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Miami Book Fair International, Produced and Hosted by Miami Dade College, to Dazzle Young Readers too!

~Miami Book Fair International runs Nov. 14-21. Children’s Alley will be presented Nov. 19-21~
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Miami, October 12, 2010 - The 27th edition of the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, Miami Book Fair International, presented by the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College (MDC), will take place November 14 - 21, 2010, at the college’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. The popular Street Fair runs Friday through Sunday, Nov. 19 to 21, with more than 200 exhibitors from around the country selling books in a festive atmosphere. This year, the Fair will celebrate the literature and culture of Mexico. A very special guest will launch Book Fair festivities on opening night. Details will be provided soon.

The magical world of Children’s Alley, filled withbeloved book characters, storytelling, music, dance, and art activities comes to life once again on Friday, Nov. 19. Featuring a new Land of Oz tent, the fun will continuethroughout the weekend Street Fair with author readings, puppet shows and dramatic interpretations of favorite books.

Kids of all ages will be dazzled by an array of fun and educational activities throughout several themed tents. As mentioned above, this year’s new addition is the Land of Oz tent, inspired by the classic tale, The Wizard of Oz. They can also explore a world of glamour in the Let’s Get Fancy tent, based on the Fancy Nancy books and stop by The Treehouse, featuring several new books and sponsored by The Children’s Trust. The Green Planet, What’s Up, Doc? and Let’s Play and Learn tents will also return.   

In addition, two stages will provide storytelling and entertainment. The Once Upon a Time… Stage, presented by Bank of America, will host the Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theater performing Hansel and Gretel, Momentum Dance Company with its rendition of Alice in Wonderland, and Los Prometeitos, MDC’s Prometeo Theatre’s children’s troupe, presening the story of a girl with a very different ability – she floats! A special Sunday appearance by Steve Roslonek, a.k.a Mr. Steve, co-host of the WPBT2 preschool show, will round out the magic with song and dance.

From the …Happily Ever After Stage, also sponsored by The Children’s Trust, children will take off on world tours alongside storytellers performing tales from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe. In addition, authors Duncan Tonatiuh will read from his book, Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin; Antonio Scare from La Noche Buena and Pablo Cartaya from Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes.

This year, the Book Fair is celebrating the literature and culture of Mexico. In honor of this year’s featured country, the Mexican Pavilion will include a MexiKids tent for children, with arts and crafts and storytelling in Spanish. And don’t miss the Kids Comic Con and School of Comics and Graphic Novels!   

The Book Fair will also feature presentations by a number of celebrated children’s book authors, including Darren Shan, Ellen Hopkins, Scott Westerfeld, Larry Doyle, Tony Diterlizzi, Raina Telgemeier, Amy Ignatow, and Tracy White, among others.

Children’s Alley will open Friday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 - 21, from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Children under 18 enter The Fair for free. Adults pay an $8 admission fee


Miami Book Fair International is the largest and finest literary gathering in America. It is the premier event of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College. The Center promotes reading and writing throughout the year by consistently presenting quality literary activities open to all in South Florida. Literacy projects target children of all ages—from kindergarten to high school—as well as college students and adults. Established and emerging writers from South Florida and all over the U.S. read, lecture, and teach workshops. They work with K-12, MDC students, and diverse members of the community, helping to deepen their understanding of literature, and encouraging the work of writers at all stages of development. The Center envisions South Florida as a nexus of literary activity in the Americas and beyond, and will continue to champion its mission of promoting the advancement and appreciation of the literary arts in all forms.

Miami Book Fair International is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Recovery Act; 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; The Children’s Trust, Peacock Foundation, Inc., Publix Super Markets Charities, Miami Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development Authority, the Alvah H. and Wyline P. Chapman Family Foundation, Inc., the Kenneth A. Lattman Foundation; and the Friends of the Fair. 

Corporate sponsors as of this date include: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, American Airlines, Bank of America, Land O’Lakes, Google, Hyatt Regency Miami, Miami Parking Authority, Miami Dade Transit, GEICO,, The Nielsen Company, Peacock Foundation, Inc., Mystery Writers of America, Southeastern Recycling, The Children’s Trust, Barefoot Wine, Cirque du Soleil, Rums of Puerto Rico, and First and First Southern Baking Company. Media sponsors include:  The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, CBS4 and TV33, Univision23 and Telefutura69, Book TV on C-SPAN2, Univision Radio, WLRN Public Radio & Television, WPBT Channel 2, WDNA 88.9 FM Public Radio, Classical South Florida 89.7, WIOD Newsradio 610 AM, Diario Las Americas, PODER Magazine, Caribbean Today, Miami New Times, South Florida Times, Granta US, FUEL Outdoors, and the Welcome Channel.


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 including The Miami Book Fair International, The Florida Center for the Literary Arts, The Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performance 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 170,000 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 nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.


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