September 2012, Volume 16, Number 4

Cultural Spotlight

Where Books Reign Supreme

As it has done for the past three decades, this November, The Center for Literature and Theatre at MDC will transform Miami into the country’s literary hotspot with its Miami Book Fair International (MBFI), bringing the most acclaimed authors, book exhibitors and cultural acts to Wolfson Campus in Downtown Miami for eight action-packed days of celebrating the world of ideas and culture.

Hundreds of thousands of people descend on the city streets for the festivities of MBFI’s Street Fair, where they peruse the inventories of more than 200 book vendors from around the country and enjoy live performances by international artists. Food enthusiasts will love the new culinary programs served up this year, and even the youngest readers are treated to special events, including storytelling, author readings and entertainment on two children’s stages. The Fair’s “Evenings With” series gives avid readers a rare chance to hear and see their favorite authors discuss their works in person.

This year’s dazzling lineup of literary giants begins with world-renowned novelist and journalist Tom Wolfe, who will be opening the Fair along with the showing of a documentary film on the making of his bestselling novel, Back to Blood. The hit parade goes on with presentations by close to 350 authors from all over the world, including journalist and presidential biographer Robert Caro, novelist Sandra Cisneros, novelist Justin Cronin, novelist Junot Díaz, novelist Emma Donoghue, novelist Robert Goolrick, journalist and writer for The New Yorker Adam Gopnik, MSNBC journalist Chris Hayes, novelist Hari Kunzru, nonfiction author Anne Lamott, cultural critic Camille Paglia, novelist James Patterson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Leonard Pitts, popular children’s author Lemony Snicket, CNN journalist Jeffrey Toobin, Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh, and bestselling author and lecturer Naomi Wolf.

“These are some of the most popular authors and thinkers of our time,” said Alina Interián, executive director of The Center. “We are very proud to be bringing such a prestigious selection of writers to Miami for yet another year.”

Spanish-speaking literary voices will be highlighted during the Fair’s IberoAmerican Authors Program, which will feature Homero Aridjis (Mexico), Mayra Santos-Febres (Puerto Rico), Santiago Roncagliolo (Peru) and Abilio Estévez (Cuba-Spain), among many others.

Concurrent with the Fair will be the fall edition of The Center’s popular Writer’s Institute, a focal point for aspiring writers. As always, Institute workshops will be taught by current outstanding leaders in literature, including novelist Margot Livesey, literary agent Kimberly Witherspoon and award-winning author Teresa Dovalpage conducting a workshop in Spanish.

— MR

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