds of Book Fair volunteers at the College and throughout the community who make the Book Fair one of the finest literary events in the country. Volunteers are still needed; so, if you have not already signed up, you may do so at http://www.miamibookfair.com/membership/volunteers.aspx.
See you at the Fair.