Every year, thousands of visitors from all over come to Miami for what is widely regarded as the best and biggest book festival in the world.
If you’re like us, you block out that entire week and start mapping out your strategy to meet your favorite authors.
This year, the 34th Miami Book Fair will present more than 600 U.S. and international authors reading from new works and participating in discussions. The fair runs for eight days at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.
Headliners include former Vice President Joe Biden, Dan Rather, Laurence O’Donnell, Patti Smith, Isabelle Alle de, Bill McKibben, Michael Eric Dyson, Lisa See, Armisted Maupin, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Blanco, Gene Yang, Min Jin Lee, Robert Hass, Frank Bidart, Jorie Graham, Paul Muldoon, and Victor Hernandez Cruz, and Pete Souza, President Barack Obama’s official photographer.
Everybody’s favorite component is the Street Fair weekend, Nov. 17 – 19, which features hundreds of booksellers and publisher booths. More than just books, the fair has tons of activities for the whole family. Children’s Alley is a pop-up children’s learning and play village with a live performance stage; Kitchen Stadium has an outdoor pavilion equipped with a professional kitchen featuring culinary discussions and cooking demos by top chefs; and The Porch is the ultimate urban community hangout, complete with a beer bar, comfy outdoor seating stacked with board games, and a stage for live music and interdisciplinary performance.
This is truly one of Miami’s premier cultural events, yet still very affordable. Admission to the Street Fair is free on Friday, Nov. 17; Saturday and Sunday, $8 for adults, $5 for teens 13 – 18, and free for children 12 and under.
Check out everything the fair has to offer at www.miamibookfair.com.