The Big Read 2021

Past Events

April 2021

Saturday, April 24, 2021 @ 11:00 am

The Koubek Center Presents Picnic de Libros ¡en casa!

Along with Fundación Cuatrogatos and Miami Book Fair, the Koubek Center has re-imagined our Storybook Picnics as virtual events, encouraging kids to create their personal version of the picnics at home while joining us on our virtual picnic. This monthly 30-minute bilingual multidisciplinary event aims to interest kids in literature and the arts through storytelling, poems, children’s theatre, tongue twisters, mime and circus performances, riddles, and music. Kids can join each Picnic via Facebook Live and invite their favorite stuffed animals,…

Saturday, April 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

2021 Big Read Keynote Address: Hope Jahren, Author of Lab Girl

How to Access This Event: This is a free password-protected event. Register HERE to receive your unique password and access instructions. To participate in the chat, you must register as a user by clicking on the green “Login / Register” button in the top right corner. Sign up for free using your email or Facebook account. Click on the “Add to my watchlist” button above. Register HERE   More than half a dozen Big Read communities from around the United States will join online for an insightful and inspiring lecture and Q&A by Hope Jahren,…

March 2021

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

ARTiculating Climate: Three Playwrights on the Climate Crisis

Presented by Live Arts Miami, Miami Book Fair and #ARTiculatingClimate  A panel conversation with Georgina Escobar, Madeline Sayet, and Nathan Yungerberg, moderated by Chantal Bilodeau, Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle Welcome and Q&A by Susan Caraballo, Artistic Director, #ARTiculatingClimate Every other year, 50 playwrights from around the world are commissioned to write short plays about the climate crisis for Climate Change Theatre Action, a worldwide series of readings and performances which aims to foster conversations about climate change and encourage people to action.…

Sunday, March 21, 2021 @ 1:00 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

An Afternoon with Melissa and Doug Bernstein

Join Melissa Bernstein, Co-Founder of the wildly successful toy company Melissa & Doug, on a journey to triumph over anxiety, depression, and despair—a story she hopes will help others find their path to meaning and inner peace.  Now, more than ever, Melissa’s message is needed by others, and her promise to all who journey with her is that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Who would ever guess that Melissa Bernstein, happily-married mother of 6, creator of over 5,000 toys which have sold over a billion dollars,…

Saturday, March 20, 2021 @ 3:00 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

Speak Up: Creative Writing + Performance (Spring 2021)

Join us online for Speak Up, a creative writing program supporting the artistic and professional growth of teens. In this virtual mini-series of creative writing workshops, teens will partner with experienced teaching artists to empower the creative writing process, from drafting to performance to publishing. The program is open to all teens, and is as free of charge as it is free of homework. No previous experience necessary! Featured Guest Speaker: Naomi Shihab Nye Free copies of Everything Comes Next: Collected and New Poems will be distributed to all participating students.…

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 6:30 pm

First Draft: A Literary Social with Laurel Nakanishi

A guided writing prompt with a twist. Because writing is thirsty work. Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. Miami Book Fair presents First Draft, a series of informal writing events that turn happy hours into great stories. You’re inspired. But you’re also thirsty. Bring your own drink and log in for a First Draft event and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!…

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

2021 Big Read Kickoff Reading: Ross Gay & Aimee Nezhukumatathil

How to Access This Event: Visit and click on the green “Login / Register” button in the top right corner. Sign up for free using your email or Facebook account. Complete your profile and share your interests to receive personalized email notifications about programs and activities as they become available. Be sure to add this event event to your watchlist. Miami Book Fair’s NEA Big Read program kicks off with a reading by two award-winning poets and essayists whose work ponders the wonders of nature and humanity: Ross Gay,…

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