It’s November in Miami. Normally, tents would be going up at MDC’s Wolfson Campus in preparation for Miami Book Fair’s annual literary celebration. Hundreds of thousands of fairgoers would soon gather to catch author readings and panel discussions.
Well, iif you haven’t heard, this year the Miami Book Fair will be a completely virtual experience with more than 300 acclaimed authors just a click away.
Made In Miami, Streaming Worldwide
Miami Book Fair Online starts streaming starts November 15, free and on-demand, on the new Miami Book Fair Online (MBFO). You can expect the usual robust slate of writers across cultures and countries presenting works in fiction, politics, history, memoir, comics, poetry, and other genres – in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.
This year’s lineup includes authors Walter Mosely, Louise Erdrich, P.J. O’Rourke, Terry McMillan, Kevin Kwan, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, among others. Emmy-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, Pulitzer Prize-winner Leonard Pitts Jr., and New York Times book review editor Pamela Paul are just a few of the literary world luminaries who will be leading the dialogues.
In addition to all the author conversations available to stream from your living room, Miami Book Fair has digitized the family-friendly Children’s Alley, featuring stories for kids, interactive after school workshops, and much more.
Here In Florida: A Local Literary Showcase
As part of the new virtual experience, MBFO will feature a new and exciting digital project, Here in Florida. Visitors will be able to explore the Sunshine State through an interactive literary map that showcases more than 40 local authors and artists, including writers Kyandreia Jones, Richard Blanco, and Chantel Acevedo, visual artists Gustavo Oviedo and Christina Patterson, musical artist Richie Hell, and more surprises. Homegrown writers, poets, artists, and musicians that now call Florida home are slated to appear, including Dave Barry, Lauren Groff, Rick Kilby, Yanela G. McLeod, and Kent Russell, and many Florida-based independent and small-book presses will also be on hand in the Virtual Marketplace, where you can shop books, zines, merch, and more!
At Tropicult, we’re always spreading local love. Here’s a quick list of what we’ve got on our Here In Florida watchlist so far:
Tropicult’s “Here In Florida” Watchlist
Here In Florida launches November 15. Get ready for MBFO! Login and build your own personal watchlist on MiamiBookFairOnline.com.
Miami Book Fair, the much-anticipated annual literary celebration will be a completely virtual experience this year. Streaming starts November 15 on a new website created for the Fair. Signature programs, such as IberoAmerican Authors and ReadCaribbean will return, and Children’s Alley, dedicated to providing fun learning activities for kids and youth, will also have a digital home. The “Evening With…” series will be back too, reimagined for the virtual world but still pairing high-profile authors with outstanding moderators for one-on-one conversations that provoke, delight, and intrigue.more »