In-person Events

Welcome back to Miami Book Fair!

We’re happy to celebrate our 38th year with you, our community. All MBF in-person programs – free or not – require a ticket. Tickets will be available to the general public November 3, 2021. We’re also strictly adhering to the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols established by Miami Dade College.

Upcoming Events

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.…

Sunday, November 14 @ 7:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

An Evening with Amor Towles

Miami Book Fair 2021 will kick off with New York Times bestselling author Amor Towles, appearing live and in person in a very special Evenings With presentation. In his latest title, The Lincoln Highway: A Novel (Viking), Towles introduces 18-year-old Emmett Watson – his parents dead, their farm gone, and fresh from serving 15 months for involuntary manslaughter in a work farm. Emmett longs to start a new life in California with his younger brother. But two friends who have escaped from the work farm and caught up with Emmett have a very different plan in mind.…

Monday, November 15 @ 7:00 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

An Evening With Jean Becker & Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: On The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H.W. Bush’s Post-Presidency

Jean Becker’s The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H.W. Bush’s Post-Presidency tells how, after his loss to Bill Clinton in 1992, former President Bush rebuilt his life and found a way to make a difference. Joining Becker is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, author of Reply All and the second son of H.W. This is a ticketed event: $20. Sponsored by  …

Monday, November 15 @ 8:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

An Evening With Sarah Schulman & Jackson Howard: On Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993

Based on more than 200 interviews with Act Up members, author Sarah Schulman’s Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 offers a revelatory exploration and reassessment of the inner workings, conflicts, achievements, and ultimate fracture of the AIDS awareness coalition. Joining Schulman is her editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Jackson Howard. This is a ticketed event: $20.    Sponsored by…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 7:00 pm
THE DORAL YARD
8455 NW 53rd St, Doral, FL 33166 United States

Doral Date with Book Fair

Reading, discussion, audience Q&A, and book signing. An Evening With prolific novelist Patricia Engel, author of Infinite Country: A Novel, in conversation with moderator Anjanette Delgado, whose recently published anthology, Home in Florida: Latinx Writers and the Literature of Uprootedness, features Engel’s work.   Miami Book Fair @ Doral was made possible with the support of the CODINA PARTNERS

Tuesday, November 16 @ 8:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

An Evening With Sebastian Junger: On Freedom

Freedom is Sebastian Junger’s account of a year spent on the road with three friends as they walked the railroad lines of the East Coast. At once an experiment in personal autonomy and interdependence, the journey became an intense exploration of our most cherished, yet essentially contradictory ideals: community and freedom. This is a ticketed event: $20.   Sponsored by   …

Wednesday, November 17 @ 8:00 pm
Building 1, Fourth Floor Terrace
300 N.E. 2nd Avenue (Bldg. 1, 2nd Floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

An Evening With Sandra Cisneros & Jan Beatty: On Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo

In Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo by Sandra Cisneros, Corina finds a letter written by a friend from her days in Paris, where she once escaped to be a writer. They have lost touch since, but Corina’s intense friendships with Martita and Paola is what gives that time a certain glow. Now the letter has brought those days back with breathtaking immediacy. Moderated by Cisnero’s friend and fellow author Jan Beatty. La reconocida autora Sandra Cisneros presenta Martita,…

Thursday, November 18 @ 6:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

An Evening With Mark Oppenheimer: On Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood

A piercing look at one of America’s most renowned historically Jewish neighborhoods in the wake of unspeakable tragedy, Mark Oppenheimer’s Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood offers an inspiring portrait of strength, compassion, and healing. This is a ticketed event: $20. Sponsored by…

Thursday, November 18 @ 8:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

An Evening With Rita Dove & Campbell McGrath: On Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems

Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems, Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove’s first volume of new works in 12 years, is an exploration of the wavering moral compass guiding America’s and the world’s experiments in democracy. Joining her to discuss these new works is her friend and fellow poet, Campbell McGrath. This is a ticketed event: $20. Sponsored by…

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
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Chris Matthews: On This Country: My Life in Politics and History

Chris Matthews offers a panoramic portrait of post-World War II America with This Country: My Life in Politics and History, a personal story of risk, self-reliance, and adventure, told through a remarkable life and career in politics and punditry. To livestream this event visit MiamiBookFairOnline.com.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 10:00 am
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On L.A. Weather: A Novel

In María Amparo Escandón‘s L.A Weather: A Novel, Los Angeles is parched and dry as a bone. And all Oscar – the weather-obsessed patriarch of the Alvarado family – wants, desperately, is a little rain. But he also has a secret. His wife, Keila, tired of too little intimacy and too much Weather Channel, feels she has no choice but to end their marriage. And it’s a choice that pushes Oscar, Keila, and their three daughters to question everything they know.…

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

In Conversation: On Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons & Punch Me Up To The Gods: A Memoir

Author, illustrator, and popular LGBTQ advice columnist John Paul Brammer’s ¡Hola Papi!: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons is a funny, heartwarming memoir-in-essays chronicling his journey growing up as a queer, mixed-race kid in America’s heartland to becoming the “Chicano Carrie Bradshaw” of his generation. In his debut, Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir, Brian Broome writes about growing up in Ohio as a dark-skinned Black boy harboring crushes on other boys.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 11:00 am
Room 8106 (Building 8, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Jan Beatty: On American Bastard: A Memoir

In American Bastard: A Memoir, lauded poet Jan Beatty sandblasts the exaltation of adoption in Western culture and the myth of the “chosen baby.” Chronicling her search for her birth parents, her journey into the relationship of place and body compels and unhinges, with the link between identity and blood history its driving force.…

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.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Mitch Albom: On The Stranger in the Lifeboat: A Novel

In The Stranger in the Lifeboat: A Novel, Mitch Albom asks what would happen if we called on God for help and God actually appeared? It’s a question that must be contemplated by a group of shipwrecked passengers, adrift in a raft after a ship explosion and struggling to survive. But when they pull a strange man from the water claiming to be “the Lord,” he tells them that salvation may be theirs – if they all believe in him.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On The Wrong End of the Telescope: A Novel & The Arsonists’ City

Mina Simpson, the narrator of Rabih Alameddine’s The Wrong End of the Telescope: A Novel, is a transgender Lebanese doctor volunteering in the Moria refugee camp on Lesbos, Greece. As she deals with her own losses and displacement, Mina’s story offers a rare view into the many layers of the refugee crisis. Hala Alyan’s The Arsonists’ City is the saga of a geographically and emotionally scattered family – Syrian mother, Lebanese father, and three American children – compelled to reunite at their ancestral home in Beirut,…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Room 8503 (Building 8, 5th Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Catherine Wolff: On Beyond: How Humankind Thinks About Heaven.

What do we think of when we think about heaven? What might it look like? Who or what might be there? These questions have been part of how civilizations and cultures think about the good place beyond this one. In Beyond: How Humankind Thinks About Heaven, Catherine Wolff offers a survey of ideas about the afterlife.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 1:00 pm
Room 3209 (Building 3, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On The Very Nice Box: A Novel & The Other Black Girl: A Novel

The Very Nice Box: A Novel, from co-authors Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman, is an offbeat, wryly funny debut that blends workplace satire and mystery around a core theme of triumph after tragedy. As it follows the troubled relationship between the only two Black women working in a major publishing house, Zakiya Dalila Harris’ The Other Black Girl becomes both a smart, dynamic thriller and a sly social commentary.…

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

In Conversation: On Until We’re Fish: A Novel & Letters from Cuba

Susannah Rodriguez Drissi’s coming-of-age story Until We’re Fish: A Novel blends love and the romance, violence, mood, and ethos of the Cuban Revolution. It’s a gossamer tale of political defiance and hearts set adrift, and of two ordinary characters: childhood sweethearts Elio and Maria, people willing to sacrifice everything to be free. When Esther follows her father’s escape to Cuba as the situation for Jews worsens in Poland on the eve of WWII, she promises her sister to write to her sharing everything she experiences until they reunite.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 1:00 pm
The Porch
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Joshua Jay: On How Magicians Think: Misdirection, Deception, and Why Magic Matters

In How Magicians Think: Misdirection, Deception, and Why Magic Matters, magician Joshua Jay not only opens the door to reveal the artistry, the history, and the traditions of magic, he brings readers into the mind of a magician and how they develop their skills – and conjure up seemingly impossible illusions. Featuring a family-friendly parlor magic show!…

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

Ada Ferrer: On Cuba: An American History

In Cuba: An American History, historian Ada Ferrer explores the sometimes surprising, often troubled relationship between the United States and Cuba. Her work documents the influence of our country on the island nation, but also the many ways Cuba has been a recurring presence in the life and affairs of the U.S. To livestream this event visit MiamiBookFairOnline.com.…

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

In Conversation: On Unfollow Me: Essays On Complicity & Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption

Jill Louise Busby’s memoir-in-essays Unfollow Me: Essays On Complicity examines her path from working in the nonprofit sector specializing in diversity and inclusion to her waking up to what she saw as passing for progressive. Unfollow Me is an intimate, impertinent, and incisive collection about race, fame, progress, and hypocrisy. In Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption, American Muslim attorney and political philosopher Rafia Zakaria calls for a radically inclusive, intersectional, and transnational approach to the fight for women’s rights.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 2:00 pm
Room 8503 (Building 8, 5th Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In Conversation: On You’re Leaving When?: Adventures in Downward Mobility & The Plot: A Novel

In her collection of essays You’re Leaving When?: Adventures in Downward Mobility, Annabelle Gurwitch offers a hilarious chronicle of financial and emotional downward mobility. It’s a book for anybody who thought they had a semblance of security but wound up with a fragile economy and a blankie. Once a promising young novelist, Jacob Finch Bonner, the protagonist of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Plot: A Novel is teaching in a third-rate MFA program. Then Evan, one of his students,…

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

In Conversation: On The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos & Into the Forest: A Holocaust Story of Survival

In The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos by Judy Batalion, after witnessing the brutal murder of their families and neighbors and the destruction of their communities, a group of young Jewish women in Poland – some still teenagers – turn the country’s Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis. In the summer of 1942, Miriam and Morris Rabinowitz narrowly escaped the Nazi ghetto in their Polish town by fleeing to the forbidding Bialowieza Forest.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 3:00 pm
Room 8106 (Building 8, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On The Reluctant King

Navigating the power circles of New York City’s movers and shakers, the King family is regarded as modern-day royalty. In The Reluctant King, K’wan Foye follows Shadow, who is the least like the rest of his charismatic and powerful family. But when his father decides to climb the political ladder, even Shadow will have to make a sacrifice when the devil comes to claim his due. Moderated by poet, spoken-word performer, and educator Calvin “Made-S.O.N.” Early.…

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.   Sponsored by…

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.…

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. Sponsored by With thanks to our ReadCaribbean media partners…

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. 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 @ 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.…

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 @ 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 @ 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.…

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
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 @ 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. Sponsored by…

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.…

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 @ 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 @ 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.…

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. Sponsored by…

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.…

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.…

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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