Here in Florida – 2021

A LITERARY JOURNEY THROUGH THE SUNSHINE STATE

REPRESENTING THE RICH LITERARY CULTURE OF THE NATION’S 27TH STATE AND THE PLACE WE CALL HOME, HERE IN FLORIDA IS AN INTERACTIVE MAP WHERE YOU’LL DISCOVER AUTHORS, ARTISTS, PRESSES, AND LITERARY ORGANIZATIONS LIVING IN AND WRITING ABOUT FLORIDA. START YOUR ADVENTURE NOW!

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November 2021

Sunday, November 14 @ 5:00 pm
Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Poesía en español sin fronteras

Speakers: Pilar Quintana, Beatriz Mendoza Es un gusto para la Feria recibir este año a la narradora y guionista de cine colombiana Pilar Quintana, ganadora del Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2021, quien presenta Los abismos, un relato protagonizado por una niña que asume las revelaciones de su madre y los silencios de su padre para empezar a construir su propio mundo. La autora conversará con la escritora y periodista Beatriz Mendoza. Este evento requiere entradas: Gratis.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On Dream Girl: A Novel & The Dark Hours

In Dream Girl: A Novel, Laura Lippman shares the story of writer Gerry Andersen, injured in a freak fall and confined to a hospital bed in his high-rise apartment. Then late one night, the phone rings – and the caller claims to be the “real” Aubrey, the title character from Andersen’s most successful novel, Dream Girl. But there is no “real” Aubrey, and her corporeal claimant is threatening to visit and suggesting he owes her something. In Michael Connelly’s The Dark Hours – the fourth installment in the Ballard and Bosch series – a killer strikes on New Year’s Eve and LAPD detective Renée Ballard and detective Harry Bosch join forces to find justice for the victim,…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On Our Last Blue Moon: A Memoir

In Our Last Blue Moon: A Memoir, her first book, psychotherapist and former dancer and choreographer Kris O’Shee tells the story of the loss of her husband, Alan Cheuse, the novelist, teacher, and literary commentator known as the “voice of books” on NPR’s All Things Considered. Panelists include Ana Menéndez, Robert Pinsky, and Elizabeth Word Gutting; moderated by William Miller.…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

De cárceles y sueños de libertad

El periodista cubano Pedro Corzo, quien trabaja en Radio Martí, en WLRN y en El Nuevo Herald, presenta junto al periodista Orlando Gutiérrez la obra Armando Sosa Fortuny, mártir de la libertad, que reúne testimonios y una semblanza sobre este preso político cubano que pasó cuarenta y tres años de su vida en las cárceles de la isla.…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

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 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

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
Livestreamed

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
Livestreamed

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
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On The State You’re in: Florida Men, Florida Women, and Other Wildlife & The Thing About Florida: Exploring a Misunderstood State

Investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author Craig Pittman has covered Florida for 30 years. In The State You’re in: Florida Men, Florida Women, and Other Wildlife, which features a selection of his columns for the Tampa Bay Times, he writes about the state’s oddest wildlife and its quirkiest people – and vice versa. In The Thing about Florida: Exploring a Misunderstood State, native son Tyler Gillespie faces his Florida denial and takes readers on an exuberant search for the state behind the caricatures,…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On Picturing Cuba: Art, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora

Edited by Jorge Duany, director of the Cuban Research Institute and Professor of Anthropology at Florida International University, and featuring an impressive list of contributors, Picturing Cuba: Art, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora explores defining moments in Cuban art across three centuries, encompassing works by Cubans on the island, in exile, and born in America. Moderated by Anelys Alvarez, assistant curator, Jorge M. Pérez Collection and The Related Group.…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day

In Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day, neuroscientist Amishi P. Jha, Ph.D., offers flexible 12-minute-a-day exercises to lift mental fog, declutter the mind, and strengthen focus to harness the full power of attention and experience more of life. Moderated by Scott Rogers, founder of the Mindfulness in Law Program at the University of Miami School of Law.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

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
Livestreamed

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., 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, assistant professor at John Jay College, City University of New York.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

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). Fourteen poets and scholars have contributed, engaging in cross-cultural dialogue with the legacy of a mid-20th- century American poet from the Jewish diaspora. Hyam Plutzik (1911-1962) spoke only Yiddish and Russian at home and did not learn English until he attended a one-room schoolhouse in rural Connecticut. Educated at Trinity College and Yale University, he taught for 16 years in the English department of the University of Rochester before his untimely death,…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

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
Livestreamed

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.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On New York, My Village: A Novel

In New York, My Village: A Novel by Uwem Akpan, Nigerian editor Ekong Udousoro is in New York City to learn at the center of the publishing industry. He finds ruthlessness, racism, and a shared hostility toward the “other.” And yet, there is hope in sharing our stories – even as tribalism defines our lives, no matter the size of our village. Moderated by author Lauren Groff.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Reason & Unreason: Three Poets on Destruction, Memory & Hope

Walking through the landscape of loss, the poems in Anne Marie Macari’s Heaven Beneath: Poems explore the illness of a parent and the parallel ongoing degradation and destruction of the planet and its creatures. Beneath “paved-over space,” in the deep currents of a river, or the shadows of great trees, there’s another world, there’s a heaven, unknowable, in the muck, alive and with us, not distant or abstract. In Asylum: A Personal, Historical, Natural Inquiry in 103 Lyric Sections,…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Andrew Ross: On Sunbelt Blues: The Failure of American Housing

In Sunbelt Blues: The Failure of American Housing, Andrew Ross investigates America’s rural and suburban housing crisis, told through a portrait of precarious living in Disney World’s backyard. Ineffective government planning, property market speculation, and poverty wages have combined to create a catastrophe with far-reaching consequences.…

Friday, November 19 @ 6:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

An Evening With Dantiel W. Moniz & Deesha Philyaw: On Milk Blood Heat: Stories & The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

Set in the cities and suburbs of Florida, the 11 short works in Dantiel W. Moniz’s debut collection, Milk Blood Heat: Stories, delve into the ordinary worlds of young girls, women, and men who find themselves confronted by extraordinary moments of violent personal reckoning. These stories explore human connection, race, womanhood, inheritance, and the elemental darkness in us all. Deesha Philyaw’s The Secret Lives of Church Ladies is a short story collection that explores some of the places where Black women and girls dare to follow their desires and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 10:00 am
Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In Conversation: On The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans & Imperiled Reef: The Fascinating, Fragile Life of a Caribbean Wonder

Environmental journalist Cynthia Barnett‘s The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans is a compelling history of seashells and the animals that make them, revealing a larger story about nature, our changing oceans, and ourselves. Sandy Sheehy’s Imperiled Reef: The Fascinating, Fragile Life of a Caribbean Wonder brings alive the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. The second-largest coral structure on the planet, it stretches 625 miles through the Caribbean Sea along the coasts of Mexico,…

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

In Conversation: On Matrix: A Novel

Lauren Groff’s  Matrix: A Novel follows 17-year-old Marie de France as she’s cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine and into a new life as the prioress of an impoverished abbey. Steadily supplanting her desire for a family, homeland, and the passions of her youth with a growing devotion to her fellow sisters, Marie begins to chart a different course – one led by divine vision. Moderated by Leigh Haber, books editor for O,…

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
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. Sponsored by With thanks to our ReadCaribbean media partners…

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 @ 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. Sponsored by…

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 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.…

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
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

Afro-Caribbean Men: Stories of Triumph & Empowerment

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 @ 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.…

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 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 @ 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.…

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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