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2013 Fairgoer's Guide

Thirty years of Miami Book Fair International is a testament to the great things that can be accomplished when many people unite to create something bigger than themselves.

The Miami Book Fair is more than a great festival, it’s a community brought together by shared passions — a passion for books and reading, and for making South Florida a great place to live, work, play and learn.  We are extremely proud to help create this event alongside our never-tiring Book Fair team, the 1500 volunteers who bring their bright smiles and goodwill, the hundreds of authors (and others!) who share their talent, and the hundreds of thousands of people who pour into downtown Miami every November to enjoy it all.  Thank you!

And one of our biggest inspirations? Our bedrock: Miami Dade College! At the vanguard of community-building in South Florida for more than 50 years, MDC is known as “Democracy’s College,” and this ethos is built right into the Book Fair’s DNA: accessibility for all. We are grateful for the constant and steady leadership of our board and board chair, Mitchell Kaplan, of Alina Interián, executive director of MDC’s Cultural Affairs, and of College President, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, whose vision was the cornerstone of this annual “city of books.”

We look forward to continuing to build this city for another 30 years (and beyond!). Join us!

Thank you for the privilege,
Delia Lopez and Lissette Mendez, Co-directors
The Center for Literature and Theatre


Event Highlights

Festival of Authors2013 Festival of Authors

Sunday, Nov. 17 - Sunday, Nov. 24

Each year more than 400 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.

Homenaje a España2013 Homenaje a España

Sunday, Nov. 17 - Sunday, Nov. 24

La conmemoración de los 500 años de la llegada de Juan Ponce de León a la Florida es el marco ideal para celebrar la riqueza cultural española dentro de los festejos por los 30 años de la Feria Internacional del Libro de Miami.

Comics and Graphic Novels2013 Destination: Comics

Monday, Nov. 18 - Sunday, Nov. 24

Visit Street Fair’s hottest new section, Destination: Comics (organized in partnership with Diamond Comics Distributors), and join publishers and creators who will (re)introduce you to humanity’s oldest form of storytelling — sequential art. Featuring Tate’s Comics, Kill Shakespeare, BCW Supplies, Dark Horse Books, ComicShopLocator.com, Zenescope, NBM/Papercutz and others!

Generation Genius: Children's Alley2013 Generation Genius: Children's Alley

Thursday, Nov. 21 - Sunday, Nov. 24

Generation Genius gathers The Center’s literacy and learning programs for children and teens under one banner. Generation Genius’ interdisciplinary programs encourage learning and imagination through reading and writing, storytelling, art, music, theatre and other activities that lead to learning and discovery in various subject areas, including language arts, math, history, geography, the sciences and the fine arts.

Arts @ the Fair2013 Arts @ the Fair 

Monday, Nov. 18 - Sunday, Nov. 24

The Fair's not just about books! Enjoy art exhibits, movie screenings and collaborative art.

The Kitchen2013 The Kitchen

Saturday, Nov. 23 - Sunday, Nov. 24

Experience a gastro-literary feast as cookbook authors discuss their culinary philosophies and demonstrate their recipes in the Miami Culinary Institute’s state-of-the art Wine Theatre. Taste the results!

Tablao Flamenco2013 Tablao Flamenco

Monday, Nov. 18 - Friday, Nov. 22

Enjoy the sounds and the flavors of Spain, right here in Miami! Drop in for a bite to eat and wine tastings (5-7 p.m.) provided by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Nutrition, and The Environment.

Street Fair2013 Street Fair

Friday, Nov. 22 - Sunday, Nov. 24

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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