By David Villano
By Jose D. Duran
By Michael E. Miller
By Allie Conti
By Kyle Swenson
By Luther Campbell
By Frank Owen
By Allie Conti
3. Miami by Joan Didion
Classic Joan Didion. Masterful. Wonderful.
4. Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rightsby Tananarive Due and Patricia Stephens Due
I'm a big fan of Ms. Due. It was a great treat to see the events and circumstances (and mother) that shaped and nurtured her. We should all have a mother like Patricia Stephens Due.
5. Cantos to Blood & Honey by Adrian Castro
If nothing else, read his poem "Some Guayaberas Spell Nostalgia," where you find this great line: "Cuba is on vacation in Miami, come back another day." Adrian is fabulous on the page, but if you get to see him read in person, oh boy!
Author of The Sugar Island1. Continental Drift by Russell Banks
2. The Sunset Maker by Donald Justice
3. Empirical Evidence by Steve Kronen
4. El Hombre, La Hembra y El Hambre by Daina Chaviano
5. Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas
Author of Hoochie Mama and Churchboys and Other Sinners1. The Sugar Island by Ivonne Lamazares
2. Miami Purity by Vicki Hendricks
3. The Kind of Things Saints Do by Laura Valeri
4. My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
5. Hoochie Mama by yours truly
Owner of Downtown Book Center1. Miami Blues by Charles Willeford
2. The Chin Kiss King by Ana Veciana-Suarez
3. The Perez Family by Christine Bell
4. Under Cover of Daylight by James W. Hall
5. Going To Miami by David Rieff
6. Miracle in Miami by Zoe Valdes
8. Miami Firstby Maurice Pitchon
Miami First is actually the worst example of local literature. But my little bookstore is mentioned and visited by the main character, so I love it.
Author of Up For Grabsand A Fool and His Money1. Miami by Joan Didion
2. The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
3. Swordfish by David McClintick
4. Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen
Sure, Three Trapped Tigers is set in Havana, not Miami, but it captures the Miami flavor.
Author of The Blue Edge of Midnight and A Visible Darkness1. Miami Blues by Charles Willeford
2. Last Train to Paradise by Les Standiford
3. In the Heat of the Summer by John Katzenbach
4. Black Miami in the Twentieth Century by Marvin Dunn
5. The Deep Blue Good-by by John D. MacDonald
Author of Ola Shakes It Up and Seth and Samona1. The Betweenby Tananarive Due
Spine-tingling supernatural fiction by this former Herald columnist who was also raised in Miami -- and her in-depth knowledge of the city shows.
2. Black Miami in the Twentieth Century by Marvin Dunn Do you know how hard it is to find a book that addresses the history of African Americans in South Florida? They're few and far between, which makes this book a real gem. It's thorough, readable, and you can tell the author (an FIU psychology professor) loves his subject.
3. When Night Falls, Kric! Krac!: Haitian Folktales by Liliane Nerette Louis
This Miami-based Haitian storyteller has channeled her powerful storytelling skills into a captivating text on, of course, some of the fave Haitian folktales out there.
Author of Singing with My Father and Behind Our Memories1. Remembering Heaven's Face by John Balaban
2. Locusts at the Edge of Summer by John Balaban
3. Continental Driftby Russell Banks
4. Boy Picked Up by the Wind by Robert Gregory
5. Love Warps the Mind a Little by John Dufresne
Author of Deep in the Shade of Paradise and Louisiana Power & Light1. Naked Came the Manatee by Brian Antoni, Dave Barry, Edna Buchanan, Tananarive Due, John Dufresne, James W. Hall, Vicki Hendricks, Carl Hiaasen, Carolina Hospital, Elmore Leonard, Paul Levine, Evelyn Mayerson, and Les Standiford
2. The Kind of Things Saints Do by Laura Valeri
4. Hoochie Mama by Preston L. Allen
5. Dreamers, Schemers, and Scalawags by Stuart B. McIver
Author of Crescent and Arabian Jazz1. Krik? Krak!by Edwidge Danticat
I'm always attracted to writers with a great "voice," a style with literary flair and emotional depth, and many Floridians seem to have this sort of vibrancy in their work. The landscape is so bold that it's almost inevitably a part of any writer's creative process. I've only moved here recently, but I already feel the way the light and texture of Miami infiltrates my own writing. Still, it might be more accurate to call many of my favorite Miami writers "Miamians-by-association." Danticat has lived in Miami and her Caribbean sensibility melds exquisitely with the tropical fluidity of this city. This book blends political pathos with lyrical grace for a stunning cultural portrayal.
2. All Over But the Shoutin'by Rick Bragg
Another Miami-sojourner who has a brilliant intensity that shines through both his journalism and this memoir, a delicate portrayal of the landscape of personal history and a complex emotional drama.
3. Monkey Hunting by Cristina Garcia
Garcia has close personal links with Miami and her most recent novel provides a unique, thrilling look at surprising intersections of immigrant history, ranging from China to Cuba to the New World.
4. Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen