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Miami Book Fair International
1:57 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

Graphic Novelists Opt To Kill Shakespeare

Sometimes the pen isn't mightier than the sword after all.
Credit Kill Shakespeare/Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery

Kill Shakespeare! Those are the first words to which my engineer boyfriend Adam was attracted when we arrived at the Book Fair (other than "ham and cheese croissant"). He beelined to the colorful table and picked up a book with a quill pen drawn on the cover, and we were greeted by Conor McCreery's friendly, "Hello! Do you like graphic novels?" Both Adam and I are fairly indifferent, and I think Conor could tell, but he didn't miss a beat.

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Miami Book Fair International
12:50 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

Book Fair One-Liners: Cool Nickname, Thanks Autocorrect

Author Siobhan Vivian with her former professor, Camille Paglia.
Credit Siobhan Vivian

Ed Irvin reminds us why we can't always trust technology to have our backs:

"Siobhan Vivian, co-author of Burn for Burn, comparing stories of name butcherings, says her college writing professor took to calling her Soybean because that's what Microsoft Word auto-corrected her name to." 

Ed Irvin is a contributor to the Florida Book Review.

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Miami Book Fair International
12:14 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

Book Fair One-Liners: Thanks For The Heads-Up, @MiamiBookFair!

If you're looking for a way to get to there or a place to park, @MiamiBookFair shared this helpful gem this morning:

 

Miami Book Fair International
11:24 am
Sun November 18, 2012

Miami Book Fair Panel: Mystery Writers Are All Business And Pleasure

The Miami Book Fair International plays host to all genres and a multitude of panel discussions, like the Mystery Writers of America.
Credit Sammy Mack

The Mystery Writers of America panel were all business. At least, they were until they became mystery writers. The panel, held in what the moderator called "the recovery room," featured three members from the association: James Grippando, Jeffrey Siger, and Sharon Potts. All three members were "over-educated lawyers and business people who have fallen upon hard times as writers."

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Miami Book Fair International
4:00 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Book Fair One-Liners: The World Changes So Fast, It Comes To You

Writer Josip Novakovich, was quoted on Twitter from Eileen Spiegler.

Miami Book Fair International
3:29 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Writer Junot Diaz Turns His Talk Into A Comedy Show At The Miami Book Fair

Credit Sammy mack

Everybody knows Junot Diaz is a cool cat. A slick dude, a sharp-talker. He’s also a literary superstar. Mix brilliance with sly wit and you’ve got a fantastic reading.

Tonight, Junot Diaz made an evening stop at the Miami Book Fair. At 6:45 pm, the Dominican-American writer sauntered up to stage wearing a faded red t-shirt and glasses. Diaz casually leaned on the podium, scanned the crowd and said, “It’s great you all came out here. It’s Monday…and you’ve got plenty of shit to do on Monday.”

 

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Miami Book Fair International
3:00 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Book Fair One-Liners: Author Hanna Rosin's Top Three

Credit Sammy Mack

Diana Moskovitz is tweeting from Hanna Rosin's talk at Miami Book Fair International today.


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Miami Book Fair International
2:30 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Author Lemony Snicket Is A No-Show At Miami Book Fair International

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Miami Book Fair International
1:57 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Book Fair One-Liners: We've Become A Market Society, And It's Destroying Us

Miami Book Fair International visitor, @glenn_ebooks, tweeted a memorable moment from Harvard professor, Michael Sandel, today.

Miami Book Fair International
1:40 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Delving Into Past Lives At The Miami Book Fair

Brian and Amy Weiss, both doctors, are father and daughter.
Credit Jan Becker / Florida Book Review

The volunteers at the Book Fair have a rough job herding the audience into their seats before each event. As I entered Chapman Auditorium for the Evening with Drs. Brian and Amy Weiss, I asked one of the volunteers where I should sit. He answered, "I don't care where you sit, as long as you don't run nobody over." Looking around, I could see this might be a bit of a concern. The room was packed and the volunteers were very busy, trying to make sure all of the seats filled in an orderly fashion.

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Miami Book Fair International
1:00 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Book Fair One-Liners: Youth Know Nothing

Erica K. Landau tweets from the talk of American author, Camille Paglia, in today's Miami Book Fair International.


Miami Book Fair International
12:37 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Reporter Jeffrey Toobin Tells Miami Book Fair It's Obama vs. Supreme Court

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Miami Book Fair International
12:02 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Book Fair One-Liners: Author Dave Barry's Top Three

Miami Book Fair International goer, Hannah Sampson, tweets one-liners from author Dave Barry's talk today.


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Miami Book Fair International
11:32 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Author Sandra Cisnero Gets Personal

Credit Random House, Inc. / Illustrated by Ester Hernandez

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Miami Book Fair International
11:03 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Book Fair One-Liners: Writers Are Poor Representatives Of Their Book

Adam Gopnik illuminates the evening with stories rather than excerpts: "I feel writers are often poor representatives of their book and the most fun is in the Q & A anyway."


Marci Calabretta is a contributor to the Florida Book Review. Calabretta attended the Adam Gopnik talk on Thursday, Nov. 15 . You can check out FBR's full live blog of the 2012 book fair here.

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