February 2013, Volume 17, Number 1


Blissfully Adrift in a Sea of Books

Every fall, Miami Dade College transforms itself into the literary world's most quintessential destination with the arrival of Miami Book Fair International. This year was no exception as hundreds of thousands packed the streets throughout MDC's Wolfson Campus for a host of literary events and insightful author presentations while they canvassed the expansive Street Fair with more than 200 exhibitors.

This eight-day event brought some of the nation's most celebrated authors to MDC, including literary giant Tom Wolfe, who opened the ever-popular "Evenings With" series and read from his Miami-based new novel, Back to Blood. He was just one of more than 400 authors at the fair, with other highlights including a presentation by fashion designer Isabel Toledo and her illustrator husband, Ruben, and appearances by Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz, syndicated columnist Dave Barry, Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly, CNN's Jeffrey Toobin, actress Molly Ringwald and kids' writer Lemony Snicket, among many others.

The Joy of Reading

There was no shortage of activities for younger readers. The Fair's Generation Genius activities sought to foster literacy and intellectual enrichment through a variety of reading, writing, storytelling, art, music and theater activities, welcoming tens of thousands of schoolchildren and college students to its events.

Fairgoers also enjoyed an international flair with a host of Spanish-speaking authors and the Fair's international pavilion, this year featuring the culture, literature, arts and rich heritage of South America's Paraguay.

Flavorful New Twist

The Fair also offered audiences a tasty new course this year with the addition of chefs with cookbooks, who also participated in cooking demonstrations and other events at MDC's Miami Culinary Institute.

"It was a spectacular eight days," said Alina Interián, director of MDC's Cultural Affairs Department. "From the sold-out cooking demos, to authors of such renown as James Patterson and the Brazilian Nelida Piñón, to our pop-up park, where kids climbed on a jungle gym and played soccer, or relaxed on the grass to read with their families – it was a lovely community gathering full of warmth, laughter and learning. And all about books."


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