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September 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Lip Service presents: Storypalooza!, The “I Got Miamied” Edition

Miami means a lot. It has also DONE a lot. Ever been surprised, humiliated, inspired, repulsed, turned on, spat out, dumped on, burned, or bummed out by The Magic City? Guess what? You’ve been Miamied! On Saturday, September 10 (during Downtown Miami ArtDays) Miami becomes a verb. Come to Storypalooza! with a true, personal story set in and about Miami (stories should be written, 500 words-4 minutes, max). Drop your story in a hat and you might be selected to tell it in front of a live audience and get feedback from an expert editorial panel (Lip Service co-producers Nick Garnett &…

November 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016 @ 5:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Drew Weing

In The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo, Charles just moved to a new city and his neighbors are monsters! Lucky for him, he meets Margo Maloo, the monster mediator—and she knows just what to do. RSVPs are required. Entry to this session will not be allowed without an RSVP and a confirmation email. RSVP HERE!…

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Drew Weing

Friday, November 18, 2016 @ 6:30 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Molly Booth

In Saving Hamlet, just as everything starts to go haywire with the drama club’s production of Hamlet, Emma Allen falls through the stage’s trap door and emerges at the Globe Theater’s original production of the play—complete with William Shakespeare! Can Emma save two disastrous productions?   RSVPs are required. Entry to this session will not be allowed without an RSVP and a confirmation email. RSVP HERE!…

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Molly Booth

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 6:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

It’s A Mystery To Me!

Detective rivalries spark, dark conspiracies are revealed, secret items and codes are unearthed, people and items go missing, and the clock is ticking. Mysteries must be solved in short order, in Ridley Pearson’s Lock and Key: The Initiation, Kevin Sands’ Mark of the Plague, and James Hannibal’s The Lost Property Office.…

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 7:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Follow the Clues

Can these detectives solve the case before they become part of the plot?  A cheerleader throws herself off a bridge and only two people know why, in Maggie Thrash‘s We Know It Was You; teens addicted to true crime try to solve a murder with the killer hot on their heels, in Sara Shepard‘s The Amateurs Book 1. ; a ghostly lady tries to unravel the mystery behind her own death, in William Ritter‘s Ghostly Echoes: A Jackaby Novel;

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Follow the Clues

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 8:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Rebel Heroines With A Cause

Join the rebellion against dangerous oppressors with the heroines as they face missions that might destroy them, against people who have betrayed them, and battling dark forces, and with odds stacked against them in Victoria Aveyard‘s Glass Sword, and Ryan Graudin‘s Blood for Blood.…

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 9:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Of Myths and Monsters!

Ancient myths comes alive as Greek Gods battle giant mythical beasts, young kids fend off a Viking god invasion that could lead to the end of the world, a young boy finds he’s destined to become a Japanese warrior who fights legendary monsters, and a girl from another world battles power-hungry spider gods, in George O’Connor’s Apollo: The Brilliant One, Adam Shaughnessy’s The Unbelievable FIB 2:  Over the Underworld,  Margaret Dilloway’s Momotaro Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters,

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Deadly Assassins

The comic world’s most deadly assassins are revealed in these never-before-told tales of conspiracy, danger, and rebellion with Margaret Stohl‘s Black Widow Red Vengeance, Conor McCreery‘s Assassin’s Creed Vol. 1: Trial by Fire, and E.K. Johnston‘s Star Wars Ashoka.…

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Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 11:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Dark Secrets

These dark and deadly mysteries will leave you in suspense long after the last page: Mindy McGinnis‘ The Female of the Species, Kimberly McCreight‘s The Outliers and Kara Thomas‘ The Darkest Corners.…

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Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 7:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Dark Forces Breed Complex Villains

In Leigh Bardugo‘s Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows, alliances are fragile as evil threatens to tear friends apart; in Alexandra Bracken‘s Passenger, a girl falls prey to a friend with a dangerous agenda; and in Romina Russell’s Wandering Star: A Zodiac Novel, a former Zodiac Guardian is left with no choice but to fight those determined to bring terror to the galaxy.…

Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 8:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Stuck Between Worlds

Molly Booth‘s Saving Hamlet and M.E. Girard‘s Girl Mans Up present the most difficult journey of all—the search for your true self.…

Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 9:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Caught Up in the Magic

These fun, moving, and heartfelt stories remind us that, with love, we can get through anything: Nicola Yoon‘s The Sun Is Also A Star, Lauren Gibaldi‘s Autofocus, and Rachel Cohn‘s Twelve Days of Dash and Lily.…

Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 10:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Hard Choices, High Costs

In Carolyn Cohagan‘s Time Zero, a girl defies the laws of a future world ruled by extremists; in Katharine McGee‘s The Thousandth Floor, the impossible is within reach—but the cost is high; and in Maria Dahvana Headley‘s Aerie (Magonia), one girl’s search for a legendary weapon forces her to choose between two worlds, and two versions of herself.…

Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 11:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Twisted Fairytales

The tales are classics, but you’ve never heard them told like this before. Turn the fairytales you know and love on their axis and enter these dark and twisted fantasy tales made anew with Renee Ahdieh‘s The Wrath and the Dawn, and Liz Braswell‘s Tale As Old As Time.…

March 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 11:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Celebration of Women’s History Month, Poet Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, author of Hour of the Ox

Winner of the 2015 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry Hour of the Ox received the 2015 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, selected by Crystal Ann Williams, who called it “a timeless collection written by a poet of exceptional talent and grace, a voice as tough as it is tender.” Cancio-Bello examines the multiplicity of distance, wanderlust, and grief at the intersection between filial and cultural responsibility. Desires are sloughed off, replaced by new ones, re-cultivated as mythos. These poems offer a complex and necessary new perspective on the elegiac immigrant song.…

November 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 10:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Mike Cavallaro

In Decelerate Blue, you’ll find a controlled world where speed and efficiency are everything and the only act of rebellion to take is to slow things down and wake up the masses before the powers that be shut you down – for good. RSVP Here!…

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Mike Cavallaro

Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Conor McCreery

As if Juliet hasn’t already been through enough, she faces a never-ending nightmare of torture and humiliation. But she has a plan to win her freedom back in Kill Shakespeare: Past is Prologue: Juliet. RSVP Here!…

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Conor McCreery

Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

John Demos

A young Puritan girl is captured by Mohawk Indians and raised as their own. As she learns more about her captors’ customs, and history, she begins to question her Puritan past in Puritan Girl, Mohawk Girl.   RSVP Here!…

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John Demos

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Prometeo Theater presents: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince

Based on one of the best-selling books ever published, Miami Dade College’s Teatro Prometeo presents the fabled story of a grown-up meeting his inner child, embodied by a Little Prince. His journey brings him across many planets and characters, where he witnesses the behaviors of adults and the modern world, before ultimately returning home to love, childhood and innocence. Adaptation and Direction by Sonia de Martín Iriarte. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 11:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Prometeo Theater presents: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince

Based on one of the best-selling books ever published, Miami Dade College’s Teatro Prometeo presents the fabled story of a grown-up meeting his inner child, embodied by a Little Prince. His journey brings him across many planets and characters, where he witnesses the behaviors of adults and the modern world, before ultimately returning home to love, childhood and innocence. Adaptation and Direction by Sonia de Martín Iriarte. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Hope in Unexpected Places: Finding Light in the Dark

Sometimes, the most unlikely thing can change your entire world. The lost find themselves in deeply affecting ways with Ibi Zoboi’s American Streets, Julie Buxbaum’s What to Say Next, Barry Lyga’s Bang, and Sophie Chen Keller’s The Luster of Lost Things.…

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Witchy (Wo)men: Modern Fantastical Witch Stories

Witch stories have been around for ages, but you’ve never heard them told like this before. In Newbery Award-winning author Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Xan the witch is feared, but nobody knows she is secretly a compassionate protector, in Molly Ostertag’s The Witch Boy, Aster must find the courage to be truly himself and practice witchcraft even when it’s forbidden for boys, and in Kiersten White’s Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales,…

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Fantastical Dystopias and Epic Battles: Action-Packed YA Fantasy

In the thrilling sequels to these popular fantasy series, the heroes are put to their ultimate tests and the stakes have never been higher. Lose yourself in the fantastical dystopias and epic fantasy stories of Mercedes Lackey’s Apex, Michael Buckley’s Heart of the Storm, and Anna Banks’ Ally.  Moderated by Aurora Dominguez​…

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Wonders from the Past: Historical Fictions and Truths

Dive into the most adventurous history lesson with these stories of bravery, inspired by myths and historical records, with Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Raid of No Return, George O’Connor’s Artemis: Goddess of the Hunt, and John Demos’ Puritan Girl, Mohawk Girl.  …

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Mystery, Murder and Deception: Page-Turning Suspense Thrillers

What happens when everything you think you know and see are just illusions, crafted by deceptive and twisted minds? Find out in Julie Shepard’s Rosie Girl, Maggie Thrash’s Strange Lies, and Lynn Weingarten’s Bad Girls With Perfect Faces. Moderated by Aurora Dominguez.…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 10:30 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Prometeo Theater presents: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince

Based on one of the best-selling books ever published, Miami Dade College’s Teatro Prometeo presents the fabled story of a grown-up meeting his inner child, embodied by a Little Prince. His journey brings him across many planets and characters, where he witnesses the behaviors of adults and the modern world, before ultimately returning home to love, childhood and innocence. Adaptation and Direction by Sonia de Martín Iriarte. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 11:30 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Prometeo Theater presents: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince

Based on one of the best-selling books ever published, Miami Dade College’s Teatro Prometeo presents the fabled story of a grown-up meeting his inner child, embodied by a Little Prince. His journey brings him across many planets and characters, where he witnesses the behaviors of adults and the modern world, before ultimately returning home to love, childhood and innocence. Adaptation and Direction by Sonia de Martín Iriarte. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 12:30 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

The Beast Within: Dark Fantasy Stories

These stories of fiercely savage and powerful ladies explore the darkness within and the good without. These riveting tales will have your heart pounding in Kiersten White’s Now I Rise, S.J. Kincaid’s The Empress and Emmy Laybourne’s Berserker. Sponsored by:…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 1:30 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Restless Souls: Identity and New Beginnings  

Feeling out of place is a universal experience, and these graphic novels show that the journey to find your own voice is never over, but always worth it, in Tillie Walden’s Spinning, Cecil Castelluci’s Soupy Leaves Home. Sponsored by:…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

The Haunting Truth: Sifting Through Secrets and Mystery

Old skeletons are laid bare, a Shakespearian lover must find a murderer, and fragments of a person’s supernatural life begin to reveal their hidden truths in the thrilling mysteries of Michelle Hodkin’s The Becoming of Noah Shaw, Conor McCreery’s Kill Shakespeare: Past is Prologue: Juliet and M.A. Powers’s Broken Circle. Sponsored by:…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 3:30 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Who Are You? Heartwarming Stories of Identity and Belonging

A charmed life of private planes and fame gives way to a life of being a little fish in a big pond in Veronica Chambers’ The Go-Between, a spoiled girl is forced to gain some insight as the new ghost of Christmas past in Cynthia Hand’s The Afterlife of Holly Chase, and a young girl questions how much she’s willing to compromise for her father in Tamika Gibson’s Dreams Beyond the Shore.  …

November 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author George O’Connor

Hermes was always mischievous, bewitching animals and plaguing his fellow Olympians with chaos. Learn all about the winged messenger of the gods in Hermes: Tales of the Trickster. Sponsored by

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 11:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author Drew Weing

Margo and Charles are having a hard time keeping the monster community secret from the growing human population. Can they keep the peace? Find out in The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo: The Monster Mall.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author Annie Barrows

Ivy & Bean are back with One Big Happy Family! Ivy is an only child, and she’s worried about being spoiled rotten. There’s only one solution: she needs a baby sister, quick! Luckily, Ivy and Bean know just where to get one.…

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Against All Odds: Powerful Women Persevere

You might know of Malala Yousuafzai and Anne Frank, but have you heard of about Trisha Prabhu, who invented an anti-cyberbullying app at age 13? Meet Ibtihaj Muhammad, a real-life rad girl who went from outsider to Olympic fencer, activist, and Time “100 Most Influential People” honoree in Proud: Living My American Dream. Kate Schatz introduces other incredible young women in Rad Girls Can.…

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Tales of Transformation: Thrilling YA Fantasy

Whether they’re beastly or beautiful, the heroines in four stunning adventures must navigate dangers within and without to become their best self or their own worst enemy. Step into the worlds of Dhonielle Clayton’s The Belles, Somaiya Daud’s Mirage, Megan Shepherd’s Grim Lovelies, and Kiersten White’s The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 1:30 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Award-Winning Readings: National Book Award Nominees and Finalists in Young People’s Literature

Celebrate the 2018 National Book Award Nominees and Finalists in Young People’s Literature, in recognition of some of the most outstanding middle-grade and young adult books published in the U.S. this year. Moderated by Rita Mayer. Sponsored by

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Magic, Mayhem, and Misadventures: Page-Turning Quests

Stakes are high, friends are fierce, and dangerous magic abounds in these bestselling series: The School for Good and Evil: Quests for Glory by Soman Chainani, The Adventurers Guild: Twilight of the Elves by Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos, and Adventure Time x Regular Show by Conor McCreery. Sponsored by…

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

From Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist: A Memoir

Sylvia Acevedo was a real-life rocket scientist for NASA, and is now CEO of the Girl Scouts. But before that, she was just a Brownie scout, nourishing a love of numbers and science. Read about her journey in Path to the Stars. Moderated by Chelsea Willkerson.…

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Truth in Troubled Times: YA Heroes Speak Up

It takes great courage to speak out against prejudice and stand up for what you believe in, no matter the consequences in Sara Farizan’s Here to Stay, Kody Keplinger’s That’s Not What Happened, and Jon McGoran’s Spliced.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 11:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author Jason Reynolds

In the thrilling finale to the bestselling Track series, Lu may have been born to be a track star, but he has to get over some major hurdles—literal and not-so-literal—to lead his team to victory. We are proud to launch the “Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday” campaign right here in Miami with 2018 Indies First spokesperson Jason Reynolds! In partnership with the American Booksellers Association and Simon & Schuster.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Classic Myths & Legends Reinvented

In Ryan Calejo’s Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, a battle rages between secret societies of mythological beings sworn to protect (or destroy!) mankind. Comics sensation Jaime Hernandez transforms beloved myths into stunning comics in The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America. George O’Connor brings to life everyone’s favorite mischief-making god and winged emissary from Mount Olympus in Hermes: Tales of the Trickster.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Reading Queer Presents Three YA Stories

In T Cooper & Allison Glock-Cooper’s series finale, Changers: Forever, Kim changes into the body of her dreams, but will she keep it? In Nic Stone’s Odd One Out, Rae wants to kiss him. And her. Which is…perplexing. Maggie Thrash follows up her acclaimed coming-out memoir with Lost Soul Be at Peace, an honest and humorous examination of her struggle with depression. Moderated by David Levithan.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 2:30 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

My Body is My Own: YA Women Fight Back

Heroines must confront toxic relationships and traumatic events in Jenny Torres Sanchez’s The Fall of Innocence, Tiffany D. Jackson’s Monday’s Not Coming, Natasha Ngan’s Girls of Paper and Fire, and Anica Mrose Rissi’s Always Forever Maybe. Trigger warnings: domestic violence, mental illness, sexual assault.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

We Must Bear Witness: Remembering the Holocaust

The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix is the true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who makes the ultimate sacrifice to free the German people from Hitler’s Nazi agenda. In Tara Lynn Masih’s My Real Name is Hanna, a group of Ukrainian Jews are forced to flee to underground caves, and Hanna must keep them all alive. In Jennifer A. Nielsen’s Resistance, Chaya joins a Jewish resistance cell in Poland, determined to save as many lives as possible.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

YA Authors on Love, Loneliness, and Everything in Between

Love and loneliness converge for A in David Levithan’s Someday, the body-switching sequel to his bestselling Every Day. In Janelle Milanes’ Analee, In Real Life, Analee is torn between her online gaming partner and her real-fake boyfriend. Vlogger and pâtissier Eric Bittle struggles to come out to his college hockey team—and the very attractive but moody captain, Jack—in Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu.…

November 2019

Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author Andrea Beaty

When her Abuelo gets hurt, Sofia asks City Hall to turn the dangerous Mount Trashmore into a park, only to be told she’s just a kid. Down but not out, she sets out to prove what one kid can do in the Questioneers: Sofia Valdez, Future Prez!…

Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 11:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author Mike Cavallaro

At Vulcan’s Celestial Supply Shop, Nico and his friends provide “legendary service and expertise in all areas of the arcane.” But his latest customer, Eowulf, plans to slay Cerberus, which could accidentally unleash the hordes of the Underworld. Find out what happens in Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades!…

Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Authors Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite

When Alaine Beauparlant finds herself suspended from school, shipped off to Haiti and writing the school report of a lifetime, she finds herself flirting with Tati’s cute intern, experiencing Haiti for the first time, and discovering a family history loaded with betrayals, superstitions and possibly even a family curse in Dear Haiti, Love Alaine.…

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

On the Come Up: Women Who Slay

Join us for a conversation with powerhouses Brittany Morris and Angie Thomas! Slay follows a teen game developer as she battles a real-life troll intent on ruining the Black-Panther-inspired video game she created and the safe community it represents. On the Come Up follows Bri, who wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, she no longer just wants to make it—she has to.…

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Equality and Justice for All

In Troublemaker for Justice, Walter Naegle traces the life of Bayard Rustin, who was a major figure in the Civil Rights movement—arrested on a bus 13 years before Rosa Parks, mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., organizer for the March on Washington. In One Person, No Vote, Carol Anderson chronicles the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and discriminated against African American participation in the vote. Moderated by Keshia Abraham.…

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 2:30 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Award-Winning Readings: National Book Award Nominees: Young People’s Literature

The National Book Foundation’s National Book Awards recognize some of the most outstanding works of young people’s literature published in the U.S. each year. Moderated by Rita Mayer, Miami Dade Public Library System Children’s Librarian.   Jason Reynolds, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Laura Ruby, Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All Hal Schrieve, Out of Salem Colleen AF Venable & Ellen T. Crenshaw, Kiss Number 8 Sponsored by …

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

A New Kind of Superhero

What would you do if you had the power to time travel? Or retrieve things (and people) from anywhere in time and space? What if your parents were real-life superheroes? Take a ride on the sci-fi side with Carlos Hernandez (Sal and Gabi Break the Universe), Peter Lerangis (Throwback), and Ridley Pearson (Super Sons: The Foxglove Mission)! Moderated by Leadership Academy.

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Remembering Your Roots: Not Just Your Average Rom-Com

Whether they’re caught between cultures or crushes, family and friends, these heartfelt, hilarious characters will sweep you off your feet. Featuring Nina Moreno (Don’t Date Rosa Santos), Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite (Dear Haiti, Love Alaine), and David Yoon (Frankly in Love). Moderated by Aurora Dominguez.…

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 11:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author Carl Hiaasen: Squirm

Billy Dickens’ dad left when he was four, but he has just found his dad’s address—in Montana. This summer, Billy will fly across the country, hike a mountain, float a river, dodge a grizzly bear, shoot down a spy drone, save a neighbor’s cat, save an endangered panther, and then try to save his own father.   Sponsored by  …

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Avatar, the Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi

Author F. C. Yee and animation series co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino of Avatar, the Last Airbender delve into the story of Kyoshi, the Earth Kingdom-born Avatar. The first of two novels based on the longest-living Avatar in this beloved world’s history, The Rise of Kyoshi maps her journey from a girl of humble origins to the merciless pursuer of justice who is still feared and admired centuries later. Moderated by Joan Hilty.

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Fierce Fantasy:

Three indomitable fantasy authors join forces in a conversation you won’t want to miss. Featuring Stephanie Garber with Caraval #3: Finale, in which all games must come to an end; and Tahereh Mafi with Shatter Me #5: Defy Me, in which Juliette must choose to be a weapon or be a warrior. Moderated by Culture Shock Miami. G. Willow Wilson UNABLE TO APPEAR…

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Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Myths and Legends: The Comics Edition

In Mike Cavallaro’s Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades, Eowulf plans to slay Cerberus, which could accidentally unleash the hordes of the Underworld. Witness the wrath of George O’Connor’s Hephaistos: God of Fire as he creates a plan that will win him the respect he deserves. Jarod Roselló’s Red Panda & Moon Bear battle supernatural threats to their neighborhood with the power of science, magic, and a pair of very special hoodies. Moderated by Juan Navarro (The Goblin’s Heist –

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Twistery History, Manifested Mythology

Lovely War by Julie Berry is a multi-layered romance during WWI and WWII recounted by the goddess Aphrodite. Kat Cho combines K-dramas and folktales with Wicked Fox, a nine-tailed gumiho who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Jennifer Mathieu’s The Liars of Mariposa Island follows two siblings grappling with their mother’s experience as a teenage refugee fleeing the Cuban revolution. Asylum to America is granted to The Grief Keeper (Alexandra Villasante) only if she takes the grief of another into her own body to save lives. …

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Whodunit: Murder, Mayhem, and Mystery

In Ann Dávila Cardinal’s Five Midnights, clues to a series of murders sweeping through Puerto Rico all point to the impossible. The murder mystery in Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious trilogy, has more twists and turns than Stevie Bell ever expected. Fans of the CLUE board game will love Diana Peterfreund’s In the Hall with the Knife, in which nothing is as it seems, and everyone has a motive for murder. Moderated by Oline Codgill.…

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