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2010 Fairgoer's Guide

Miami Book Fair International: 27 years and counting!

In 1989, I stepped into the Book Fair's offices for the first time, excited to be working with books and their authors, and even more excited about being part of an endeavor connecting them with our community.

And what a ride it's been! Though I felt the potential from my very first Fair, the last 21 years surpassed even my dreams. And as I read through this guide, I can't help but feel overwhelming pride at what our team of book lovers has accomplished this year for your enjoyment. Our Festival of Authors again tops at more than 350 writers, including the internationally renowned Mexican novelist and essayist Carlos Fuentes and rock star and poet Patti Smith.

Our diversity is what I love about the Fair. And what Fairgoers love, too! Of author, of topic, of program… This year we celebrate Mexico on the occasion of the bicentennial of its independence and the centennial of its revolution with a grand pavilion featuring visual arts, music, dance, film, cuisine and, of course, literature. Our roster of Mexican authors will truly reveal the breadth and depth of our neighbor's literary output, while MexiKids, a venue featuring back-to-back activities for children, will introduce our littlest Fairgoers' to colorful Mexican crafts, storytelling and performances!

Back this year, the School of Comics, grows from a program for educators on using graphic novels in the classroom, to one for aspiring comics creators, too. Kids' Comic Con, a New York City favorite, also returns with back-to-back classes on making comics.

Teens and tweens will have more programs than ever to enjoy at the Fair. An expanded program of author presentations will keep them busy all day Friday and Saturday. On Friday, colloquially known as "Kids' Day," visiting school children will receive free books thanks to our sponsors.  If you want to bring children to the Fair for Friday authors, call our office to reserve space. Saturday presentations are free for everyone 18 and under, no reservations required — just show up! We can't wait to see you!

Enjoy the Fair!

Alina Interián
Executive Director
Florida Center for the Literary Arts
at Miami Dade College

Event Highlights

Festival of Authors2010 Festival of Authors

Sunday, Nov. 14 - Sunday, Nov. 21

Each year more than 300 authors from around the globe come to Miami to take part in the fair's international Festival of Authors. Writers come from all over the United States, and in previous years, the Fair has welcomed authors from countries like Argentina, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, England, France, Finland, Guatemala, Haiti, Hong Kong, Israel, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Trinidad, and other nations.

The Comix Galaxy2010 The Comix Galaxy

Monday, Nov. 15 - Sunday, Nov. 21

The Comix Galaxy returns to celebrate the power - and fun - of comics and graphic novels. Once again Miami Book Fair International salutes the significance of comics and graphics novels with their ever-bigger role in mainstream literature, culture and even education.

Celebrating Mexico2010 Celebrando a Mexico / Celebrating Mexico

Monday, Nov. 15 - Sunday, Nov. 21

México es la nación hispanoparlante más grande del mundo, con una extensión de alrededor de 2 millones de kilómetros cuadrados y una población de más de 107 millones de personas.

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The 27th Miami Book Fair International joins in celebrating Mexico's Bicentennial and the Centennial of its 1910 Revolution by staging a Mexican Pavilion that will sponsor author presentations and literary discussions, art exhibits, traditional crafts, activities for children, music and food.

So enjoy a week of fun! .

Arts at the Fair2010 Arts @ the Fair 

Monday, Nov. 15 - Wednesday, Dec. 15

The Fair's not just about books! Enjoy Mexican art exhibits at the Freedom Tower, a graphic novel exhibit and a photography exhibit in the Centre Gallery, Giants in the City, Movies at the Fair and a massive Spiral of Books in Plaza Mexico.

Twilight Tastings2010 Twilight Tastings/ Brindis al Atardecer

Tuesday, Nov. 16 - Friday, Nov. 19

Before the evening presentations, sample cuisine from Mexico.

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Children's Alley (and Beyond!)2010 Children's Alley (and Beyond!)

Friday, Nov. 19 - Sunday, Nov. 21

Welcome to a magical world of reading and learning. This year, the Children's Alley of the Miami Book Fair International proves that anything is possible when children read - from giving a monster a haircut to skipping down the yellow brick road to visit The Wizard of Oz. Kids of all ages will sing, dance, read and create during a weekend of fun that will highlight children's books and the importance of reading at seven theme areas.

It's a weekend of fun that never has to end for children - as long as they keep reading.

Street Fair2010 Street Fair

Friday, Nov. 19 - Sunday, Nov. 21

The Street Fair is the culminating literary extravaganza of the fair. This three-day outdoor festival gathers hundreds of booksellers and exhibitors, offering fairgoers the opportunity to browse new and favorite titles from major publishing houses, small presses, scholarly imprints and foreign publishers. Millions of books in multiple languages, book signings and musical entertainment complete the vibrant atmosphere of the Street Fair.

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