September 8, 2008

Miami Book Fair International’s 25th Anniversary Nov. 9 – 16, 2008

The celebration of Miami Book Fair International’s 25th Anniversary will officially begin onThursday, Sept. 18, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. when the Book Fair Board of Directors and the leadership of Miami Dade College (MDC) unveil plans for the Fair, along with this year’s official poster, at Texas de Brazil restaurant in Miami Beach. The Florida Center for the Literary Arts at MDC, presenter of the Book Fair, will also unveil season plans.

The Miami Book Fair will take place Nov. 9-16 at MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave., in downtown Miami. The nation’s largest and finest literary gathering will again treat book lovers to more than a week of activities, including author readings, book signings, its beloved Evenings With series, the IberoAmerican Authors program, the popular Street Fair, Nov. 14 – 16, Children’s Alley, the International Pavilions Village, and, for the first time, Comix Galaxy and the Cultural Fringes Festival. Details will be discussed at the unveiling ceremony.

The 2008 Book Fair poster artist is Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman. Widely considered one of the most important artists of our time, Spiegelman is the author of In the Shadow of No Towers, and the classics of American literature, Maus and Maus II. He is co-founder of the acclaimed avant-garde publication, RAW, and co-editor of The Little Lit series for children. His new book, Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!, will be published by Pantheon Books this October. A book for children, Jack and the Box, published by TOON Books, will also appear that month. Spiegelman is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and received the Pulitzer Prize for Maus, which was also nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Spiegelman’s drawings and prints have been widely exhibited in the U.S. and abroad. A major exhibition of his work was arranged by Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, as part of the "15 Masters of 20th Century Comics" exhibit in 2005. That same year, Art Spiegelman was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Spiegelman lives in New York City with his wife, Francoise Mouly, the art editor of The New Yorker and editorial director of TOON Books. He will present Breakdowns and sign his poster for fans at the Fair in November.

WHAT: 2008 Miami Book Fair International Unveiling Ceremony

WHEN: Thursday, September 18, 6:30 PM

WHERE: Texas de Brazil Miami Beach – 300 Alton Road, Suite 200

The unveiling ceremony is an “invitation only” event. The working media is welcome. For regular updates on these and other events please visit


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