Event: Miami Book Fair International
Venue: Miami Dade College (Wolfson Campus)
Friday, November 21: FREE
Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23: $8
13 to 18 and over 62: $5 / 12 and under: FREE
Miami Book Fair International, presented by the Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College, will be celebrating 31 years of cultural and educational activities. . The eight day festival, which is the largest book fair in the nation, will be taking place Nov. 16-23 at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus.
One of the newsiest additions to this year’s festival is The Swap, a pop-up lounge featuring live music with DJ Lolo as well as live readings by native authors who write about the beauty and quirkiness of Florida. Miami Book Fair International will also be hosting panels with influential writers and artists such as, Ann Rice, John Waters and Judy Bloom. Not only that, but there will be panels like The Kitchen, where food enthusiasts can come and savor live demos and share cooking secrets amongst like-minded individuals.
With over 200 exhibitors from around the world, whether you enjoy graphic novels, children’s books or Goth literature, there is something for everyone at the Miami Book Fair International.
Guides to the fair
Leslye Walton earned an MA in writing. When she’s not writing, she teaches middle school students how to read and write, and most importantly, how to be kind to each other, even on days when they really don’t feel like it. She is currently working on her next novel. Her debut novel is The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Candlewick; $17.99). Ava is a normal girl in all ways except one; she was born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and learn to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naive to the twisted motives of others, like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly calls this book, “…an entrancing and sumptuously written multigenerational novel wrapped in the language of fable, magical realism, and local legend.
Entertainment Weekly has called Maggie Stiefvater, “one of the finest YA novelists writing today.” She is a writer, artist, and musician. She has also been a wedding musician, a technical editor, a portrait artist, and, for several fraught weeks, a waitress. Stiefvater is the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by BookPage as, “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” Linger, the second book in the Shiver trilogy, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.The Scorpio Races was named a 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association and a New York Times Notable Children’s Book. Sinner (Scholastic; $18.99) follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret – his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?
Time Magazine called, The Raven Boys, Book #1 in Stiefvater’s latest series The Raven Cycle, “A flirtier kind of horror-fantasy, aimed at teens clutching tattered Twilight and Sandman paperbacks….Stiefvater’s quirky prose has ample nerdy pleasures.” The latest installment in Stiefvater’s series The Raven Cycle isBlue Lily, Lily Blue (Scholastic; $18.99) Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, and a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost. Friends can betray. Mothers can disappear. Visions can mislead. Certainties can unravel.