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November 2021

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 poet Robert Pinsky, fiction writer Ana Menéndez, and Elizabeth Gutting, a former student of Cheuse’s who now serves as assistant director of the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center,…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance

In A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib examines how Black performance, from music to dance to schoolyard fistfights, is woven into the fabric of American culture. Moderated by Leonard Pitts Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of The Last Thing You Surrender: A Novel of World War II.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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Merissa Nathan Gerson: On Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman’s Guide to Grieving

Merissa Nathan Gerson’s Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman’s Guide to Grieving is a relatable account of one woman’s reckoning with loss, and a guide to the world of self-recovery, self-love, and the skills necessary to meet one’s own needs in times of pain – especially when that pain is suffered alone.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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John Lithgow: On A Confederacy of Dumptys: Portraits of American Scoundrels in Verse

In A Confederacy of Dumptys: Portraits of American Scoundrels in Verse, actor, author, and illustrator John Lithgow, with cutting humor, offers a rogues’ gallery of American villains, powerful men and women who were corrupt, venal, criminal, adulterous, racist, or just plain disgusting.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood

Dawn Turner’s memoir Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood is about three Black women – Turner, her younger sister Kim, and her best friend, Debra – friends since childhood. In examining their fates, the author offers an exploration of race, opportunity, friendship, sisterhood, and the forces that allow some to flourish but cause others to falter. Moderated by Michel Martin, journalist and correspondent for NPR.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker

The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker is a collection of the venerated magazine’s writing on race in America. Spanning a century, this anthology edited by Jelani Cobb and David Remnick brings together contributions by writers such as James Baldwin, Elizabeth Alexander, Hilton Als, Vinson Cunningham, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Malcolm Gladwell.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto

Drawing on both political observations and personal experience as a Black son of the South, New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow heralds a call to action in The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto by which Black people can finally achieve equality, on their own terms. Moderated by writer and podcaster Touré, author of Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What it Means to Be Black Now.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir & An American Marriage: A Novel.

Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir is Ashley C. Ford‘s powerful debut work, a story of growing up a poor Black girl in Indiana battling her body and her environment, within a family fragmented by incarceration. For Celestial and Roy, the couple at the center of Tayari Jones‘ An American Marriage: A Novel, the American dream in sight. But it all collapses when Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the World

Mindfulness doesn’t have to be an individualistic solution to our challenges. In Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the World, Shelly Tygielski argues that mindfulness can also be a powerful tool for spurring profound social change by going inward. Moderated by Arianna Huffington, author and founder of The Huffington Post.…

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. This event requires a ticket for admission. All in-person events at MBF 2021 will require a ticket for entry.…

Monday, November 15 @ 8:00 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, 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

IMPORTANT: Please note that we have changed the location of this event. The event will now take place in the Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261). 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,…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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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 Adam Mansbach, I Had a Brother Once: A Poem, A Memoir.  …

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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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
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In Conversation: On The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth

Drawing upon 25 years of experience representing Black youth in the juvenile courts of Washington, D.C., Georgetown professor Kristin Henning analyzes the foundations of racist policing in America in The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth. In the process, she makes a compelling case that the crisis in racist American policing began with its relationship to Black children. Moderated by David A. Harris, professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and host of podcast Criminal Injustice…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic: Revised and Expanded Edition

Published in 2015 and reissued now with new material and an introduction by Samantha Irby, Jessica Hopper’s The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic is a rallying cry for women-centered history and storytelling. It includes profiles and reviews of some of the most-loved and most-loathed women making music today. Moderated by Evelyn McDonnell, author and professor of journalism at Loyola Marymount University.…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On The Animal Days

The Animal Days is the translation of Keila Vall de la Ville’s Los días animales, winner of the 2018 International Latino Book Award. It follows Julia’s journey of love and rock climbing across three continents. She’s determined never to look back and live on the brink, even if it means shedding her own skin in the process. Moderated by Ariana Neumann, award-winning writer and former foreign correspondent.…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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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
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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., director of contemplative neuroscience and professor at the University of Miami, 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.…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On New York and the International Sound of Latin Music, 1940-1990

In New York and the International Sound of Latin Music, 1940-1990, scholar, educator, composer, arranger, and Grammy-nominated musician Benjamin Lapidus examines how New York City became a hub for transnational Latin music – and set the standards for the study, creation, performance, and innovation of the genre. Moderated by Felix Contreras is co-creator and host of Alt.Latino, NPR’s pioneering radio show and podcast celebrating Latin music and culture.…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Love of My Life: A Memoir

In Love of My Life: A Memoir, Barbara Mailer Wasserman has a few stories to tell – and the chops to do it. The classical pianist and Radcliffe College graduate who opted to work as a secretary rather than teach recalls, having just learned to drive, smuggling two political prisoners out of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco’s jail across the border to France in 1948. She was just getting started. Moderated by Raymond Elman, founding editor-in-chief of Inspicio.…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Downtown Miami History, Chronicling 125 Years, 1896-2021

In Downtown Miami History, Chronicling 125 Years, 1896-2021, editor Raul Guerrero combines book excerpts, essays, articles, memoirs, trivia, interviews, and a poem by Campbell McGrath to engagingly relay the past of a global destination city. The result is a rich, broad view of 125 years of Miami’s booms, busts, reinventions, and disasters – natural and human-made. With panelists Allan Shulman, Aaron DeMayo, and Paul George, Ph.D.

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence

In 1991, Anita F. Hill offered landmark testimony against soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as a sexual menace. Her Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence is part memoir, part law and social analysis, and a call to arms which addresses the origins and course of gender violence in our society. Moderated by writer and sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom, author of THICK: And Other Essays. 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. This event requires a ticket for admission. CLICK HERE to Purchase Tickets Miami Book Fair @ Doral was made possible with the support of the CODINA PARTNERS

Tuesday, November 16 @ 8:00 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

An Evening With Sebastian Junger & Bryan Christy: On Freedom

IMPORTANT: Please note that we have changed the location of this event. The event will now take place in the Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261). 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.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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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
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In Conversation: On Voices from the Pandemic: Americans Tell Their Stories of Crisis, Courage, and Resilience & The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid

An exhausted EMT risking his life in New York City; a grocery store owner feeding his neighborhood for free in locked-down New Orleans; a Maryland restaurateur forced to close his family business after 46 years. In Voices from the Pandemic: Americans Tell Their Stories of Crisis, Courage and Resilience, journalist Eli Saslow captures in real-time a nation’s fear, anger, uncertainty, and compassion. In The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright offers an unprecedented,…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist

Across the essays and stories of Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist, musician Marc Ribot brings to the page the curiosity, dexterity, and sense of humor that has marked so much of his playing. Moderated by author Jana Martin, who in another life spent years as a lead singer and bass and guitar player in various unsung punk and indie bands.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood

Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood tells the extraordinary story of Danny Trejo, one of the most recognizable character actors in Hollywood. Written with fellow actor Donal Logue, Trejo recounts an up-and-down journey that starts in an abusive home, includes struggles with heroin addiction and stints in some of the country’s most notorious state prisons from an early age, and global fame starring in such modern classics as Heat, From Dusk Till Dawn,…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Real Estate: A Living Autobiography & Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

Real Estate: A Living Autobiography, the third and final installment in the Deborah Levy series, blends personal history, gender politics, philosophy, and literary theory in an examination of womanhood and ownership. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love chronicles Dani Shapiro’s quest to unlock the story of her own identity, after she casually submitted her DNA to a genealogy website and discovered that her beloved deceased father was not her biological parent.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Our First Civil War: Patriots and Loyalists in the American Revolution

In Our First Civil War: Patriots and Loyalists in the American Revolution, H.W. Brands reminds us that before America could win its revolution against Britain, patriots had to win a bitter civil war against family, friends, and neighbors. Moderated by Marsha B. Cohen, Ph.D., lecturer, cultural historian, and educator at the University of Miami’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020

Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020 is a collection of Salman Rushdie’s nonfiction, essays, criticism, and speeches focusing on his relationship with the written word, from delving into the nature of storytelling as a human need to the work of Eudora Welty. Moderated by author and journalist Carl Hiaasen.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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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., associate professor and the Emilio Bacardí Moreau Chair in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami, 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,…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Can We Talk About Israel? A Guide for the Curious, Confused, and Conflicted

Can We Talk About Israel? A Guide for the Curious, Confused, and Conflicted by Daniel Sokatch offers a primer on Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It addresses the story of that conflict, and of why so many people feel so strongly about it – without actually understanding it very well at all. Moderated by author, historian, and journalist Kai Bird, executive director and distinguished lecturer of the CUNY Graduate Center’s Leon Levy Center for Biography.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane

Paul Auster’s Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane is an insightful, probing account of the singular life of a writer who, through original short stories, novellas, poems, journalism, and war reportage, transformed American literature. Moderated by Mitchell Kaplan, founder of Books & Books.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Aftershocks: A Memoir

In Aftershocks: A Memoir, Brooklyn-based writer and urban planner Nadia Owusu tells a tale of constant change and loss. Her father, a Ghanaian United Nations official, was constantly moving and then died when she was 13. Her mother had already abandoned her when she was just 2, then reappeared only to vanish again. The only firm ground she stands upon is the one written into existence by her own hand. Moderated by Celeste Headlee, author of Speaking of Race: Why Everybody Needs to Talk About Racism – and How to Do It.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On A Quilt for David & Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis

In poetry and prose, Steven Reigns’ A Quilt for David explores the story of David Acer, whose homosexuality and sickly appearance from AIDS-related illness made him the perfect scapegoat and a victim of mob mentality in his conservative, early 1990s-era Florida town. Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis is Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s wide-ranging collection of stories from a generation that came of age during the epidemic and had to confront the notion that desire led to death.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Justice on the Brink: The Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Rise of Amy Coney Barrett, and Twelve Months That Transformed the Supreme Court

In Justice On the Brink: The Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Rise of Amy Coney Barrett, and Twelve Months That Transformed the Supreme Court, New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning legal reporter Linda Greenhouse chronicles the Supreme Court’s 2020-21 term, from the death of RGB to the rise of Barrett. Moderated by Joan Biskupic, CNN legal analyst and author of The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 7:00 pm
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72nd Annual National Book Awards

Miami Book Fair joins the National Book Foundation to livestream the National Book Awards from New York City! Tune in to be among the first to learn who the winners are across its five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Young People’s Literature, and Translation. Sponsored by In partnership with…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present

People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present is a startling and profound exploration of how Jewish history is exploited to comfort the living. In these essays, author Dara Horn reflects on subjects as disparate as the veneration of Anne Frank to the marketing of the Jewish history of Harbin, China. Moderated by author Alana Newhouse, founder of Tablet magazine.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Unrequited Infatuations: A Memoir

Unrequited Infatuations: A Memoir chronicles the remarkable story of Stevie Van Zandt, guitarist of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, leader of Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, actor (including a memorable run as consigliere Silvio Dante in The Sopranos), and political and arts activist. Moderated by writer and filmmaker Bill Teck.  …

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Still Mad: American Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination

Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar’s Still Mad: American Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination is a sweeping history of the contemporary women’s movement, told through the lives and works of the literary women who shaped it – from midcentury figures such as Sylvia Plath and Betty Friedan, to the new millennium voices of Alison Bechdel, and Claudia Rankine.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom

Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom is a definitive account of decadeslong battle for body autonomy. Written by Kathryn Kolbert and Julie F. Kay, two lawyers at the forefront of the movement, the book offers a bold new strategy to safeguard women’s rights. Moderated by Dr. Dara Kass, Columbia University Medical Center.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 6:00 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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

IMPORTANT: Please note that we have changed the location of this event. The event will now take place in the Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261). 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. Moderated by Rabbi Judith Siegal of Coral Gables’ Temple Judea.…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
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Joshua Prager: On The Family Roe: An American Story

In The Family Roe: An American Story (W. W. Norton & Company), journalist Joshua Prager examines the Supreme Court’s most divisive case, Roe v. Wade, and the largely unknown lives at its heart, including Norma McCorvey (1947–2017), the “Jane Roe” whose unwanted pregnancy in 1970 tore open a great fracture in American life.…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era

Former President Donald Trump might rarely read, but he unleashed an onslaught of books about his tenure and his time. In What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era, book critic Carlos Lozada focuses on the political and cultural ideas at play – and at stake – in America. Moderated by ​​Washington Post senior correspondent Dan Balz.…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Volunteers: Growing Up in the Forever War

In the memoir Volunteers: Growing Up in the Forever War, Jerad W. Alexander writes about his experience as a U.S. Marine in Iraq, fighting in the same war his parents had fought before him – and takes another look at what he had always accepted on faith about his country. Moderated by Brian Turner, author of My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir.…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Karachi Vice: Life and Death in a Divided City

In Karachi Vice: Life and Death in a Divided City, Samira Shackle provides an insider view of Pakistan’s largest city, a sprawling metropolis of 2 million people twice the size of New York City. Writing with intimate local knowledge and a global perspective, she paints a vivid portrait of one of the most complex and compelling cities in the world, where the distinctions between politicians and gangsters and lawful and unlawful blur – and where dangerous new forces of violent extremism are pitted against old networks of power.…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On This Is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life

Earlonne Woods – who was once incarcerated under California’s Three Strikes Law – and Nigel Poor are the co-creators, co-hosts, and co-producers of the popular podcast Ear Hustle (the prison term for eavesdropping). In This Is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life, they share how they came to meet at San Quentin, and how they created their podcast and present new stories. Moderated by Nicole R. Fleetwood, Ph.D., author of Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration.…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Say It Loud!: On Race, Law, History, and Culture

Say It Loud!: On Race, Law, History, and Culture spans two decades of Randall Kennedy’s writing. Its 29 essays include some previously published, others written for this title, all exploring key social justice issues of our time, from the murder of George Floyd to birtherism. Moderated by Nancy Ancrum, editor of the Miami Herald editorial page.…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On The Drop: How the Most Addictive Sport Can Help Us Understand Addiction and Recovery

In The Drop: How the Most Addictive Sport Can Help Us Understand Addiction and Recovery, author and lifelong surfer Thad Ziolkowski explores the connection between riding the waves, addiction, and recovery. Moderated by David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction.…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
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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 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White & How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

Historian Patricia Sullivan’s Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White is a major reconsideration of his life and legacy. Sullivan reveals how, as demands for racial justice escalated and a political problem became a moral one, Kennedy grasped the moment to emerge as a transformational leader. Deeply researched, Atlantic staff writer Clint Smith’s How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America examines the legacy of slavery and its imprint on centuries of American history.…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
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George Packer: On Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal

National Book Award-winning author and journalist George Packer examines the narratives of a deeply divided country in Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal. No single interpretation is enough to sustain a democracy – no, the glue is the passion for equality that Americans of diverse persuasions have held for centuries.…

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

In Conversation: 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. Moderated by Rev. Priscilla Felisky Whitehead, Minister Emerita of The Church by the Sea in Bal Harbour. This event requires a ticket for admission.…

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
The Porch
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

The Magic Show: Vegas Performer Joshua Jay

This mind-bending magic performance features Joshua Jay, author of How Magician’s Think: Misdirection, Deception and Why Magic Happens

Saturday, November 20 @ 1:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: 72nd Annual National Book Award Winners

Newly-minted 2021 National Book Award Winners join Executive Director Ruth Dickey for an on-screen conversation and celebration of their recognized work across genre. Moderated by Ruth Dickey, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation. Sponsored by In partnership with…

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. 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 @ 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 @ 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

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. Moderated by Tawnicia Ferguson Rowan, assistant professor of English at Florida Memorial University and the founder of Well-Written Words, LLC. To livestream this event visit MiamiBookFairOnline.com.…

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, Triumph, and Love

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

An Afternoon With Andy Cohen: On Glitter Every Day: 365 Quotes from Women I Love

Andy Cohen’s inspiration for his over-the-top view of the world comes from the women he adores – from his mother to Madonna. In Glitter Every Day: 365 Quotes from Women I Love, he shares his most beloved words of daily inspiration, affirmation, and (just enough) intoxication from those lovely ladies that can make any ordinary day shine bright. This is a ticketed event that includes a copy of the book ($24 plus tax, fee, and shipping). This event requires a ticket for admission.…

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
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, Ariel Francisco, Ana Menéndez, Caridad Moro-Gronlier, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Achy Obejas,…

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

In Conversation: 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 is Miami Book Fair 2021 authors Deesha Philyaw, Peter Baker, and Zakiya Dalila Harris, and author and columnist Dave Barry.…

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 @ 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

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
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
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. This event requires a ticket for admission. All in-person events at MBF 2021 will require a ticket for entry.…

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
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
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Panel-by-Panel Breakdown: Chip Kidd and Charles Kochman Celebrate Sixty Years of the Fantastic Four with a Look at 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 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 @ 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
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could

Captioning and Audience Q&A: To access the live-captioning option and/or submit questions for the audience Q&A, please join using the Zoom link and passcode you received in your ticket confirmation email. In Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could, Congressman Adam Schiff posits that the Trump presidency has so weakened our institutions and compromised the Republican Party that the peril will last for years, requiring unprecedented vigilance against the growing and dangerous appeal of authoritarianism.…

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 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. Sponsored by This event requires a ticket for admission.…

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November 2021

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance

In A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib examines how Black performance, from music to dance to schoolyard fistfights, is woven into the fabric of American culture. Moderated by Leonard Pitts Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of The Last Thing You Surrender: A Novel of World War II.…

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 poet Robert Pinsky, fiction writer Ana Menéndez, and Elizabeth Gutting, a former student of Cheuse’s who now serves as assistant director of the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center,…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the World

Mindfulness doesn’t have to be an individualistic solution to our challenges. In Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the World, Shelly Tygielski argues that mindfulness can also be a powerful tool for spurring profound social change by going inward. Moderated by Arianna Huffington, author and founder of The Huffington Post.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir & An American Marriage: A Novel.

Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir is Ashley C. Ford‘s powerful debut work, a story of growing up a poor Black girl in Indiana battling her body and her environment, within a family fragmented by incarceration. For Celestial and Roy, the couple at the center of Tayari Jones‘ An American Marriage: A Novel, the American dream in sight. But it all collapses when Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto

Drawing on both political observations and personal experience as a Black son of the South, New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow heralds a call to action in The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto by which Black people can finally achieve equality, on their own terms. Moderated by writer and podcaster Touré, author of Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What it Means to Be Black Now.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker

The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker is a collection of the venerated magazine’s writing on race in America. Spanning a century, this anthology edited by Jelani Cobb and David Remnick brings together contributions by writers such as James Baldwin, Elizabeth Alexander, Hilton Als, Vinson Cunningham, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Malcolm Gladwell.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood

Dawn Turner’s memoir Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood is about three Black women – Turner, her younger sister Kim, and her best friend, Debra – friends since childhood. In examining their fates, the author offers an exploration of race, opportunity, friendship, sisterhood, and the forces that allow some to flourish but cause others to falter. Moderated by Michel Martin, journalist and correspondent for NPR.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

John Lithgow: On A Confederacy of Dumptys: Portraits of American Scoundrels in Verse

In A Confederacy of Dumptys: Portraits of American Scoundrels in Verse, actor, author, and illustrator John Lithgow, with cutting humor, offers a rogues’ gallery of American villains, powerful men and women who were corrupt, venal, criminal, adulterous, racist, or just plain disgusting.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Merissa Nathan Gerson: On Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman’s Guide to Grieving

Merissa Nathan Gerson’s Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman’s Guide to Grieving is a relatable account of one woman’s reckoning with loss, and a guide to the world of self-recovery, self-love, and the skills necessary to meet one’s own needs in times of pain – especially when that pain is suffered alone.…

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