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Pop Culture Heroes and Celebrity Artists Featured at 2010 Book Fair

John Waters

Filmmaker John Waters

Miami, October 28, 2010 - 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. This year, the Fair will celebrate the literature and culture of Mexico. A very special guest will launch Book Fair festivities on opening night. Details will be provided soon.

In addition to a roster of literary giants, the Fair will roll out the red carpet for legendary actors, filmmakers and musical artists who have made their mark on pop culture, including Nora Ephron, John Waters, and Patti Smith. They will be discussing their new books as part of the Fair’s Evenings With... series, which will take place at MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Building 3, Room 3210.

Screenwriter Nora Ephron defined the romantic comedy genre of film with When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, among many others. She will share tidbits from her latest collection of essays titled “I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections” on Monday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m.

Notorious writer/director John Waters, best known for his epic films Pink Flamingos and the 1988 hit Hairspray, will discuss his new memoir, “Role Models.” Waters’ transgressive cult films have earned him a loyal following since the 1960s. Waters will present on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m.   

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Patti Smith significantly influenced the punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. In her new memoir, Just Kids, she chronicles her early years and deep friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who died in 1989. She will share her book on Friday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m.

In addition, Nick Zinner of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs will present Please Take Me Off the Guest List, a collection of tour images shot by Zinner combined with essays written by Zachary Lipez and designed by Stacy Wakefield. Zinner will present on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m.    

Evenings With…tickets are $10 for each author event. To buy tickets, or for more information and updates, please visit the MBFI website at, call 305-237-3528, or email


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, 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; City of Miami, The Children’s Trust, Peacock Foundation, Inc., Publix Super Markets Charities, Miami Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; 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. 

The Book Fair’s corporate sponsors as of this date include: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, American Airlines, Bank of America, Land O’Lakes, Google, Hyatt Regency Miami, Miami Parking Authority, Miami Dade Transit, GEICO, Florida Power & Light, Mystery Writers of America, Southeastern Recycling, The Children’s Trust, Barefoot Wine, Cirque du Soleil, Rums of Puerto Rico, Ford Fiesta, Diamond Book Distributors, Google, First and First Southern Baking Company, and ProTranslating. The 2010 media sponsors include:  The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, CBS4 and TV33, Univision23 and Telefutura69, BookTV 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, Diario Las Americas, PODER Magazine, Caribbean Today, Miami New Times, South Florida Times,, Granta US, FUEL Outdoors, Prestige Public Relations, and the Welcome Channel.


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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