The Miami Book Fair is one of the largest and most popular in the world, drawing thousands of spectators, celebrities, book enthusiasts and entertainers. This venue presents Book Soiree, a multi-day premiere event showcasing the authors, panelists and industry representatives in a laid-back environment to complement the Miami Book Fair November 15-22, 2015. Designed like the street fair which has six sections, this venue will simulate an author’s panel in the middle of the space, with a backdrop of previous book fair highlights. True to the name “fair,” there will be a “Kids Row” complete with face painting, cotton candy and popcorn, and children’s authors on hand to autograph books and take pictures.
There will be a few national celebrities and authors on hand to perform, read from their bestselling books, and offer workshops and classes on the art of writing and how to break into the industry. Major publishers and book editors will have their own booths throughout the space to speak with parties interested in becoming authors or seeking information on the industry and how it works.
An entire section will be devoted to food and other goodies, with chefs on-site to demonstrate how to cook different selections and showcase recipes from their books. Center stage will have performers from all over the world, creating a party atmosphere while immersing the venue into the world of literary wonder.
Past highlights of the Miami Book Fair include Meet-the-Author events, dancers and face painting in Kids Alley, and cooking demonstrations in the areas highlighting all participating chefs who have books.
Authors slated to appear this year include Elizabeth Alexander, Michael Barnett, Michael Buckley, Luther Campbell, Sandra Cisneros, and Pablo de Santis. Programs include Panels and Themed Discussions, The Swamp, Children’s Alley, Reading Queer, The Kitchen and Destination Comics.
Sponsors for the event this year include the Knight Foundation, OHL Arellano, The Batchelor Foundation, South Motors, The de Groot Foundation and the Green Family Foundation.
Tickets for this event are already on sale and can be acquired online.
The first Miami Book Fair International, founded by Miami Dade College and community partners, took place in 1984. Since then, it has been recognized as the nation’s finest literary festival. In 2001, the Fair became part of The Center for Writing and Literature @ Miami Dade College, a cultural and academic initiative that promotes the advancement and appreciation of literature throughout the year.