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Program and Posters for 2012 Miami Book Fair International to be Unveiled September 21

Fair Nov. 11 – 18, 2012
2012 Poster unveiling

Miami, September 13, 2012 - This year’s official Miami Book Fair International posters will be unveiled at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Q Lounge, 841 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. This invitation-only event will include a preview of highlights of this year’s program, special guests and more. The working media is welcome.

The 29th edition of the Book Fair, the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, is  presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC), will take place November 11 – 18, 2012, at Miami Dade MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., in downtown Miami. The always-popular Street Fair runs Friday through Sunday, November 16 – 18, with more than 200 exhibitors from around the country selling books in a festive atmosphere.

The first poster, which aims to capture the overall spirit of the Fair, was created by Rosa Naday Garmendia. A native of Havana, Cuba, Naday Garmendia is a professional artist and educator. She is an artist-in-residence at the Miami Art Museum and at the ArtCenter/South Florida. She was also an artist-in-residence at the Miami Children’s Museum for two consecutive terms. Garmendia had a working studio at the Bakehouse Art Complex for several years and in the course of developing as an artist has done several residencies at Parsons School of Design and Vermont School of Design.

The second official poster is dedicated to Children’s Alley, the component of the Fair that is all about kids and young adults. The poster was designed by renowned American author and artist Daniel Kirk, who has written and illustrated more than 21 bestselling books for children, including Library Mouse, Cat PowerDogs Rule!Hush, Little Alien, Lunchroom Lizard, and Snow Dude.  His more recent work includes Elf Realm, a series of young-adult fantasy. 


Miami Book Fair International is the largest and finest literary gathering in America. It is the premier event of The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College. The Centerpromotes reading, writing and theater at locations throughout South Florida by consistently presenting activities open to all. Literacy projects target children and teens, as well as college students and adults. Its creative writing program has national appeal, and courses are taught by local and visiting authors. It is also home to Prometeo Theatre, the nation's leading Spanish language, conservatory-style program offering training for actors, and featuring performances throughout the year. In 2012, the Center celebrates its tenth year with a renewed commitment to the advancement of literary and theater arts.

Miami Book Fair International is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners.


Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including the Miami Book Fair International, the Center @ MDC, the Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live Performing Arts Series, the Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 170,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s seven campuses and two centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.


For updates on Miami Book Fair International, please visit, call 305-237-3528, or email


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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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