Friends of MBF Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a Friend of the Fair?

Visit to register online or call 305-407-1655 to sign up over the phone

What if I have questions about becoming a Friend of The Fair?

If you have questions, call Annalisa Damley in the Miami Book Fair membership office at 305-237-7837 (office) or 786-208-5402 (cell).

What are the Friend of the Fair membership levels and benefits?

READER: $100

Click here for more information on each membership level.

What if I don’t receive an email confirmation after purchasing my membership? 

Please allow up to 48 hours from the time of purchase to receive your email confirmation. First, please check your spam and junk folders then contact your Friends liaison Annalisa Damley:  

What is Friends of Miami Book Fair’s refund policy on memberships? 

You are receiving membership as part of your charitable contribution. Your tax-deductible contribution is non-refundable.

Where are the proceeds from this donation going? 

Miami Book Fair is a charitable organization producing impactful year-round programs that benefit thousands in our community. Your membership makes a real difference in our community, helping to bring this year’s virtual Miami Book Fair to the community for free and ensuring the continuation of this world-class literary event that has raised a whole generation of writers, readers and leaders throughout South Florida.

When is my Friends membership active and when does it expire? 

Your annual Friends membership is active for one year from the date of purchase. It will expire at the end of the month one year from the date of purchase, so you receive a full 12 months of benefits. As soon as it is safe to provide year-round in-person benefits i.e. exclusive quarterly cocktail receptions, priority seating to author conversations and more, we shall do so.

Is my Friends membership transferable? 

Memberships are non-transferable and can only be used by the person who signed up to be a Friend of the Fair.

How do I update or make changes to my membership? 

Please contact your Friends liaison Annalisa Damley if you need to update your address, phone number, email or any other information.

How do I purchase a Friends of the Fair membership for both myself and my significant other? 

It’s very simple to do at checkout. In the Attendee section, select “I am buying for someone else,” then enter their name and email address.

I purchased a Friends gift membership, how will the person be notified? 

When purchasing memberships for family members, guests or as a gift, simply choose “I am buying for someone else,” during checkout then enter their name and email address.

If you do not have the recipient’s email at the time of checkout please contact your Friends liaison Annalisa Damley: and provide her with the recipient’s contact information once you have it so that we can add them to our records, which will allow the recipient full Friends access and benefits.

Gift recipients are not notified when a gift membership is purchased. They will receive notices about upcoming events, invitations and our exclusive newsletter but it is your responsibility to notify the recipient that you have purchased a membership for them.

Can I write a check for my membership?

A credit card must be used to purchase a Friends membership.

Why do I need to provide my email address?

All communications to our Friends, including benefit updates, invitations and notices are sent via email – it is our main form of communication with our members.

I don’t see my past membership level, is it gone?

Due to the virtual nature of this year’s Book Festival, we have temporarily restructured membership levels. Going remote this year means we’re not able to offer some of the in-person membership benefits you’ve come to love as a Publisher, Agent, Writer or Literati Society member, but they will return next year even better than before! Continue to support us this year and enjoy your front row seat from your laptop, tablet or smartphone.

How do I access the Friends Virtual Hospitality Lounge?

The Miami Book Fair team will be reaching out to all of our Friends of the Fair with additional details about how to access the Friends Virtual Hospitality Lounge closer to the Book Fair in November. You can also check this page again closer to the Fair for updates and details about how to access the Friends Virtual Hospitality Lounge.