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Nikki Giovanni, Walter Mosley, Jamaica Kincaid among African-American, Caribbean Authors Featured at the 30th Miami Book Fair International


Miami, October 16, 2013 - Several of the country’s most renowned and celebrated contemporary African-American and Caribbean authors will be featured at this year’s 30th anniversary edition of the Miami Book Fair International (MBFI), presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC). Award-winning authors Nikki Giovanni, Walter Mosley, Jamaica Kincaid, Edwidge Danticat and Kwame Dawes are among the lineup of nearly 35 African-American and Caribbean authors who will discuss their latest works during the Fair, as well participate in book signings, readings, and one-on-one discussions.

 They join other distinguished African-American authors, such as Stanley Crouch, Dr. Carl Hart, Terry McMillan, James McBride, Albert “Prodigy” Johnson and Representative John Lewis. The exciting lineup of top Caribbean authors also includes up-and-coming author David Valentine Bernard and Oonya Kempadoo. A few of the authors, though not of African nor Caribbean descent, have written and presented about African-American and the Caribbean experience in their work, such as Robert Antoni, Jonathan M. Katz and Candice Russell. For scheduled events, please visit

Here’s a list of this year’s featured authors of African-American and Caribbean descent, as well as those whose work highlights black culture and interests:  


Preston Allen
, Every Boy Should Have a Man
MK Asante, BUCK
Stanley Crouch, Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker
Lolis Eric Elie, Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans
Ru Freeman, On Sal Mal Lane
Nikki Giovanni, Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid
Dr. Carl Hart, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society
Mitchell S. Jackson, The Residue Years: A Novel
Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, H.N.I.C.
Representative John Lewis, Mark: Book One
Walter Mosley, Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery
Ishmael Reed, American Book Awards Moderator
Tennessee Reed, Life Among The X Challenged
Donald Spivey, If Only You Were White: The Life of Leroy “Satchel” Paige (Robert Paige, son of Satchel Paige and appearing with Donald Spivey)
Terry McMillan, Who Asked You?
L. Lamar Wilson, poetry reading, Sacrilegion
James McBride, The Good Lord Bird
D. Marvin Jones, Fear of a Hip Hop Planet: America’s New Dilemma
Jason Mott, The Returned: A Novel


Robert Antoni, As Flies to Whatless Boys
Elsie Augustave, The Roving Tree
David Valentine Bernard, The Thirsty Earth: A Novel
Edwidge Danticat, Claire of the Sea Light
Kwame Dawes, Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems
Thomas Glave, Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh
Fabienne Sylvia Josaphat, All That Glitters: Non-Fiction from Sliver of Stone
Jonathan M. Katz, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster
Oonya Kempadoo, All Decent Animals: A Novel
Jamaica Kincaid, See Now Then: A Novel
Montague Kobbe, The Night of the Rambler
Candice Russell, Masterpieces of Haitian Art
Evelyne Trouillot, Rosalie l’infâme
George Vilson, Kandelab 101: Notated Haitian Folk And Vodou Songs, Volume 1
M.J. Fievre, editor, All That Glitters
June Aming, Cecly Ann Mitchell and Colleen Selvon-Rampersad (representing the Writer’s Union of Trinidad & Tobago)

For a schedule of events and updates on Miami Book Fair International, please visit, call 305-237-3528, or email

The 30th edition of the Book Fair, the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, will take place November 17 – 24, 2013, at Miami Dade MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., in downtown Miami. The always-popular Street Fair runs Friday through Sunday, November 22 – 24, with more than 200 exhibitors from around the country selling books in a festive atmosphere.

The Miami Book Fair, one of Miami’s flagship cultural events, will treat book lovers to eight days of cultural and educational activities, including the beloved Evenings With… series, the Ibero-American Authors program, literacy and learning activities for children and teens during Generation Genius Days, and The Kitchen, demos and panels for food enthusiasts in partnership with the College’s Miami Culinary Institute. To celebrate the 30th anniversary, the Fair organizers have launched a campaign that celebrates Miami’s love and involvement with their hometown jewel. Visit the Fair’s social media platforms for vintage photos, author Q&As (Including with authors who are already confirmed for this year!) and a sampling of the many reasons why Miami loves Book Fair:


Miami Book Fair International and The Center @ MDC

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 Center promotes 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.


MDCulture is the Cultural Affairs Department of the College. Comprising the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, Tower Theater, the Center for Literature and Theatre, Koubek Center, Freedom Tower, MDC Live Arts and MDC Galleries and Museum of Art + Design, MDCulture is committed to providing everyone the opportunity to come in contact with innovative thinkers, creators and tradition bearers from around the world. With each presentation, MDCulture offers a bridge between cultures and ideas, creating new opportunities for the increasingly diverse population of Miami to come together through shared live arts experiences.

Miami Dade College

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 through MDCulture, it’s cultural affairs department, including the Miami Book Fair International, the Center @ MDC, the Miami International Film Festival, MDC Live Arts 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 175,000 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 eight campuses and outreach 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 more than 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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