African-American and Caribbean Authors: Miami Book Fair International 2013

Several of the country’s most renowned and celebrated contemporary African-American and Caribbean authors will be featured at this year’s 30th anniversary edition of the Miami Book Fair International (MBFI), presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC). Award-winning authors Nikki Giovanni, Walter Mosley, Jamaica Kincaid, Edwidge Danticat and Kwame Dawes are among the lineup of nearly 35 African-American and Caribbean authors who will discuss their latest works during the Fair, as well participate in book signings, readings, and one-on-one discussions.

They join other distinguished African-American authors, such as Stanley Crouch, Dr. Carl Hart, Terry McMillan, James McBride, Albert “Prodigy” Johnson and Representative John Lewis. The exciting lineup of top Caribbean authors also includes up-and-coming author David Valentine Bernard and Oonya Kempadoo.  A few of the authors, though not of African nor Caribbean descent, have written and presented about African-American and the Caribbean experience in their work, such as Robert Antoni, Jonathan M. Katz and Candice Russell. For scheduled events, please visit

Here’s a list of this year’s featured authors of African-American and Caribbean descent, as well as those whose work highlights black culture and interests:  

Preston Allen, Every Boy Should Have a Man
MK Asante, BUCK
Stanley Crouch, Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker
Lolis Eric Elie, Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans
Ru Freeman, On Sal Mal Lane
Nikki Giovanni, Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid
Dr. Carl Hart, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society
Mitchell S. Jackson, The Residue Years: A Novel
Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, H.N.I.C.
Representative John Lewis, Mark: Book One
Walter Mosley, Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery
Ishmael Reed, American Book Awards Moderator
Tennessee Reed, Life Among The X Challenged
Donald Spivey, If Only You Were White: The Life of Leroy “Satchel” Paige (Robert Paige, son of Satchel Paige and appearing with Donald Spivey)
Terry McMillan, Who Asked You?
L. Lamar Wilson, poetry reading, Sacrilegion
James McBride, The Good Lord Bird
D. Marvin Jones, Fear of a Hip Hop Planet: America’s New Dilemma
Jason Mott, The Returned: A Novel

Robert Antoni, As Flies to Whatless Boys
Elsie Augustave, The Roving Tree
David Valentine Bernard, The Thirsty Earth: A Novel
Edwidge Danticat, Claire of the Sea Light
Kwame Dawes, Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems
Thomas Glave, Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh
Fabienne Sylvia Josaphat, All That Glitters: Non-Fiction from Sliver of Stone
Jonathan M. Katz, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster
Oonya Kempadoo, All Decent Animals: A Novel
Jamaica Kincaid, See Now Then: A Novel
Montague Kobbe, The Night of the Rambler
Candice Russell, Masterpieces of Haitian Art
Evelyne Trouillot, Rosalie l’infâme
George Vilson, Kandelab 101: Notated Haitian Folk And Vodou Songs, Volume 1
M.J. Fievre, editor, All That Glitters
June Aming, Cecly Ann Mitchell and Colleen Selvon-Rampersad (representing the Writer’s Union of Trinidad & Tobago)

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