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The Center for Literature and Theatre @ MDC Celebrates 30 Years of Miami Book Fair with Pre-fair Author Events

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Miami, August 6, 2013 - The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College presentssix readings by superstar authors in September, October and November as a prelude to the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, Miami Book Fair International. The six author presentations planned to celebrate the Fair’s 30th anniversary also celebrate a long-standing partnership between independent bookstore Books & Books and The Center for Literature and Theatre.

Guests are encouraged to donate new or gently used children's books at each event, as part of The Center’s Read to Learn Books for Free program. In partnership with the Children’s Trust, this program promotes literacy by placing bookshelves full of free books in locations throughout Miami-Dade County where parents and children visit together often, including public health clinics, the Juvenile Justice Center, and family homeless shelters – 40 locations in the first year with more to follow. Each person who donates children’s books at any of these events will be entered in a drawing to win a $30 gift card from Books & Books. The winner will be announced at the start of each presentation. 

The presentation schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Salman Rushdie on Joseph Anton, in conversation with Mitchell Kaplan, co-presented with Books & Books

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MDC Wolfson Campus - Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor)

Monday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Nicholas Sparks on The Longest Ride, co-presented with Books & Books

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MDC Wolfson Campus - Chapman Conference Center


Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Gilbert on The Signature of All Things, co-presented with Books & Books

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MDC Wolfson Campus – Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor)


Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Billy Collins on Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems, co-presented with Books & Books

MDC Wolfson Campus - Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor)


Saturday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Helen Fielding on Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy, co-presented with Books & Books


Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Donna Tartt on The Goldfinch, co-presented with Books & Books

MDC Wolfson Campus - Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor)


The Miami Book Fair, one of Miami’s flagship cultural events, will treat book lovers to seven days of cultural and educational activities, November 17-24, including the beloved Evenings With… series, the IberoAmerican Authors program, literacy and learning activities for children and teens during Generation Genius Days, and The Kitchen, featuring demos and panels for food enthusiasts in partnership with the College’s Miami Culinary Institute. To celebrate the 30th anniversary, the Fair organizers have launched a campaign that celebrates Miami’s love and involvement with their hometown jewel. Visit the Fair’s social media platforms for vintage photos, author Q&As (Including authors who are already confirmed for this year!) and a sampling of the many reasons why Miami loves Book Fair:


Miami Book Fair International and The Center For Literature And Theatre @ Miami Dade College

Miami Book Fair International, widely considered the largest and finest literary event in the U.S., is the premier event of The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College, a part of MDCulture, the Cultural Affairs Department of the College. The Center promotes reading, writing and theater at locations throughout South Florida by consistently presenting activities open to all. Its Generation Genius programs for children and teens promote literacy and learning. 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 celebrated 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.


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, 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 on the “ On the Road to the 30th Miami Book Fair International,” please visit, call 305-237-3528 or email

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director

Lisa Palley, Miami Book Fair publicist,, 305-642-3132
Maria Lanao, Social Media and Spanish Programs publicist,, 305-764-7330

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