Miami Book Fair International

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Miami Book Fair International
Status Active
Genre Multi-genre
Venue Miami Dade College
Location(s) Miami, Florida
Country US
Inaugurated 1984
Attendance 200,000
Organized by Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College
Website
http://www.miamibookfair.com/
Gloria Steinem, appears at Miami Book Fair International, 1995.
Dr. Cornel West appears at Miami Book Fair International, 1997.
Jamaica Kincaid, appears at Miami Book Fair International, 1999.
Madeleine Albright, appears at Miami Book Fair International, 2003.
Frank McCourt, appears at Miami Book Fair International, 2006.
Amiri Baraka, appears at Miami Book Fair International, 2007.

The Miami Book Fair International is an annual literary festival event realized in Miami by Miami Dade College.[1]

The fair, which has become a model for other fairs across the country, brings over 300 renowned national and international authors exhibitors to a weeklong celebration of all things literary and includes pavilions for translation, comics, children, and young adults.[2] The mission of Miami Book Fair International is to promote reading, encourage writing, and heighten an awareness of literacy and the literary arts in the city's multi-ethnic community.[3] The eight-day book festival has draws hundreds of thousands of book lovers to downtown Miami each November for a festival of all things read and written.[4]

A collection of select book fair sessions, dating back to 2006, are available in audio and video format via Miami Dade College at iTunes U.[5]

History[edit]

Miami Book Fair International, originally known as “Books by the Bay was founded in 1984 by Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus President, Eduardo J. Padrón, Books & Books owner, Mitchell Kaplan, Craig Pollock of BookWorks, as well as other local independent bookstore owners, in cooperation with the Miami-Dade Public Library System.[6][7] The two-day street fair grew steadily each year and by the 1990s, the renamed Miami Book Fair International had become the largest literary festival in the country.[8]

Community Partners and Sponsors[edit]

Florida Center for the Literary Arts (FCLA)[edit]

The now-parent organization of Miami Book Fair International, the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, serves both students and residents of Miami-Dade County.[9] Discussion about the development and structure of the Center began in the late 1990s and involved Miami Dade College faculty and staff, members of the board of Miami Book Fair International, special advisors from the book industry and selected members of the community.[10] Building on the success of Miami Book Fair International over the years, and the tremendously positive response of the community, the idea of a literary center was conceived to help advance the College’s vast and diverse literary traditions.[11] The College received a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to create a permanent endowment for the Center.[12] This support paved the way for a solid base for the Florida Center for the Literary Arts. Full programming began in January 2002.[13]

As a department of Miami Dade College, FCLA is an umbrella organization producing literary programming that embraces authors and writing, journalism, play and screen writing, reading and literacy, and the successful Miami Book Fair International.[14] Outreach to the community consists of reading campaigns and book discussions, writing workshops, author presentations, panel discussions, master classes, and more.[15] The Center collaborates with a number of cultural institutions and other partners in South Florida, and indeed throughout the State, to create innovative or theme based initiatives year-round. The creation of the Center is a reflection of Miami Dade College’s commitment to inspire students, as well as to serve the community by promoting the craft and power of the written word.[16]

Sponsors[edit]

Corporate sponsors, past and present, have included Florida Blue, Target, State Farm, Florida Power & Light, American Airlines, Pollo Tropical, Barefoot Wine, Comcast, and Coca-Cola.[17]

Partners[edit]

Community partners have included Miami-Dade Public Schools. Miami Children’s Museum. Miami Art Museum, HistoryMiami, Miami Science Museum, Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe Counties, The Children’s Trust, The Miami Foundation, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Peacock Foundation, Florida State Department of Public Affairs, and the Kenneth Lattiman Foundation.[18]

National support also comes from National Endowment for the Arts, National Young Arts Foundation, and Mystery Writers of America.[19]

Media Support[edit]

MEDIA SUPPORT Media partners include, amongst others, have included The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, WPBT Channel 2, WLRN Public Radio, Univision, Diario Las Americas, South Florida Times, Caribbean Today, GRANTA, The New York Times, Book TV on C-SPAN 2.[20]

Events[edit]

Festival of Authors[edit]

Each year more than 300 authors from around the world take part in the Fair’s international Festival of Authors.[21] Writers come from all over the United States, and in previous years, the Fair has welcomed authors from countries like Argentina, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, England, France, Finland, Guatemala, Haiti, Hong Kong, Israel, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Trinidad, and other nations.[22]

Evenings With...Series[edit]

The Evenings With… Series features readings by world-renowned writers every evening for six consecutive festival days. In past years, guest authors have included recipients of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, Casa de las Americas Prize, Pushcart Prize, O’Henry Award, National Magazine Award, Commonwealth Prize, MacArthur Fellowship and Edgar Award.[23]

Street Fair[edit]

The three-day outdoor festival gathers hundreds of booksellers and exhibitors from major publishing houses, small presses, scholarly imprints and foreign publishers.[24] Sellers of used books including signed first editions, original manuscripts and other collectibles also have booths. Millions of books in multiple languages can be found, with book signings and musical entertainment rounding out weekend Fair activity.[25]

Comix Galaxy[edit]

Jonathan Case at the Comic Galaxy Program, MBFI 2011

Comic Galaxy is a Fair program offering information on graphic novels and the comics world and celebrates their place in United States literary life, as well as their recent rise in popularity and integration into mainstream literature, culture and even education.[26] A prominent part of Comic Galaxy, The School of Comics, is a day-long program that includes six sessions for teachers, librarians, parents and others who are interested in the format.[27] There also exists special training for creators of the genre.[28]

Children's Alley[edit]

Children's Alley tailored for young readers, features storytelling, puppets, theatrical performances, educational games, and hands-on activities.[29] Generation Genius is a program hosting thousands of school-aged children each year.[30] As a part of Generation Genius programming, Miami Book Fair International also offers workshops and presentations to local teachers, librarians, and educators.[31] Programs are provided in cooperation with Miami Art Museum, HistoryMiami, Miami Children's Museum, Miami Science Museum, Early Learning Coalition of Miami Dade/Monroe, and Florida Blue.[32]

Ibero-American Authors[edit]

Cuban poet Néstor Díaz de Villegas at Spanish Language author program, MBFI 2011

Ibero-American Authors is Miami Book Fair International's Spanish Language author program that is presented solely in Spanish or Portuguese. More than 50 authors from various Latin American countries are featured during the eight-days of the Fair.[33] Readings take place every evening during the week and all day during the weekend.[34]

Twilight Tastings and the Kitchen[edit]

Miami Book Fair International also includes as part of its list of events hors d-oeuvres, a complimentary cocktails and nightly entertainment before the weeknight author presentations.[35] The Kitchen combines cooking demonstrations and author readings by featured cookbook authors and chefs in an intimate, culinary setting as they recreate recipes from their books.[36]

GLBTQ Topics[edit]

In keeping with Miami Book Fair International’s long tradition of inclusion, authors writing on GLBTQ topics are represented throughout the festival with titles in fiction, nonfiction, memoir and erotica. Many who appear are Lambda Award winners or finalists.[37]

Miami Writer's Institute[edit]

Center for Literature and Theatre faculty, authors, and agents provide workshops pertaining to fiction, nonfiction, poetry, publishing.[38] The Center offers one and three-day workshops, with several taking place in Spanish, as well.[39]

Recent-Year Highlights[edit]

2014[edit]

For the first time in the history of Miami Book Fair International, the festival has partnered with the National Book Foundation, to provide programming centered around 2014 National Book Award nominees and winners.[40] A sampling of additional authors appearing at Miami Book Fair International 2014 follows:[41][42]

2013[edit]

Reza Aslan at the MBFI 2013.
Jennifer Weiner & Erica Jong at the MBFI 2013

To commemorate 500 years since Juan Ponce de León first landed in Florida, the 30th edition of the Fair celebrated the culture and literature of Spain. Spanish writers and artists shared the language, culture and literature of Spain.[43] A sampling of authors who appeared at Miami Book Fair International 2013 follows:[44]

2012[edit]

The featured country of 2012's Miami Book Fair International was Paraguay. Paraguayan culture was displayed through film, dance, and fine and folkloric arts.[45]

A sampling of authors who appeared at Miami Book Fair International 2012 follows:[46]

2011[edit]

Chuck Palahniuk at the MBFI 2011
Jeffrey Eugenides at the MBFI 2011

Miami Book Fair International 2011 included demonstrations of Chinese culture and art, and discussions of social issues facing contemporary China.[47] An international symposium on Chinese language, culture, and communication was held.[48]

A sampling of authors who participated in Miami Book Fair International 2011 follows:[49]

2010[edit]

For the first time this year, the fair dedicated its international space to one country, Mexico, in celebration of the bicentennial of the Central American nation’s independence and the centennial of its 1910 revolution.[50] Featured were literary feasts served as fiestas, with author presentations and roundtables on subjects such as Mexican boleros.[51] Ballet performances, art and photography exhibitions, a movie series and theater performances also honored the country of Mexico.[52]

The following is a sampling of authors who participated in Miami Book Fair International 2010 activities:[53]

2009[edit]

Environmental issues were in the forefront of Miami Book Fair International 2009, from author presentations to green activities to making ecologically sound choices in Fair logistics.[54] The college used native plants on stages, as well as entrances.[55] These natives were then planted in the community to help offset the carbon emissions of the book fair.[56] Miami Book Fair International and MDC’s Earth Ethics Institute procured the plants from local nursery. Bike Valet parking service was available to each cyclist, and numerous rethink, reduce, reuse, and recycle educational programs were promoted.[57]

The following is a sampling of authors who appeared at Miami Book Fair International 2009:[58]

Gallery[edit]

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