Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead At 87

Apr 17, 2014
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  The AP reports Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez died in Mexico City Thursday, April 17.

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03/24/14 - Monday's Topical Currents:  George Saunders has been called one of America’s greatest short story writers. His work astounds readers with its effortless mix of humor and horror. A brilliant satirist, he delights in skewering the foibles of our corporate-driven, consumer-based society. But beneath the fun and games lies a profound wellspring of compassion for his fellow man.

Take A Virtual Tour Of Broward County's Main Library

Feb 17, 2014
Diego Saldana-Rojas / WLRN

With its asymmetrical exterior shape, dark, contrasting windows and floating staircases; the Broward County Main Library in Fort Lauderdale separates itself from surrounding buildings.

The library was recently awarded landmark status by the county despite being currently under several remodeling and construction projects.

To see what's so cool about the the 29-year-old, eight-story building, click through the photos above to take a virtual tour.

02/03/14 - 1:30 -Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez with Native American writer Sherman Alexie.  He’s praised for his prolific production of both poetry and fiction. His latest publication is BLASPHEMY, a collection of his short stories

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Behind Libreri Mapou's pink storefront, tall bookshelves cover every wall and ceiling fans make small red, blue and white Haitian flags wave. Small, dark sculptures of dancing people are on display. The small, Haitian bookstore sells titles in Creole, French and English written by Haitians from the island and its diaspora.

12/31/13 - Tomorrow’s Topical Currents is an interview with novelist Salman Rushdie, by literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez.  Rushdie, of course, authored Satanic Verses in 1988.  It enraged Muslim clerics, and Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini called for his death.

12/30/13 - Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez visits with novelist Allan Gurganus.  He’s known for documenting southern US sentiments and the bittersweet lives of the citizens of a present-day fictional town in North Carolina.

Richard Etienne

Dylan Etienne was in Publix with his mom when a random woman came up and asked if he likes to write. "Yeahhhh," he said, in a tone that indicated he really, really does. You gotta listen to the audio to hear him in his own words.

The woman in the store handed him a flyer for the Miami-Dade Public Library's young adult writers-in-residence program. 

Miami-Dade County Public Library System / Courtesy

Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library will host a book sale Dec. 11 through Dec. 14 at the Main Library branch at 101 West Flagler St.

Thousands of donated books, CDs and DVDs will be for sale. Guests are invited to "go green" and bring reusable bags to carry their books.

This summer, Miami-Dade libraries faced budget cuts which threatened to close down dozens of branches across the county.

Miami Book Fair International

Miami-Dade County Public Libraries have a big financial hole to fill. In order to stave off closing branches and laying off dozens of employees, the Miami-Dade County Commission this year raided the library's reserve fund. That will leave an estimated $20 million deficit in the next fiscal year. In order to generate ideas for the library of the future, library director Raymond Santiago has gathered together a task force with "everything on the table." That means the possibility of higher taxes to support public libraries.

Chloe Herring / WLRN

Only a few months ago, several public libraries in Miami-Dade County were targeted for closure. They were spared thanks to some last-minute financial rearranging of the county's annual budget. But the threat and budgetary maneuver sparked outrage first and now study of the role of public libraries in our modern-information society.

Miami Book Fair International brought more than four dozen children’s authors to Florida over the weekend

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How To Book Fair: Nine Tips From A Longtime Fairgoer

Nov 20, 2013

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.

10/28/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents begins with neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, who’s written GRAIN BRAIN:  The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar.  He says these ingredients – even whole grains – can cause chronic headaches, insomnia and depression.

Last year, the U.S. government took Apple to court, charging that the company illegally drove up the price of e-books. This summer, Apple lost the case.

In France, just the opposite is happening. The French government has accused Amazon of trying to push the price of physical books too low.

Limiting discounts on books is one of the ways that France is trying to ensure the survival of its independent booksellers.