Miami Book Fair

Bridget O'Brien / WLRN News

This week on a special edition of The Florida Roundup at the Miami Book Fair, WLRN's Tom Hudson spoke with a panel of authors about the changing political and cultural landscape of South Florida.

National Book Award finalist and MacArthur finalist Edwidge Danticat, host of NPR's Full Disclosure Roben Farzad and Dr. Andrew Frank, professor of history at Florida State University took to the stage to discuss everything from uncertainty over immigration to the slow expansion of medical marijuana and the backlash against Confederate symbols scattered across the state. 

Alexia Fodere / Miami Herald

Former Vice President Joe Biden headlined the Miami Book Fair Saturday night to talk about his new book, "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose."

New York Times bestselling author George Saunders interviewed him at the sold-out event at the Adrienne Arsht Center's Knight Concert Hall.

They started by talking about Biden's son, Beau, who died in 2015 from brain cancer. Biden's book chronicles the events of the year that followed his son's death.

Pedro Portal / El Nuevo Herald

Donna Brazile, former chair of the Democratic National Committee, appeared at the Miami Book Fair last week to promote her newly published account of the 2016 presidential election.

Brazile took over for South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz as DNC chair in July of that year. In the book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House,” Brazile writes about a Democratic Party in deep debt and under the financial control of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Terence Shepherd

By his own admission, Dr. Rolando Ochoa is not much of an air traveler.

But on a flight to San Diego a few years ago, it occurred to the Miami Dade College professor just what a trip his life has been so far. And the legs of the journey were far from ordinary: from child star in his native Cuba. to political refugee in his late teens, to budding music artist, to banker, to educator.

Now, they serve as chapters in his book, “Cuba 18, U.S. 50: My Fifty Year Trip.”

Monday on Sundial: Khizr Khan, the father of slain United States Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who challenged then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Khan made national news last year when he lashed out atTrump during his speech at the DNC. While waving a paper copy of the Constitution, Khan asked: “Donald Trump, you're asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy”.

Patti Smith, Isabel Allende, James McBride and Wallace Shawn are some of the authors participating in the 2017 edition of the Miami Book Fair's "Evenings With ... " series, presented by WLRN.

Participants in "Evenings " will have the opportunity to hear authors read from their latest books for five nights in a row. Some days there will be functions at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are at the Chapman Conference Center, Building 3, 2nd floor, of the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. Tickets are $15 per person. 

Luis Choy / Special to the Miami Herald

Next month marks the second anniversary of normalized relations between the U.S. and Cuba – and things couldn’t look more uncertain. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to cancel normalization unless Cuba delivers more democratic reform. But even before Trump’s election, Cuba seemed to be closing rather than opening the door to U.S. business.

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This week on The Florida Roundup...

WLRN's Tom Hudson was live from the Miami Book Fair with a panel of authors from across the state to ponder a future in the age of Trump. 

South Florida Stories, In 6 Words

Nov 16, 2016
Katie Lepri / WLRN

Would you be able to encapsulate all the wonders/horrors/comedy/tragedy of living in South Florida in just six words? 

Well, that's precisely what we asked our audience to do in the #6WordsMiami project, our latest collaboration with the Miami Book Fair.

Trevor Noah gets personal

Nov 15, 2016
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Comedian Trevor Noah can't recall the moment himself. But he says the scene in the Johannesburg delivery room when he was born was more than a bit uncomfortable. 

"I came out and there was just an akward pause," recounts the host of The Daily Show. "All of these doctors are standing around, and there is this black woman and she has just given birth to a child that does not look black at all. And everyone's looking around basically for the culprit in the room."  

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It feels like a high-speed chase west on the ironically named Dolphin Expressway, veering south on what follows as a seamless string of highway on the "Palmetto," the Don Shula Expressway and the Ronald Reagan Turnpike, all certifiable assaults on the nervous system.

Richard Blanco's poem for President Obama's second inauguration, "One Today," just came out as a children's book, with illustrations by Captain Underpants creator Dav Pilkey (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers).

Blanco is a poet and a civil engineer and says in the right brain/left brain equation, he uses both sides in equal measure. He recently spent some time with us talking about his own childhood. 

Post-{Li}it: Read Our Favorite Of Your Tiny Stories

Nov 18, 2015
Chabeli Herrera

For the past three months, WLRN and the Miami Book Fair have been challenging locals to write a short story -- really short. 

Participants were asked to submit a story short enough to fit on a Post-it note, creating their own Post-{L}its

Nearly 600 submissions later, on topics covering South Florida and beyond, the favorites of the bunch will get their moment to shine at this year's Miami Book Fair. 

The Winners Of #6WordsMiami

Nov 28, 2014
Courtesy of the Book Fair / WLRN

The Miami Book Fair International, in partnership with WLRN, asked for your six-word Miami-influenced stories. Now, after reading more than 4,000 entries, the pile was narrowed down to six finalists. 

Those six were selected and printed as a limited-edition postcard set, combining the #6WordsMiami stories with original photographs by award-winning Miami Herald photographer Carl Juste.

On Nov. 19, #6WordsMiami writers joined WLRN's Alicia Zuckerman at The Swamp to share their six-word stories.  Scroll down to see the set of commemorative postcards. 

  

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Say you walk into an office building. On the reception desk is a nice, lush, green-leafed plant with white dots on it. You think, “how nice and outdoorsy.”

Chances are it's a deathly, toxic plant called a "dumb cane."

That's one of the tidbits included in Michael Largo's most recent publication, "The Big, Bad Book of Botany." It’s an encyclopedia-style book about botany sprinkled with surprising, funny and historical tales of plants.

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