Upcoming Events

During eight days each November hundreds of authors and thousands of readers converge on Downtown Miami for the nation's premier literary festival. And when that's over, we keep it going, month in, month out.

Tuesday, April 24 @ 7:00 pm
Books & Books @ the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami,

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¡Tómate una copa y escribe mejor!, con Daína Chaviano

¡CELEBRANDO EL DÍA INTERNACIONAL DEL LIBRO! Una tertulia literaria guiada. Embriaga a tu editor interno y exprésate con libertad. Así es como funciona: te damos un tema, escribes durante diez minutos. Si quieres, compartes con el resto de los participantes. Hacemos una pausa para socializar y para que tomes una copa (¡la primera la invita la casa!). Repetimos la dinámica. Tema: Cervantes y Shakespeare: Convergencias de dos genios en la creación de personajes. Daína Chaviano ganó en...

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Wednesday, May 2 @ 7:30 pm
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL, 33132,

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An Evening with JAMES COMEY

Presented by Books & Books, Miami Book Fair and Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County In his forthcoming book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented...

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Saturday, May 5 @ 7:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Auditorium, 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL, 33137,

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Haiti: Facts & Fiction / Ayiti: Verite Ak Fiksyon - Edwidge Danticat and Jacqueline Charles in Conversation

In English with simultaneous interpretation into Creole Fieldwork, immersion, interviews, and archival research: Award-winning writer Edwidge Danticat, author of The Art of Death, and award-winning foreign correspondent Jacqueline Charles will discuss the role of research in their writing. How do they balance library research and lived experience? How do they make history and facts interesting? What are the possibilities for harm, inaccuracy, or success? Our keynote speakers will debate their...

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Sunday, May 6 @ 11:00 am
Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Caribbean Marketplace, 260 N.E. 59 Terrace, Miami,

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2018 Little Haiti Book Festival

Miami Book Fair is partnering with Sosyete Koukouy of Miami, Inc., to present the Little Haiti Book Festival on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 2018. This book festival, which features two days of vibrant cultural exposure to writers, booksellers, performers, and more, is part of Miami Book Fair’s ReadCaribbean programming. Simultaneous interpretation in English when appropriate. This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex,...

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Sunday, May 6 @ 11:00 am
Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami,

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Children's Activities at the 2018 Little Haiti Book Festival: Timoun, Vin Danse!

Bring the Children for a Series of Interactive Cultural Activities With great power and presence, the drum remains Haiti’s most significant musical instrument. Not only is it the pulse of Haitian music, it also acts as a culturally significant tool for communication. Deeply rooted in the country’s African origins, the drum is used for both performative and symbolic dimensions of cultural communication within music and dance. This year’s inclusive program features a mix of Haitian and...

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Sunday, May 6 @ 12:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Gallery, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33137,

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The Poetry in the Art of Wilfrid Daleus / Pwezi nan Zèv  Atistik Wilfrid Daleus

Miami poet Yaddyra Peralta will lead an Ekphrastic Poetry workshop, guiding you to look closely and describe the art of Haiti-born artist Wilfrid Daleus. Ekphrastic poetry (“poetry about art”) is written in response to an artwork, where the author comments on or interacts with the action of the work, or connects the art with some aspect of his/her life. It makes the reader, or listener, envision a work of art as if it were physically present, exploring the complex intersections between...

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Sunday, May 6 @ 1:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Auditorium, 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL, 33137,

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Contemporary Fanm Vanyan / Fanm Vanyan Jodi a

Despite the many limitations and expectations placed on women by Haitian society, women writers are finding their voices and inspiring others. Four motivational writers will offer a brief discussion of their varying journeys toward first-book publication, including manuscript preparation and working with their mentors. Each author will share their experience about what it takes to stand out from the crowd, explore the creative and practical possibilities of self-help writing, and discuss how...

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Sunday, May 6 @ 2:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami,

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Publishing for Debut Authors / Piblikasyon pou Otè Debitan

The publishing industry is undergoing a momentous revolution, with independent publishing as a major force in the world of books. Book production is more accessible than ever, with a wide range of formats and options for authors to choose from. This workshop can prepare you to be part of this exciting future. A representative of Édition Delince will teach authors about the interactive steps involved in the process of a book launch. From conception and submission through editing, production,...

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Sunday, May 6 @ 2:30 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Auditorium, 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL, 33137,

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Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Soul: Haiti’s Medicinal Herbs and Cuisine / Bay Kò a Manje, Nouri Nanm nan: Fèy Medisinal ak Manje Ayisyen

The Haitian proverb goes, Moun ki pa manje pou kò l pa janm grangou. This panel delves into the art of Haitian cuisine and folk medicine. A professional chef and a medical doctor explore the various ways that Haitians preserve the cooking traditions of the motherland and use medicinal food to heal both body and soul. With Frantz Delva, author of The Art of Healthy Eating: Let Food be Your Medicine and Nadège Fleurimond, author of Haiti Uncovered: A Regional Adventure into the Art of Haitian...

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Sunday, May 6 @ 4:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Auditorium, 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL, 33137,

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Haiti: Zombification and Identity / Ayiti: Zonbifikasyon ak Idantite

In Haiti, many believe that the dead sometimes rise. Others see zombies as a metaphor for Haiti’s disconcerting, stagnant realities: for the loss of control – or worse, the loss of faith and hope – experienced by those whose difficult lives keep them in a constant state of stupor. In this panel, three authors and scholars will take a scientific, economic, political and socio-religious approach in exploring and demystifying the concept of zombification as part of Haiti’s cultural and...

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Sunday, May 6 @ 4:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Community Room, 260 N.E. 59 Terrace, Miami, FL, 33137,

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Proverbs and Comic Books / Pwovèb ak Liv Ti Komik (Bann Desinen)

The beauty of Haitian proverbs lies in the universality of their truth wisdom and truth. Writer Yanatha Desouvre, author of Roads to Redemption, and artist Thomas Logan, comic books editor at Sliver of Stone Magazine, will teach aspiring writers and artists how to use proverbs to blend fiction and art in exciting, innovative ways. Participants will learn to collaborate with colleagues who speak different languages of craft. When words and images enter into conversation with each other, what...

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Wednesday, May 9
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,

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Manuscript Consultations with Liz Van Hoose

Various times, as appointed (Wed., May 9 – Fri., May 11) | Consultations are limited to 30 people. Genre preferences: Adult trade general fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. Please no thrillers/YA/sci-fi/erotica/romance. Manuscripts must be a max of 10 double-spaced pages, formatted as follows: Must include a single-spaced, one-page synopsis of the overall manuscript. 12-point font, Times New Roman, with 1-inch margins. Double-spaced, with page numbers and the author’s...

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Wednesday, May 9 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,

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Fiction and Architecture with Min Jin Lee

3-Day Workshop Wednesday – Friday, May 9 – 11 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. How do you furnish a room, build a house, populate a village, design a city, or make a nation? Let’s start with clumsy sketches and bold, intimidating plans. In this workshop, we will draft blueprints of our fictional worlds, giving ourselves plenty of room to err. As we revise our plans and dream up our foundations, we will write characters and scenes. This workshop welcomes those who have wanted to write stories...

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Wednesday, May 9 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,

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Making Fiction True: Adding Texture and Meaning with Lesley Nneka Arimah

3-Day Workshop Wednesday – Friday, May 9 – 11 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. In this workshop, we will learn how to add dimension to stories so that they become multifaceted. We will create layers within the narrative so that our characters move through authentic worlds, whether those worlds are realistic or fantastic. Every story has a central question, but around this central question is an entire narrative ecosystem. This workshop will consider how to craft this narrative ecosystem with...

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Wednesday, May 9 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,

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Memoir Workshop: From Brainstorming to Final Edits with Ada Calhoun

4-Day Workshop Wednesday – Saturday, May 9 – 12 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. In this four-day workshop, author Ada Calhoun will lead discussions on each stage of the memoir process: writing, research, rewriting, and submitting work for publication. Class members will read and discuss one another’s drafts, as well as inspiring examples of the form. The focus of this workshop will be on finding your own unique way to interweave the personal and the universal. Conversation topics will...

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