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Olé! Celebrate Spain at 2013 Miami Book Fair International

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Miami, October 18, 2013 - Spain will be the featured country at this year’s 30th edition of the Miami Book Fair International, presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC).

Spain’s deep influence on the U.S. and all of the Americas goes back 500 years with Columbus’ discovery of the New World and later Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida. In celebration of the country’s vibrant culture and literature, fairgoers will be able to meet and listen to some of Spain’s most recognized authors and playwrights, including Cervantes prize winner Jorge Edwards, J.J. Armas Marcelo, Juan Malpartida, Soledad Puértolas, Rosa Montero, José Ovejero, Jesús Gabán, Carmen Posadas, Ana Cristina Herreros, Alfredo Gómez Cerdá, Rosa Navarro Durán and Miguel Gallardo.

The presence of Spanish culture will be felt throughout the Fair with stunning visual art, theater, film and music. The Spain Pavilion opens at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 in Building 2 and will feature books, discussions on literary works, videos, an exhibit as well as documentaries on literary figures. Tablao Flamenco, which takes place virtually each night of the Book Fair, will give fairgoers an authentic Spanish experience with music, tapas, wine tastings and fiery flamenco performances. The free event will be held from Monday, Nov. 18 - Friday, Nov. 22, from 5 - 7:30 p.m. in Building 6.

MDC’s acclaimed Prometeo Theatre students will perform a dramatic reading of Spanish playwright José Ramón Fernández’s compilation of scenes that showcase the evolution of Spanish theater throughout the ages at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m., the Book Fair will co-present Recent Cinema from Spain, with film screenings at the Gusman Center. At 8:30 p.m., the group Terekitetap will bring its folkloric sounds from the Spanish Canary Islands to the Wolfson Campus’ Auditorium.

On Friday, Nov. 22, there will be a special tribute to legendary Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, who is one of the century’s most preeminent, beloved playwrights. Directly from Spain, a company of four actors will perform “La Palabra Verde,” a piece produced exclusively for the Book Fair’s 30th anniversary by the Madrid-based Fundación Federico García Lorca.

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

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

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 seven 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.

For updates on Miami Book Fair International, please visit www.miamibookfair.com, call 305-237-3528, or email wbookfair@mdc.edu.

For updates on Miami Book Fair International, please visit www.miamibookfair.com, call 305-237-3528, or email wbookfair@mdc.edu.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359, khill1@mdc.edu, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366, rromero3@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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