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People
10:47 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Crime Novelist Elmore Leonard Dies

Writer Elmore Leonard died Tuesday at the age of 87.
Dermot Cleary Chasen

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 12:03 pm

Elmore Leonard, the crime novelist whose best-sellers included Get Shorty, Freaky Deaky and Maximum Bob, died Tuesday morning at his Detroit-area home, according to statements from his longtime researcher Gregg Sutter on Twitter and to The Detroit News

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Books
2:42 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Book News: 'Hunger Games'-Themed Camp Opens In Florida

Actress Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen in the movie version of The Hunger Games.
Murray Close Lionsgate

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 7:16 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Public Services
2:02 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Six Of 22 Miami-Dade Libraries Could Be Saved From Chopping Block

Miami-Dade library supporters rally against potential budget cuts that threaten to close down 22 branches on Saturday, July 27, 2013, outside the Concord Branch Library.
Credit Alex M Sanchez / Miami Herald Staff

An updated plan for cuts to the Miami-Dade County budget would keep open six of 22 public libraries initially slated for closure.

The tentative change would save the Culmer, Lakes of the Meadows, Lemon City, Little River, Opa-locka and Shenandoah branch libraries, bringing the total number of library closures to 16.

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Public Services
8:40 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Here's A Look At The Libraries That Miami-Dade County Could Close

Sorry, bookworms.

In the minutes of last Tuesday’s meeting of the Miami-Dade Commission, it reads, “In libraries, these adjustments will result in the reduction of hours of service and closure of 10 storefronts and up to 12 other libraries.” Meaning, to avoid increases in property taxes, the commission proposes to eliminate 22 of its 49 public library branches.

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Literature
8:24 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Scrapbooks From Hemingway's Childhood Made Public

A page in which Hemingway's mother describes his birth.
Credit John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

On the 114th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s birth on June 21, Key West wasn’t alone in celebrating the author’s life. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library announced that it would release five scrapbooks in digital form that document Hemingway’s childhood.

Seen by very few people, the scrapbooks had been in secure storage for decades due to their fragility.

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Opinion
7:44 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Why Libraries Are More Important Than Your Hard Drive

The terrace of Miami Beach's Books & Books
Credit Miami Beach 411

What happens when you delete or block a web page?

It gets deleted. Or blocked.

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The Two-Way
7:32 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Book News: Hemingway Look-Alike Competition To Crown New 'Papa'

American writer Ernest Hemingway.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 7:13 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Literature
6:30 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Contemplating The End Of Books (As We Know Them)

Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares
Credit Antonia Wright/Ruben Millares/Spinello Projects Miami

With budget cuts impacting public libraries all over the country, this summer is not only your traditional reading season – it’s also a time for thinking about reading.

The State of the Book at Spinello Projects will exhibit physical books as precious, engaging objects – works of art you can touch – and will encourage people to sit, read and ruminate on the future of printed matter.

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Florida Supercon
8:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Some of The Best Costumes From This Weekend's Bigger-Than-Ever Florida Supercon

Cristine Peña from Tampa dresses as Sailor Venus from the manga series Sailor Moon. She won Best Craftsmanship in the costume contest at last year's Supercon. Kevin Walker from Orlando dresses as Kai Leng from the video game Mass Effect 3.
Credit Patience Haggin

At this weekend's FLORIDA SUPERCON, more comic and sci-fi fans than Miami's ever seen gathered to meet, greet, and costume play-- 'cosplay' for short.

The event at the Miami Airport Convention Center drew an estimated 20,000 fans and cosplayers from Thursday to Sunday. Attendance rose sharply from last year's crowd of 15,000.

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Publishing
8:28 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Why Bookstores Don't Reflect Miami's Literary Health

The recently closed Barnes & Noble in Aventura.
Credit Broward Palm Beach New Times

Many have taken the recent closing of Barnes and Noble in Aventura and the general dearth of bookstores in Miami as an omen, a portentous sign that the city is somehow culturally headed in the wrong direction.

And the easy takedown of South Florida, both nationally and from locals, is that a lack of bookstores is representative of a stupid populace, or an uncultured mass mostly focused on booze and partying.

But bemoaning the death of the bookstore is missing the point. It’s happening everywhere. And it’s not just a South Florida issue.

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Ariel Gonzalez
1:30 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

The Fifth Assassin

Brad Meltzer
http://bradmeltzer.com/

05/14/13 - In the second half of the program, Ariel Gonzalez with South Florida author Brad Meltzer and his book, The Fifth Assassin. Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and seven other bestsellers. The Fifth Assassin is out now.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Ariel Gonzalez speaks with author Michael Chabon

Telegraph Road

04/30/13 - Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez speaks with author Michael Chabon about his latest novel, “Telegraph Road” which follows the co-owners of a vintage record store in Oakland who struggle to stay open in the face of black/white tensions, gentrification, and the ghosts of their past.  

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Arts
1:00 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Flying Under The Radar With Six Hip South Florida Writers

Edwidge Danticat
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Last month, we introduced you to nine acclaimed authors who call South Florida their home, at least part-time. But that was just a small sampling. South Florida boats a tribe of critically acclaimed scribes living anywhere from the Florida Keys to Palm Beach County. Below are seven folks who are building on the tradition of hometown heroes like Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen (who actually now lives just a little bit further north in Vero Beach.)

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Nerddom
10:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Miami Gets Street Cred As One Of The Top 10 Nerdiest Cities In America

Credit http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3ohfi4/

Behind the allure of bikinis and board shorts, Miami residents possess a sea of Star Trek costumes.

At least that's one conclusion you might draw from a recent article in Movodo, a real estate website.  The criteria used to determine the winners, while not scientific, is telling of the "nerd demographic" that our city has nurtured over the years.  Here is a quick rundown of the data used to determine the winners:

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Ariel Gonzalez
1:30 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Judge A Book By Its Cover

Chip Kidd
www.chipkidd.com

04/09/13 - Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez with noted book jacket designer Chip Kidd.  Many DO judge a book by its cover. Mr. Kidd's book is "Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design."

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