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

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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.

Miami Book Fair International
10:29 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Pushing And Shoving For Bargain Books

Credit Sammy Mack

So I didn't make it far. I walked into the book fair and the first thing I saw was a sign that read, "Hardcover books $2, All others $1," a great deal from the Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library. In a well-organized tent, they had books lined up and classified as "Hardcover," "Classics," "Popular," and "Spanish." I expected to see a lot of names of authors I didn't know, names of authors I did know and might not like, or perhaps some obscure gardening books, but the Friends of the MDPC did a really great job getting their hands on some legitimately covetable used books. 

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Miami Book Fair International
12:00 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

The Story Doesn’t End Here: Remix A Story With Junot Díaz

This story was pregnant with unanswered questions.
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Earlier this week, we asked you to help us tell a story—140 characters at a time—in honor of Miami Book Fair International.

We tweeted out the first line, given to us by Pulitzer-winning author Junot Díaz: “The dogs hadn’t barked all week.”

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The Brat Pack Takes Miami
10:30 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Pretty In Pink Redux In Miami

Will Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy (right) meet again in Miami? Recognize that guy in the middle (oh, Duckie)? It's Jon Cryer from Two and a Half Men.
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They always said they'd meet again someday.

At long last, brat pack heartthrobs Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy will cross paths again.  They're both appearing at the Miami Book Fair International on the same day, in the same room ... but not, sadly, at the same time. They'll be separated by five hours. Ohhhhhhh.

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Miami Book Fair International
6:13 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Bunny Yeager: "Sexy In a Nice Way"

Bettie Page and Bunny Yeager at the Africa U.S.A. theme park.
Photo courtesy of Bunny Yeager

Whether we like it or not, South Florida is known for sun, beaches…and skin.   Back in the 1950s, pin-up model Bettie Page posed for some of her most classic photos here. Her black bangs, red lips and playful gaze were a hit in the pages of Playboy.  These images were created by local model turned photographer Bunny Yeager.  Clotilde Luce reported on the woman behind these icons of 1950s fashion and photography and her recent discovery by the art world.

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Haitian Writers Tell The Country's Stories
6:30 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Introducing Book Fair Readers To Haiti

M.J. Fievre is the lead editor of the anthology as well as a contributor.
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All week, we're talking with Florida authors appearing at the Miami Book Fair. So Spoke the Earth is an anthology of stories, poems and essays about Haiti.

The book is divided into three sections: death and tragedy; the nation’s rich storytelling tradition; and Haiti’s economic struggles.

Although the book was published in the United States (by Women Writers of Haitian Descent), all of the pieces in the second section are in French or Haitian Creole. 

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Author explores Key West History
6:11 am
Thu November 15, 2012

How Key West Stays Quirky

Author Robert Kerstein will be appearing at the Miami Book Fair International on Saturday, Nov. 17.
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A conversation with author Robert Kerstein

Robert Kerstein is a government professor at the University of Tampa. But when he's not teaching on the other coast, he likes hanging out in Key West. His frequent trips there have translated into a new book about how the little city at the bottom of the peninsula has managed to maintain its unique character while becoming a major tourist town. The book is called Key West: On The Edge, Inventing the Conch Republic. And this weekend, Kerstein will be appearing at the Miami Book Fair International

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Miami Book Fair International
3:58 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Tom Wolfe's Signature At Miami Book Fair Resembles A Tropical Storm

Tom Wolfe's flamboyant signature, circa 2012.
Jan Becker

Things are a little different when Tom Wolfe comes to the Book Fair. For example, the stand-by line in the back alley, where they take the people who think they can just walk in without securing a ticket first, fills up.  I know, because I ducked down that alley to have a private moment with my press pass. As soon as the Book Fair employees walked away, a shadowy man appeared and began to scalp tickets to the event. Think about that for a second--scalpers at a book fair. Who could have imagined?

       

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Arts
11:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

How Ghosts Of Legendary Miami Family Fire Poet's Imagination

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Christine DiMattei interviews poet C.M. Clark.
 "This is a work of fiction," cautions the introduction to poet C.M. Clark's latest book, "Charles Deering Forecasts the Weather & Other Poems."

Whatever would Charles Deering say?
 If there's one person who can at least guess, it's Clark.   She was the very first Literary Artist-in-Residence for the Deering Estate, which stands alongside the Biltmore Hotel and Vizcaya as one of Miami-Dade's historical gems.   The estate was built in 1916 by Deering, a wealthy industrialist, and once housed one of the most extensive art collections in our region. 

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Miami Book Fair International
11:30 am
Tue November 13, 2012

A Foodie's Guide to Miami Book Fair: Who's Talking and Cooking

Chef Sandra Gutierrez at a cooking demonstration kitchen at Miami Culinary Institute during Miami Book Fair International last year.
Credit Trina Sargalski

Miami Book Fair International is this week, culminating in the weekend's street fair and back-to-back author panels. If you're like me, you enjoy all of the Book Fair, but navigate it with special attention to food-related events.

Below is a list of food-related authors and cooking demonstrations at the Book Fair. I've also provided tips on where to eat nearby.

If you can't make it to the Book Fair, the list below still might inspire your next food-related read.

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Miami Book Fair International
8:11 am
Tue November 13, 2012

A Foodie's Guide To Miami Book Fair: Where To Eat

The cafe at Miami Culinary Institute sells coffee, pastries and light dishes during the Miami Book Fair International.
Credit Trina Sargalski

All of the  conversation about food at Miami Book Fair International inspires the appetite. Unfortunately, if the past is a guide, the food at the Book Fair is not curated with the same care as the authors; it's basically overpriced carnival fare. 

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Miami Book Fair International
2:50 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Tweet Us A Story: You Can Co-Author A Story With Junot Díaz

Tweet us a story!
Sammy Mack WLRN

Here at WLRN, we get excited about book fairs the way some people get excited about Fourth of July parades or Christmas pageants.

So this week, as the Miami Book Fair International descends upon our region and makes South Florida the center of the literary universe, we’re doing something special.  We want you to help us tweet a story.

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