Behind Libreri Mapou's pink storefront, tall bookshelves cover every wall and ceiling fans make small red, blue and white Haitian flags wave. Small, dark sculptures of dancing people are on display. The small, Haitian bookstore sells titles in Creole, French and English written by Haitians from the island and its diaspora.
12/30/13 - Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez visits with novelist Allan Gurganus. He’s known for documenting southern US sentiments and the bittersweet lives of the citizens of a present-day fictional town in North Carolina.
Dylan Etienne was in Publix with his mom when a random woman came up and asked if he likes to write. "Yeahhhh," he said, in a tone that indicated he really, really does. You gotta listen to the audio to hear him in his own words.
Miami-Dade County Public Libraries have a big financial hole to fill. In order to stave off closing branches and laying off dozens of employees, the Miami-Dade County Commission this year raided the library's reserve fund. That will leave an estimated $20 million deficit in the next fiscal year. In order to generate ideas for the library of the future, library director Raymond Santiago has gathered together a task force with "everything on the table." That means the possibility of higher taxes to support public libraries.
Only a few months ago, several public libraries in Miami-Dade County were targeted for closure. They were spared thanks to some last-minute financial rearranging of the county's annual budget. But the threat and budgetary maneuver sparked outrage first and now study of the role of public libraries in our modern-information society.
The book fair is my Ultra. That’s how I explain to concerned friends my almost-maniacal enthusiasm for our city’s belletristic blowout -- a party currently in full swing, having started Sunday with the inaugural ceremony and talk from cliffhanger superstar Dan Brown.
But in its 30th year, Miami Book Fair International's hundreds of thousands of attendees, more than 400 authors, and 200 national and international street-fair exhibitors make it impossible to see everything.
The confirmation by Amazon.com that it will build a pair of massive "fulfillment" centers along the Interstate 4 corridor means that sometime in the next two years Floridians will have to start paying sales taxes on purchases from the online retail giant.
But even with Amazon eventually joining other businesses located in Florida in collecting the state's sales tax, some groups will continue pushing to eliminate an exemption that has allowed out-of-state online retailers including eBay and Overstock to avoid the tax.
Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 5:12 pm
Fast-food giant McDonald's is set to become a publishing giant as well — at least temporarily. For two weeks next month, McDonald's says it will oust the toys that usually come in its Happy Meals and replace them with books it has published itself.
First half with author Nathaniel Philbrick; second half of the program Linda Gassenheimer with Ingrid Hoffmann.
10/10/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a discussion of what may be the greatest American novel: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The novel’s length and esoteric topic keeps modern readers at bay. We’ll speak with Nathaniel Philbrick, author of WHY READ MOBY DICK? And more. Linda Gassenheimer celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a visit from Univision celebrity chef Ingrid Hoffman. Fred Tasker’s wine comments, as well. That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.