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November 2021

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Wyman and the Florida Knights

In Larry Baker’s novel Wyman and the Florida Knights, Peter Wyman, the most famous portrait painter in America, just wants to go into hiding and disappear. Then a cashier in St. Augustine tells him about Knightville. “Ex-boyfriend of mine came from there and told me it was full of crazies,” she said. Which sounds just about perfect to Peter. Moderated by author Lynne Barrett, founding editor of the Florida Book Review and professor of creative writing at Florida International University.…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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Loaded Terms: Poets on Identity & Truth

In Extremely Lightweight Guns: Poems, Nikki Moustaki explores femininity in contexts that grapple with violence, mental illness, loss, love, and relationships. She probes these themes through various provocative narratives, settings, and forms, from prose to diary-like entries. In her debut collection Tortillera: Poems, Caridad Moro-Gronlier not only applies the homophobic Spanish-language term for lesbians to herself, she owns it, drapes it over her shoulders and heralds her truth through candid, unflinching poems that address the queer experience of coming out while Cuban.…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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Three Poets on Hurricanes, History & the Converse MFA

When her Florida apartment is damaged by the ferocity of Hurricane Irma, Denise Duhamel turns to Dante and terza rima, reconstructing the form into the long poem “Terza Irma.” Throughout her new poetry collection, Second Story: Poems, she investigates our near-catastrophic ecological and political moment, hyper aware of her own complicity, resistance, and agency. With fear of the water below and a burglar who enters through her second story window, she bravely faces the story under the story, the second story we often neglect to tell.…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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Un café con Don Francisco

Creador y presentador desde 1962 de Sábado gigante, el programa de variedades de más larga duración en la historia de la televisión, el legendario Don Francisco ha recibido desde un Premio Emmy hasta el título de Embajador de UNICEF. Este año llega a la Feria para presentar el libro en que reunió sus memorias personales y profesionales Con ganas de vivir, en una amena charla con el periodista argentino Andrés Oppenheimer. Con el apoyo del…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 7:00 pm
THE DORAL YARD
8455 NW 53rd St, Doral, FL 33166 United States

Doral Date with Book Fair

Reading, discussion, audience Q&A, and book signing. An Evening With prolific novelist Patricia Engel, author of Infinite Country: A Novel, in conversation with moderator Anjanette Delgado, whose recently published anthology, Home in Florida: Latinx Writers and the Literature of Uprootedness, features Engel’s work. This event requires a ticket for admission. CLICK HERE to Purchase Tickets Miami Book Fair @ Doral was made possible with the support of the CODINA PARTNERS

Tuesday, November 16 @ 8:00 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

An Evening With Sebastian Junger & Bryan Christy: On Freedom

IMPORTANT: Please note that we have changed the location of this event. The event will now take place in the Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261). Freedom is Sebastian Junger’s account of a year spent on the road with three friends as they walked the railroad lines of the East Coast. At once an experiment in personal autonomy and interdependence, the journey became an intense exploration of our most cherished, yet essentially contradictory ideals: community and freedom.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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2020 National Poetry Series Winner Devon Walker-Figueroa

The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to recognize and promote excellence in contemporary poetry by ensuring the publication of five books of poetry annually through participating publishers. In addition, the National Poetry Series has partnered with Miami Book Fair to award the Paz Prize in Poetry, which ensures bilingual publication for a book of poems written in Spanish. This conversation features Devon Walker-Figueroa on Philomath: Poems, in conversation with the judge who selected her manuscript, Sally Keith,…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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2020 National Poetry Series Winner Teresa K. Miller

The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to recognize and promote excellence in contemporary poetry by ensuring the publication of five books of poetry annually through participating publishers. In addition, the National Poetry Series has partnered with Miami Book Fair to award the Paz Prize in Poetry, which ensures bilingual publication for a book of poems written in Spanish. This conversation features Teresa K. Miller on Borderline Fortune, in conversation with the judge who selected her manuscript, Carol Muske-Dukes,

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
Virtual (online)

A South Beach Documentary: “Abraham’s Bakery”

Aaron Davidson’s documentary films on Jewish themes have all been created in South Florida, but transcend their local flavor and are at once familiar and nostalgic. A hallmark of his work is a periodic update of his films, often with poignant, ironic, or unexpected results, as films made innocently more than a decade ago in an earlier context take on new and added meaning with contemporary footage. “Abraham’s Bakery” is one of three films being screened for Miami Book Fair that amazingly span 13 years – a significant milestone,…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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A South Beach Documentary: “Rascal House”

Aaron Davidson’s documentary films on Jewish themes have all been created in South Florida, but transcend their local flavor and are at once familiar and nostalgic. A hallmark of his work is a periodic update of his films, often with poignant, ironic, or unexpected results, as films made innocently more than a decade ago in an earlier context take on new and added meaning with contemporary footage. “Rascal House” is one of three films being screened for Miami Book Fair that amazingly span 13 years – a significant milestone,…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
Virtual (online)

A South Beach Documentary: “Tradition at Steak”

Aaron Davidson’s documentary films on Jewish themes have all been created in South Florida, but transcend their local flavor and are at once familiar and nostalgic. A hallmark of his work is a periodic update of his films, often with poignant, ironic, or unexpected results, as films made innocently more than a decade ago in an earlier context take on new and added meaning with contemporary footage. “Tradition at Steak” is one of three films being screened for Miami Book Fair that amazingly span 13 years – a significant milestone,…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On A Punkhouse in the Deep South: The Oral History of 309

In A Punkhouse in the Deep South: The Oral History of 309, co-authors Scott Satterwhite and Aaron Cometbus relay the improbable story of the house at 309 6th Avenue that became a crossroads for punk rock, activism, veganism, and queer culture in Pensacola, a Gulf Coast city at the border of Florida and Alabama. With panelists Valerie N. George and Lauren Anzaldo; moderated by writer and musician Joey Seeman.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On A Quilt for David & Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis

In poetry and prose, Steven Reigns’ A Quilt for David explores the story of David Acer, whose homosexuality and sickly appearance from AIDS-related illness made him the perfect scapegoat and a victim of mob mentality in his conservative, early 1990s-era Florida town. Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis is Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s wide-ranging collection of stories from a generation that came of age during the epidemic and had to confront the notion that desire led to death.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Aftershocks: A Memoir

In Aftershocks: A Memoir, Brooklyn-based writer and urban planner Nadia Owusu tells a tale of constant change and loss. Her father, a Ghanaian United Nations official, was constantly moving and then died when she was 13. Her mother had already abandoned her when she was just 2, then reappeared only to vanish again. The only firm ground she stands upon is the one written into existence by her own hand. Moderated by Celeste Headlee, author of Speaking of Race: Why Everybody Needs to Talk About Racism – and How to Do It.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane

Paul Auster’s Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane is an insightful, probing account of the singular life of a writer who, through original short stories, novellas, poems, journalism, and war reportage, transformed American literature. Moderated by Mitchell Kaplan, founder of Books & Books.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Can We Talk About Israel? A Guide for the Curious, Confused, and Conflicted

Can We Talk About Israel? A Guide for the Curious, Confused, and Conflicted by Daniel Sokatch offers a primer on Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It addresses the story of that conflict, and of why so many people feel so strongly about it – without actually understanding it very well at all. Moderated by author, historian, and journalist Kai Bird, executive director and distinguished lecturer of the CUNY Graduate Center’s Leon Levy Center for Biography.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Cuban Memory Wars: Retrospective Politics in Revolution and Exile

In Cuban Memory Wars: Retrospective Politics in Revolution and Exile, Michael J. Bustamante, Ph.D., associate professor and the Emilio Bacardí Moreau Chair in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami, argues that Cubans’ battles over the past helped shape the course of Cuban history itself. Beyond the polarized vision seemingly set in stone today – the revolution as deliverance from inequality versus paradise lost – there might be a more inclusive national narrative. Moderated by John Gutierrez,…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Hyam Plutzik 32 Poems // 32 Poemas

32 Poems // 32 Poemas is a new bilingual (Spanish and English) edition of selected poems by the American poet Hyam Plutzik (1911-1962), released by Miami publisher, Sububrano Ediciones (2021) and includes 17 esteemed contributors. Poet Richard Blanco contributed a foreword that proffers poetry as a medium that uniquely bridges the immigrant experience across time and culture. This Miami Book Fair conversation and poetry reading on Plutzik’s work is led by inaugural poet Blanco and features the book’s editor, George B.

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Justice on the Brink: The Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Rise of Amy Coney Barrett, and Twelve Months That Transformed the Supreme Court

In Justice On the Brink: The Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Rise of Amy Coney Barrett, and Twelve Months That Transformed the Supreme Court, New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning legal reporter Linda Greenhouse chronicles the Supreme Court’s 2020-21 term, from the death of RGB to the rise of Barrett. Moderated by Joan Biskupic, CNN legal analyst and author of The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020

Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020 is a collection of Salman Rushdie’s nonfiction, essays, criticism, and speeches focusing on his relationship with the written word, from delving into the nature of storytelling as a human need to the work of Eudora Welty. Moderated by author and journalist Carl Hiaasen.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Late City: A Novel

Robert Olen Butler‘s Late City: A Novel centers around former newspaperman Sam Cunningham as he prepares to die. The conversation between the dying man and a surprising God covers much of the early 20th century. And as it unfolds, Sam is amazed at what he still has left to learn about himself. Moderated by Marrie Stone, co-host of the weekly KUCI radio show Writers on Writing.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On No One Goes Alone: A Novel

Erik Larson’s No One Goes Alone: A Novel (Random House Audio) is a ghost story grounded in history. It’s 1905, and psychologist William James leads an expedition to a remote isle in search of answers after a family inexplicably vanishes. Were there paranormal forces at work? Soon, the investigators are unsure whether they can trust their own eyes, their instincts, one another – or even themselves. Moderated by author Benjamin Percy.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Our First Civil War: Patriots and Loyalists in the American Revolution

In Our First Civil War: Patriots and Loyalists in the American Revolution, H.W. Brands reminds us that before America could win its revolution against Britain, patriots had to win a bitter civil war against family, friends, and neighbors. Moderated by Marsha B. Cohen, Ph.D., lecturer, cultural historian, and educator at the University of Miami’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Real Estate: A Living Autobiography & Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

Real Estate: A Living Autobiography, the third and final installment in the Deborah Levy series, blends personal history, gender politics, philosophy, and literary theory in an examination of womanhood and ownership. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love chronicles Dani Shapiro’s quest to unlock the story of her own identity, after she casually submitted her DNA to a genealogy website and discovered that her beloved deceased father was not her biological parent.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Speculative Los Angeles

Denise Hamilton commissioned the 14 stories (including one of her own) that comprise Speculative Los Angeles. Each is set in a different neighborhood of the city and filled with local color, landmarks, and flavor – but each also reimagines the metropolis in very different ways. Joining her are contributing writers Alex Espinoza and S. Qiouyi Lu.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On The Jealousy Man and Other Stories

The Jealousy Man and Other Stories, a collection of 12 short works by Jo Nesbø, serves as a showcase for his dexterity in exploring the dark corners of the human heart. These tales take us on a journey of twisted minds and vengeful souls. Moderated by Marilyn Stasio, former longtime crime columnist for The New York Times.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On The Joy and Light Bus Company

In The Joy and Light Bus Company, the latest installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi must move on two fronts at once, protecting Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni while solving an inheritance case. Moderated by Ian Rankin, author of the Inspector Rebus novels.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Three Sisters: A Novel & Send for Me: A Novel

Inspired by true events, Heather Morris’ Three Sisters: A Novel tells the story of Livia, Magda, and Cibi. After surviving Auschwitz, the sisters learn that to find true peace and happiness they must face the ghosts of their past, including the secrets they have kept from each other. Based on letters from Lauren Fox’s own family, Send for Me: A Novel is a work of historical fiction that moves between Germany on the eve of World War II and present-day Wisconsin.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories

Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories is a collection written by Hilma Wolitzer. Most of these stories were originally published in the 1960s and ’70s in such magazines as Esquire and The Saturday Evening Post, with a new work bringing Wolitzer’s early characters – the author is now in her 90s – into the present. Moderated by author Roxana Robinson.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood

Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood tells the extraordinary story of Danny Trejo, one of the most recognizable character actors in Hollywood. Written with fellow actor Donal Logue, Trejo recounts an up-and-down journey that starts in an abusive home, includes struggles with heroin addiction and stints in some of the country’s most notorious state prisons from an early age, and global fame starring in such modern classics as Heat, From Dusk Till Dawn,…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist

Across the essays and stories of Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist, musician Marc Ribot brings to the page the curiosity, dexterity, and sense of humor that has marked so much of his playing. Moderated by author Jana Martin, who in another life spent years as a lead singer and bass and guitar player in various unsung punk and indie bands.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Voices from the Pandemic: Americans Tell Their Stories of Crisis, Courage, and Resilience & The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid

An exhausted EMT risking his life in New York City; a grocery store owner feeding his neighborhood for free in locked-down New Orleans; a Maryland restaurateur forced to close his family business after 46 years. In Voices from the Pandemic: Americans Tell Their Stories of Crisis, Courage and Resilience, journalist Eli Saslow captures in real-time a nation’s fear, anger, uncertainty, and compassion. In The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright offers an unprecedented,…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: Pablo Medina & Achy Obejas

In his collection The Foreigner’s Song: New and Selected Poems, Cuban-born American poet Pablo Medina reaches back to his six previous published collections and all the way to his first, published in 1975, adding 19 new works. His prose has a dreamlike quality in which familiarity and certainty surrender to strangeness. Achy Obejas’ Boomerang/Bumerán: Poetry/Poesía is a bilingual collection of lyrical poetry written in bold, mostly gender-free English and Spanish that addresses immigration, displacement, love, and activism.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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Our Brief & Earthly Inheritance: Two Poets on the Art of Making Do

The poems in Jim Daniels’ Gun/Shy deal with the emotional weight of making do. Tinged with both the regrets and wisdom of aging, his poems measure the wages of love in a changing world with its vanishing currency. He finds solace in small miracles, exploring family work, childhood and adolescence, and his own mortality. He examines race, white privilege, America’s gun culture, and factory work, the myths we memorize to help us sleep at night, those that keep us awake and trembling.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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Waterproof: Evidence of a Miami Worth Remembering

Waterproof: Evidence of a Miami Worth Remembering is a collection of micro-elegies to Miami places. We asked Miamians, “What will you miss when Miami is gone?” These are their answers: 197 pieces from 165 writers and artists, ranging from high schoolers to retirees and hailing from all corners of Miami-Dade County. Featuring the book’s editor, Mario Alejandro Ariza, and contributing authors Michael Ivory, Jr.; Arsimmer McCoy; Alejandro Nodarse; Christell Roach; Horacio Sierra; and Monica Uszerowicz.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 7:00 pm
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72nd Annual National Book Awards

Miami Book Fair joins the National Book Foundation to livestream the National Book Awards from New York City! Tune in to be among the first to learn who the winners are across its five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Young People’s Literature, and Translation. Sponsored by In partnership with…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 8:00 pm
Building 1, Fourth Floor Terrace
300 N.E. 2nd Avenue (Bldg. 1, 2nd Floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

An Evening With Sandra Cisneros & Jan Beatty: On Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo

In Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo by Sandra Cisneros, Corina finds a letter written by a friend from her days in Paris, where she once escaped to be a writer. They have lost touch since, but Corina’s intense friendships with Martita and Paola is what gives that time a certain glow. Now the letter has brought those days back with breathtaking immediacy. Moderated by Cisneros’ friend and fellow author Jan Beatty. La reconocida autora Sandra Cisneros presenta Martita,…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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2020 National Poetry Series Winner Amanda Moore

The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to recognize and promote excellence in contemporary poetry by ensuring the publication of five books of poetry annually through participating publishers. In addition, the National Poetry Series has partnered with Miami Book Fair to award the Paz Prize in Poetry, which ensures bilingual publication for a book of poems written in Spanish. This conversation features Amanda Moore on Requeening: Poems, in conversation with David St. John, The Last Troubadour: Selected and New Poems.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: Kaveh Akbar and Kevin Young

Kaveh Akbar’s second collection, Pilgrim Bell, takes its readers on a spiritual journey of disavowal, fiercely attendant to the presence of divinity where artifacts of self and belonging have been shed. Akbar responds with prayer as an act of devotion to dissonance—the infinite void of a loved one’s absence, the indulgence of austerity, making a life as a Muslim in an Islamophobic nation—teasing the sacred out of silence and stillness. Whether it’s the fireflies of a Louisiana summer caught in a mason jar (doomed by their collection),…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On 2034: A Novel of the Next World War

In 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, the work of co-authors Elliot Ackerman and retired Admiral James Stavridis, two seemingly unconnected events – one on the edge of Iranian airspace, the other in the South China Sea – leaves America’s military preeminence in tatters, and renders U.S. ships and planes defenseless.…

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