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January 2022

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Livestreamed

¡Tómate una copa (en casa) y escribe mejor! con Odette Alonso

Event will be held on Google Meet Una tertulia literaria guiada. Embriaga a tu editor interno y ¡exprésate con libertad desde la cuarentena! ¡El COVID 19 no impide que nos contactemos a través de la escritura! Así es como funciona: te damos un tema, escribes durante diez minutos. Si quieres, compartes el texto con el resto de los participantes. Hacemos una pausa para leer los textos e intercambiar opiniones mientras te tomas una copa en casa. Después repetimos la misma dinámica.…

February 2022

Saturday, February 5, 2022 @ 10:00 am
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Taller de apreciación literaria: El rol de la mujer en la novela japonesa contemporánea con Tana Oshima

La mujer en Japón: una mirada crítica a través de la literatura ¿Qué tiene que ver una madriguera con una suegra? ¿Dónde cae el origami cuando se lo lleva el viento? En este taller leeremos y escucharemos con mucha atención lo que nos cuentan dos novelas japonesas contemporáneas para ver qué pasa cuando una mujer está encajonada en su rol de mujer, y qué pasa cuando lo pierde. Taller de 4 semanas, los sábados de 10:00 a.m. a 12:00 m. Del 5 al 26 de febrero.…

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Livestreamed

15 minutos de lectura con Martha Riva Palacio Obón

Desde la Feria del Libro de Miami creemos en el poder de la lectura y la escritura para estar conectados. Como parte de nuestra programación virtual de todo el año, ofrecemos “15 minutos de lectura” con la Feria del Libro de Miami, un espacio quincenal donde distintos autores compartirán su obra, leída de viva voz por Facebook Live. Acompáñanos el miércoles 9 de febrero a las 7:00 p.m. con la escritora mexicana Martha Riva Palacio Obón. En cada sesión de “15 minutos de lectura”,…

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November 2021

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. “Knight Foundation invests in the future of local news and journalism, through all sorts of projects,…

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.…

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

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

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

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

In Conversation: On Orange Blossom 2.0

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

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

A Reading and Conversation with Adrian Matejka: Somebody Else Stole the World

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
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 @ 2:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On All’s Well: A Novel

Miranda Fitch, the protagonist of Mona Awad’s All’s Well: A Novel, is in all kinds of pain. The accident that ended her acting career left her with excruciating chronic back pain, a failed marriage, and a dependence on painkillers. She’s now on the verge of losing her job as a college theater director – and that’s when she meets three odd benefactors. Moderated by writer, editor, and radio producer Cary Barbor. Captioning and Audience Q&A: To access the live-captioning option and/or submit questions for the audience Q&A,…

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

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

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

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

In Conversation: On Tropical Burn

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

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

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

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

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

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

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

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

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

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

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
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

El pasado como detonante de ficciones

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

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

El pulso de la literatura venezolana

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

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

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 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

It Takes Two: Graphic Novels on Family & Friendship

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

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Modern Caribbean Fiction: Power, Disaster & Rebirth

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

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

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

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

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Storytime: The One and Only Sparkella

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

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Un café con Elena Poniatowska

Este evento ha sido cancelado por razones ajenas a la Feria. El Programa de Autores Iberoamericanos concluye su edición 2021 con la participación de la gran escritora y periodista mexicana Elena Poniatowska, Premio Cervantes 2013, quien conversará sobre su obra con el narrador, poeta y promotor cultural Arturo Morell. Con el apoyo…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Virtual Pachanga: The Middle-Grade Fantasy Edition

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

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Young Trailblazers: The Book of Black Inventors and Scientists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Conversation: Two Thrill Writers Traverse the Genre 

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. Written by Charles Lichtman, an expert in Middle East affairs and terrorism-related issues, The Sword of David: A Novel is an action-packed thriller that tells the story of an Israeli commando traveling across the globe,…

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 American Estrangement: Stories

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, politics, and race. Moderated by Ariel Gonzalez, writer and professor of English and communications at Miami Dade College. 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 @ 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,…

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

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

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

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 @ 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
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. Moderated by historian and journalist Kai Bird. 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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
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 Mitchell Kaplan, Miami Book Fair and Books &…

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 @ 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 @ 1:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: 72nd Annual National Book Award Winners

Newly-minted 2021 National Book Award Winners Aneesa Abbas Higgins (Winter in Sokcho by Elisa Shua Dusapin, Translated Literature), Martín Espada (Floaters, Poetry), Malinda Lo (Last Night at the Telegraph Club, Young People’s Literature), Tiya Miles (All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake, Nonfiction), and Jason Mott (Hell of a Book, Fiction) join the National Book Foundation’s Executive Director Ruth Dickey for an on-screen conversation and celebration of their recognized work across genre.…

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. Moderated by Dr.

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 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Besar el lado interior de las palabras

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

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Bunkmates, Besties, Boyfriends: Three Irresistible Romances

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

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Caminos y encrucijadas en la ilustración de libros para niños

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

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

El futuro llegó | Granta presenta su nueva selección de autores emergentes

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

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Historias en tiempos de pandemia

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

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

In Conversation: On The Arsonists’ City

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, where tensions, secrets, and ancient slights come to the fore. Moderated by author Diana Abu-Jaber, Fencing With the King: A Novel. 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
Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

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

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

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Marissa Meyer Presents Gilded

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

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
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
Livestreamed

Murder She Wrote: Four YA Thrillers

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

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Narrativas en las fronteras de la realidad y la fantasía

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

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Pistas para acercarse a la novela detectivesca para jóvenes

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

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Soman Chainani Presents Beasts & Beauty: Dangerous Tales

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

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Storytime: Aaron Slater, Illustrator

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

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Three Writers on History, Hardship & Healing

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

Saturday, November 20 @ 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 @ 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
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,…

Friday, November 19 @ 6:30 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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

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). 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,…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

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

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

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

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.…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Hoy la noticia es ficción

La periodista Eileen Cardet lleva veinte años conduciendo el noticiero de Univision Miami y, además, presenta Edición Digital Miami. Ha ganado dos Emmy, entre otros reconocimientos. La Feria la recibe para la presentación de su novela Urano, que tiene por protagonistas a tres amigas dispuestas a romper las ideas que han limitado sus vidas para comenzar una nueva etapa de sus existencias. Cardet conversará con la escritora puertorriqueña Anjanette Delgado.…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

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
Livestreamed

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
Livestreamed

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
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On Swimming Back to Trout River: A Novel

Linda Rui Feng’s Swimming Back to Trout River: A Novel is set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution in the 1980s. It follows a father’s quest to return from America and fulfill a promise to retrieve his daughter by her 12th birthday and reunite his family, even if it means bringing painful family secrets to light. Moderated by author Weike Wang.…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

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
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On The House of Rust: A Novel

The House of Rust: A Novel by Khadija Abdalla Bajaber is a magical realist coming-of-age tale told through the lens of the Swahili and Hadrami culture in Mombasa, Kenya. It tells the story of Aisha as she takes to the sea on a magical boat made of a skeleton’s bones to rescue her missing fisherman father. There are talking cats and sea monsters – and then things get strange. Moderated by author Helon Habila.…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Novel

In her fiction debut, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Novel, author Honorée Fanonne Jeffers follows Ailey Pearl Garfield as she embarks on a journey through her family’s past – from centuries of colonial slave trade and the Civil War to our present conflicted era – to come to terms with her identity. Moderated by Leigh Haber, books editor for O, The Oprah Magazine.…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

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
Livestreamed

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
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On What About the Baby? Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction

In What About the Baby? Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction, acclaimed novelist Alice McDermott shares wisdom about her chosen art. It is knowledge earned over a lifetime as an acclaimed writer and teacher of writing. There’s much to explore here, from technical advice and wry musings about success to that rarity: uncommon common sense. Moderated by Jonathan Galassi, editor and president of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

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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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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MDC Faculty Works Showcase: Memoirs of a Speech Communication Class: Art, Theory, Science, & Technology

Dr. Michelle L. Witherspoon presents her recently published communications textbook, Memoirs of a Speech Communication Class: Art, Theory, Science, & Technology, written for college students and professionals. The book is currently on MDC’s Wolfson Campus bookstore shelves.…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
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On Resistance, Romance, and Building Fantastic Worlds

Revisit Melissa Albert’s Hazel Wood world with 12 Tales from the Hinterland, where an enchantress is killed twice – and lives – a young woman spends a night with Death, and more. In Romina Garber’s Cazadora: A Novel (Wolves of No World #2), Manu and her friends cross the mystical border into Kerana, a cursed realm in Argentina rife with werewolves and witches. In Jordan Ifueko’s Redemptor (Raybearer #2), an Empress Redemptor sits on the throne for the first time,…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
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Storytime: For All/Para Todos

In Alejandra Domenzain’s For All/Para Todos, a young girl named Flor and her father are driven to leave their country for the promise of a land called For All. When Flor comes to understand the deep impact of their immigration papers, she picks up her green pen and writes from the heart, telling the story of immigrants who have been excluded from “justice for all.” She inspires others to speak up and take action in the hope that their new country will live up to its ideals.…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
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Versos para apostarle a la esperanza

El poeta, investigador literario, editor, traductor, ensayista cubano Emilio de Armas presenta Asido a la mano que me guía, donde explora los motivos del impulso poético.Yosie Crespo, poeta y narradora cubana llega con Queríamos saber qué era una rosa /What Is a Rose? We Wondered, una colección bilingüe de versos con diferentes registros líricos, en la que explora los vínculos de su mundo interior con la realidad. Montse Ordóñez, poeta, editora y gestora cultural nacida en Barcelona,…

Thursday, November 18 @ 8:00 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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

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). 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. Moderated by poet Campbell McGrath, author of Nouns &…

Thursday, November 18 @ 8:00 pm
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Un café con Jorge Ramos

El febrero de 2019 el escritor y periodista mexicano Jorge Ramos entrevistó al dictador de Venezuela Nicolás Maduro, quien dio por terminada la charla de forma abrupta, disgustado por las preguntas. Ramos fue detenido y deportado. Los recovecos de esa peligrosa experiencia periodística quedaron plasmados en el libro 17 minutos. Entrevista con el dictador, que Jorge Ramos presenta en conversación con el escritor, cronista y guionista venezolano Leonardo Padrón. Con el apoyo del…

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.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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2020 National Poetry Series Winner Amanda Moore

The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to recognize and promote excellence in contemporary poetry by ensuring the publication of five books of poetry annually through participating publishers. In addition, the National Poetry Series has partnered with Miami Book Fair to award the Paz Prize in Poetry, which ensures bilingual publication for a book of poems written in Spanish. This conversation features Amanda Moore on Requeening: Poems, in conversation with David St. John, The Last Troubadour: Selected and New Poems.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: Kaveh Akbar and Kevin Young

Kaveh Akbar’s second collection, Pilgrim Bell, takes its readers on a spiritual journey of disavowal, fiercely attendant to the presence of divinity where artifacts of self and belonging have been shed. Akbar responds with prayer as an act of devotion to dissonance—the infinite void of a loved one’s absence, the indulgence of austerity, making a life as a Muslim in an Islamophobic nation—teasing the sacred out of silence and stillness. Whether it’s the fireflies of a Louisiana summer caught in a mason jar (doomed by their collection),…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On 2034: A Novel of the Next World War

In 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, the work of co-authors Elliot Ackerman and retired Admiral James Stavridis, two seemingly unconnected events – one on the edge of Iranian airspace, the other in the South China Sea – leaves America’s military preeminence in tatters, and renders U.S. ships and planes defenseless.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On A Calling for Charlie Barnes

The life of the title character in Joshua Ferris’ A Calling for Charlie Barnes is not going well. He wants out and into the American dream. As his hopes dwindle, something goes right, and he’s granted a second act. But it calls for a sacrifice that redounds with selflessness and love. Moderated by writers Whitney Terrell and V.V. Ganeshananthan, co-hosts of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast on LitHub Radio.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On A Line to Kill: A Novel

In A Line to Kill: A Novel, former Detective Inspector Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, author Anthony Horowitz, are invited to an exclusive literary festival. They never expected to find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation there – or to be trapped with a cold-blooded killer. Moderated by author and editor Otto Penzler.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On A River Called Time: A Novel & The Ninth Metal

Courttia Newland‘s A River Called Time: A Novel is set at the Ark, a massive structure in the center of Dinium – an alternative London – that promised a utopian existence for those invited. Markriss Denny is one of the chosen – but once inside, he uncovers the truth about the Ark, himself, and the people he once thought he knew. In Benjamin Percy’s The Ninth Metal, a meteor shower brings to Earth a new metal – one that possesses world-changing properties as an energy source and a weapon – to Northfall,…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On A Song Everlasting: A Novel

In Ha Jin‘s A Song Everlasting: A Novel, famous Chinese singer Yao Tian, in the U.S. on a state-supported tour, takes a private gig in New York to pick up extra cash for his daughter’s tuition fund. There’s nothing to it – until the government finds that supporters of Taiwan’s secession sponsored the event, placing Tian’s artistic and personal freedom at risk. Moderated by writers Whitney Terrell and V.V. Ganeshananthan, co-hosts of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast on LitHub Radio.…

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 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness: A Novel

Claire Vaye Watkins’ I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness: A Novel chronicles one woman’s furious revisiting of family, marriage, work, sex, and motherhood, set against a darkly funny confrontation with a past that’s suddenly demanding her attention. Moderated by writer Molly Tolsky, founder of HeyAlma.com.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On In the Company of Killers: A Novel

In Bryan Christy’s thriller In the Company of Killers: A Novel, Tom Klay is an investigative reporter leading a double life as a CIA spy. But when his closest friend is murdered, his carefully constructed double life unravels – and the deeper he digs the more he realizes that everything he thought he knew about his work may have been a lie. Moderated by author Philip Mudd, CNN counterterrorism analyst.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Libertie: A Novel & Great Circle: A Novel

Kaitlyn Greenidge‘s Libertie: A Novel follows the coming of age of Libertie Sampson in a free Black community in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, as she tries to parse what freedom means for a Black woman. The story, rich with historical detail, is inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States. From Maggie Shipstead comes Great Circle: A Novel, an epic story of two captivating women 100 years apart – Marian,…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On New York, My Village: A Novel

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

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On O Beautiful: A Novel

In O Beautiful: A Novel, Jung Yun tells the story of Elinor Hanson, a fortysomething former model struggling to reinvent herself as a freelance writer, returns on assignment to the town in North Dakota where she spent her unhappy childhood. It’s decades later, yet Elinor finds her past intertwining with the story she’s trying to tell – and the revelations will forever change her and the way she looks at the world. Moderated by Kendra Winchester,…

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 Perestroika in Paris: A Novel

Paras, short for “Perestroika,” is a racehorse at a track west of Paris. When she finds the door of her stall open, she wanders off all the way to the great city, finding adventure and an unlikely cast of characters with which to share it. From Jane Smiley, Perestroika in Paris: A Novel celebrates curiosity, ingenuity, and the desire of all creatures for true love and freedom. Moderated by authors Julie Sternberg and Eve Yohalem.…

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 Talk to Me: A Novel

In Talk to Me: A Novel by T.C. Boyle, an animal behaviorist teaches Sam, his young chimp, to speak in sign language. But in time, this raises more questions: What if it were possible to talk to members of another species and exchange ideas, and have a meeting of minds? Moderated by author Brad Thor.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On The Book of Form and Emptiness

Ruth Ozeki’s The Book of Form and Emptiness: A Novel follows 13-year-old Benny Oh, who, a year after his father’s death, begins to hear voices. They belong to random objects scattered within his home – a sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce – but in time, also a book, one that narrates his life and teaches him to listen to the things that truly matter. Moderated by Neda Ulaby, NPR arts desk reporter.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On The Butterfly Lampshade: A Novel

The Butterfly Lampshade: A Novel is Aimee Bender’s poignant tale of a mother, a daughter, mental illness, and the continuously shifting barrier between the mind and the world. Moderated by Mitzi Rapkin, host of the podcast First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On The Island of Missing Trees: A Novel

The Island of Missing Trees: A Novel by Elif Shafak tells a story of young love, war, and the trees of a place, rooted on the ground beneath and inextricably entwined within our histories. Moderated by Ellen Book, Miami-Dade Public Library System.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On The Mad Women’s Ball: A Novel & Mrs. March: A Novel

In Victoria Mas’ The Mad Women’s Ball: A Novel, the dazzling displays of hypnotism on women who have been deemed mad and cast from society in 1885 Paris’ Salpêtrière Asylum hide a wicked truth – these women are not sick, just inconvenient. Among them is 19-year-old protagonist Eugenie, who is determined to escape from the asylum and the bonds of her gender. In Virginia Feito’s Mrs. March: A Novel – part Hitchcockian psychological thriller, part social satire – the title character is the proper,…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On The Removed: A Novel

In telling the story of the Echota family, Brandon Hobson‘s The Removed: A Novel also offers a meditation on family, grief, home, and the power of stories on both a personal and ancestral level. Moderated by author Kelli Jo Ford.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On The Sweetness of Water: A Novel

In The Sweetness of Water: A Novel, Nathan Harris shares the story of brothers Prentiss and Landry, freed by the Emancipation Proclamation in the waning days of the Civil War and seeking refuge – and the means to make their way north to reunite with the mother who was sold away when they were boys. Moderated by author Luis Alberto Urrea.…

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. Sponsored by      In partnership with

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On We Run the Tides: A Novel

The changing lives of the teenage girls at the center of We Run the Tides: A Novel are a mirror to the story of pre-tech boom San Francisco. Vendela Vida’s book is a portrait of a place on the brink of radical transformation. Moderated by essayist and critic Maris Kreizman, host of The Maris Review podcast on LitHub Radio.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On What’s Mine and Yours: A Novel

Naima Coster’s What’s Mine and Yours: A Novel tells the story of two families, one Black, the other white Latino, unexpectedly coming together. Her tale moves between the years and from North Carolina to Paris, exploring the unique organism that is each family, what breaks them apart, and how they come back together. Moderated by author and Today co-host Jenna Bush Hager.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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Literatura y artes: simbiosis creativas | Del Caribe al mundo: la estética trascendente de Humberto Castro

Un libro sobre el gran artista multimedia cubano, miembro de la generación de los 80 que originó cambios estéticos y conceptuales en el arte de la isla. Castro ha recibido numerosos premios en Cuba y otros países y sus obras forman parte de colecciones museísticas y privadas de su país natal, así como de Brasil, Estados Unidos, Francia, Italia y Polonia, entre otros. Humberto Castro dialoga con la autora y editora Francine Birbragher-Rozencwaig.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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Literatura y artes: simbiosis creativas | Del salón de baile al libro

Radio Gladys Palmera trabaja para recuperar la memoria histórica de la música latina a través de una radio online y la mayor colección de música afrocubana del mundo. Este año RGP llega a la Feria con Cha Cha Cha, un baile y una época, una pieza única que incluye la mayor colección de discos de cha cha cha en un libro cautivante. Con la participación de José Arteaga, coautor y editor, y Judy Cantor-Navas, traductora de la versión en inglés.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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Literatura y artes: simbiosis creativas | En torno al texto dramático

Carmen Duarte, dramaturga, ensayista y profesora universitaria cubana, presenta Etnia, raza y sexualidad en la dramaturgia femenina hispano-caribeña en los Estados Unidos. El dramaturgo, ensayista, narrador y poeta cubanoespañol Abel González Melo llega con Cádiz en Martí. Itinerario de romances, donde evoca dos ciudades entrañables para el patriota cubano: La Habana y Cádiz. El panel estará moderado por Mario Ernesto Sánchez, fundador de Teatro Avante y del Festival de Teatro Hispano de Miami.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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Literatura y artes: simbiosis creativas | Hitchcock filma en el closet

El poeta, narrador y pintor cubano Santiago Rodríguez presenta su ensayo Hitchcock, la homosexualidad y los MacGuffins. Manual del impertinente, en el que analiza las ocultas motivaciones homosexuales de algunos personajes de las cintas del gran realizador inglés. Rodríguez conversará con la poeta, crítica y fotógrafa Ena Columbié.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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Reason & Unreason: Three Poets on Destruction, Memory & Hope

In Asylum: A Personal, Historical, Natural Inquiry in 103 Lyric Sections, Jill Bialosky considers the oppositions that govern us: our reason and unreason, our need to preserve and destruct, building a narrative sequence that examines her nascent calling as a writer; her sister’s suicide and its still unfolding aftermath; the horror unleashed by World War II; the life cycle of the monarch butterfly; and the woods where she seeks asylum – to form a moving story, powerfully braiding despair,…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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This Moment in Time: David Kirby & Barbara Hamby in Conversation

In Help Me, Information: Poems, David Kirby’s works move the way the mind does on a good day, puddle-jumping from one topic to another and then coming in for a soft landing. In The Knowledge: Where Poems Come From and How to Write Them, five-time teaching award winner Kirby invites college students to learn the complex, playful, and meditative art form of poetry, offering tips, talking points, and unique prompts in each chapter. “Holoholo” is the Hawaiian word for walking out with no destination in mind.…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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Three Poets on Geography, Intimacy & Dislocation

In All the Names Given: Poems, Raymond Antrobus outlines a childhood caught between intimacy and brutality, sound and silence, and conflicting racial and cultural identities – shifting fluidly between England, South Africa, Jamaica, and the American South. This Alaska by Carlie Hoffman interrogates all that emotional and physical intimacy cannot salvage or keep warm. To live in an Alaska of the mind is to map the imagined cartography of winter on all that is physical, to dwell perpetually in a symbolic cold,…

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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Three YA Authors on Remixing the Classics

In Our Violent Ends, Chloe Gong’s Shakespearean sequel to These Violent Delights, secrets keep Roma and Juliette apart, and a new monstrous danger emerges in Shanghai, already on the edge of revolution. Rumor has it that the Head of the legendary Dragon Fleet had one last treasure – the plunder of a thousand ports – and two intrepid girls take to the deadly high seas to find it in C.B. Lee’s A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix.…

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 Cisneros’ friend and fellow author Jan Beatty. La reconocida autora Sandra Cisneros presenta Martita,…

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…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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2020 National Poetry Series Winner Devon Walker-Figueroa

The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to recognize and promote excellence in contemporary poetry by ensuring the publication of five books of poetry annually through participating publishers. In addition, the National Poetry Series has partnered with Miami Book Fair to award the Paz Prize in Poetry, which ensures bilingual publication for a book of poems written in Spanish. This conversation features Devon Walker-Figueroa on Philomath: Poems, in conversation with the judge who selected her manuscript, Sally Keith,…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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2020 National Poetry Series Winner Teresa K. Miller

The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to recognize and promote excellence in contemporary poetry by ensuring the publication of five books of poetry annually through participating publishers. In addition, the National Poetry Series has partnered with Miami Book Fair to award the Paz Prize in Poetry, which ensures bilingual publication for a book of poems written in Spanish. This conversation features Teresa K. Miller on Borderline Fortune, in conversation with the judge who selected her manuscript, Carol Muske-Dukes,

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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A South Beach Documentary: “Abraham’s Bakery”

Aaron Davidson’s documentary films on Jewish themes have all been created in South Florida, but transcend their local flavor and are at once familiar and nostalgic. A hallmark of his work is a periodic update of his films, often with poignant, ironic, or unexpected results, as films made innocently more than a decade ago in an earlier context take on new and added meaning with contemporary footage. “Abraham’s Bakery” is one of three films being screened for Miami Book Fair that amazingly span 13 years – a significant milestone,…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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A South Beach Documentary: “Rascal House”

Aaron Davidson’s documentary films on Jewish themes have all been created in South Florida, but transcend their local flavor and are at once familiar and nostalgic. A hallmark of his work is a periodic update of his films, often with poignant, ironic, or unexpected results, as films made innocently more than a decade ago in an earlier context take on new and added meaning with contemporary footage. “Rascal House” is one of three films being screened for Miami Book Fair that amazingly span 13 years – a significant milestone,…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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A South Beach Documentary: “Tradition at Steak”

Aaron Davidson’s documentary films on Jewish themes have all been created in South Florida, but transcend their local flavor and are at once familiar and nostalgic. A hallmark of his work is a periodic update of his films, often with poignant, ironic, or unexpected results, as films made innocently more than a decade ago in an earlier context take on new and added meaning with contemporary footage. “Tradition at Steak” is one of three films being screened for Miami Book Fair that amazingly span 13 years – a significant milestone,…

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. Sponsored by…

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 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 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 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. Sponsored by…

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 Hyam Plutzik 32 Poems // 32 Poemas

32 Poems // 32 Poemas is a new bilingual (Spanish and English) edition of selected poems by the American poet Hyam Plutzik (1911-1962), released by Miami publisher, Sububrano Ediciones (2021) and includes 17 esteemed contributors. Poet Richard Blanco contributed a foreword that proffers poetry as a medium that uniquely bridges the immigrant experience across time and culture. This Miami Book Fair conversation and poetry reading on Plutzik’s work is led by inaugural poet Blanco and features the book’s editor, George B.

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 @ 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 Late City: A Novel

Robert Olen Butler‘s Late City: A Novel centers around former newspaperman Sam Cunningham as he prepares to die. The conversation between the dying man and a surprising God covers much of the early 20th century. And as it unfolds, Sam is amazed at what he still has left to learn about himself. Moderated by Marrie Stone, co-host of the weekly KUCI radio show Writers on Writing.…

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