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June 2020

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Monday, June 1

La Feria del Libro de Miami del MDC convoca al Premio Paz de Poesía 2020

¡Atención, poetas! La prestigiosa Feria del Libro de Miami (MBF) del Miami Dade College (MDC), en colaboración con The National Poetry Series, anuncia el regreso del Premio Paz de Poesía. El plazo de presentación de solicitudes para la edición de este año es del 1 de junio al 31 de julio. Miami Book Fair otorga cada dos años (en años pares) un premio para la publicación de un poemario inédito escrito originalmente en español por un (a) autor(a) residente en los Estados Unidos.…

July 2020

Wednesday, July 15 @ 5:00 pm
Virtual (online)

15 minutos de lectura con Jorge Galán

Desde la Feria del Libro de Miami creemos en el poder de la lectura y la escritura para estar conectados. Como parte de nuestra programación virtual ofrecemos 15 minutos de lectura con la Feria del Libro de Miami, un espacio semanal donde distintos autores compartirán su obra, leída de viva voz por Facebook Live. Acompáñanos el miércoles 15 de julio a las 5 p.m. con Jorge Galán. En cada sesión, un escritor invitado leerá sus obras en directo.…

Wednesday, July 15 @ 6:30 pm
Virtual (online)

First Draft: A Literary Social with Fabienne Josaphat

A guided writing prompt with a twist. Because writing is thirsty work. Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. Miami Book Fair presents First Draft, a series of informal writing events that turn happy hours into great stories. You’re inspired. But you’re also thirsty. Swing by a First Draft event for a drink (the first one’s on the house) and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!…

Thursday, July 16 @ 5:00 pm
Virtual (online)

¡Tómate una copa (en casa) y escribe mejor!, con Ena Columbié.

Una tertulia literaria guiada. Embriaga a tu editor interno y ¡exprésate con libertad desde la cuarentena! ¡El COVID 19 no impide que nos contactemos a través de la escritura! Así es como funciona: te damos un tema, escribes durante diez minutos. Si quieres, compartes el texto con el resto de los participantes. Hacemos una pausa para leer los textos e intercambiar opiniones mientras te tomas una copa en casa. Después repetimos la misma dinámica. Tema: “La verdad de la poesía”. Ena Columbié,…

Thursday, July 16 @ 7:00 pm
Virtual (online)

An Evening with Legna Rodriguez-Igelesias In Conversation with Megan McDowell

Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present An Evening with Legna Rodriguez-Igelesias In Conversation with Megan McDowell discussing My Favorite Girlfriend was a French Bulldog. Join us for a conversation between Legna Rodríguez-Iglesias and translator Megan McDowell. Legna Rodríguez-Iglesias’ new book, My Favorite Girlfriend was a French Bulldog, is a novel told in fifteen stories, linked by the same protagonist, our narrator, who—in her own voice and channeling the voices of others—creates an unsparing, multigenerational portrait of her native Cuba.…

Friday, July 17 @ 7:00 pm
Virtual (online)

A Virtual Evening with Kevin Kwan and Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard

Books & Books, Bal Harbour Shops and Miami Book Fair  present An Evening with Kevin Kwan in conversation with Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard discussing Sex and Vanity. The iconic author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians returns with the glittering tale of a young woman who finds herself torn between two men: the WASPY fiancé of her family’s dreams and George Zao, the man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love with. On her very first morning on the jewel-like island of Capri,…

Tuesday, July 21 @ 7:00 pm
Virtual (online)

A Virtual Evening with Mary Simses and Susannah Marren

Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present “An Evening with Mary Simses In Conversation with Susannah Marren” Discussing The Wedding Thief. Two sisters in love with the same man — one engaged to him and the other about to sabotage the wedding — struggle to reconcile in this delicious novel from the bestselling author of The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café. The Harrington sisters have never gotten along. Sara is a Type-A, career-focused event planner, and her younger sister Mariel is the opposite: bohemian,…

Wednesday, July 22 @ 5:00 pm
Virtual (online)

15 minutos de lectura con Pablo Simonetti

Desde la Feria del Libro de Miami creemos en el poder de la lectura y la escritura para estar conectados. Como parte de nuestra programación virtual ofrecemos 15 minutos de lectura con la Feria del Libro de Miami, un espacio semanal donde distintos autores compartirán su obra, leída de viva voz por Facebook Live. Acompáñanos el miércoles 22 de julio a las 5 p.m. con Pablo Simonetti. En cada sesión, un escritor invitado leerá sus obras en directo.…

Wednesday, July 22 @ 7:00 pm
Virtual (online)

A Virtual Evening with Mark Bowden and Robert Kolker

Books & Books and Miami Book Fair  present “An Evening with Mark Bowden In Conversation with Robert Kolker discussing The Case of the Vanishing Blonde. From Mark Bowden, a “master of narrative journalism” (New York Times), comes a true-crime collection both deeply chilling and impossible to put down.  Six captivating true-crime stories, spanning Mark Bowden’s long and illustrious career, cover a variety of crimes complicated by extraordinary circumstances. Winner of a lifetime achievement award from International Thriller Writers, Bowden revisits in The Case of the Vanishing Blonde some of his most riveting stories and examines the effects of modern technology on the journalistic process.…

Thursday, July 23 @ 7:00 pm
Virtual (online)

A Virtual Evening with Mario Alejandro Ariza and Reinaldo Borges

Books & Books, Miami Book Fair and Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce present “An Evening with Mario Alejandro Ariza” In conversation with Reinaldo Borges discussing Disposable City: Miami’s Future on the Shores of Climate Change A deeply-reported personal investigation by a Miami journalist into the present and future effects of climate change in the Magic City-a watery harbinger for coastal cities worldwide. Miami, Florida, is likely to be entirely underwater by the end of this century. Residents are already starting to see the effects of sea level rise today.…

Saturday, July 25 @ 2:00 pm
Facebook Live

Taptap KRIK? KRAK! Books & Music for Families

Hosted by Mecca “Grimo” Marcelin. With Edwidge Danticat, Leyla McCalla, Yanui, Juniace Senecharles Etienne The wheels on Taptap KRIK? KRAK! go round and round. Colorful and packed with stories, this bus is stopping at your house! Taptap KRIK? KRAK! online is a new webcast with a focus on Haitian and Caribbean stories, music, dance, and many other surprises. All aboard? Next stop, your living room! Stream from Facebook or YouTube with new shows dropping on Saturdays in June and July.…

All day event.
Monday, July 27
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

Manuscript Consultations with Dana Murphy

Various times, as appointed (Mon. – Fri., July 27 – 31,). All appointment times in EST. Consultations are limited to 30 people. Once you have registered online, please email your 1-page synopsis and 10-page manuscript to Marci Cancio-Bello at mcanciob@mdc.edu by midnight on Sunday, June 29, 2020. Genres Accepted: Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Adult Narrative Non-Fiction (No prescriptive, art, cookbooks etc.) Manuscripts must be a max of 10 double-spaced pages plus query letter,…

Monday, July 27 @ 9:30 am
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

Poetry: The Conscious/Subconscious with Richard Blanco

5-Day Virtual Workshop Monday – Friday, July 27 – 31 | 9:30 – 11 a.m. EST A poem is a conscious expression born out of the subconscious mind. Through interactive lectures and exercises, we will explore those techniques that we consciously employ in poetry, namely: the using specific, concrete imagery; the dynamics of line breaks; how to harness to power of figurative language; and the linguistics underlying musicality. Likewise, we will explore the equally important subconscious territory of memory,…

Monday, July 27 @ 11:00 am
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

Fiction: Subverting Timelines with Bryan Washington

5-Day Virtual Workshop Monday – Friday, July 27 – 31 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST We’ll work through intersecting structures, parallel timelines, elliptical narratives, and stories that forego chronology altogether as we parse the limits of structure, and the ways our forms dictate the content we turn to. Bryan Washington has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the BBC, …

Monday, July 27 @ 12:30 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

The Art and Craft of Memoir with Boris Fishman

5-Day Virtual Workshop Monday – Friday, July 27 – 31 | 12:30 – 2 p.m. EST During our time together, we will read excerpts of exemplary memoirs (and peek at a couple of craft manuals); take them apart to figure out how they became so exemplary (and to remind ourselves that their authors were once staring at a blank page, too); do some craft exercises to practice those concepts; and then deploy them in short pieces of memoiristic writing that we will workshop as a group.…

Monday, July 27 @ 2:00 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

Teenage Rebels: How To Write Young Adult Fiction with Lilliam Rivera

5-Day Virtual Workshop Monday – Friday, July 27 – 31 | 2 – 3:30 p.m. EST The Outsiders. Harry Potter. The Hate You Give. Walk in to any bookstore and you will find an exciting array of young adult fiction that covers every genre—from contemporary stories tackling social justice themes to science fiction bringing other worlds to life. If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel through the perspective of a young person, this is the workshop for you.…

Monday, July 27 @ 3:30 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

After, Before, and Outside an MFA with R.O. Kwon

5-Day Virtual Workshop Monday – Friday, July 27 – 31 | 3:30 – 5 p.m. EST This is a crash course on how to find time, money, and space to write after, before, and outside an MFA. How will you find fellowships, grants, and residencies, and what are best practices for applying? How helpful are writing conferences? Where can you participate in literary communities? What’s a key part of a magazine pitch? How might you think about revising?…

Monday, July 27 @ 6:00 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

Reading & Craft Talk: Richard Blanco: Poetry’s Public & Private Realms

Monday, July 27, 6 – 7 p.m. EST The task of writing an occasional poem, as Richard Blanco did for President Obama’s inauguration, is often deemed the “kiss of death.”  But why?  Drawing on his experiences as presidential inaugural poet, Blanco will discuss not only the great challenges such poems present, but also the great opportunities they offer to enhance our perspectives on matters of craft such as audience, tension, boundaries, inspiration, and voice.  Through the lens of his inaugural poem,…

Monday, July 27 @ 7:00 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

Taller: “La brevedad, técnica y misterio” con Ana María Shua

SOLD OUT! Lamentablemente, ya no hay cupo para el taller. Para apuntarse a la lista de espera, por favor registre sus datos en esta página: https://forms.gle/1ne66rfC22bLHKUY8. Le informaremos si surge una oportunidad de que participe. Gracias por su interés.   Lunes 27 – viernes 31 de julio, 7 a 8:30 p.m. ¿Qué es un microrrelato? ¿Es una mariposa, un perfume, una brisa, un texto narrativo? Las fronteras de la nación del microrrelato y sus países limítrofes. El microrrelato ¿nace o se hace?…

Tuesday, July 28 @ 6:00 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

Reading & Craft Talk: Boris Fishman: 10 Things that Make Great Memoirs Great

Tuesday, July 28, 6 – 7 p.m. EST The great secret of the best memoirs is that they read like novels. Well, how do you do that? Novelist and memoirist Boris Fishman will discuss 10 moves that will get you started, ranging from the technical to the philosophical. This is your chance to find out, among other things: How to lie more skillfully (only on the page and never in memoir, of course!) The two biggest blind spots of writing about yourself Why the chocolate-sauce test is among the most important things you can do for your writing Why you might need to “ignore”…

Wednesday, July 29 @ 6:00 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

Reading & Craft Talk: Bryan Washington: Writing in Place

Wednesday, July 29, 6 – 7 p.m. EST We’ll talk about the role of setting as a character, source of conflict, voice, and foundation within short and extended works of fiction. Attendees will also participate with their own examples and experience as we discuss the myriad opportunities that rooting fiction in place can present. Bryan Washington is a writer from Houston. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine,…

Thursday, July 30 @ 6:00 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

Reading & Craft Talk: Lilliam Rivera: Worldbuilding in Writing for Young People

Thursday, July 30, 6 – 7 p.m. EST This craft talk will focus on techniques in worldbuilding in young adult fiction, whether writing a contemporary story set in a small town or an intergalactic story set in Mars. How do you create a world that rings true without falling in to the common missteps of info-dumping and adding confusion to readers? The craft talk will explore the use of world bibles, generating focused content, and utilizing all senses in descriptions.…

Thursday, July 30 @ 7:00 pm
Virtual (online)

A Virtual Evening with Julian E. Zelizer and Samuel G. Freedman

Books & Books presents “An Evening with Julian E. Zelizer” In conversation with Samuel G. Freedman discussing Burning Down the House. The story of how Newt Gingrich and his allies tainted American politics, launching an enduring era of brutal partisan warfare When Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, President Obama observed that Trump “is not an outlier; he is a culmination, a logical conclusion of the rhetoric and tactics of the Republican Party.” In Burning Down the House, historian Julian Zelizer pinpoints the moment when our country was set on a path toward an era of bitterly partisan and ruthless politics,…

Friday, July 31 @ 6:00 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

Reading & Craft Talk: R.O. Kwon: Failing Better: On Revising

Friday, July 31, 6 – 7 p.m. EST This talk will delve into revision strategies, possibilities, options, and leaps of faith. What does it mean to revise, and how can you figure out what works best for you? I tend to avoid generalizations, but it’s pretty safe to say that every writer revises, and often heavily: Kerouac bragged that he’d written On the Road in one go, but after he died, they discovered the drafts. R.O. Kwon‘s nationally bestselling first novel,…

August 2020

Saturday, August 1 @ 2:00 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

Publishing Seminar with Literary Agent Dana Murphy

August 1, 2 – 3:30 p.m. EST A refrain you’ll often hear when asking a question about the publishing process is “it depends.” Every book, every author, every agent, every publisher is wonderfully (and, yes, also frustratingly) unique. There is not a single right path to publishing a book, no traveling salesmen “six tricks to get an agent” to game the system, and no simple calculations to become a bestseller. This is a business of chaos and a business of luck.…

Saturday, August 1 @ 5:00 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

Ana María Shua presenta su libro de cuentos La guerra

La autora estará en conversación con Juan Casamayor, editor de la editorial Páginas de Espuma. Ana María Shua es el mayor referente del microrrelato en nuestro idioma. Su obra supone una exploración literaria de primer orden que ha modificado nuestra forma de entender la brevedad. En este nuevo libro, Shua recurre al microrrelato –género que domina con maestría reconocida en el ámbito internacional– para observar de cerca el fenómeno de la guerra en sus más variadas formas. Algunos de estos textos brevísimos tienen relación con acontecimientos bélicos del pasado y otros con conflagraciones del futuro.…

All day event.
Monday, August 3
Virtual (online)

Speak Up! Virtual Creative Writing Summer Camp for Teens

6 days: Monday-Saturday, August 3-8, 2020 FREE TUITION! Free weeklong virtual program open to all teens. No experience necessary. Designed and powered by Miami Dade College’s Miami Book Fair team of writing and book experts. Speak Up Creative Writing Summer Camp will immerse creative teens (ages 13+) in brainstorming activities, craft exercises, and engaging workshops with established teaching poets and fiction writers. This fully online program includes: Masterclasses and live Q&A sessions with critically acclaimed authors Live interactive workshops on creative writing and performance with established teaching artists One-on-one mentorship sessions to provide in-depth feedback Virtual activities Click here to learn more or apply!…

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