Miami Reads at the Miami Book Fair

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Miami Does Read, Really!

Celebrating its 33rd year, Miami Book Fair, presented Miami Dade College (MDC) will take place Nov. 13 – 20, 2016, at MDC’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. 

The nation’s oldest and largest literary gathering, Miami Book Fair brings together over 600 authors and 200 exhibitors for eight days of cultural and educational activities. Popular programs such as Evenings With, ReadCaribbean, The Porch and the Street Fair return with a full line-up of events showcasing some of literature's best names across an array of categories.  

Bernie Sanders, Dave Barry, Tommy Hilfiger, Jane Alexander, The Property Brothers, Robert Canessa, Art Spiegelman, Richard Blanco, T.C. Boyle, Robert Olen Butler, James Tahhan, Margaret Stohl, Arva Moore Parks, Jennine Capo Crucet, Ana Castillo, Richard Cohen, Chinaka Hodge, Melissa de la Cruz, Michele Oka Doner, Rita Dove, Jennifer Haigh, Jane Hamilton, Adam Haslett, Brooke Hauser, Aleksander Hemon, Eileen Myles, Ha Jin, Ben Katchor, Padma Lakshmi, Chigozie Obioma, Robert Pinsky, Larry Olmsted, Jon Scieszka, Nancy Silverton,  Maria Semple, David Trueba, Colson Whitehead, Gene Yang, Amor Towles, Kate Bornstein, and Cyd Zeigler, are among the authors confirmed to attend the fair.

While the thought of a book fair in this city was once just a dream, the Miami Book Fair has become one of the leading literary events in the country. Below, a list of select events. 

Saturday, November 12

courtesy michele oka doner


Michelle Oka Doner Discusses In Mysterium
Artist Michele Oka Doner discovered the wonders of the sea as a child growing up on Miami Beach. In 2006 she discovered Professor Nancy Voss’ remarkable collection of sea creatures at the University of Miami’s Marine Invertebrate Museum. The result of their meeting is Into the Mysterium, a photographic journey through this mysterious collection of endangered oceanic beings. Michele will tell stories of how she came upon this collection, how this magical book was created, and how these beautiful organisms inspired her sets and costumes for Miami City Ballet.

Books & Books | 2:00 pm
9700 Collins Ave | Bal Harbour

Sunday, November 13

Special Event with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah, host of the Daily Show discusses his book Born a Crime – a wild coming-of-age-story during the the twilight of the apartheid in South Africa and the days of freedom that followed. 

Chapman Building | 6:00 pm
MDC Campus Building 3, 2nd Fl | Downtown Miami 

Monday, November 14

Evenings With Alan Cumming
Hosted by WLRN, Alan Cumming present 45 picture-essays that recount his real-life adventures and reflect on his career of eclectic performances. 

Chapman Building | 8:00 pm
MDC Campus Building 3, 2nd Fl | Downtown Miami

Saturday, November 19

Street Fair
More than 200 national and international exhibitors gather together alongside musicians, some of the best food in town, and much, much more. 

MDC Campus | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Downtown Miami

Joyce Carol Oates on Inspiration, Obsession and Writing
The National Book Award-winning author discusses her latest, Soul at White Heat: Inspiration, Obsession and the Writing Life a new collection of critical and personal essays. 

Auditorium | 11:00 am
MDC Campus | Downtown Miami

Nancy Silverton | Chris Hirschelmer


Delicious Dish with Nancy Silverton
Chef Nancy Silverton's latest cookbook, Mozza at Home provides easy-to-follow recipes and menus anyone can follow. She speaks alongside Aleksandra Crapanzano and Ina Yalof. 

The Kitchen Stadium | 1:00 pm
MDC Campus | Downtown Miami

An Afternoon with Eileen Myles
The author of this year's favorite Chelsea Girls, the poet discusses I Must Be Living Twice | New and Selected Poems 1975 - 2014. The collection includes both new and beloved favorites from this modern icon. 

Auditorium | 3:30 pm
MDC Campus | Downtown Miami

An Evening with Senator Bernie Sanders
Sure to be one of the biggest events of the week, Senator Bernie Sanders shares his personal experiences from the campaign trail and outlines what he thinks will help keep our country moving forward.  

Chapman Building | 6:30 pm
MDC Campus Building 3, 2nd Fl | Downtown Miami 

Sunday, November 20

Street Fair
More than 200 national and international exhibitors gather together alongside musicians, some of the best food in town, and much, much more. 

MDC Campus | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Downtown Miami 

New Translations of Neruda
The work of one of the greatest 20th century poets is refreshed with new translations by 21st century poets Forrest Gander and Mariela Griffor. Moderated by Catherine Bowman. 

Building 6 RM 6100 | 1:00 pm
MDC Campus  | Downtown Miami

Colson Whitehead | Madeline Whitehead


Colson Whitehead in Conversation with Leigh Haber
Award-winning and bestselling author Colson Whitehead talks with Leigh Haber, editor of O, The Oprah Magazine about his book The Underground Railroad: A Novel. One of the most celebrated books of the year, it chronicles the tale of one woman's will to escape. 

Chapman Building | 4:00 pm
MDC Campus  | Downtown Miami


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