Mitchell Kaplan

Johanna Lawshea

Mitchell Kaplan is founder and owner of the independent Miami-based book story Books & Books, with seven locations. Books & Books flagship location in Coral Gables serves as a community center for writers and readers, hosting 60 author events a month and featuring a carefully curated selection of books, magazines and gift items. Kaplan is co-founder of the Miami Book Fair International, which began in 1984 and has grown into one of the preeminent literary events in the country. He is a recipient of The National Book Foundation’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.