Miami Book Fair International

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

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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.

Staff Recommendations For The Book Fair's 30th Year

Nov 22, 2013

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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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.

These Are The Day Jobs Of Miami Bards

Nov 21, 2013
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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.

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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When Sherman Alexie comes to Miami Book Fair International, he enjoys the visuals.

“It’s like putting a bunch of geeky English professors in Bermuda shorts,” Alexie says. “I like the notion of all that energy surrounding books.”

Alexie is the author of award-winning novels, poetry and short-story collections about Indian characters living on and off modern-day reservations. His protagonists frequently share a deep, obsessive love of books and basketball.

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  "What the world needs is a female 'Dirty Harry'.”

That’s what Miriam Auerbach was thinking about 10 years ago while watching a television marathon of the iconic detective films starring Clint Eastwood.

“Suddenly I had a vision of Dirty Harry as a woman.  So she was born,” says Auerbach.

Three years later, Auerbach published “Dirty Harriet,” the first in a series of satirical mystery novels.  The protagonist is Harriet Horowitz, a gun-toting, Harley-riding former Boca Raton socialite who becomes a crime-fighter.

Wilson Sayre

  I don’t remember being told Woodrow Wilson was my great-great-grandfather. It was a fact I grew up with. A picture of my newborn grandfather, the last child ever born in the White House, being gazed at by mighty Woodrow, hung in the staircase of my parents’ home.

Beside it was a Wilson campaign poster from which he looked through his iconic pince-nez glasses and over his long, angular nose at me. But the person I was named after was, in many ways, a mystery.

PHOTOS: After 30 Years, Miami Is A Literary Land

Nov 20, 2013
Miami Book Fair International

There was, perhaps, a notion 30 years ago that any reading done by anyone in Miami mainly consisted of a paperback on a beach, some suntan oil and very little else. But a small group of people felt differently.

So when the Miami-Dade County Public Library system wanted to celebrate its newest building, the idea of a book fair was born. "Books By The Bay," it was first called, conceived in 1984 as a few displays of books, tablecloths flapping in the breeze at Bayfront Park.