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Mexico is Culture! At the 2010 Miami Book Fair International


Miami, October 4, 2010 - Book Fair Save the Date 2 The 27th edition of the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, Miami Book Fair International, presented by the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College (MDC), will take place November 14 - 21, 2010, at the college’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. The popular Street Fair runs Friday through Sunday, Nov. 19-21 with more than 200 exhibitors from around the country selling books in a festive atmosphere. A very special guest will launch Book Fair festivities on opening night. Details will be provided soon.

This year, the Book Fair will pay homage to Mexico’s rich literature and culture during the 200th anniversary of its independence and centennial anniversary of its revolution. In commemoration of this special milestone, Mexico will be the featured country at Book Fair, which will present some of its most recognized authors, as well as stunning visual art, theater, exquisite cuisine, music, and crafts.

Mexico is the world’s largest Spanish-speaking country, with a population of more than 107 million. Its contributions to global literature are exceptional, such as Carlos Fuentes, a special guest at the Fair this year, Juan Rulfo, Amado Nervo, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and Octavio Paz, to name a few.

In addition to Fuentes, who will present at a Book Fair conference on Sunday, Nov. 14, a slew of prominent Mexican authors will participate at various sessions, including Laura Esquivel, Gonzalo Celorio, Rosa Beltrán, Mario Bellatin, Estela Leñero, David Huerta, and Victor Mendiola.  

The presence of Mexican culture will be felt throughout the Fair, beyond words and books. At the Mexican Pavilion, for instance, fairgoers can enjoy premier art works and savor traditional cuisine. In the theater arena, renowned actress Alma Muriel will perform Para ti…Sor Juana and actor Odín Dupeyron will present a monologue titled A Vivir! Book Fair will also present Mexican classic films, such as Pedro Páramo, Los albañiles and Como agua para chocolate.

For a taste of Mexican poetry, music, drinks and more, visit Café Bohemio Siqueiros. Music will be provided by the Colectivo Nortec, Ballet Mexcaltián and street performers Cornisa 20, who will be performing Mariachi Clown.

There will be splashes of Mexican culture everywhere for fairgoers of all ages. During the Street Fair, Children’s Alley will feature a Plaza Mexico, where children can enjoy numerous activities, such as storytelling, arts and crafts. 

MDC’s Art Gallery System will present an exhibition at the Freedom Tower by master Francisco Toledo titled Cuento del Conejo y del Coyote, which is dedicated to his daughter, Natalia, a writer of children’s books. In addition, an exhibition of works by celebrated artist Jose Nuño, titled Bicentenario-Itinerante-Empacado, examines centuries of Mexican art and the Aztec peoples ‘struggle for identity.

Mexico is Culture! is a joint effort of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at MDC, the Mexican National Council for Culture and Arts, Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, the General Consul of Mexico in Miami, and the Mexican Cultural Institute in Miami.  


Miami Book Fair International is the largest and 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 the 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.

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 Florida Center for the Literary Arts, The Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performance 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 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 nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.


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