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Culture
9:18 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Get To Know The Finalists For The 2014 National Book Award

NPR

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 5:57 pm

The National Book Awards shortlists — for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature — were announced October 15 on Morning Edition by Mitchell Kaplan, co-founder of Miami Book Fair International and former president of the American Booksellers Association. On November 18, finalists for the National Book Awards read from their nominated works at The New School in New York City. The National Book Foundation will announce the winners Wednesday night. Read more about each of the finalists — and hear the authors read from their works — below.

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Book Fair
11:43 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Write Us A Six-Word Story About South Florida

WLRN-Miami Herald News has partnered with Miami Book Fair International for a project called #6wordsmiami. We're asking you to submit your stories about Miami and South Florida in six words.

To provide some inspiration, we wanted to share with you a few of the stories we've seen so far and the stories behind them.

We recorded stories from attendees at a #6wordsmiami event at Book and Books in Coral Gables. Hear them below.

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Public Resources
6:45 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Miami-Dade Considers The Future of Its Libraries

Seven-year-old Joseph Gonzalez looks for a book at the West Kendall library in this file photo from March 17, 2014.
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  Libraries are no longer just about the books. On Monday afternoon, that was the main point at a Knight Foundation-sponsored discussion about the future of libraries.

Libraries are exploratory labs for potential startups, spaces for interactive education and in some states, home to community gardens. These were among some of the examples at a luncheon in downtown Miami on how libraries across the nation are looking toward the future.

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Literature
5:42 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Too Graphic? 2014 Banned Books Week Celebrates Challenged Comics

Repeat Offender: Dav Pilkey created artwork for Banned Books Week featuring his frequently complained-about hero, Captain Underpants.
Dav Pilkey

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 1:31 pm

Comics and graphic books are flourishing these days — writers and illustrators are taking on increasingly sophisticated topics and children's authors are finding just the right balance between naughty and nice. But a number of the books have come under fire from critics who would like to see them banned from schools and libraries. That's why comics and graphic books are the focus of this year's Banned Books Week, an annual event that calls attention to challenged titles.

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Literacy
5:34 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Miami-Dade Program Gives Needy Kids Free Books, But It's Running Out

The Read to Learn Books for Free program distributes 3,000 books every week.
Credit Read to Learn Books for Free staff

A program in Miami-Dade County that gives kids and parents free books to keep and read together is in the midst of a big push for donations.

The Read to Learn Books for Free program is having trouble keeping up with demand. The program distributes 3,000 books at more than 30 locations around the county every week in an effort to increase literacy among some of the county's most vulnerable children.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Thriller Novelist Brad Meltzer Talks About His Latest Children’s Book

Brad Meltzer's "I am Rosa Parks"
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07/03/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins  with novelist and nonfiction writer, Brad Meltzer.  His “Ordinary People Change the World” series of books for children continues with his latest release: “I am Rosa Parks.”    In the second half of the progra

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Summer Reading Picks With Mitchell Kaplan From Books And Books

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07/02/14 - On Wednesday’s Topical Currents we’ll sit for a spell with Mitchell Kaplan, founder of Books & Books and co-founder of the Miami Book Fair International. He’ll tell us how he has become one of the country’s most successful independent booksellers and about his plans to venture into publishing. We’ll also get his recommendations for a good summer read. Join us and call in with your own suggestions on the next Topical Currents, Wednesday at 1pm.

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Books
6:47 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

"Viaje One Way," Anthology Of Miami's Latin Cultures, At The Betsy Hotel

Hernan Vera Alvarez is one of the authors and editors for "Viaje One Way." He moved from Argentina when he was 23 years old.

“Viaje One Way” is a Spanish-language anthology of authors from Latin America and Spain. Hernan Vera Alvarez, one of the editors, says the book is "a mirror of the 21st-Century Miami."

"Before there were anthologies of Cuban writers in Miami," he says, "but this book is the first one that unites Latin American, Spanish and Cuban writers."

Alvarez moved to the U.S. from Argentina when he was 23 years old. Below, he talks about the new "Viaje One Way."

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Writer And Filmmaker Rebecca Miller

Jacob’s Folly
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06/26/14 - On Thursday's  Topical Currents literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez speaks with writer and filmmaker, Rebecca Miller, about her latest book, “Jacob’s Folly.” It explores the competing demands of individual freedom and communal responsibility. And on our Food and Dining se

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

How Important Is The Public Library In Your Life?

Miami-Dade County Public Library System

How important is the public library in your life?  Leave your comments below and please share this post: http://wlrn.org/post/publiclibrary

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Celebrated Miami-Based Haitian Author Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat
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06/05/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents features an interview by literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez with celebrated Miami-based Haitian author, Edwidge Danticat.  She edited a sequel to her 2011 collection of stories entitled Haiti Noir 2. Also, as we await the start of the

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Impact Of Alcohol On The Lives And Work Of Six Great American Writers

A Trip to Echo Spring
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05/29/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents features an interview with Olivia Lang about her latest book “A Trip to Echo Spring”.  It examines the impact alcohol had on the lives and work of six great American writers.  Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez  spoke with Liang.

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Topical Currents
12:33 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Author Roxane Gay Discusses Her Debut Novel

Roxane Gay
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05/19/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents features an interview with writer and author, Roxane Gay.  Literary contributor, Ariel Gonzalez speaks with her about her debut novel, An Untamed State. As the child of Haitian immigrants wh

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Books
9:46 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

David Kaufelt, Founder Of Key West Literary Seminar, Dies At 74

(Note: Mark Hedden's wife is on the board of the Key West Literary Seminar.)

David Kaufelt died Saturday at home in Key West.

He and his wife Lynn arrived from New York four decades ago. David was a writer and wanted to be surrounded by more writers. Several others already made the island their home, but Kaufelt had an idea to make Key West into a true literary destination, not just for people interested in the legacies of Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, but for living, breathing writers too. 

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Arts
11:02 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Here Are 9 Knight Arts Challenge Finalists You Should Know About

Credit Bleeding Palm / Courtesy

Through the Knight Arts Challenge Miami, the Knight Foundation is one of the primary sources of funding for South Florida arts. The only rule a project must meet to qualify for the grant is that it be about art, benefit South Florida, and that it be matched in funding.

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