October 25, 2011

Rosanne Cash Opens 28th Miami Book Fair International

Miami, October 25, 2011 - Chart-topping singer/songwriterRosanne Cash, daughter of music legend Johnny Cash, will kick-off the 28th edition of the Miami Book Fair International (MBFI), presented by Miami Dade College’s (MDC) The Center @ MDC. As part of the Fair’s popular Evening With series, Cash will present her memoir, Composed, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.

The Evening With series treats book lovers to live presentations by some of the most celebrated contemporary authors in the world. This year’s eight-night lineup includes award-winning artist and activist Harry Belafonte, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and bestselling authors Nicole Krauss and Dorothy Allison.

Unless otherwise noted: All Evening With presentations will be held in the Chapman Conference Center (Bldg. 3, second floor) at the Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave. Tickets for each session are $10 and must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets, visit www.miamibookfair.com.

Opening day will also feature an Afternoon With young-adult novelist Christopher Paolini, who will discuss his latest book, the fourth and final installment of the Inheritance cycle. This author presentation is at 4 p.m. and is free with a ticket, which can be obtained on the Fair site. In addition, from the Ibero-American program, author and journalist Carlos Alberto Montaner will present his new book, La mujer del Coronel, at 7 p.m. in Room 2106 (Building 2, first floor). This event is free (no ticket required).      

Kick-off festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with the Miami Book Fair International Inaugural Ceremony in the Wolfson Campus Auditorium (Building 1, second floor). Immediately following the ceremony, the Chinese Pavilion will officially open its doors and host an opening reception. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Fair will take place November 13 - 20, 2011, at the college’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. Free parking is available in the Building 7 garage (500 N.E. Second Ave). The popular Street Fair runs Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20, featuring more than 200 exhibitors from around the country. This year, the Fair will celebrate the literature and culture of China.

Evening With programs are as follows:

·         Rosanne Cash (Composed) – 7p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13

·         Calvin Trillin (Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin) – 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14

·         Dr. Paul Farmer (Haiti After the Earthquake) – 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14

·         Harry Belafonte  (My Song) – 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14

·         David Brooks (The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement) – 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14

·         Eric Robert Greitens (The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL) – 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16

·         John Sayles (A Moment in the Sun) – 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16

·         Ron Suskind (Confidence Men) – 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17

·         Dorothy Allison (Bastard out of Carolina, Cavedweller) – 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17

·         Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes (Go the F**k to Sleep) with special celebrity guests, actor Jenna Elfman and singer/songwriter Nikka Costa –          6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18

·         Nicole Krauss (Great House) – 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18

Other evening events during the week, Monday through Friday, Nov. 14 - 18 include:

·         A presentation and discussion with artist and writer Kadir Nelson on We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro Baseball and Heart and Soul: The Story of Africa and African-Americans, followed by a tour of an exhibit of Nelson’s paintings. Monday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium

·         Screening of film, “Discover the Gift,” companion to the book of the same title, a collection of stories of tragedy and redemption featuring some of today’s most transformational leaders. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Auditorium

·         Round table discussion on the role of literature and the arts in contemporary China, featuring some of China’s most important writers, moderated by Chinese-American author, Da Chen, Friday, Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m.

Plus, Twilight Tastings every weeknight – delicious morsels and drinks courtesy of popular Miami restaurants – and a wealth of activities, from folk dancing to calligraphy demos and more, at the Chinese Pavilion.


Miami Book Fair International is the largest and finest literary gathering in America. It is the premier event of The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College. The Center promotes reading and writing throughout the year by consistently presenting quality literary activities open to all in South Florida. Literacy projects target children of all ages — from kindergarten to high school — as well as college students and adults. Additionally, established and emerging writers from all over the U.S. read, lecture, and teach workshops. The Center is also the home of the Prometeo Theater, a Spanish-language conservatory style program that presents full productions and dramatic readings; in addition to offering a professional training program in theatre arts, continuing education acting classes for adults as well as Prometeitos, dancing and acting program for children. The Center envisions South Florida as a nexus of literary activity in the Americas and beyond, and will continue to champion its mission of promoting the advancement and appreciation of literature in all forms.

Miami Book Fair International is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Recovery Act; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; The Children’s Trust, Peacock Foundation, Inc., Publix Super Markets Charities, Miami Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development Authority, the Alvah H. and Wyline P. Chapman Family Foundation, Inc., the Kenneth A. Lattman Foundation, and the Friends of the Fair.

The Book Fair’s corporate sponsors as of this date include: Chrysler, Florida Blue, American Airlines, Bank of America, Miami Parking Authority, Miami Dade Transit, Mystery Writers of America, Southeastern Recycling, Cafeina Wynwood Lounge, City Hall the Restaurant, Graspa Group, Hyatt Regency Miami, Barefoot Wine, Florida Power & Light, First and First Southern Baking Company, Scholastic Books, Jackson Health System, Kork Wine & Cheese, Tri-Rail, Costco Wholesale, and the Doral Chamber of Commerce. The 2011 media sponsors include:  The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, Comcast, CBS4 and TV33, Univision23 and Telefutura69, BookTV on C-SPAN2, Univision Radio, WLRN Public Radio & Television, WPBT Channel 2, WDNA 88.9 FM Public Radio, Classical South Florida 89.7, WIOD Newsradio 610 AM, WEDR 99JAMZ, Diario Las Americas, Caribbean Today, Miami New Times, South Florida Times, The Miami Times, Bookreporter.com, FUEL Outdoors, and the Welcome Channel.


Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including the Miami Book Fair International, the Center @ MDC, the Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, the Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 174,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

For updates on Miami Book Fair International, please visit www.miamibookfair.com, call 305-237-3528, or email wbookfair@mdc.edu.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu

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