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Miami, November 6, 2008 - Miami Book Fair International and Miami Dade College (MDC) proudly announce that State Farm Insurance will be the presenting sponsor of the IberoAmerican Program for this year’s Book Fair, set for Nov. 9 – 16, 2008.  The Book Fair’s Spanish Language author program is presented solely in Spanish or Portuguese.  More than 70 authors from Spain and various Latin American countries will present their latest work during the eight-days of the Fair.  Countries represented this year include Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Spain.  The program will also feature a panel discussion on the Last 25 Years of IberoAmerican Literature.

“This is State Farm’s first year as a sponsor of the Book Fair, and we are proud to have them as a partner,” said Alina Interian, executive director of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts.  “We are also pleased that they chose to sponsor the IberoAmerican Program, which is particularly rich with talent this year.  Among those that will be presenting are Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz, Miguel de Cervantes Literary Award winner Jorge Edwards, Carlos Ruiz-Zafón, multi-award winners Zoé Valdés, Fernando Arrabal, and Miriam Gómez, widow of Cervantes prize winner Guillermo Cabrera Infante, to name just a few.”   

"The Miami Book Fair is an excellent opportunity to help bring our diverse community even closer together by experiencing the joy of reading," added Aymee Ruiz, national spokesperson for State Farm.

Some of the many highlights of this year’s program include:

Sunday, Nov. 9 – 6:00 PM – Últimos 25 años de la Literatura Latinoamericana – Marcos Aguinis, Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza, Juan Manuel Cao

Wednesday, Nov. 12 – 7:00 PM – Miriam Gómez in conversation with Nat Chediak

Friday Nov. 14 – 8:00 PM – Carlos Ruiz Zafón in conversation with Jorge Ramos

Saturday, Nov. 15 – 10:00 AM – Fernando Arrabal

Sunday, Nov. 16 – 4:45 PM – Zoé Valdés
Sunday, Nov. 16 – 5:00 PM – Panel on Politics: Socialism of the XXI Century, with Jorge Quiroga (Bolivia), Oswaldo Alvarez Paz (Venezuela), Armando Calderón Sol (El Salvador), Jaime Nebot (Ecuador), and moderated by Carlos Alberto Montaner

For a complete list of authors scheduled to present at this year’s Book Fair, please visit

Miami Book Fair International is the largest and is regarded as the finest literary gathering in America. It is the premier event of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College. The Center promotes reading and writing throughout the year by consistently presenting quality literary activities open to all in South Florida. Literacy projects target children of all ages—from kindergarten to high school—as well as college students and adults. Established and emerging writers from South Florida and all over the U.S. read, lecture, and teach workshops. They work with K-12, MDC students, and diverse members of the community, helping to deepen their understanding of literature, and encouraging their work of writers at all stages of development. The Center envisions South Florida as a nexus of literary activity in the Americas and beyond, and will continue to champion its mission of promoting the advancement and appreciation of the literary arts in all forms.

Opening its doors in 1960, Miami Dade College (MDC) 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 Florida Center for the Literary Arts, The Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo 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. MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. With an enrollment of more than 167,000 students, MDC is the nation’s top producer of associate in arts and science degrees. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree, workforce training, licensing, and certificate programs including several bachelor degree programs. In 2006, MDC admitted its 1.5 millionth student.

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 Dade College Foundation, the Miami Downtown Development Authority; and the Friends of the Fair.  Corporate sponsors as of this date include: Target, State Farm Insurance, American Airlines, Miami-Dade Transit, Rock Group LLC, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Bank of America, Miami Parking Authority, Octavio Taylor Nurseries, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Hyatt Regency Miami, Mystery Writers of America, Publix Super Markets Charities, Southeastern Recycling LLC, The Raleigh Hotel, Café Bustelo, Enterprise rent-a-car, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Kenneth A. Lattman Foundation, Inc., The Heat Group, Costco Wholesale, Southern Vines, Inc. and Pollo Tropical. Media sponsors include:  The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, CBS4 and MY33, Univision23 and Telefutura69, WQBA 1140AM, WAQI 710 AM, WAMR FM 107.5, La Kalle 98.3 FM, Comcast, Diario las Américas, Miami New Times, WLRN Public Radio and Television, WPBT Channel 2, Classical South Florida 89.7, WDNA 88.9 FM Public Radio, Plum TV, Hispanic Magazine, Poder Magazine, FUEL Outdoors, WEDR-FM 99 JAMZ, Caribbean Today, El Argentino, DUO Magazine, Coral Living Magazine, Granta Magazine, South Florida Times, and the Welcome Channel. 

For more information, please call 305-237-3258 or visit

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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