Miami Book Fair

 

 

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.

David Bazemore

This year, the Miami Book Fair International isn't opening with an author (though Ira Glass did edit a book once). It's opening Sunday (Nov. 16) with a cross-pollination of storytelling and contemporary dance.