(Kaplan, Mitchell) For more than three decades, Mitchell Kaplan has been in the business of books, as the nationally recognized owner of Books & Books independent bookstores. Kaplan hosts over 1000 authors a year at Books & Books and The Miami Book Fair International, which he co-founded, and which has become a model for innumerable other fairs across the country and around the world. In 2011, he won the National Book Award’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. Kaplan and award-winning Hollywood producer Paula Mazur joined forces to create The Mazur/Kaplan Company, with the objective of identifying, optioning, and producing literary properties for film and TV. Mazur/Kaplan has become a leading producer of high quality, commercial film and television, which has numerous projects in all stages of development and production—including, most recently, The Man Who Invented Christmas, opening worldwide on Thanksgiving weekend, 2017.