September 23, 2012

Program and Posters for 2012 Miami Book Fair International Unveiled

Details for this year’s Miami Book Fair International, presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC), were announced today at the Fair’s annual poster unveiling ceremony, and patrons can once again expect an exciting line-up of authors that will please every interest, from current events to biographies, from health and wellness to fiction.

This year, fairgoers are invited to “Discover Paraguay” as the Fair celebrates Paraguay’s unique literature and culture and will present some of its most recognized authors, as well as theater, music, and crafts.

The Inauguration Ceremonies will start at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, followed by a reception. Tom Wolfe will open the Fair at 6 p.m. with a presentation of his latest work, Back to Blood: A Novel, and will be followed by a related documentary at 8 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Fair will also present haute couture power couple, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, in conversation about their unique collaboration and Isabel’s memoir, Roots of Style: Weaving Together Life, Love, and Fashion. The talk will be followed by a tour of TOLEDO/TOLEDO: Full Circle, an exhibition of her designs and his artworks at the MDC Museum of Art + Design.

The popular Evenings With series will bring some of today’s biggest names, including Junot Diaz (This is How You Lose Her), Sandra Cisneros (Have You Seen Marie?), Robert Caro (The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson) and Adam Gopnik (The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food). Other authors scheduled to attend the Fair include Bill O’Reilly (Killing Kennedy), R.L. Stein (Red Rain), (Camille Paglia (Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt to Star Wars) and Anne Lamott (Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers). 

Children’s literacy is very much at the heart of the Fair’s mission. Among the many events for the under-18’s this year, is a very special appearance by Lemony Snicket on Monday, Nov. 12 (Veteran’s Day holiday is observed by schools and others—but the Book Fair is open!). Children and parents are invited to bring lists of wrong questions to this fun event celebrating the first book in Snicket’s brand new series, All the Wrong Questions: Who Could That Be at This Hour? Snicket is best known for his series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, which was made into a movie of the same title. Fair organizers are also proud to host bestselling author James Patterson on Sunday, Nov. 18, for a rally for literacy. Families with children of all ages are invited. Mr. Patterson will speak, read and take questions before the book signing.

The 29th edition of the Book Fair, the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, will take place November 11 – 18, 2012, at Miami Dade MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., in downtown Miami. The always-popular Street Fair runs Friday through Sunday, November 16 – 18, with more than 200 exhibitors from around the country selling books in a festive atmosphere.

The official posters also were unveiled. The first poster, which aims to capture the overall spirit of the Fair, was created by RosaNaday Garmendia. A native of Havana, Cuba, Naday Garmendia is a professional artist and educator. She is an artist-in-residence at the Miami Art Museum and at the ArtCenter/South Florida. She was also an artist-in-residence at the Miami Children’s Museum for two consecutive terms. Garmendia had a working studio at the Bakehouse Art Complex for several years and in the course of developing as an artist has done several residencies at Parsons School of Design and Vermont School of Design.

The second official poster is dedicated to the Center’s Generation Genius programs for children, tweens and teens at the Fair, including the beloved Children’s Alley, an area featuring pop-up venues where kids play and create, learn and read!. The poster was designed by renowned American author and artist Daniel Kirk, who has written and illustrated more than 21 bestselling books for children, including the Library Mouse series, Cat Power; Dogs Rule!, Hush, Little Alien, Lunchroom Lizard, and Snow Dude.  His more recent work includes Elf Realm, a series of young-adult fantasy. 


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 Centerpromotes reading, writing and theater at locations throughout South Florida by consistently presenting activities open to all. Its Generation Genius programs for children and teens promote literacy and learning. Its creative writing program has national appeal, and courses are taught by local and visiting authors. It is also home to Prometeo Theatre, the nation's leading Spanish language, conservatory-style program offering training for actors, and featuring performances throughout the year. In 2012, the Center celebrates its tenth year with a renewed commitment to the advancement of literary and theater arts.

Miami Book Fair International is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners.


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 170,000 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.

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