Miami Book Fair International 11/13-20/11

Belafonte, Cash, Lupone, Sayles, Oates, Eugenides, Palahnkik, Styron @ Miami Book Fair
November 13-20, 2011

Celebrating its 28th anniversary is the Miami Book Fair International, the oldest and largest gathering of authors coming from all over the world to read from their books in English, Spanish, French, and Haitian Kreyol, answer questions from the audience, and sign autographs.

Such luminaries confirmed to attend this year are Harry Belafonte, David Brooks, Roseanne Cash, Dr. Paul Farmer, Senator Bob Graham, Nicole Krauss, Patti Lupone, John Sayles, Alexandra Styron, novelists Diana Abu-Jaber, Elizabeth Berg, David Bezmozgis, Alan Cheuse, Mark Childress, Tim Dorsey, Jeffrey Eugenides, Lev Grossman, Ann Hood, Joyce Carol Oates, Ana Menendez, Michael Ondaatje, Teá Oberreht, Chuck Palahniuk, Robert Pinsky, Esmerelda Santiago, Leslie Marmon Silko, Dava Sobel, Colson Whitehead, … these are just a few of the confirmed authors scheduled to appear at the 2011 MBFI.

Presented and produced by The Center @ MDC

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The 28th edition of the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, Miami Book Fair International, presented by The Center @ MDC, will take place November 13-20, 2011 at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., in downtown Miami. The always-popular Street Fair runs Friday through Sunday, November 18-20, with more than 200 exhibitors from around the country selling books in a festive atmosphere.

The Fair, MDC’s flagship cultural event, will once again treat book lovers to more than a week of cultural and educational activities, including the beloved Evenings With… series, the IberoAmerican Authors program, Student Literary Encounters, Children’s Alley and the Weekend Festival of Authors, including comics and graphic novel panels, author presentations for tweens and teens, and much more. The Miami Writers Institute, a spring program of The Center, will debut a fall edition this year during Book Fair week with creative writing workshops taught by authors Pablo Medina and Robert Pinsky, among others.

This year, the Fair will showcase the rich literature and traditions of China. Fairgoers will enjoy a pavilion featuring Chinese art and music, in addition to a day-long conference on Chinese culture scheduled for Friday of the Fair, and readings by Chinese and Chinese American writers during the Festival of Authors.

Each year, the Fair raises the bar of excellence by offering a fine roster of, writers from the U.S. and abroad, and this year will be no exception. Confirmed authors include singer, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte, singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash, Chinese novelist Yu Hua, Senator Bob Graham, former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, graphic novelist Dan Clowes, NPR Radio host Bob Edwards, anthropologist and physician Dr. Paul Farmer, journalist Jim Lehrer, critically acclaimed debut novelist Teá Obreht, novelist and essayist Colson Whitehead, novelist Michael Ondaatje, children’s author Megan McDonald, Native American writer Leslie Marmon Silko, and filmmaker John Sayles, to name a few.

The IberoAmerican program will present an array of Spanish-speaking literary voices from around the world, including author and Spanish TV personality Jaime Bayly (Peru), poet and author Gioconda Belli (Nicaragua), novelist Esmeralda Santiago (U.S./Puerto Rico), novelist Javier Sierra (Spain), among others. In addition, the Fair always welcomes writers from Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, and more.

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