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October 2021

Saturday, October 30 @ 11:00 am
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Presentación del libro “La realidad en el cuento, el cuento de la realidad” | Ena Columbié

El libro “La realidad en el cuento, el cuento de la realidad”, es el resultado de un taller literario propiciado por la Feria del Libro de Miami del MDC entre los meses de febrero y junio del 2021. Contará con obras de algunos de los participantes, que hasta ahora tenían poca o ninguna experiencia escribiendo cuentos. La tirada de sólo 60 ejemplares no comercializables, se regalará a los autores. Esta es una oportunidad única para escuchar a los incipientes narradores, una muestra viva del trabajo que realiza el equipo de español de la Feria del Libro.…

November 2021

Sunday, November 14 @ 12:00 pm
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Mystery, Magic & Mayhem: Three Graphic Novel Adventures

Barb the Last Berzerker must free her fellow warriors and stop Witch Head from taking over Bailiwick in this side-splitting graphic novel by Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson. In Nidhi Chanani’s Jukebox, Shaheen and her cousin are transported through decades of music history to search for her missing father. And John Patrick Green’s sewer-loving secret agents are back to solve the mystery of giant bugs in InvestiGators: Ants in Our P.A.N.T.S.…

Sunday, November 14 @ 12:00 pm
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Storytime: Dogs at Work: Good Dogs. Real Jobs.

Have you ever wondered what dogs do all day when their people leave for school or their jobs? What if they went to work, too? Margaret Cardillo’s Dogs at Work: Good Dogs. Real Jobs. is a clever picture book that describes all the real jobs that dogs do. From a therapy dog to a mayor dog and even a lobster-diving dog, the possibilities will surprise you! But, of course, there is one job that dogs love more than any other: being a best friend.…

Sunday, November 14 @ 12:00 pm
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Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora

In Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora, bestselling and award-winning authors as well as up-and-coming voices interrogate the different myths and stereotypes about the Latinx diaspora. These 15 original pieces delve into everything from ghost stories and superheroes, to memories in the kitchen and travels around the world, to addiction and grief, to identity and anti-Blackness, to finding love and speaking your truth. Full of both sorrow and joy, this collection is an essential celebration of this rich and diverse community.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Pinkie Promises

Polly, the protagonist of Senator Elizabeth Warren and Charlene Chua’s Pinkie Promises, knows she’s strong and capable. But whenever she offers to help her uncle or brother or neighbor, they tell her: “That’s not what girls do.” Then Polly goes to a rally to meet a woman running for president, and they make a pinkie promise to remember all the things that girls do. Moderated by author, activist, and actor Busy Philipps.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Our Last Blue Moon: A Memoir

In Our Last Blue Moon: A Memoir, her first book, psychotherapist and former dancer and choreographer Kris O’Shee tells the story of the loss of her husband, Alan Cheuse, the novelist, teacher, and literary commentator known as the “voice of books” on NPR’s All Things Considered. Panelists include poet Robert Pinsky, fiction writer Ana Menéndez, and Elizabeth Gutting, a former student of Cheuse’s who now serves as assistant director of the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center,…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Dream Girl: A Novel & The Dark Hours

In Dream Girl: A Novel, Laura Lippman shares the story of writer Gerry Andersen, injured in a freak fall and confined to a hospital bed in his high-rise apartment. Then late one night, the phone rings – and the caller claims to be the “real” Aubrey, the title character from Andersen’s most successful novel, Dream Girl. But there is no “real” Aubrey, and her corporeal claimant is threatening to visit and suggesting he owes her something. In Michael Connelly’s The Dark Hours – the fourth installment in the Ballard and Bosch series – a killer strikes on New Year’s Eve and LAPD detective Renée Ballard and detective Harry Bosch join forces to find justice for the victim,…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Animal: A Novel

In Animal: A Novel, Lisa Taddeo tells the story of Joan, who – even after spending a lifetime enduring the cruelties of men – witnesses an unbelievably shocking act of violence. And in its aftermath she unravels a horrific event from her childhood that empowers her to finally strike back. Moderated by Natasha Lunn, author of the upcoming Conversations on Love: Lovers, Strangers, Parents, Friends, Endings, Beginnings.…

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

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

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

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

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Piranesi

Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi is set in a dreamlike alternative reality, where the house inhabited by its namesake protagonist is no ordinary building: Within its infinite labyrinth of halls, an ocean is imprisoned. And as Piranesi explores his dwelling, a terrible truth begins to unravel. Moderated by Madeline Miller, author of Circe.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Burnt Sugar: A Novel & The Archer

Avni Doshi‘s Burnt Sugar: A Novel is a story of love and betrayal between a mother and her daughter, who now confronts the task of caring for a woman who never cared for her. It’s a journey into shifting memories and the subjective nature of truth. In Shruti Swamy’s The Archer, a young Indian woman discovers kathak, a centuries-old dance form requiring utmost discipline and focus. Soon, pursuing artistic transcendence through kathak becomes the organizing principle of her life.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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A U.S. Poet Laureate in Conversation

Joy Harjo, the first Native American to serve as U.S. poet laureate, celebrates the stories of her ancestors and family as well as the influences that shaped her work in Poet Warrior: A Memoir. She returns to the Miami Book Fair to talk about the memoir and her historic three terms as laureate. Presented in partnership with the Library of Congress and O, Miami and moderated by Robert Casper, head of Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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2020 National Poetry Series Winner W.J. Herbert

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 W.J. Herbert on Dear Specimen: Poems, in conversation with the judge who selected her manuscript, Kwame Dawes,…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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A New Reckoning: Two Graywolf Poets on Selfhood, Survival & the Second Book

The Renunciations: Poems is a book of resilience, survival, and the journey to radically shift one’s sense of self in the face of trauma. Moving between a childhood marked by love and abuse and the breaking marriage of that adult child, Donika Kelly charts memory and the body as landscapes to be traversed and tended. These poems construct life rafts and sanctuaries even in their most devastating confrontations with what a person can bear, with how families harm themselves.…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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A Reading & Conversation With Ana Castillo

In My Book of the Dead: New Poems, essayist, editor, activist, novelist, and translator Ana Castillo returns to her first literary love, poetry, and unflinchingly addresses some of the bitter realities of the past decade: the environmental crisis, COVID-19, children in detention camps, and Trump’s presidency. Moderated by Michael Torres, author of An Incomplete List of Names: Poems. Sponsored by…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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Un café con Carmen Posadas

La laureada escritora uruguayo-española Carmen Posadas escoge como protagonista de su nueva novela histórica a La peregrina, la perla más famosa de todos los tiempos procedente de las aguas del mar Caribe; un objeto destinado a pasar de mano a mano y a tener una trayectoria azarosa y aventurera. La autora conversará con la promotora de lectura Valentina Trava. Con el apoyo del…

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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Centenario del nacimiento de Augusto Monterroso

Los narradores Ana María Shua (Argentina), Pía Barros (Chile), Agustín Monsreal (México), Raúl Brasca (Argentina), Pablo Montoya (Colombia) y José María Merino (España) dialogan sobre la obra del gran escritor nacido en Honduras y formado en Guatemala Augusto Monterroso, maestro del microrrelato, al cumplirse cien años de su nacimiento. Con el apoyo del…

Monday, November 15 @ 6:00 pm
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Lee Child: On Better Off Dead: A Jack Reacher Novel.

Jack Reacher was heading west and walking under the desert when he came upon a curious scene: A Jeep crashed into the only tree for miles around, with a woman slumped over its steering wheel. Is she dead? No – and nothing is what it seems. In Better Off Dead: A Jack Reacher Novel, the 26th installment of the Reacher saga, authors Lee Child and Andrew Child place their hero in the middle of a game in which the loser is always better off dead.…

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

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

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America

In Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America, Leila Lalami recounts her unlikely journey from Moroccan immigrant to U.S. citizen, using it as a starting point for her exploration of American rights, liberties, and the place of nonwhites in the broader American culture. Moderated by author Marie Arana.…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On The State You’re in: Florida Men, Florida Women, and Other Wildlife & The Thing About Florida: Exploring a Misunderstood State

Investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author Craig Pittman has covered Florida for 30 years. In The State You’re in: Florida Men, Florida Women, and Other Wildlife, which features a selection of his columns for the Tampa Bay Times, he writes about the state’s oddest wildlife and its quirkiest people – and vice versa. In The Thing about Florida: Exploring a Misunderstood State, native son Tyler Gillespie faces his Florida denial and takes readers on an exuberant search for the state behind the caricatures,…

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Wyman and the Florida Knights

In Larry Baker’s novel Wyman and the Florida Knights, Peter Wyman, the most famous portrait painter in America, just wants to go into hiding and disappear. Then a cashier in St. Augustine tells him about Knightville. “Ex-boyfriend of mine came from there and told me it was full of crazies,” she said. Which sounds just about perfect to Peter. Moderated by author Lynne Barrett, founding editor of the Florida Book Review and professor of creative writing at Florida International University.…

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

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

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Picturing Cuba: Art, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora

Edited by Jorge Duany, director of the Cuban Research Institute and Professor of Anthropology at Florida International University, and featuring an impressive list of contributors, Picturing Cuba: Art, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora explores defining moments in Cuban art across three centuries, encompassing works by Cubans on the island, in exile, and born in America. Moderated by Anelys Alvarez, assistant curator, Jorge M. Pérez Collection and The Related Group.…

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

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

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day

In Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day, neuroscientist Amishi P. Jha, Ph.D., offers flexible 12-minute-a-day exercises to lift mental fog, declutter the mind, and strengthen focus to harness the full power of attention and experience more of life. Moderated by Scott Rogers, founder of the Mindfulness in Law Program at the University of Miami School of Law.…

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

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

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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Anita F. Hill: On Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence

In 1991, Anita F. Hill offered landmark testimony against soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as a sexual menace. Her Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence is part memoir, part law and social analysis, and a call to arms which addresses the origins and course of gender violence in our society.…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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FSG Celebrates 75 Years of Poetry: Frank Bidart & Yusef Komunyakaa

In Against Silence: Poems, Frank Bidart writes of the cycles we cannot escape and the feelings we cannot forget. Our history is not a tabula rasa, but a repeating, refining story of love and hate, of words spoken and cruelties enacted. Moving among the dead and the living, the figures of his life and of his past, Bidart calls forth – with nothing settled and nothing forgotten, we must speak. Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth: New and Selected Poems,…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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2020 National Poetry Series Winner Trevor Ketner

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 Trevor Ketner on [WHITE], in conversation with the judge who selected their manuscript, Forrest Gander,

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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Loaded Terms: Poets on Identity & Truth

In Extremely Lightweight Guns: Poems, Nikki Moustaki explores femininity in contexts that grapple with violence, mental illness, loss, love, and relationships. She probes these themes through various provocative narratives, settings, and forms, from prose to diary-like entries. In her debut collection Tortillera: Poems, Caridad Moro-Gronlier not only applies the homophobic Spanish-language term for lesbians to herself, she owns it, drapes it over her shoulders and heralds her truth through candid, unflinching poems that address the queer experience of coming out while Cuban.…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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Three Poets on Hurricanes, History & the Converse MFA

When her Florida apartment is damaged by the ferocity of Hurricane Irma, Denise Duhamel turns to Dante and terza rima, reconstructing the form into the long poem “Terza Irma.” Throughout her new poetry collection, Second Story: Poems, she investigates our near-catastrophic ecological and political moment, hyper aware of her own complicity, resistance, and agency. With fear of the water below and a burglar who enters through her second story window, she bravely faces the story under the story, the second story we often neglect to tell.…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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Hard-Earned Wisdom: Two Poets on Small Ecstasies & Difficult Loves

In The Impossible: Poems, Deborah DeNicola explores landscapes of her own passion, her mother’s decline, and her father’s life, death, and imagined afterlife with hard-earned wisdom, transforming the personal into something beyond universal – the possibility that each life, encompassing its own suffering, questing, and small ecstasies, is really a stage toward a greater “becoming.” Barbra Nightingale is full of vulnerability, smarts, and sometimes hilarity in Spells & Other Ways of Flying: Poems. She brings her witchy poetry powers to poems of both difficult and wonderful loves,…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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Un café con Don Francisco

Creador y presentador desde 1962 de Sábado gigante, el programa de variedades de más larga duración en la historia de la televisión, el legendario Don Francisco ha recibido desde un Premio Emmy hasta el título de Embajador de UNICEF. Este año llega a la Feria para presentar el libro en que reunió sus memorias personales y profesionales Con ganas de vivir, en una amena charla con el periodista argentino Andrés Oppenheimer. Con el apoyo del…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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De cárceles y sueños de libertad

El periodista cubano Pedro Corzo, quien trabaja en Radio Martí, en WLRN y en El Nuevo Herald, presenta junto al periodista Orlando Gutiérrez la obra Armando Sosa Fortuny, mártir de la libertad, que reúne testimonios y una semblanza sobre este preso político cubano que pasó cuarenta y tres años de su vida en las cárceles de la isla.…

Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
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El poder de lo cotidiano en la novela

La narradora argentina Marina Condó presenta Flores de la calle, obra ganadora del premio SED 2021, que combina el tema del viaje con lo marginal, el fanatismo y el amor. Gerardo Fernández Fe, novelista, poeta, ensayista y traductor cubano llega con Hotel Singapur, novela en la que las historias de vida de varios personajes se van entrelazando con la del narrador. El novelista, cuentista, editor y gestor cultural cubano-dominicano José Fernández Pequeño ofrece Tantas razones para odiar a Emilia,…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On The Power of Women: A Doctor’s Journey of Hope and Healing

In The Power of Women: A Doctor’s Journey of Hope and Healing, Nobel laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege, a gynecological surgeon recognized as the world’s leading expert on treating rape injuries, heralds a call to action to confront sexual violence, build more inclusive gender-balanced societies, and develop what he calls “positive masculinity.” Moderated by Dr. Daniela Lamas, author, physician at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and faculty member at Harvard Medical School.…

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 17 @ 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., 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, assistant professor at John Jay College, City University of New York.…

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

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

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On No One Goes Alone: A Novel

Erik Larson’s No One Goes Alone: A Novel (Random House Audio) is a ghost story grounded in history. It’s 1905, and psychologist William James leads an expedition to a remote isle in search of answers after a family inexplicably vanishes. Were there paranormal forces at work? Soon, the investigators are unsure whether they can trust their own eyes, their instincts, one another – or even themselves. Moderated by author Benjamin Percy.…

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 The Joy and Light Bus Company

In The Joy and Light Bus Company, the latest installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi must move on two fronts at once, protecting Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni while solving an inheritance case. Moderated by Ian Rankin, author of the Inspector Rebus novels.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On The Jealousy Man and Other Stories

The Jealousy Man and Other Stories, a collection of 12 short works by Jo Nesbø, serves as a showcase for his dexterity in exploring the dark corners of the human heart. These tales take us on a journey of twisted minds and vengeful souls. Moderated by Marilyn Stasio, former longtime crime columnist for The New York Times.…

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.…

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 Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories

Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories is a collection written by Hilma Wolitzer. Most of these stories were originally published in the 1960s and ’70s in such magazines as Esquire and The Saturday Evening Post, with a new work bringing Wolitzer’s early characters – the author is now in her 90s – into the present. Moderated by author Roxana Robinson.…

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 Real Estate: A Living Autobiography & Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On A Punkhouse in the Deep South: The Oral History of 309

In A Punkhouse in the Deep South: The Oral History of 309, co-authors Scott Satterwhite and Aaron Cometbus relay the improbable story of the house at 309 6th Avenue that became a crossroads for punk rock, activism, veganism, and queer culture in Pensacola, a Gulf Coast city at the border of Florida and Alabama. With panelists Valerie N. George and Lauren Anzaldo; moderated by writer and musician Joey Seeman.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Three Sisters: A Novel & Send for Me: A Novel

Inspired by true events, Heather Morris’ Three Sisters: A Novel tells the story of Livia, Magda, and Cibi. After surviving Auschwitz, the sisters learn that to find true peace and happiness they must face the ghosts of their past, including the secrets they have kept from each other. Based on letters from Lauren Fox’s own family, Send for Me: A Novel is a work of historical fiction that moves between Germany on the eve of World War II and present-day Wisconsin.…

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Speculative Los Angeles

Denise Hamilton commissioned the 14 stories (including one of her own) that comprise Speculative Los Angeles. Each is set in a different neighborhood of the city and filled with local color, landmarks, and flavor – but each also reimagines the metropolis in very different ways. Joining her are contributing writers Alex Espinoza and S. Qiouyi Lu.…

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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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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In Conversation: Pablo Medina & Achy Obejas

In his collection The Foreigner’s Song: New and Selected Poems, Cuban-born American poet Pablo Medina reaches back to his six previous published collections and all the way to his first, published in 1975, adding 19 new works. His prose has a dreamlike quality in which familiarity and certainty surrender to strangeness. Achy Obejas’ Boomerang/Bumerán: Poetry/Poesía is a bilingual collection of lyrical poetry written in bold, mostly gender-free English and Spanish that addresses immigration, displacement, love, and activism.…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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Our Brief & Earthly Inheritance: Two Poets on the Art of Making Do

The poems in Jim Daniels’ Gun/Shy deal with the emotional weight of making do. Tinged with both the regrets and wisdom of aging, his poems measure the wages of love in a changing world with its vanishing currency. He finds solace in small miracles, exploring family work, childhood and adolescence, and his own mortality. He examines race, white privilege, America’s gun culture, and factory work, the myths we memorize to help us sleep at night, those that keep us awake and trembling.…

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). Fourteen poets and scholars have contributed, engaging in cross-cultural dialogue with the legacy of a mid-20th- century American poet from the Jewish diaspora. Hyam Plutzik (1911-1962) spoke only Yiddish and Russian at home and did not learn English until he attended a one-room schoolhouse in rural Connecticut. Educated at Trinity College and Yale University, he taught for 16 years in the English department of the University of Rochester before his untimely death,…

Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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Waterproof: Evidence of a Miami Worth Remembering

Waterproof: Evidence of a Miami Worth Remembering is a collection of micro-elegies to Miami places. We asked Miamians, “What will you miss when Miami is gone?” These are their answers: 197 pieces from 165 writers and artists, ranging from high schoolers to retirees and hailing from all corners of Miami-Dade County. Featuring the book’s editor, Mario Alejandro Ariza, and contributing authors Michael Ivory, Jr.; Arsimmer McCoy; Alejandro Nodarse; Christell Roach; Horacio Sierra; and Monica Uszerowicz.…

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

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

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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, actor, and director Bill Teck, producer of Disciple: The Lives of Stevie Van Zandt.…

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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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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 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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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.…

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