Caribbean and African-American Authors @ Miami Book Fair International

MiamiThe 23rd Annual Miami Book Fair International will host a rich assembly of African-American and Caribbean authors between Sunday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave. in downtown Miami.

McArthur fellow and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P. Jones will to take to the stage to headline An Evening with Edward P. Jones on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapman Auditorium, located on the second floor of building three. Jones, who won the Pulitzer for his novel, The Known World, portrays ordinary citizens caught between the old ways of the South and the temptations of the North in his new short story collection, All Aunt Hagar's Children.

This year’s Book Fair will also host U.S. Senator Barack Obama, author of the bestselling memoir, Dreams from My Father, who will read from his new book, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.

Also on stage at the Book Fair is Elizabeth Nunez, PEN American Open Book committee Chair and celebrated author of Prospero’s Daughter, a postcolonial interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the fall selection for One Book, One Community.


Over the weekend on Nov. 18 and 19, the Street Fair will feature several noted Afro-Caribbean authors covering a variety of topics. New York Times bestselling author Pearl Cleage will weave a story of family, friendship and love. Cultural critic Paul Robeson, Jr., son of the legendary Paul Robeson, will speak about freedom, and Erik Calonius will reveal a little-known tale of a Civil War slave ship. Former Miami television news reporter Mel Taylor will talk murder and Quincy Troupe will discuss poetic language.

The Caribbean Voices Program will feature Kamau Brathwaite, Ramabai Espinet, Lorna Goodison, Deborah Jack, Shara McCallum, Pamela Mordecai, Dawad Phillip, Lawrence Scott, Donna Weir-Soley and Mervyn Taylor. Christine Ho will moderate a panel on Globalization, Diaspora and Caribbean and popular culture featuring Mike Alleyne and Keith Nurse.

This year’s Miami Book Fair celebrates the classics and commemorates the universal artistry of Shakespeare and Mozart, among others, while it honors the talent of minority voices and emerging African-American and Caribbean talent. Here’s a complete list of scheduled African-American and Caribbean authors presenting at this year’s fair.


Raymond Arsenault, Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Justice
Phyllis Baker
, African-American Spirituality, Thought and Culture

L.A.Banks, The Forsaken

Timothy S. Brothers, The Caribbean From Above: An Interpretive Atlas
Erik Calonius, The Wanderer: The Last American Slave Ship and the Conspiracy That Set Its Sails
Colin Channer, Iron Balloons: Hit Fiction from Jamaica’s Calabash Writers Workshop
Pearl Cleage, Baby Brother’s Blues
Michael Erik Dyson, Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster
Christopher John Farley, Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley
Anthony Georges-Pierre, Les Partis Politiques Dans l’Histoire d’Haiti
Tom Graham, Getting Open: The Unknown Story of Bill Garrett and the Integration of College Basketball
Melissa Fay Greene, There Is No Me Without You
Roselyn Howard, Black Seminoles in the Bahamas
Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation
Edwardo Jackson, I Do?
Marlon James, Iron Balloons: Hit Fiction from Jamaica’s Calabash Writers Workshop
Marie-Elena John, Unburnable
Lisa Jones Johnson, A Dead Man Speaks: A Novel
Edward P. Jones, All Aunt Hagar’s Children: Stories
Jane Landers, Black Society in Spanish Florida
Lyah Beth Leflore, Cosmopolitan Girl
Haki Madhubuti, Yellow Black
Annette McCollough Myers, The Shrinking Sands of an African-American Beach
Elizabeth Nunez, Prospero’s Daughter
Geoffrey Philp, Iron Balloons: Hit Fiction from Jamaica’s Calabash Writers Workshop
Roy G. Phillips, Exodus From The Door of No Return: Journey of An American Family
Leonard Pitts, Jr. Becoming Dad, Black Men and The Journey To Fatherhood
Gene Roberts, Hank Klibanoff, The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation
Paul Robeson, Jr., A Black Way of Seeing: From “Liberty “ to Freedom
Kimberla Lawson Roby, Changing Faces
Katheryn Russell-Brown, Protecting Our Own: Race, Crime & African Americans
Vickie M. Stringer, Dirty Red
Mel Taylor, Murder by Deadline
Sasha Su-Ling Welland, A Thousand Miles of Dreams: The Journeys of Two Chinese Sisters, Rowman and Littlefield

Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Nov. 12 – 19, 2006

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