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Celebrate Miami Book Fair International with a Day at The Park

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Miami, November 5, 2013 - Come every fall, Miami Dade College(MDC) transforms itself into the literary world's most quintessential destination with the arrival of the Miami Book Fair International. This year, the Fair turns 30, and as in years past, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to fill the environs of the Wolfson Campus for a host of events and insightful author presentations, while canvassing the expansive Street Fair with more than 200 exhibitors.

The eight-day event will feature some of the country’s most celebrated authors and an array of stage performances and cooking demonstrations, among a myriad of other happenings. This year’s program also includes The Park, where you can rest, rejuvenate, ruminate, and read! Sponsored by the Miami Foundation, through its Our Miami Initiative, a philanthropic organization dedicated to fostering a stronger sense of community for all Miami residents, The Park is your ultimate urban oasis during the Fair.

Our Miami encourages residents to connect with each other and with our city,” said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation.  “Urban green spaces like The Park are perfect for sparking these relationships. Miami becomes a more pleasant and attractive place to live when we create opportunities to engage in this way.”

Tap in or tune out just steps away from the bustle of the Street Fair at this family-oriented setting which will include recreational activities like volleyball, soccer, yoga, Zumba, an obstacle course — and even a drum circle! This pop-up park is also the perfect place to sprawl out on the grass with a good book. 

Join your fellow Fairgoers for a glorious day at The Park! 

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

For more information, please visit, call 305-237-3528 or email

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.

Event contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,
Lisa Palley, Miami Book Fair publicist 305-642-3132,
Maria Lanao, Miami Book Fair social media and Spanish programs publicist, 305.764.3370 ext. 206,

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