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The Nation’s Premiere Literary Event, the 2009 Miami Book Fair International, Opens Nov. 8

Miami Book Fair International

Miami, October 26, 2009 - Book lovers, get ready to celebrate because the 26th edition of the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, Miami Book Fair International (Fair), is just around the corner. Presented by the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College (MDC), the Fair will take place Nov. 8 – 15 at the college’s Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., in downtown Miami. 

The Fair will again treat book lovers to more than a week of cultural and educational activities, including author readings, book signings, the beloved Evenings With series, the IberoAmerican Authors program, the popular Street Fair Nov. 13 – 15 featuring hundreds of vendors on the actual closed streets of downtown Miami surrounding the campus, Children’s Alley, Comix Galaxy, and much more.

Its signature Evenings With series kicks off on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 5 p.m. with Elizabeth Alexander, who wrote and delivered President Barack Obama’s inaugural poem, “Praise Song for the Day.” Admission to this event is free and does not require a ticket. Seating is limited. Please note all other Evenings With events have a $10 admission fee. The events will be held at the Chapman Center, Building 3, Room 3210.

In addition, many other renowned authors are slated to attend, including  Sherman Alexie, Margaret Atwood, Roy Blount Jr., Robert Olen Butler, Meg Cabot, Alan Cheuse, Susie Essman, Mary Karr, Mike Farrell, Nobel Laureate and former Vice President Al Gore, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Barbara Kingsolver, Jonathan Lethem, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Ralph Nader, Richard Powers, Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk, Francine Prose, Ruth Reichl, Senator Bob Graham, Wally Lamb, musician and performer Iggy Pop, Melvin Van Peebles, Jeannette Walls and many others.

Confirmed Spanish-language authors include Roberto Ampuero, Carmen Posadas, Alvaro Vargas-Llosa, Boris Izaguirre, Angela Becerra, Juanita Castro, Edmundo Paz-Soldán, Jorge Ramos, Fabiola Santiago, Jaime Bayly and others.


Elizabeth Alexander, is the author of the inaugural poem Praise Song for the Day -- Sunday, Nov. 8, at 5 p.m.

Margaret Atwood is the author of The Handmaid’s Tale and finalist for the Booker Prize -- Sunday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Ruth Reichl is the Editor-In-Chief of Gourmet Magazine and former New York Times food critic -- Monday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m.

Barbara Kingsolver is the bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible, and short listed for the Pulitzer and PEN/Faulkner Awards -- Monday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Jeannette Walls is the New York Times bestselling author of Glass Castle --Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m.

Richard Powers is a critically acclaimed novelist and winner of a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize Finalist – Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Isabella Rossellini, famed actress, model and beauty icon, is the author of four books – Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Orhan Pamuk (Turkey) is the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature – Friday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m.

  Thanks to the support of sponsors, there will be a nightly reception called Twilight Tastings prior to the evening presentations on the fifth floor terrace in Building 3. Also, people paying the admission to the evening sessions are eligible to receive a $5 discount on any of the authors’ books at anytime during the Fair or toward the purchase of any book prior to Dec. 31 at any Books & Books location. This does not apply to complimentary tickets.


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 Florida Center for the Literary Arts, The Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performing arts series, The Cuban Cinema Series, the Prometeo Theatre, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, a renowned art gallery system, several campus theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. It is also home of the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower. 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 eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous certificates. 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, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Recovery Act; 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, the Alvah H. and Wyline P. Chapman Family Foundation, Inc., the Kenneth A. Lattman Foundation; and the Friends of the Fair. 

Corporate sponsors as of this date include: American Airlines, Bank of America, Land O’Lakes, Google, 900 Biscayne Bay, Hyatt Regency Miami, Miami Parking Authority, Miami Dade Transit,, The Nielsen Company, Peacock Foundation, Inc., Publix Super Markets Charities, Southeastern Recycling, The Children’s Trust, Tri-Rail, Assurant, ECCO Pizzateca & Lounge, Hard Rock Café, United Faculty of Miami Dade College, Minas Gerais State Tourism Office, Florida Power & Light, St. Thomas University, and Costco Wholesale. Media sponsors include:  The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, CBS4 and MY33, Univision23 and Telefutura69, Book TV on C-SPAN2, Univision Radio, WLRN Public Radio & Television, WPBT Channel 2, WDNA 88.9 FM Public Radio, Classical South Florida 89.7, WIOD Newsradio 610 AM, WMIA 93.9 FM, Diario Las Americas, Caribbean Today, Miami New Times, Plum TV, South Florida Times, The New York Times, Granta US, FUEL Outdoors, Urban America Newspaper, DUO Magazine,, Viajar Magazine, and the Welcome Channel.


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Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
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