Miami Book Fair International

Miami Book Fair International
10:29 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Pushing And Shoving For Bargain Books

Credit Sammy Mack

So I didn't make it far. I walked into the book fair and the first thing I saw was a sign that read, "Hardcover books $2, All others $1," a great deal from the Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library. In a well-organized tent, they had books lined up and classified as "Hardcover," "Classics," "Popular," and "Spanish." I expected to see a lot of names of authors I didn't know, names of authors I did know and might not like, or perhaps some obscure gardening books, but the Friends of the MDPC did a really great job getting their hands on some legitimately covetable used books. 

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Miami Book Fair International
1:00 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Excerpt From My Key West Kitchen By Norman Van Aken And Justin Van Aken

Credit Kyle Books

In My Key West Kitchen: Recipes and Stories, father-and-son chefs Norman Van Aken and Justin Van Aken present recipes inspired by Key West foods their family has relished throughout the decades, including Captain Tony's Sunday Fish Fry, Dennis Pharmacy Navy Bean Soup and The Midget's Brunswick Stew.

The Midget was one of the first places Norman Van Aken cooked in Key West after arriving from Illinois. 

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Miami Book Fair International
12:00 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

The Story Doesn’t End Here: Remix A Story With Junot Díaz

This story was pregnant with unanswered questions.
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Earlier this week, we asked you to help us tell a story—140 characters at a time—in honor of Miami Book Fair International.

We tweeted out the first line, given to us by Pulitzer-winning author Junot Díaz: “The dogs hadn’t barked all week.”

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The Brat Pack Takes Miami
10:30 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Pretty In Pink Redux In Miami

Will Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy (right) meet again in Miami? Recognize that guy in the middle (oh, Duckie)? It's Jon Cryer from Two and a Half Men.
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At long last, brat pack heartthrobs Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy will cross paths again.  They're both appearing at the Miami Book Fair International on the same day, in the same room ... but not, sadly, at the same time. They'll be separated by five hours. Ohhhhhhh.

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Miami Book Fair International
6:13 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Bunny Yeager: "Sexy In a Nice Way"

Bettie Page and Bunny Yeager at the Africa U.S.A. theme park.
Photo courtesy of Bunny Yeager

Whether we like it or not, South Florida is known for sun, beaches…and skin.   Back in the 1950s, pin-up model Bettie Page posed for some of her most classic photos here. Her black bangs, red lips and playful gaze were a hit in the pages of Playboy.  These images were created by local model turned photographer Bunny Yeager.  Clotilde Luce reported on the woman behind these icons of 1950s fashion and photography and her recent discovery by the art world.

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Haitian Writers Tell The Country's Stories
6:30 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Introducing Book Fair Readers To Haiti

M.J. Fievre is the lead editor of the anthology as well as a contributor.
Credit Miami Book Fair International Website

All week, we're talking with Florida authors appearing at the Miami Book Fair. So Spoke the Earth is an anthology of stories, poems and essays about Haiti.

The book is divided into three sections: death and tragedy; the nation’s rich storytelling tradition; and Haiti’s economic struggles.

Although the book was published in the United States (by Women Writers of Haitian Descent), all of the pieces in the second section are in French or Haitian Creole. 

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Author explores Key West History
6:11 am
Thu November 15, 2012

How Key West Stays Quirky

Author Robert Kerstein will be appearing at the Miami Book Fair International on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Credit Robin Jones

Robert Kerstein is a government professor at the University of Tampa. But when he's not teaching on the other coast, he likes hanging out in Key West. His frequent trips there have translated into a new book about how the little city at the bottom of the peninsula has managed to maintain its unique character while becoming a major tourist town. The book is called Key West: On The Edge, Inventing the Conch Republic. And this weekend, Kerstein will be appearing at the Miami Book Fair International

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Miami Book Fair International
3:58 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Tom Wolfe's Signature At Miami Book Fair Resembles A Tropical Storm

Tom Wolfe's flamboyant signature, circa 2012.
Jan Becker

Things are a little different when Tom Wolfe comes to the Book Fair. For example, the stand-by line in the back alley, where they take the people who think they can just walk in without securing a ticket first, fills up.  I know, because I ducked down that alley to have a private moment with my press pass. As soon as the Book Fair employees walked away, a shadowy man appeared and began to scalp tickets to the event. Think about that for a second--scalpers at a book fair. Who could have imagined?

       

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Arts
11:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

How Ghosts Of Legendary Miami Family Fire Poet's Imagination

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 "This is a work of fiction," cautions the introduction to poet C.M. Clark's latest book, "Charles Deering Forecasts the Weather & Other Poems."

Whatever would Charles Deering say?
 If there's one person who can at least guess, it's Clark.   She was the very first Literary Artist-in-Residence for the Deering Estate, which stands alongside the Biltmore Hotel and Vizcaya as one of Miami-Dade's historical gems.   The estate was built in 1916 by Deering, a wealthy industrialist, and once housed one of the most extensive art collections in our region. 

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Miami Book Fair International
11:30 am
Tue November 13, 2012

A Foodie's Guide to Miami Book Fair: Who's Talking and Cooking

Chef Sandra Gutierrez at a cooking demonstration kitchen at Miami Culinary Institute during Miami Book Fair International last year.
Credit Trina Sargalski

Miami Book Fair International is this week, culminating in the weekend's street fair and back-to-back author panels. If you're like me, you enjoy all of the Book Fair, but navigate it with special attention to food-related events.

Below is a list of food-related authors and cooking demonstrations at the Book Fair. I've also provided tips on where to eat nearby.

If you can't make it to the Book Fair, the list below still might inspire your next food-related read.

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Miami Book Fair International
8:11 am
Tue November 13, 2012

A Foodie's Guide To Miami Book Fair: Where To Eat

The cafe at Miami Culinary Institute sells coffee, pastries and light dishes during the Miami Book Fair International.
Credit Trina Sargalski

All of the  conversation about food at Miami Book Fair International inspires the appetite. Unfortunately, if the past is a guide, the food at the Book Fair is not curated with the same care as the authors; it's basically overpriced carnival fare. 

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Miami Book Fair International
2:50 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Tweet Us A Story: You Can Co-Author A Story With Junot Díaz

Tweet us a story!
Sammy Mack WLRN

Here at WLRN, we get excited about book fairs the way some people get excited about Fourth of July parades or Christmas pageants.

So this week, as the Miami Book Fair International descends upon our region and makes South Florida the center of the literary universe, we’re doing something special.  We want you to help us tweet a story.

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Junot Díaz At The Book Fair
6:47 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Junot Díaz: Giant Monsters, Linguistics, And Five Years Of Freedom

Junot Díaz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.
Credit Nina Subin

The latest book by  Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her, is a collection of stories linked by recurring characters. Last month, it was nominated for a National Book Award. Less than two weeks later, Diaz won a coveted MacArthur "genius" grant (half-a-million dollars over five years). He also teaches writing at MIT.

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South Florida Arts Beat
8:32 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Arts Teacher of the Year, Miami-Nice Jazz Festival, Book Fair Int'l, Palm Beach Arts Calendar

(l – r) Arts Teacher Winner: Nina Zakrzewski, Arts Administrator Grace Kewl-Durfey with finalists: Hilary Fine, and Susan Ostheim.
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10/26/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll talk with the new Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year.  We’ll also find out about a new, five year commitment that brings the Miami-Nice Jazz Festival to downtown Miami’s Olympia Theatre this weekend. Judith Bishop interviews Lissette Mendez, a co-producer of the 29th Annual Miami Book Fair International. Bill Nix delivers our arts calendar featuring enticing events in Palm Beach County. Catch the conversation and information  Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

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