Miami Book Fair International

Miami Book Fair International
7:07 am
Fri November 28, 2014

The Winners Of #6WordsMiami

Credit 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. 

  

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The Business of Big Events
12:17 am
Mon November 24, 2014

The Sunshine Economy: Books, Basel, Boats, Booze

A shot from the street fair at the 2001 Miami Book Fair International.
Credit Miami Book Fair International / Courtesy

South Florida knows how to throw a party. And it better, considering how important hospitality is to the regional economy. From conferences and conventions to fairs and festivals, the event business picks up as temperatures up north drop. Some are for out-of-towners exclusively, others celebrate South Florida for South Floridians.

To get a sense of the economics and local emotions involved, The Sunshine Economy spoke with the driving forces behind four big events that dot the South Florida map.

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Books
7:54 am
Fri November 21, 2014

The Sally J. Freedman Reality Tour With Judy Blume

Judy in Miami Beach in the late 1940s
Copyright by Judy Blume and used only with her written permission. Not to be further reproduced or distributed except with her permission.

When I was in elementary school, I wrote an "autobiography" called "I Want to Be Like Judy." It had a pink construction paper cover and came in second in the school library contest. I never imagined that  30-something years later, Judy would say to me, "Let's take a selfie!" (See our virtual tour - link below.) I loved all her books, but "Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself" was one of my very favorites. I read it over and over. Ten times? Fifteen?  

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Race Relations
7:51 am
Fri November 21, 2014

New Book Looks At How Jim Crow Laws Shaped Miami

Assistant Professor N.D.B. Connolly
Credit Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences / http://history.jhu.edu/directory/nathan-connolly/

N.D.B. Connolly grew up in South Florida and couldn't wait to leave. That's when he realized just how attached he was to the region. That's also when he started to look at the history of Miami and how for more than a century Jim Crow laws made life in the Magic City painful and difficult for African-Americans.

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Useful Facts
1:56 am
Thu November 20, 2014

How Much Do You Know About Florida Beer History?

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Mark DeNote doesn't teach his middle school history students about beer. But he did write Florida's history of "the drink of the working class" in his book, "The Great Florida Craft Beer Guide."

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Books
1:05 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Botany Tour For The Book Fair: Stories From Michael Largo

Michael Largo in front of a Blue Agave, which is used to make tequila. The agave blooms once, for three days just before it dies.
Credit 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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Culture
4:13 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Book News: PBS Promises 'Olympic-Style' Coverage Of Miami Book Fair

Festivalgoers browse for books during the Miami Book Fair International. PBS will provide live coverage of the fair's events over the course of three days this year.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 10:08 am

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

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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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Miami Book Fair
5:41 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Write A Story About South Florida In 6 Words

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StateImpact Florida
3:34 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

What Children's Authors Make Of Common Core And Education Policy

Congressman John Lewis co-authored March

Originally published on Sun November 24, 2013 6:23 pm

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

Sammy Mack / State

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Miami Dish
7:41 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Key Facts Of Miami's Delis Of Yore, From Deli Historian Ted Merwin

Postcard from Wolfie's
Credit Florida State Archives

If you missed our Twitter chat about Jewish cuisine and Jewish delis, catch the recap here.

Ted Merwin didn't set out to become a deli historian. About ten years ago, Merwin was working on his Ph.D. dissertation about the popular culture of second generation Eastern European Jews -- such as vaudeville and silent comedy -- in 1920s New York.

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Miami Book Fair International
7:40 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Staff Recommendations For The Book Fair's 30th Year

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The 30th anniversary of the Miami Book Fair International is upon us. In honor of this great event, our tireless staff has gone through the Fairgoer's Guide and each picked out what he or she won't be missing this year.

Please share what you'll be looking forward to in the comments. Maybe we'll run into each other at the WLRN booth.

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Miami Book Fair International
7:35 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Chat: The Rise, Demise And Revise Of Jewish Delis

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As part of our coverage of the Miami Book Fair International, WLRN invites you to join a live chat with author Michael Ruhlman ("The Book of Schmaltz") at 3:30 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 21.

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Poetry
7:07 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

These Are The Day Jobs Of Miami Bards

Beatriz Fernandez writes poetry at home for a few hours before heading into work.
Credit Rachel Morello / WLRN

 

Beatriz Fernandez signs all of her emails with a quote from Argentine poet Jorge Luis Borges, who built his career while moonlighting as a translator and screenwriter.

“A writer lives. The task of being a poet is not completed at a fixed schedule.  No one is a poet from 8 to 12 and from 2 to 6. Whoever is a poet is one always, and continually assaulted by poetry.”

Every morning, Fernandez is a poet at home for a few hours, before she has to leave to sit behind Florida International University’s reference desk, where she is a part-time librarian.

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Miami Book Fair International
9:07 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Tweet Us A Poem: Your Co-Authored Poem With Richard Blanco

Credit Elaine Chen

From our prior literary projects, we know South Florida has a lot of aspiring bards. So in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Miami Book Fair International, we asked you to help us tweet-compose a poem. 

Richard Blanco -- a Miami-raised poet who wrote the presidential inaugural poem this year -- started us off with the first line: "Why the stars?  Well, just look up, look"

We left the rest up to you. Read the result below.

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