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2011 Miami Book Fair International

Photo Credit: Miami Book Fair International

The Miami Book Fair International, an eight-day literary party, is back for its 28th season. On Friday, November 18, 2011 the Street Fair gets under way.

During Street Fair weekend, more than 250 publishers and booksellers exhibit and sell books, with special features like the antiquarians, who showcase of signed first editions, original manuscripts and other collectibles. The highlight of the Street Fair is the Festival of Authors with more than 350 authors reading and discussing their work, including the Latin American and Spanish authors who participate in the Ibero-American Authors Program.

Thousands of South Florida schoolchildren will help kick off the Street Fair, making the trip downtown Friday to hear authors and participate in Children’s Alley activities, including theater, arts-and-crafts, storytelling and readings by children’s book authors. Comics and graphic novels are once again featured, with the school of comics on Friday and a new section just for kids and teens, as well as presentations over the weekend by renowned graphic novelists and illustrators.

Photo Credit: Miami Book Fair International

Out-of-the-box events at this year’s Miami Book Fair International include:

  • Cooking demos by cookbook authors/chefs at the Miami Culinary Institute
  • The Book Fair debut of Literary Death Match, an Idol-style reading event that pits authors against each other
  • A “date night” twist to one of Friday’s “Evenings With…” that comes complete with free drinks and celebrity guests

The first Miami Book Fair International, founded by Miami Dade College and community partners, took place in 1984. Since then it has been recognized as the nation’s finest literary festival. In 2001, the Fair became part of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College, a cultural and academic initiative that promotes the advancement and appreciation of literature throughout the year.

WHEN: Sunday, November 13, 2011 to Sunday, November 20, 2011

WHERE: Downtown Miami. Click here for a map of the event site.

TICKETS: Prices vary. Purchase your Street Fair admission tickets online and skip the lines at the ticket booth. Tickets to the Street Fair on Friday, November 18 are free. On Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20, tickets are $8, but kids 12 and under are free.

For more information click here.

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