Miami Book Fair International is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and unless youve been hiding in a cave for the first 10 months of the year, you already know the literary luminaries are coming out in numbers. Many of the fairs celebrities have been visiting our shores for the past quarter-century, and quite a few cite good ol cofounder and indie bookstore owner Mitchell Kaplan as the man who gave them an annual platform for their efforts. Wed like to assume youre a well-read sort (youre reading New Times, right?), so youve probably already set your cell phone calendar to see the likes of Nikki Giovanni, Junot Díaz, Dennis Lehane, and Scott McClellan this Saturday at Miami Dade Colleges Wolfson Campus. But you shouldnt head for just the big names. First, those events are probably going to be packed to the gills, and second, if you make time for only the celebrities, youll certainly miss out on some up-and-coming talent in the literary world. Isnt it better to say I saw so-and-so at their first reading, and there were seven people there than I am totally on the Pulitzer Prize-winning bandwagon? Exactly. Bust out that BlackBerry and make a date with these authors.
Former Miami Beach Mayor Alex Daoud who knows of what he writes will read from his book Sins of South Beach at 10 a.m. in Room 3410. And Sloane Crosley whose witty, dark I Was Told There'd Be Cake is supposed to be the next big thing will read at 3:30 in Room 7128. The obscure-author fun will continue Sunday: Bryan Christy is bound to tell crazy stories from The Lizard King: The True Crimes and Passions of the Worlds Greatest Reptile Smugglers at 5 p.m. in Room 7128. And Peter Moruzzis Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground is a lush, fantastic photographic homage to the Cuba of yore; hell share his story Sunday at 4 p.m. in Room 1101. Between readings, dont forget to wander over to the International Pavilion, where therell be film, musical, dance, and cultural performances at the fests World Stage. For more authorly info, visit www.miamibookfair.com.
Nov. 9-16, 2008