Miami Book Fair International
7:56 am
Wed November 20, 2013

PHOTOS: After 30 Years, Miami Is A Literary Land

1984
Miami Book Fair International

There was, perhaps, a notion 30 years ago that any reading done by anyone in Miami mainly consisted of a paperback on a beach, some suntan oil and very little else. But a small group of people felt differently.

So when the Miami-Dade County Public Library system wanted to celebrate its newest building, the idea of a book fair was born. "Books By The Bay," it was first called, conceived in 1984 as a few displays of books, tablecloths flapping in the breeze at Bayfront Park. 

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Miami Book Fair International
7:56 am
Wed November 20, 2013

A Foodie's Guide to Miami Book Fair: Where to Eat

Spaghetti alla chitarra alla bolognese at Soya e Pomodoro
Credit Trina Sargalski

All of the conversation about food at Miami Book Fair International inspires the appetite. Unfortunately, if the past is a guide, the food at the Book Fair is not curated with the same care as the authors. It's basically overpriced carnival fare. 

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Miami Book Fair International
7:54 am
Wed November 20, 2013

How To Book Fair: Nine Tips From A Longtime Fairgoer

Courtesy of Miami Book Fair International.

The book fair is my Ultra. That’s how I explain to concerned friends my almost-maniacal enthusiasm for our city’s belletristic blowout -- a party currently in full swing, having started Sunday with the inaugural ceremony and talk from cliffhanger superstar Dan Brown.

But in its 30th year, Miami Book Fair International's hundreds of thousands of attendees, more than 400 authors, and 200 national and international street-fair exhibitors make it impossible to see everything.

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LGBT Issues
6:40 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Conversion Therapy May Soon Be Banned For Florida Kids

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  Conversion therapy, which is meant to turn gay people straight, may soon be banned for young people in Florida.

A bill by Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) would ban conversion therapy for everyone 18 years old and younger, but it would only apply to conversion therapy offered by licensed professionals like psychologists and counselors.

Religious groups and other non-professional organizations would still be able to offer the therapy for young people.

The American Psychological Association says these therapies have not been proven to be effective or safe.

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3:34 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies

Jackie Evancho

Great Performances will present 13-year-old classical crossover prodigy Jackie Evancho’s second television special Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies.

The new special, a follow-up to her popular debut special Great Performances Dream With Me in Concert, will be recorded in the opulent splendor of the newly restored Orpheum Theatre, one of Los Angeles’ most revered  landmarks, and will feature such evergreens as “Pure Imagination,” “My Heart Will Go On,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” and “Some Enchanted Evening.”

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Mid-day Links
3:07 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Nov. 11-15

Credit Florida Department of Transportation

  Last week, we plunged into the problem of sea-level rise in South Florida. You may have heard lots of experts and lots of facts -- enough to lose track of all the real-estate risks and saltwater-invasion projections. So I've fished out the stories that got the most traction from readers and listeners like you.

Again, here are WLRN's top-five stories this week:

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Politics
12:14 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Miami Immigration Conference Presses On, Reform Or Not

The National Partnership for New Americans' immigration advocates help immigrants navigate legalization paperwork.

In Washington last week, the U.S. House of Representatives made it clear that immigration reform is dead in 2013. But in Miami this week, immigrant advocates made it clear that they intend to press on, with or without reform.

At the National Immigrant Integration Conference -- which concludes Tuesday at the downtown Hilton with a mass swearing in of new U.S. citizens -- hundreds of government, business and NGO leaders discussed ways to better usher immigrants into America’s mainstream.

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News
11:40 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Sinkhole Maps Will Show State's Vulnerability

Sinkholes are found all over Florida, particularly in the central corridor. A sinkhole swallowed this home in Sebring 25 years ago.
Credit Florida Geological Survey

Florida is susceptible to sinkholes because so much of our landscape sits on rocks that dissolve easily, such as limestone.

The Florida Geological Survey is building a map to show the risk of sinkholes around the state. The project is the result of what happened last year after Tropical Storm Debby.

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Elevation Zero
8:15 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Puddles After A Rain-Free Night? It's Probably Sea-Level Rise

Oceanographer and author John Englander sees sea-level rise in a storm drain.
Credit Christine DiMattei

In an upscale section of east Fort Lauderdale near the Intracoastal Waterway, John Englander kneels down and examines a storm drain.

“This is where we’re going to see the first evidence of sea-level rise,” says Englander, who points out the water in the drain has risen several inches within only 20 minutes.

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Elevation Zero
8:10 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Having 'The Talk' About Sea-Level Rise With Kids

Alejandra, an elementary-school student, exercises what she learns about sea-level rise by clearing litter from the beach.
Credit Sammy Mack / WLRN

  Earlier this week, we looked at how kids who live in coastal Florida learn about sea-level rise. They witness it all around them: on television, in school, sometimes in their front yards.

Even so, big, landscape-changing events in nature can be tough for children to understand.

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