Another Success: Miami Book Fair International 2007
Of course, I spent Saturday with the Caribbean writers: Adrian Castro, Joanne Hyppolite, Preston Allen, Oonya Kempadoo, Phillip Nanton, Jane Bryce, Anthony Winkler, Robert Edison Sandiford, Kim Robinson-Walcott, Marina Salandy-Brown, Opal Palmer Adisa, Rabindranath Maharaj, and Howard Pitterson. We had some enlightening discussions about the
After the readings, we went to an author party at the Raleigh Hotel (Sorry, no pictures. I was off duty.) The evening of dancing and conversation was topped off by a daring fire-eating performance. Yet even after all of this, the
I begged off and headed home at the respectable hour of 11:30 pm because I had to prepare for my introductions of Edwidge Danticat and Francisco Goldman. Imagine my surprise when I walked into the reading in the Batten Lounge with Chris Abani, Ana Castillo, and Margaret Cezair-Thompson @ 11:00 am and I saw most of the Caribbean authors (my sources tell me they were liming till 4:00 am Sunday morning) sitting up straight in their chairs all bright-eyed and smiling like it was J'ouvert morning…
When I left the Batten Lounge, I went to the presentation by Lynne Barrett, John Dufresne, and Vicki Hendricks. Unfortunately, I couldn't go to the readings of two friends, Jim Daniels and Peter Schmitt (bought their books though) because they were reading at a concurrent event with Edwidge Danticat and Francisco Goldman. Edwidge read from Brother, I'm Dying and Francisco read from The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?
After the reading, I talked briefly with Lynne Barrett who was live-blogging the fair @ www.floridabookreview.com, and then to visited Peter Webley @ Caribbean Today and Andrew Proctor @ the PEN American Center.
I finally made it home to prepare for work and my classes, but I had to pass through the
With a lot of help from the weather (unlike a few years ago) the Miami Book Fair International turned out to be a literary feast that has rivaled some of the best (including the author bash) they've offered since they first began in 1983.
I can't wait for the 25th anniversary.
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