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February 2024

Friday, February 23 @ 7:00 pm
MDC Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd St., Miami, 33135 United States

Lourdes Vázquez presenta su nueva obra “Puro paisaje”

Lourdes Vázquez presenta su nueva obra Puro paisaje, en conversación con Ena Columbié. Estos dieciséis relatos recopilados de la poeta y escritora puertorriqueña constituyen una obra literaria detallada que invita a sumergirse en un cuadro lleno de vivacidad, enigma, misterios, soledad, exploraciones, erotismo y reflexiones. ******************* Lourdes Vázquez (P.R.): Poeta, narradora, ensayista, traductora y editora. Es autora de varios libros de cuentos, poesía y una novela. Ha sido galardonada con el Juan Rulfo de Cuentos (Francia). Ha sido miembro del Panel de Literatura del New York Foundation for the Arts,…

Saturday, February 24 @ 3:00 pm
On Demand (Virtual)

Speak Up: Creative Writing + Performance (Spring 2024)

Saturdays, February 10 — March 23, 2024, from 3:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. EST Join us online for Speak Up, a teen creative writing program supporting the artistic and professional growth of teens. In this FREE virtual creative writing workshop mini-series, teens will partner with experienced teaching artists to empower the creative writing process, from drafting to performance to publishing, to boost literacy and empower youth in Miami through community-based writing activities. The program is open to all teens (ages 13-19) and is as free of charge as it is free of homework.…

March 2024

Friday, March 1 @ 6:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

2024 NEA Big Read Miami Kickoff: Miami Book Fair Office Hours at Open House Miami

Experience Miami Dade College’s Cultural Affairs like never before. Start your evening with a short film presented by the Miami Film Festival before stepping into Miami Book Fair’s “Office Hours,” where you’ll be able to request a poem on demand, contribute to a group poem project yourself, and more. Continue your evening with a tour of the historic landmark Koubek Mansion, presented by the Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) and led by Miami historian Casey Piket. Then get ready to party!…

Saturday, March 2 @ 3:00 pm
On Demand (Virtual)

Speak Up: Creative Writing + Performance (Spring 2024)

Saturdays, February 10 — March 23, 2024, from 3:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. EST Join us online for Speak Up, a teen creative writing program supporting the artistic and professional growth of teens. In this FREE virtual creative writing workshop mini-series, teens will partner with experienced teaching artists to empower the creative writing process, from drafting to performance to publishing, to boost literacy and empower youth in Miami through community-based writing activities. The program is open to all teens (ages 13-19) and is as free of charge as it is free of homework.…

All day event.
Wednesday, March 6 @ 12:00 am
Various Locations

The Big Read 2024: Miami-Dade Public Library Branch Book Discussions

Join us for a discussion of this year’s title, MADELINE MILLER’s novel CIRCE, a Greek retelling lauded as triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Program made possible by Miami Book Fair;…

Saturday, March 9 @ 3:00 pm
On Demand (Virtual)

Speak Up: Creative Writing + Performance (Spring 2024)

Saturdays, February 10 — March 23, 2024, from 3:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. EST Speak Up: Teen Creative Writing + Performance program is Miami Book Fair’s free virtual workshop series for teens ages 13-19 in grades 6-12 that was designed to power the creative process in community with other teens. As free of charge as it is free of homework, no previous experience necessary to participate. Featuring SAJNI PATEL, author of Rick Riordan Presents: A Drop of Venom, in which Circe goes YA in this epic retelling of the Medusa myth steeped in Indian mythology.…

Saturday, March 9 @ 8:00 pm
Lehman Theater / MDC North Campus
11380 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33167 United States

“ABHIPSAA: A Seeking” With Classical Indian Dancer Bijayini Satpathy

$29-$39 | Free for MDC students with code MDCSTU (limited availability; first-come, first-served)   Considered one of the foremost masters of Odissi in the world, BIJAYINI SATPATHY is renowned the world over for her grace and she embodies the spirit and profound storytelling of classical Indian dance in a way few others have achieved. Now, in the prime of her artistic life, Satpathy embarks on a journey to expand the tradition through her own choreographic work. After 25 years as principal dancer with India’s famed Nrityagram Dance Ensemble,…

Wednesday, March 13 @ 6:30 pm
On Demand (Virtual)

First Draft: A Virtual Literary Social with Margot Kahn

Community, craft, and rapid-fire creativity meet at our First Draft workshop series, monthly virtual salons where writers get social, share their work, and leave with great stories. Theme: Wanting: Women Writing About Desire Click here to RSVP What do women want? How do we communicate our desires? And who, ultimately, is listening? In this free, freewheeling workshop, you’ll get several writing prompts to explore these questions for yourself. We’ll draw on the themes of the essay collection Wanting: Women Writing About Desire,…

Saturday, March 16 @ 1:00 pm
MDC Wolfson Campus

Creative Writing Workshop: Family Stories We (Tell Ourselves We) Can’t Tell with Maud Newton

Saturday, March 16, 2024 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (2 hours) MDC Wolfson Campus Registration: $30 When writing about family, many of us come up against stories we believe we can’t tell. Maybe we worry it’s disloyal to tell difficult secrets. Maybe we’re afraid of embarrassing ourselves. Maybe our family history seems like a jumble, with so many complications and layers it’s hard to know where to begin. Or maybe telling stories about our ancestors seems impossible because we don’t know who our ancestors were or how they lived. …

Saturday, March 16 @ 3:00 pm
On Demand (Virtual)

Speak Up: Creative Writing + Performance (Spring 2024)

Saturdays, February 10 — March 23, 2024, from 3:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. EST Speak Up: Teen Creative Writing + Performance program is Miami Book Fair’s free virtual workshop series for teens ages 13-19 in grades 6-12 that was designed to power the creative process in community with other teens. As free of charge as it is free of homework, no previous experience necessary to participate. Featuring SAJNI PATEL, author of Rick Riordan Presents: A Drop of Venom, in which Circe goes YA in this epic retelling of the Medusa myth steeped in Indian mythology.…

Wednesday, March 20 @ 1:00 pm
FIU Graham Center
10955 SW 15th Terrace, Miami, FL 33199 United States

Partner Event: FIU Science & Fiction Confab

A trio of award-winning science/speculative fiction writers who have worked in STEM will discuss the intersections of science and fiction writing. Moderating will be RHONA TRAUVITCH, FIU’s Science & Fiction Lab founding director.  KEN LIU is a former software engineer turned American author of speculative fiction. Known for the Dandelion Dynasty, Liu’s writing touches on themes of futurism, machine-augmented creativity, technology, and more.  USMAN MALIK is a Pakistani American author and doctor known for writing speculative fiction. The use of medical terminology allows Malik to be gritty and graphic with his writing,…

Saturday, March 23 @ 3:00 pm
On Demand (Virtual)

Speak Up: Creative Writing + Performance (Spring 2024)

Saturdays, February 10 — March 23, 2024, from 3:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. EST Join us online for Speak Up, a teen creative writing program supporting the artistic and professional growth of teens. In this FREE virtual creative writing workshop mini-series, teens will partner with experienced teaching artists to empower the creative writing process, from drafting to performance to publishing, to boost literacy and empower youth in Miami through community-based writing activities. The program is open to all teens (ages 13-19) and is as free of charge as it is free of homework.…

April 2024

Tuesday, April 2 @ 7:00 pm
On Demand (Virtual)

2024 NEA Big Read Keynote: Madeline Miller in conversation with George O’Connor

Author MADELINE MILLER will deliver the 2024 NEA Big Read Miami keynote address, followed by a conversation with author and illustrator GEORGE O’CONNOR on the themes found in the book, including the retelling of myths and the persistence of thousand-year old tales.  Miller has been a force in bringing mythology to the masses with her bestselling novels Song of Achilles and Circe. O’Connor has created what is essentially a modern-day D’Aulaires with his bestselling middle-grade graphic novel series,…

Wednesday, April 10 @ 6:30 pm
On Demand (Virtual)

First Draft: A Virtual Literary Social with Tamiko Beyer

Community, craft, and rapid-fire creativity meet at our First Draft workshop series, monthly virtual salons where writers get social, share their work, and leave with great stories. Theme: Poetry as Spellcasting This workshop will lead you through the process of creating a poem-spell for protection and liberation. Through simple rituals of breath and writing, we will access our creativity and intuition in order to send our protective energies and liberatory intentions to the beloveds in our lives. You are invited to bring any or all of the following if you have access to them: a candle or incense,…

Saturday, April 27 @ 2:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Picnic de Libros: ¡Monstruos y Mitologia!/Storybook Picnic: Monsters and Mythologies!

Miami Book Fair presents the 2024 NEA Big Read Miami Family Day featuring myths from around the world – come dressed as your favorite god or monster for a special mythological edition of Cuatrogatos’ Picnic de Libros/Storybook Picnic! Bring the whole family together for a day of multicultural mythological explorations as you create your very own Greek god or monster with an arts and crafts activity with GOGO MOAD; snap a selfie with Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away characters; learn about Afro-Latino drumming and oral traditions with Miami Bloco;…

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