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Miami Dade College Celebrates 30th Miami Book Fair International with Stellar Evenings With Lineup

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Author Dan Brown

Miami, October 11, 2013 - The bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown, will kick-off the 30th Anniversary Miami Book Fair International (MBFI), presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC), at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., in downtown Miami. Brown will discuss his new book, Inferno. Ticket is $15.

Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the Miami Book Fair International Inaugural Ceremony at the Gusman Center. The ceremony includes musical performances from artists from this year’s featured country, Spain, including the Suite Hispania ensemble. The inaugural event is free and open to the public. 

The popular Evenings With program will treats book lovers to live presentations by some of the most celebrated contemporary authors in the world every night throughout the Fair. This year’s stellar lineup also includes Erica Jong, Sherman Alexie, and Wally Lamb, among others.

Unless otherwise noted, all Evenings With presentations will be held in the Wolfson Campus Chapman Conference Center, 300 NE Second Ave. (Building 3, second floor). To purchase tickets, visit

There will also be a special book presentation by actress and author Anjelica Huston (A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London and New York) at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Wolfson Campus Chapman Center. Ticket is $40 and includes her book.

The Evenings With program is as follows:

·      Joe Scarborough (The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan, How Republicans Once Mastered Politics and Can Again) – 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18. Ticket: $15

·        Erica Jong in conversation with Jennifer Weiner on the 40th anniversary of Jong’s Fear of Flying, re-released this year with an introduction by Jennifer Weiner – 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18. Ticket: $15

·         Pat Conroy and Cassandra King (The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son) – 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19. Ticket: $15

·         Sherman Alexie (Blasphemy) – 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19. Ticket: $15

·         Reza Aslan (Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth) – 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20. Ticket: $15

·         Carl Hiaasen (Bad Monkey) – 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20. Ticket: $15

·         Wally Lamb (We Are Water) – 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21. Ticket: $15 

·         Terry McMillan (Who Asked You?) – 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21. Ticket: $15

·         Congressman John Lewis with co-author Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell (March: Book One) – 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22. Ticket: 15 

The Miami Book Fair, one of Miami’s flagship cultural events, will treat book lovers to eight days of cultural and educational activities, including the beloved Evenings With… series, the Ibero-American Authors program, literacy and learning activities for children and teens during Generation Genius Days, and The Kitchen, 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 with authors who are already confirmed for this year!) and a sampling of the many reasons why Miami loves Book Fair:


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Miami Book Fair International and The Center @ MDC

Miami Book Fair International is the largest and finest literary gathering in America. It is the premier event of The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College. The Center promotes reading, writing and theater at locations throughout South Florida by consistently presenting activities open to all. Literacy projects target children and teens, as well as college students and adults. 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 celebrates 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.


MDCulture is the Cultural Affairs Department of the College. Comprising the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, Tower Theater, the Center for Literature and Theatre, Koubek Center, Freedom Tower, MDC Live Arts and MDC Galleries and Museum of Art + Design, MDCulture is committed to providing everyone the opportunity to come in contact with innovative thinkers, creators and tradition bearers from around the world. With each presentation, MDCulture offers a bridge between cultures and ideas, creating new opportunities for the increasingly diverse population of Miami to come together through shared live arts experiences.

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 through MDCulture, it’s cultural affairs department, 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 seven campuses and two 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.


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