Ticketed Events – 2017

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Need tickets? All Book Fair events requiring tickets are listed below. Tickets to Evenings With, Weekend, and Special Events will be available to the general public on November 6, 2017 at 10 a.m.

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Past Events

November 2017
Sunday, November 19 @ 6:30 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Closing Event: Senator Al Franken

Senator Al Franken has represented Minnesota in the United States Senate since 2009. Franken first gained notice as a writer, comedian, and sharp political satirist during his long tenure on the comedy sketch program, Saturday Night Live, during which he won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy, Variety, or Music Series. He was also the author of bestselling books, including Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations, as well as Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.…

Sunday, November 19 @ 5:30 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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American Histories

Author of Black Hawk Down, Mark Bowden‘s Hue 1968 is the story of the the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the American War in Vietnam. Cultural commentator Kurt Andersen shows how “Fake News” is just the ultimate expression of our national character, in Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History. PURCHASE TICKETS TICKETS AVAILABLE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6 AT 10 A.M. Free tickets will be required for admission to this presentation.…

Sunday, November 19 @ 4:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Two Poets Laureate: A Reading and Conversation

Former U.S. Poets Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winners Robert Hass and Charles Simic read from their latest books and discuss the necessity of poetry. In A Little Book on Form, Hass examines what makes a poem tick, and how the formal imagination actually operates in poetry. Scribbled in the Dark, Simic’s latest volume, is rich with his signature sardonic sense of humor and piercing social insight in chronicling the human condition from presidents to park benches. In conversation with Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundation fellow,…

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

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The Man Who Invented Christmas

Christmas comes early to The Fair with The Man Who Invented Christmas, distributed by Bleecker Street, and coming to theaters everywhere starting Wednesday, November 22nd. The film tells the story of how a broke and desperate Charles Dickens came to write and publish A Christmas Carol, the masterpiece that transformed Christmas into the merry family event we celebrate today. Don’t miss the backstory on how The Man Who Invented Christmas came to be at this panel discussion with the book’s author,…

Sunday, November 19 @ 1:30 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Hiaasen and Turow: Two New Thrillers

In Carl Hiaasen‘s Razor Girl, a lovely and loveable con woman and a disgraced detective team up to find a redneck reality TV star. In Testimony, Scott Turow returns with a page-turning legal thriller about an American prosecutor’s investigation of a refugee camp’s mystifying disappearance. Sponsored by: At this time, there are currently no tickets available for this presentation. If you were unable to obtain tickets, and would like to attend this event,…

Sunday, November 19 @ 12:30 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Obama: An Intimate Portrait

Obama: An Intimate Portrait is the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama’s historic Presidency, captured in unprecedented detail by his White House photographer, Pete Souza—featuring a foreword from the President himself. The collection reproduces Souza’s most iconic photographs, some of which have never been published. These photographs document the most consequential hours of the Presidency—Including the historic image of President Obama and his advisors in the Situation Room during the bin Laden mission—alongside unguarded moments with the President’s family,…

Sunday, November 19 @ 11:30 am
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Van Jones Presents: Beyond the Messy Truth

Political commentator Van Jones offers a blueprint for transforming our collective anxiety into meaningful change, in Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together. Sponsored by: At this time, there are currently no tickets available for this presentation. If you were unable to obtain tickets, and would like to attend this event, you may come to the event and wait in the “stand-by” line on the first floor of building 3. Stand-by line attendees will be admitted to the room on a first-come,…

Sunday, November 19 @ 10:30 am
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Perspective on Politics: Nonfiction

In How the Right Lost Its Mind, radio host Charles Sykes presents an impassioned, regretful, and deeply thoughtful account of how the American conservative movement came to lose its values. PURCHASE TICKETS TICKETS AVAILABLE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6 AT 10 A.M. Free tickets will be required for admission to this presentation. Seating with a ticket is on a “first come, first served” basis. Seats will only be held up to ten (10) minutes before the start of the session.…

Saturday, November 18 @ 7:00 pm
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Joe Biden on Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

SOLD OUT. At this time, there are no more tickets available for our Special Event with Joe Biden. In his memoir, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose, Vice President Joe Biden reveals the big political moments of his career, the life-altering choices he made, and the key traits that have helped him persevere through challenges, including how the loss of his son, Beau, tested his resolve, and how he is finding new purpose in a time of uncertainty.…

Saturday, November 18 @ 5:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center at MDC Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Khizr Khan on An American Family

In An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice, Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who electrified viewers around the world when he offered to lend Donald Trump his own pocket Constitution, presents a stirring, timeless, and urgent defense of the rights, dignities, and values enshrined in the American system. PURCHASE TICKETS TICKETS AVAILABLE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6 AT 10 A.M. Free tickets will be required for admission to this presentation. Seating with a ticket is on a “first come,…

Saturday, November 18 @ 4:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Journalist Katy Tur on the Campaign Trail

Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History is journalist Katy Tur’s darkly comic, fascinatingly bizarre, and often scary story of how America sent a former reality show host to the White House. In Conversation with Tony Dokoupil. At this time, there are currently no tickets available for this presentation. If you were unable to obtain tickets, and would like to attend this event, you may come to the event and wait in the “stand-by” line on the first floor of building 3.…

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

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Salman Rushie on The Golden House

Salman Rushdie’s novel The Golden House is a modern American epic set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture; an eccentric billionaire moves into a cloistered neighborhood in Greenwich Village; and meanwhile, like a bad joke, a comic book villain makes a bid for the White House. At this time, there are currently no tickets available for this presentation. If you were unable to obtain tickets, and would like to attend this event, you may come to the event and wait in the “stand-by” line on the first floor of building 3.…

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

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George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo

Acclaimed author George Saunders’s latest novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, is set in 1862. The Civil War is less than one-year old. President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. From that seed of historical truth, Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying—an unforgettable imagining of familial loss.…

Saturday, November 18 @ 1:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Walter Isaacson on Leonardo da Vinci

Master biographer Walter Isaacson brings to life the astounding creative genius of Leonardo da Vinci, based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work. Sponsored by: At this time, there are currently no tickets available for this presentation. If you were unable to obtain tickets, and would like to attend this event, you may come to the event and wait in the “stand-by” line on the first floor of building 3. …

Saturday, November 18 @ 11:30 am
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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American Perspectives

In One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported, Norman Ornstein explains Trump’s rise and the danger his administration poses to our free institutions. PURCHASE TICKETS TICKETS AVAILABLE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6 AT 10 A.M. Free tickets will be required for admission to this presentation. Seating with a ticket is on a “first come, first served” basis. Seats will only be held up to ten (10) minutes before the start of the session.…

Saturday, November 18 @ 10:30 am
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Chris Matthews on Bobby Kennedy

Drawing on extensive research and interviews, the host of Hardball, Chris Matthews, returns with Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit, a gripping, in-depth, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the great figures of the American twentieth century. Overlooked by his father, and overshadowed by his war-hero brother, Bobby Kennedy was the perpetual underdog. But RFK would prove himself to be the rarest of politicians—both a pragmatist who knew how to get the job done and an unwavering idealist who could inspire millions.…

Friday, November 17 @ 7:30 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Lip Service Presents: True Stories, Out Loud

Lip Service presents the smartest, hottest, and most honest storytelling event in South Florida. Lip Service combines theater and literature into an evening of true and personal stories. Lip Service stories are hilarious, heartbreaking, poignant, embarrassing, inspiring, and all true! You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll cringe. Tonight’s special guests include spoken-word sensation The Asia Project, and star of Snap Judgement, James Judd. After the show, join the storytellers and fellow listeners on The Porch for the official Lip Service after party with Speakfridays!  …

Friday, November 17 @ 6:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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An Evening With the National Book Awards Winners and Finalists

Book Fair, in partnership with the National Book Foundation and with the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, welcomes the Finalists and Winners of the prestigious National Book Foundation’s National Book Awards. Previous winners of the Award—including William Carlos Williams, Joyce Carol Oates, and William Faulkner—comprise a who’s who of American literature. Following the awards ceremony in New York City on November 15, at which the winners will be announced, all Winners and Finalists in the categories of fiction,…

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

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An Evening With James McBride

James McBride is an accomplished musician and author of the National Book Award–winning The Good Lord Bird, the #1 bestselling American classic The Color of Water, and the bestsellers Song Yet Sung and Miracle at St. Anna. He is also the author of Kill ’Em and Leave, a James Brown biography. A recipient of the National Humanities Medal in 2016, McBride is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.…

Thursday, November 16 @ 6:30 pm
Kitchen Stadium
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Booking the Cooks – An Evening of Scrumptious Bites to Benefit Miami Book Fair and Slow Food Miami

Miami Book Fair and Slow Food Miami team up to excite your senses with food, drinks, and celebrity chef demos to kick off this year’s weekend-long festival. At this exclusive VIP reception, guests will savor tastes that are created by local, farm-to-table chefs, just as they appear in their cookbooks. Norman Van Aken, Cindy Hutson, Allen Susser, Adrianne Calvo, Victor Santos, and Richard Ingraham will offer bites and showcase demos throughout the event, bringing their cookbooks to life.…

Thursday, November 16 @ 6:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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An Evening With Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush

Born into a political dynasty, Barbara and her sister Jenna grew up very much in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president of the United States; just twelve years later they stood by their father’s side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years being trailed by the Secret Service and chased by the paparazzi. But the tabloids didn’t tell the whole story. In Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life (Grand Central Publishing),…

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

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An Evening With Donna Brazile in Conversation with Ana Navarro

SOLD OUT. At this time, there are no more tickets available for An Evening With Donna Brazile in Conversation with Ana Navarro. Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee, as well as the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute. During the chaotic 2016 presidential campaign, Democrats turned to Brazile to right the Party’s ship.…

Wednesday, November 15 @ 6:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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An Evening With Isabel Allende

This event will be presented in English with translation into Spanish. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Eva Luna, Stories of Eva Luna, Of Love and Shadows, and Paula. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. In her latest novel,…

Tuesday, November 14 @ 8:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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An Evening With Wallace Shawn

A graduate of both Harvard and Oxford University, Wallace Shawn is an Obie Award-winning playwright and a noted stage and screen actor, whose credits include Manhattan, All That Jazz, Star Trek, Gossip Girl, The Princess Bride, and Toy Story. His plays The Designated Mourner and Marie and Bruce have recently been produced as films. He is co-author of the critically acclaimed cult classic movie My Dinner with Andre and author of the plays The Fever,…

Tuesday, November 14 @ 6:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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An Evening With Kwame Alexander, In Conversation with Edwidge Danticat

Kwame Alexander is a poet, speaker, educator, and New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children. His other works include the novels He Said, She Said and Booked, as well as his nonfiction debut, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life.…

Monday, November 13 @ 8:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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An Evening With Patti Smith

Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. Her memoir Just Kids received a National Book Award, and her recent book M Train is a critically acclaimed New York Times best-seller. Smith was awarded the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic. Her seminal album Horses has been hailed as one of the top one hundred albums of all time, and in 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.…

Monday, November 13 @ 6:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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An Evening With Lawrence O’Donnell

Lawrence O’Donnell is the host of The Last Word on MSNBC. Formerly an Emmy Award-winning executive producer and writer for The West Wing, O’Donnell also served as senior advisor to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), chief of staff to the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works and the Senate Finance Committee. He is the author of Deadly Force and his writing has appeared in The New York TimesWashington Post,…

Sunday, November 12 @ 6:00 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Special Event: A Conversation with Dan Rather

With a storied career that has spanned more than six decades, Dan Rather has earned his place as one of the world’s best-known journalists. Rather joined CBS News in 1962. He quickly rose through the ranks, and in 1981, assumed the position of Anchor and Managing Editor of the CBS Evening News–a post he held for twenty-four years. His reporting across the network helped turn 60 Minutes into an institution, launched 48 Hours as an innovative news magazine program,…

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