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Miami Book Fair International
1:40 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Delving Into Past Lives At The Miami Book Fair

Brian and Amy Weiss, both doctors, are father and daughter.
Credit Jan Becker / Florida Book Review

The volunteers at the Book Fair have a rough job herding the audience into their seats before each event. As I entered Chapman Auditorium for the Evening with Drs. Brian and Amy Weiss, I asked one of the volunteers where I should sit. He answered, "I don't care where you sit, as long as you don't run nobody over." Looking around, I could see this might be a bit of a concern. The room was packed and the volunteers were very busy, trying to make sure all of the seats filled in an orderly fashion.

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Miami Book Fair International
1:00 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Book Fair One-Liners: Youth Know Nothing

Erica K. Landau tweets from the talk of American author, Camille Paglia, in today's Miami Book Fair International.


Miami Book Fair International
12:37 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Reporter Jeffrey Toobin Tells Miami Book Fair It's Obama vs. Supreme Court

Credit Random House, Inc.

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Miami Book Fair International
12:02 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Book Fair One-Liners: Author Dave Barry's Top Three

Miami Book Fair International goer, Hannah Sampson, tweets one-liners from author Dave Barry's talk today.


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Miami Book Fair International
11:32 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Author Sandra Cisnero Gets Personal

Credit Random House, Inc. / Illustrated by Ester Hernandez

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Miami Book Fair International
11:03 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Book Fair One-Liners: Writers Are Poor Representatives Of Their Book

Adam Gopnik illuminates the evening with stories rather than excerpts: "I feel writers are often poor representatives of their book and the most fun is in the Q & A anyway."


Marci Calabretta is a contributor to the Florida Book Review. Calabretta attended the Adam Gopnik talk on Thursday, Nov. 15 . You can check out FBR's full live blog of the 2012 book fair here.

Miami Book Fair International
10:29 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Pushing And Shoving For Bargain Books

Credit Sammy Mack

So I didn't make it far. I walked into the book fair and the first thing I saw was a sign that read, "Hardcover books $2, All others $1," a great deal from the Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library. In a well-organized tent, they had books lined up and classified as "Hardcover," "Classics," "Popular," and "Spanish." I expected to see a lot of names of authors I didn't know, names of authors I did know and might not like, or perhaps some obscure gardening books, but the Friends of the MDPC did a really great job getting their hands on some legitimately covetable used books. 

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The Picture Show
1:39 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

African-American Faces Of The Civil War

This rare portrait shows an identified Confederate noncommissioned officer, Sgt. Andrew Martin Chandler (left), and his named slave, Silas Chandler (right). It is the only Confederate photograph in the book by Rod Coddington, African American Faces of the Civil War. Born into slavery, Silas "was one of thousands of slaves who served as [body servants] during the war," writes Coddington.
Collection of Andrew Chandler Battaile

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 4:02 pm

The impulses to collect and to doodle have always been in Ron Coddington's blood. As a kid, it was baseball cards. As a teen, he took an interest in old flea market photos — and simultaneously became "obsessed," he says, "with learning to draw the human face."

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Miami Book Fair International
1:00 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Excerpt From My Key West Kitchen By Norman Van Aken And Justin Van Aken

Credit Kyle Books

In My Key West Kitchen: Recipes and Stories, father-and-son chefs Norman Van Aken and Justin Van Aken present recipes inspired by Key West foods their family has relished throughout the decades, including Captain Tony's Sunday Fish Fry, Dennis Pharmacy Navy Bean Soup and The Midget's Brunswick Stew.

The Midget was one of the first places Norman Van Aken cooked in Key West after arriving from Illinois. 

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Miami Book Fair International
12:00 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

The Story Doesn’t End Here: Remix A Story With Junot Díaz

This story was pregnant with unanswered questions.
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Earlier this week, we asked you to help us tell a story—140 characters at a time—in honor of Miami Book Fair International.

We tweeted out the first line, given to us by Pulitzer-winning author Junot Díaz: “The dogs hadn’t barked all week.”

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The Brat Pack Takes Miami
10:30 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Pretty In Pink Redux In Miami

Will Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy (right) meet again in Miami? Recognize that guy in the middle (oh, Duckie)? It's Jon Cryer from Two and a Half Men.
Credit imdb.com

They always said they'd meet again someday.

At long last, brat pack heartthrobs Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy will cross paths again.  They're both appearing at the Miami Book Fair International on the same day, in the same room ... but not, sadly, at the same time. They'll be separated by five hours. Ohhhhhhh.

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Miami Book Fair International
6:13 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Bunny Yeager: "Sexy In a Nice Way"

Bettie Page and Bunny Yeager at the Africa U.S.A. theme park.
Photo courtesy of Bunny Yeager

Whether we like it or not, South Florida is known for sun, beaches…and skin.   Back in the 1950s, pin-up model Bettie Page posed for some of her most classic photos here. Her black bangs, red lips and playful gaze were a hit in the pages of Playboy.  These images were created by local model turned photographer Bunny Yeager.  Clotilde Luce reported on the woman behind these icons of 1950s fashion and photography and her recent discovery by the art world.

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Haitian Writers Tell The Country's Stories
6:30 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Introducing Book Fair Readers To Haiti

M.J. Fievre is the lead editor of the anthology as well as a contributor.
Credit Miami Book Fair International Website

All week, we're talking with Florida authors appearing at the Miami Book Fair. So Spoke the Earth is an anthology of stories, poems and essays about Haiti.

The book is divided into three sections: death and tragedy; the nation’s rich storytelling tradition; and Haiti’s economic struggles.

Although the book was published in the United States (by Women Writers of Haitian Descent), all of the pieces in the second section are in French or Haitian Creole. 

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Author explores Key West History
6:11 am
Thu November 15, 2012

How Key West Stays Quirky

Author Robert Kerstein will be appearing at the Miami Book Fair International on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Credit Robin Jones

A conversation with author Robert Kerstein

Robert Kerstein is a government professor at the University of Tampa. But when he's not teaching on the other coast, he likes hanging out in Key West. His frequent trips there have translated into a new book about how the little city at the bottom of the peninsula has managed to maintain its unique character while becoming a major tourist town. The book is called Key West: On The Edge, Inventing the Conch Republic. And this weekend, Kerstein will be appearing at the Miami Book Fair International

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MOCA
6:29 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Museum in North Miami Receives Highest Award

North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art becomes one of just 69 museums to ever receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
Credit Museum of Contemporary Art

In a White House ceremony Wednesday, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami joined an elite group of just 69 museums to be awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service - one the nation's top seals of approval for museums and libraries.

"Well, I guess you could compare it to the Emmy's or Oscars,"  said  Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute for Museum and Library Service.

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