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2011 Fairgoer's Guide

Miami Book Fair International

Welcome to our 28th Miami Book Fair. This year we have so much new, so much enhanced...so much to do and read (and discover!) at the Fair.

Our featured country is China, and the Fair has partnered with the Confucius Institute at MDC to present a day-long symposium on China’s culture and
language, including a round-table discussion with China’s most important contemporary writers. This is a very significant program and part of our ongoing goal of bringing global literary perspectives to our community. Our international scope also includes thought-provoking dialogue as part of our IberoAmerican program schedule, and author presentations in French and Portuguese.

Out-of-the-box events at this year’s Fair include cooking demos by cookbook authors/chefs at the Miami Culinary Institute; the Book Fair debut of Literary Death Match, an Idol-style reading event that pits authors against each other; and a "date night" twist to one of Friday’s Evenings With that comes complete with free drinks and celebrity guests. Fairgoers will also enjoy the return of Twilight Tastings—five happy hours prior to our weekday evening programs, courtesy of some of Miami’s coolest restaurants.

Then, there’s the main event: the Festival of Authors—celebrities, promising debuts, controversial topics, enthralling novels, lyrical verse, edgy graphic novels, tell-all biographies, teen favorites, and so much more.

Yet, I think the real winners at this year’s Fair will be...the kids! We’ve added an extra day of presentations to our student program, and invite all schools, private and public, in Miami-Dade and Broward counties to come on field trips, Children’s Alley will feature a bigger stage and more children’s authors, storytellers and magical performers, and Sunday, November 20, has been officially declared Wimpy Kid FUNday at the Fair! That’s right! Jeff Kinney, beloved author of the megaselling series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, returns to the Fair and brings a load of fun activities for kids along with him, including a street full of snow! All to celebrate the latest book in the series, The Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever.

Every year, the Street Fair throngs and sold out Book Fair events give me great hope for the future. The book is not dead; people will never stop reading.

See you at the Fair!

Alina-Interian-Sig
Alina Interián
Executive Director

P.S. The Center is about to turn 10! Join in as we begin to celebrate a wonderful decade with a wonderful new name, new look and another year of amazing literary programs.





Event Highlights

Festival of Authors2011 Festival of Authors

Sunday, Nov. 13 - Sunday, Nov. 20

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.

China2011 China

Monday, Nov. 14 - Sunday, Nov. 20

The 28th Miami Book Fair International focuses on China, hoping to build a bridge of understanding with a country and a culture which is as vibrant, complex, and sometimes contradictory as any other on the planet. For the next week, the Fair and our Chinese partners will present a wealth of activities, from demonstrations of Chinese culture and art, to discussions of social issues facing contemporary China.

Comics and Graphic Novels2011 Comics and Graphic Novels

Friday, Nov. 18 - Sunday, Nov. 20

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.

Children's Alley (and beyond!)2011 Children's Alley (and beyond!)

Friday, Nov. 18 - Sunday, Nov. 20

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 hanging out with Judy Moody and Stink 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.

Art at the Fair2011 Arts @ the Fair 

Sunday, Nov. 13 - Sunday, Nov. 20

The Fair's not just about books! Enjoy art exhibits at the Freedom Tower and Centre Gallery.

Twilight Tastings2011 Twilight Tastings

Monday, Nov. 14 - Friday, Nov. 18

Before the evening presentations, sample cuisine from some of Miami’s fine eateries. 

Street Fair2011 Street Fair

Friday, Nov. 18 - Sunday, Nov. 20

The Street Fair is back with more than 200 national and international exhibitors selling books for all tastes and ages. Enjoy the festive entertainment, music, children's activities, and food, while you browse for books on the streets of downtown Miami and the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus.

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