Events on the Weekend – 2021

Book It Over to the Fair! Over 500 authors (including many published in Spanish) representing every genre discuss, read from, and sign their latest books.

Upcoming Events

November 2021

Sunday, November 14 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora

In Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora, bestselling and award-winning authors as well as up-and-coming voices interrogate the different myths and stereotypes about the Latinx diaspora. These 15 original pieces delve into everything from ghost stories and superheroes, to memories in the kitchen and travels around the world, to addiction and grief, to identity and anti-Blackness, to finding love and speaking your truth. Full of both sorrow and joy, this collection is an essential celebration of this rich and diverse community.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Pistas para acercarse a la novela detectivesca para jóvenes

Los reconocidos autores Andrea Ferrari (Argentina) y José Ignacio Valenzuela (Chile) charlan con Antonio Orlando Rodríguez. 8vo. Seminario de Literatura infantil y Lectura: Palabras y trazos: la urdimbre de los libros para niños y jóvenes. En colaboración con…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
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Three Writers on History, Hardship & Healing

In Ruth Behar’s Letters from Cuba, a Jewish girl escapes Poland to make a new life in Cuba, where she works to rescue the rest of her family. Twenty years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, Yusuf Azeem is Not a Hero but he still has to navigate grief, identity, and stand up for what’s right in Saadia Faruqi’s new novel. In Jasmine Warga’s The Shape of Thunder, two former friends grieving over a school shooting must travel back in time to right wrongs and save siblings.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
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Storytime: Aaron Slater, Illustrator

In Andrea Beaty’s Aaron Slater, Illustrator, the title character loves listening to stories and dreams of one day writing them himself. But when it comes to reading, the letters just look like squiggles to him, and it soon becomes clear he struggles more than his peers. When his teacher asks each child in the class to write a story, Aaron can’t get a single word down. He is sure his dream of being a storyteller is out of reach … until inspiration strikes,…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
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Soman Chainani Presents Beasts & Beauty: Dangerous Tales

You think you know these stories, don’t you? You are wrong. You don’t know them at all. Twelve tales, 12 dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts. Each twists like a spindle to reveal truths full of warning and triumph, truths that free hearts long kept tame, truths that explore life … and death. A prince has a surprising awakening … A beauty fights like a beast … A boy refuses to become prey … A path to happiness is lost ……

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
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Narrativas en las fronteras de la realidad y la fantasía

Pablo Baler, narrador, ensayista y profesor universitario argentino residente en California, ofrece Chabrancán, un sainete pornomesiánico que conjuga lo absurdo con el género apocalíptico. Narradora y periodista colombiana, Sara Jaramillo Klinkert presenta Donde cantan las ballenas, una obra que pertenece a ese nuevo realismo que nos revela una Latinoamérica que parece de otro tiempo y otro mundo. Ángel Gabriel Trujillo Muñoz, narrador, poeta y ensayista mexicano llega con La frontera es un arma caliente,…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
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Murder She Wrote: Four YA Thrillers

Gossip Girl meets Get Out in Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, where two students struggle against an anonymous bully whose sick prank quickly turns into a dangerous game. In Holly Jackson’s As Good As Dead: The Finale to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, the conclusion of the series, Pip wonders whether her anonymous online stalker is something more sinister. In You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus,…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Marissa Meyer Presents Gilded

In Gilded, New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer returns to the fairy-tale world with this haunting retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. Long ago cursed by the god of lies, a poor miller’s daughter has developed a talent for spinning stories that are fantastical and spellbinding and entirely untrue. Or so everyone believes. When one of Serilda’s outlandish tales draws the attention of the sinister Erlking and his undead hunters, she finds herself swept away into a grim world where ghouls and phantoms prowl the earth and hollow-eyed ravens track her every move.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy

In Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy, Pulitzer Prize winner David Zucchino explores a brutal insurrection – falsely depicted as a “race riot” – that was a violent overthrow of an elected government in the U.S., launched by white supremacists. Moderated by author and journalist Gilbert King. To livestream this event visit MiamiBookFairOnline.com. This event requires a ticket for admission. All in-person events at MBF 2021 will require a ticket for entry.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Historias en tiempos de pandemia

La pandemia de COVID-19 también tiene consecuencias literarias. Jorge Ferrer, escritor, periodista y traductor cubano presenta Días de Coronavirus, una crónica de su propio confinamiento en Barcelona. La novelista, cuentista y antóloga mexicana Verónica Murguía llega con El cuarto jinete, novela coral que se desarrolla en 1349 y tiene por escenario la Europa de la peste negra. Edmundo Paz-Soldán, narrador, periodista y profesor universitario en Cornell, nacido en Bolivia, presenta Allá afuera hay monstruos,…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
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El futuro llegó | Granta presenta su nueva selección de autores emergentes

Un panel bilingüe con Valerie Miles, cofundadora de Granta en español y editora del nuevo número de la revista, y con los autores recomendados Dainerys Machado (Cuba), Aniela Rodríguez (México) y Carlos Manuel Álvarez (Cuba).…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
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Caminos y encrucijadas en la ilustración de libros para niños

El destacado ilustrador mexicano Israel Barrón es entrevistado por Fanuel Hanán Díaz. 8vo. Seminario de Literatura infantil y Lectura: Palabras y trazos: la urdimbre de los libros para niños y jóvenes.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Bunkmates, Besties, Boyfriends: Three Irresistible Romances

In Sarah Dass’ Where the Rhythm Takes You, Reyna’s childhood best friend and first love comes roaring back into her life as a VIP guest at her family’s seaside resort in Tobago. A Brazilian teen pop star’s public image takes a dive after a messy public breakup – until she’s set up with a swoon-worthy fake boyfriend in Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins. In Raquel Vasquez Gilliland’s How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe,…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
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Besar el lado interior de las palabras

La gran escritora brasileña Marina Colasanti en conversación con Antonio Orlando Rodríguez. 8vo. Seminario de Literatura infantil y Lectura: Palabras y trazos: la urdimbre de los libros para niños y jóvenes.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 1:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: 72nd Annual National Book Award Winners

Ruth Dickey, executive director of the National Book Foundation, will lead a lively Q&A with the most recent winners of the National Book Awards in all five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Young People’s Literature, and Translation. Sponsored by…

Saturday, November 20 @ 4:00 pm
Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In Conversation: On As A Woman: What I Learned About Power, Sex, and the Patriarchy & Girlhood

As a Woman: What I Learned about Power, Sex, and the Patriarchy After I Transitioned (Atria Books) is a memoir of transgender pastor Paula Stone Williams’ transition and the lessons she learned while trying to reconcile her faith, her identity, and her desire to be a leader. Blending investigative reporting, memoir, and scholarship, author Melissa Febos‘ Girlhood  examines the narratives women are told about what it means to be female and what it takes to free oneself from them.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 4:00 pm
Room 8503 (Building 8, 5th Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Island Queen: A Novel & Black Girls Must Die Exhausted: A Novel

Vanessa Riley’s Island Queen: A Novel is based on the incredible true-life story of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of color who rose from slavery – she bought her freedom and that of her sister and her mother from her Irish planter father – to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful landowners in the colonial West Indies. Jayne Allen’s debut fiction work, Black Girls Must Die Exhausted: A Novel, is the first installment in a three-book series about modern womanhood.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 4:00 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On One Friday in April: A Story of Suicide and Survival

In his memoir One Friday in April: A Story of Suicide and Survival, Donald Antrim recounts what led him to the roof of his building and what happened after he came back down. He reframes suicide – whether in thought or action – as an illness in its own right, and a unique consequence of trauma and personal isolation. Moderated by author Whitney Terrell, co-host of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast on LitHub Radio. To livestream this event visit MiamiBookFairOnline.com.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 4:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III

Susan Glasser and Peter Baker’s The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III is a study in the acquisition, exercise, and preservation of power in late 20th-century America, and the story of Washington when Washington ran the world. To livestream this event visit MiamiBookFairOnline.com. This event requires a ticket for admission. All in-person events at MBF 2021 will require a ticket for entry. Tickets will be available to Friends of the Fair October 18 and to the general public November 3.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 5:00 pm
Room 3209 (Building 3, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen

In his memoir An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen, reporter, editor, and publisher Peter L.W. Osnos takes a look back at five decades as a witness to momentous events and thought-provoking interviews with some of the most influential personalities of our time. Moderated by author Evan Osnos, Peter’s son. This event requires a ticket for admission. All in-person events at MBF 2021 will require a ticket for entry. Tickets will be available to Friends of the Fair October 18 and to the general public November 3.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 5:00 pm
Room 8106 (Building 8, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Rastafari in the 21st Century: What Life has Taught I&I – Volume I

In Rastafari In The 21st Century – What Life Has Taught I&I: Volume One: Tribute to the Rastafari Elders, co-authors Douglas Smith and I. Jabulani Tafari present the previously unwritten history of the first generation of Rastafari elders. The book is a literary tribute, as many of those elders are transitioning on to become ancestors, and their stories are already starting to fade from the collective memory of the people of Jamaica and the world. This event requires a ticket for admission.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 6:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packed Life

Writing about his memoir Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packaged Life, actor and author Alan Cumming warns us that “No one ever fully recovers from their past. There is no cure for it. … that is what this book is about, and for: to remind you not to buy into the Hollywood ending.” Moderated by author Julio Capó Jr., associate professor of history, Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs. To livestream this event visit MiamiBookFairOnline.com.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 6:00 pm
Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Home in Florida: LatinX Writers and the Literature of Uprootedness

In Home in Florida: Latinx Writers and the Literature of Uprootedness, editor Anjanette Delgado offers a selection of the best literature of displacement and uprootedness – from nonfiction to poetry – by some of the most talented contemporary Latinx writers who have called Florida home. Joining Delgado are contributors Richard Blanco, Jennine Capó Crucet, Ariel Francisco, Ana Menéndez, Caridad Moro-Gronlier, Frances Negrón-Muntaner,…

Saturday, November 20 @ 6:00 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Look for Me and I’ll Be Gone: Stories & American Estrangement: Stories

In Look for Me and I’ll Be Gone: Stories, his sixth story collection, John Edgar Wideman revisits themes that have infused his work throughout his career: family, loss, the penal system, Pittsburgh, physical and emotional life, art, and memory. In Saïd Sayrafiezadeh’s American Estrangement: Stories, characters contend with internal struggles – a son’s fractured relationship with his father, the death of a mother, drug addiction – while being battered by the larger, often invisible forces of economics,…

Saturday, November 20 @ 6:00 pm
Room 8503 (Building 8, 5th Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In Conversation: On What Storm, What Thunder: A Novel

Myriam J. A. Chancy‘s What Storm, What Thunder: A Novel recounts the aftermath of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Port-au-Prince, delivering both a haunting record of heartbreaking trauma and a testimony to the tenacity of the human spirit. Moderated by Guerda Nicolas, Ph.D., professor at the University of Miami School of Education and Human Development. This event requires a ticket for admission. All in-person events at MBF 2021 will require a ticket for entry. Tickets will be available to Friends of the Fair October 18 and to the general public November 3.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 10:00 am
Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In Conversation: Three Thrill Writers Traverse the Genre jam

In James Grippando’s Twenty: A Jack Swyteck Novel, attorney Jack must defend the son of a family friend who’s just confessed to a mass school shooting. Now he must unearth the Khoury family’s secrets to expose a shocking truth and save his client. In Tim Dorsey’s Tropic of Stupid: A Novel, the book’s murderous, history-loving protagonist decides to investigate his own using a DNA service advertised on late-night TV. Then he discovers he may be related to a notorious serial killer who has terrorized the state for 20 years and never been caught.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 10:00 am
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Pamela Paul: On 100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet

In 100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet, Pamela Paul, author and editor of The New York Times Book Review, reflects on what we’ve gained and lost on our collective journey down the information superhighway, as seemingly every single aspect of modern life has been altered by the World Wide Web. Joining Paul will be select Miami Book Fair 2021 authors. To livestream this event visit MiamiBookFairOnline.com. This event requires a ticket for admission. All in-person events at MBF 2021 will require a ticket for entry.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 11:00 am
Room 8106 (Building 8, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Dr. Mikkael Sekeres: On When Blood Breaks Down: Life Lessons from Leukemia

In When Blood Breaks Down: Life Lessons from Leukemia, Dr. Mikkael A. Sekeres – chief of the division of hematology in the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine – tells the compelling stories of three adult leukemia patients and their treatments, and discusses the disease itself and the drugs developed to treat it. This event requires a ticket for admission. All in-person events at MBF 2021 will require a ticket for entry. Tickets will be available to Friends of the Fair October 18 and to the general public November 3.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 11:00 am
Room 3209 (Building 3, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On You Exist Too Much: A Novel & With Teeth

Opening up the fantasies and desires of one young woman caught between cultural, religious, and sexual identities, Zaina Arafat’s You Exist Too Much addresses two of our most intense longings – love and a place to call home. Kristen Arnett’s With Teeth tells the surprising and moving story of two mothers, one difficult son, and the limitations of marriage, parenthood, and love. It’s not only a candid take on queer family dynamics, but also on the delicate fabric of family,…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In Conversation: On The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter

Drawing on interviews with President Jimmy Carter and members of his administration as well as recently declassified documents, historian and journalist Kai Bird offers a substantial reevaluation of the complex triumphs and tragedies of Carter’s legacy in The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter. Moderated by journalist and author Peter Baker. To livestream this event visit MiamiBookFairOnline.com. This event requires a ticket for admission. All in-person events at MBF 2021 will require a ticket for entry.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

It Takes Two: Graphic Novels on Family & Friendship

In Just Roll With It by Lee Durfey-Lavoie and Veronica Agarwal, Maggie just wants to get through her first year of middle school, but she’s having a tough time navigating new friendships, after-school clubs, and the rumored monster on school grounds. Jennifer L. Holm and Savanna Ganucheau join forces in the graphic novel adaptation of Turtle in Paradise, in which money is scarce, family secrets unravel, and Turtle finds herself coming out of her shell.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Modern Caribbean Fiction: Power, Disaster & Rebirth

In her debut How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House: A Novel, Cherie S.A. Jones (Barbados) tells a story of four people in Barbados, each with their own tale of violence – as victims or perpetrators – who are desperate to escape their legacy of bloodshed in a so-called “paradise.” Myriam J. A. Chancy’s (Haiti) What Storm, What Thunder: A Novel recounts the aftermath of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Port-au-Prince, delivering both a haunting record of heartbreaking trauma and a testimony to the tenacity of the human spirit.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Singing Even in the Dark Times: Four YA Authors on Historical Fiction

In Tahereh Mafi’s An Emotion of Great Delight, Shadi tries to navigate her crumbling world in the wake of 9/11 by soldiering through, until one day, everything changes, and she explodes. In One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite, two sisters embark on a journey to honor the memory of their social activist sister, killed under mysterious circumstances, using an heirloom copy of The Negro Motorist Green Book as their guide.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Storytime: The One and Only Sparkella

The One and Only Sparkella, Channing Tatum’s picture book debut, is a charming ode to self-esteem and the love between a father and daughter. Ella is excited for her first day at a new school. Glimmering pencil case? Check! Shimmering backpack? Check! Glittery ribbons in her hair? Check! But her first day doesn’t go quite as planned: Her new classmates don’t like her disco-ball shoes, her PB&J-with-sprinkles sandwich, or her rainbow-y unicorn painting. Ella decides to try to be less sparkly at school the next day so the other kids won’t make fun of her.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Craig Whitlock: On The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War

The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War by Craig Whitlock, an investigative reporter for The Washington Post, is a timely account of how a war that began in 2001 with straightforward, clear goals and near-unanimous public support devolved into a colossal failure. To livestream this event visit MiamiBookFairOnline.com. This event requires a ticket for admission. All in-person events at MBF 2021 will require a ticket for entry. Tickets will be available to Friends of the Fair October 18 and to the general public November 3.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Un café con Elena Poniatowska

El Programa de Autores Iberoamericanos concluye su edición 2021 con la participación de la gran escritora y periodista mexicana Elena Poniatowska, Premio Cervantes 2013, quien conversará sobre su obra con el narrador, poeta y promotor cultural Arturo Morell. Con el apoyo…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Virtual Pachanga: The Middle-Grade Fantasy Edition

In Chantel Acevedo’s Muse Squad #2: The Mystery of the Tenth, Callie is finally getting the hang of being one of the nine muses of Greek mythology, when she gets news of an unprecedented tenth. In Donna Barba Higuera’s The Last Cuentista, Petra wakes on a new planet, the only person who remembers the Earth, which was destroyed by a comet centuries ago. Malicious spirits, witchy grandmothers, and curse reversals are just the job for Claribel A.

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Young Trailblazers: The Book of Black Inventors and Scientists

Get ready for a fun presentation that will help your kids learn about science and history in an engaging, exciting way! Writer M.J. Fievre, illustrator Kim Balacuit, and host Thomas B. Logan will take your child on an adventure, traveling through time to meet some of the historical Black trailblazers who have impacted the world through their actions and inventions. You probably already know some of these Black scientists and Black inventors – such as George Washington Carver and Madam C.J.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Room 8503 (Building 8, 5th Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In Conversation: On In the Pink: A Memoir

Nicholas Garnett’s In the Pink: A Memoir examines a straight married guy’s immersion in the decadent gay party scene of the 1990s as it blows his world wide open. But when the excesses of the circuit start to catch up to the players, it threatens to blow the good times apart. Moderated by Clayton Littlewood, columnist and author of Goodbye to Soho. This event requires a ticket for admission. All in-person events at MBF 2021 will require a ticket for entry.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Getting Haiti Out of the Crisis

In Batailles électorales et crises politiques en Haïti (1807-1957)/Electoral Battles and Political Crises in Haiti (1807-1957)(C3Editions), historian Victor “Master Ben” Benoît traces the political and social vulnerability of a country in the chokehold of political crises and electoral battles, starting with its independence in 1804 and ending with President François “Papa Doc” Duvalier’s ascent to power in 1957. In Dans l’enfer du parlement/In the Hell of Parliament, Jerry Tardieu – congressman for the district of Petion-Ville, Haiti,…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

El pulso de la literatura venezolana

Tres escritoras venezolanas confluyen desde distintas coordenadas. Karina Sainz Borgo, residente en España, presenta El tercer país, novela que relata la huida de una mujer durante una pandemia. Desde Nueva York, Keila Vall de la Ville presenta Enero es el mes más largo, un volumen de cuentos que muestran el lado oscuro de lo real. Por su parte, desde Caracas, Jacqueline Goldberg presenta Destrucción, ten piedad, novela acerca de una mujer que regresa, por razones familiares,…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

El pasado como detonante de ficciones

La escritora, periodista y fotógrafa argentina Isabel García Cintas presenta El recado de la mujer holandesa, una historia de amor iniciada en los días de la segunda guerra mundial. Fermín Goñi, escritor, periodista y politólogo español, presenta Un día de guerra en Ayacucho, último libro de una trilogía dedicada a la independencia de América Latina. El novelista y cuentista español Andrés Pérez Domínguez presenta La bailarina de San Petersburgo, obra que combina aventura, romance,…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Brendan Kiely Presents The Other Talk: Reckoning with Our White Privilege

Talking about racism can be hard, but … Most kids of color grow up talking about racism. They have “The Talk” with their families – the honest talk about survival in a racist world. But white kids don’t. They’re barely spoken to about race at all – and that needs to change. Because not talking about racism doesn’t make it go away. Not talking about white privilege doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.  Brendan Kiely’s The Other Talk: Reckoning with Our White Privilege begins this much-needed conversation for white kids.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Afro-Caribbean Men: Stories of Triumph & Empowerment Part II

First published in French in 1996, later published in English, revised and augmented in 1999, Patrick Lemoine’s (Haiti) Fort-Dimanche, Fort-La-Mort/Fort Dimanche, Dungeon of Death is a poignant testimony of his years spent in the jails of Fort-Dimanche under the regime of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier. It bears witness to the extraordinary capacity of a man to face adversity and horror while fighting to maintain his dignity. Moderated by author M.J. Fievre, ReadCaribbean coordinator. In English with Haitian Creole subtitles.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Afro-Caribbean Men: Stories of Triumph & Empowerment Part I

In his memoir Saga Boy: My Life of Blackness and Becoming, Antonio Michael Downing (Trinidad) traces the arc, through loss and displacement, of his search for identity, from a boy in a tiny village in the tropical forests of Trinidad raised by his religious grandmother, to becoming a “Saga Boy” – a West Indian playboy archetype – living in Canada. As a 14-year-old, Marlon Peterson (Trinidad) suffered terrible violence. At 19 he was involved in a violent crime himself and served seven years in prison as a result.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness & Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship

In her graphic nonfiction book Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness, Kristen Radtke explores and meditates on isolation and longing, both as individuals and society. Fresh from earning a Ph.D. in biology, Catherine Raven built a tiny cottage on an isolated plot of land in Montana, where she found herself emotionally and physically isolated. Then a mangy-looking fox began to show up every afternoon at 4:15 p.m. Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship is a poignant and remarkable tale of friendship,…

Sunday, November 21 @ 1:00 pm
Room 3209 (Building 3, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Those We Throw Away Are Diamonds: A Refugee’s Search for Home & Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City

Mondiant Dogon, a Bagogwe Tutsi born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was 3 years old when he and his family escaped certain death in Rwanda. They would spend decades in United Nations tent cities. Drawing from these personal experiences, Dogon opens a new, different window into the plight of displaced people in Those We Throw Away Are Diamonds: A Refugee’s Search for Home. In Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Andrea Elliott follows eight years in the life of Dasani,…

Sunday, November 21 @ 1:00 pm
Room 8106 (Building 8, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Tropical Burn

In Tropical Burn, artist Gonzalo Fuenmayor sets assumptions about exoticism and colonialism on their head. From opulent Victorian-era façades to McDonald’s iconography, Fuenmayor playfully subverts the power of the consumerist industry while exploring the impact of North American business practices around the world. Moderated by Dennis Scholl, president and CEO of Oolite Arts. This event requires a ticket for admission. All in-person events at MBF 2021 will require a ticket for entry. Tickets will be available to Friends of the Fair October 18 and to the general public November 3.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 2:00 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Sixty Years of the Fantastic Four: A Panel-by-Panel Breakdown of the Iconic First Issue

The first issue of the Fantastic Four by legendary creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced fans to a now-iconic team of superheroes – Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Girl, the Human Torch, and the Thing – ushering in the modern Marvel Age of comics. Sixty years after its publication in November 1961, award-winning graphic designer Chip Kidd deconstructs the first issue panel by panel, along with Abrams ComicArts editorial director Charles Kochman, in a lively conversation about their new book,…

Sunday, November 21 @ 2:00 pm
Room 8503 (Building 8, 5th Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Many Possibilities: A Conversation With Adrian Matejka & Shara McCallum

The poems in Adrian Matejka’s newest and fifth collection, Somebody Else Sold the World, meditate on the ways we exist in an uncontrollable world: in love and its aftermaths, in families that divide themselves, in protest-filled streets, in isolation as routines become obsolete because of lockdown orders and curfews. Somebody Else uses past and future touchstones like pop songs, love notes, and imaginary gossip to illuminate those moments of splendor that persist even in exhaustion. These poems show that there are many possibilities of brightness and hope,…

Sunday, November 21 @ 2:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury

After a decade abroad championing America’s foundational moral commitments – the rule of law, the power of truth, and the right of equal opportunity for all – Evan Osnos returned to find that each of these principles was under assault. Reported over six years, Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury illuminates the origins of the anger that has torn these foundational tenets asunder. Moderated by Tom Hudson, WLRN vice president of news and special correspondent. To livestream this event visit MiamiBookFairOnline.com.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 2:00 pm
Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In Conversation: On A Matter of Trust: India-US Relations from Truman to Trump

In A Matter of Trust: India-US Relations from Truman to Trump, Indian-born journalist Meenakshi Ahamed reveals the personal prejudices and insecurities of the leaders, and the political imperatives, of India and the United States that so often cast a shadow over their relationship. Moderated by author Mamta Chaudhry. To livestream this event visit MiamiBookFairOnline.com. This event requires a ticket for admission. All in-person events at MBF 2021 will require a ticket for entry. Tickets will be available to Friends of the Fair October 18 and to the general public November 3.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 3:00 pm
Room 8106 (Building 8, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Hear Us: Writing from the Inside During the Time of COVID

Hear Us: Writing from the Inside During the Time of COVID is a one-of-a-kind anthology of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and artwork from incarcerated writers, family members, and Department of Corrections staff. Presented by Exchange for Change, a nonprofit that offers writing classes in South Florida correctional institutions, it describes how the pandemic and George Floyd’s murder have impacted its contributors’ lives. With panelists Kathie Klarreich, executive director of Exchange for Change; Kathryn Nowotny, UM professor and co-founder of the COVID Prison Project​​;…

Sunday, November 21 @ 3:00 pm
Room 3209 (Building 3, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Here Lies a Father: A Novel & Disappearing Earth: A Novel

At his father’s funeral, Ian Daly finds out that he abandoned two other families, two wives, and several children who never knew their father. Mckenzie Cassidy’s Here Lies a Father: A Novel examines the impact of secrets on a family, and how to relearn right and wrong when every value and moral principle you’ve been taught was based on a lie. In Julia Phillips’ novel Disappearing Earth – a National Book Award in Fiction finalist – two sisters living in the far eastern Russian peninsula of Kamchatka mysteriously go missing.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 4:00 pm
Room 8503 (Building 8, 5th Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Antiman: A Hybrid Memoir & Things I Have Withheld: Essays

Rajiv Mohabir‘s Antiman: A Hybrid Memoir is an impassioned, genre-blending work that navigates the issues of race, sexuality, and cultural heritage that have shaped his experiences as an Indo Guyanese queer poet and immigrant to the U.S. Novelist and poet Kei Miller’s Things I Have Withheld: Essays is a collection of interconnected works that blends memoir and literary commentary to explore the silences that exist in our conversations about race, sex, and gender, from a Black,…

Sunday, November 21 @ 4:00 pm
Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Battle for the Big Top & The Year of Dangerous Days

In Battle for the Big Top: P.T. Barnum, James Bailey, John Ringling, and the Death-Defying Saga of the American Circus, Les Standiford brings to life a remarkable era when James Bailey, P.T. Barnum, and John Ringling vied for control of the profitable and influential American circus. In The Year of Dangerous Days: Riots, Refugees, and Cocaine in Miami 1980, Nicholas Griffin tells the story of the rise and fall of one of America’s most popular destination cities – rife with police brutality,…

Sunday, November 21 @ 4:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Our Class: Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges’ Our Class: Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison chronicles in heartbreaking detail the process by which his students in East Jersey State Prison wrote a play that gave words to the grief and suffering they and their families have endured, as well as to their hopes and dreams. Moderated by Daniel Rivero, WLRN reporter and producer. To livestream this event visit MiamiBookFairOnline.com. This event requires a ticket for admission.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 4:00 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: The Life & Legacy of Congressman John Lewis

From the late Congressman John Lewis (1940-2020) and his co-author and collaborator Andrew Aydin comes Run: Book One, the first installment of a powerful new graphic novel series focusing on the struggle for civil rights and the personal story of Lewis, one of the movement’s most iconic leaders. Joining the conversation is Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson and journalist Russell Motley. To livestream this event visit MiamiBookFairOnline.com. This event requires a ticket for admission. All in-person events at MBF 2021 will require a ticket for entry.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 5:00 pm
Room 3209 (Building 3, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Monster in the Middle: A Novel & The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

Tiphanie Yanique’s Monster in the Middle follows Fly and Stella across decades, from the United States to the Virgin Islands to Ghana and back again, as they deal with their families’ lore and love stories now shaping their own experience. To answer the question “Who are we meant to be with?” we must first understand who we are and how we came to be. Fiercely independent Opal, the central character in Dawnie Walton’s The Final Revival of Opal &…

Sunday, November 21 @ 5:00 pm
Room 8106 (Building 8, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Orange Blossom 2.0

Historian Cesar Becerra’s Orange Blossom 2.0, fittingly released on Miami’s 125th anniversary on July 28, 2021, tells the untold story of the city’s “other mother,” South Florida pioneer Mary Brickell, and her integral and often overlooked role in the founding of the Magic City. Joining him is special guest Bea Brickell, great-granddaughter of Mary and William Brickell. This event requires a ticket for admission. All in-person events at MBF 2021 will require a ticket for entry.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 6:00 pm
Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Mango and Peppercorns : A Memoir of Food, an Unlikely Family, and the American Dream

Mango and Peppercorns: A Memoir of Food, an Unlikely Family, and the American Dream, written by Katherine Manning, Tung Nguyen, and Lyn Nguyen – the chefs and principals behind the storied Hy Vong Vietnamese restaurant in Miami – is a powerful memoir of resilience, friendship, family, and food. Through powerful narrative, archival imagery, and 20 Vietnamese recipes that mirror their story, Mango & Peppercorns is an original contribution to culinary literature. To livestream this event visit MiamiBookFairOnline.com.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 6:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story

In Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story, Miami Herald investigative reporter Julie K. Brown revisits the case of justice-a-la-carte for the billionaire title subject in his case of soliciting prostitution from minors. Her resulting series helped bring about the arrest of Epstein, his main accomplice, and a Trump cabinet member. Moderated by Karen Burkett Rundlet, Knight Foundation Journalism Program director. To livestream this event visit MiamiBookFairOnline.com. This event requires a ticket for admission. All in-person events at MBF 2021 will require a ticket for entry.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 6:00 pm
Room 8503 (Building 8, 5th Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In Conversation: Three Debut Authors on Fantasy & Identity

Nana Nkweti’s debut collection Walking on Cowrie Shells: Stories is also a virtuosic display of genre-bending. She draws freely from mystery and horror stories, realism, myth, and graphic novels. There are tales about a zombie outbreak in West Africa and a selfless mermaid, but also a skewering of racial prejudice and international adoption. Dominican American author Brenda Peynado’s first collection of short works, The Rock Eaters: Stories, is threaded with magic. Her tales explore issues ranging from class differences to immigration and first-generation experiences to xenophobia,…

Sunday, November 21 @ 6:00 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: Three Writers on Myth, Migration & Mourning

Talia, the protagonist of Patricia Engel’s Infinite Country: A Novel, is being held at a correctional facility in Colombia. Her father and a plane ticket to the U.S. are waiting for her back home in Bogotá. And her story, a tale of how her family came to be in two different countries and two different worlds, comes into focus like twists of a kaleidoscope. In Concepcion: An Immigrant Family’s Fortunes, Albert Samaha moves across decades and countries as he questions the belief in a better future that inspired his family to uproot themselves from the Philippines.…

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