Every fall, as eagerly as we await 75 degree temperatures and a break in our AC bills, Miami's bibliophiles anticipate the literary amusement park known as the Miami Book Fair International. And for all those bookworms champing at the bit, there's good news: the nearly 300-strong author attendee list has officially been released -- and it's chock full of big names.
Some of the most notable include young adult horror kings Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine, actress (and new author) Molly Ringwald, conservative mouthpiece Bill O'Reilly, pop culture critic Tom Wolfe (who was announced back in June) and bestselling novelist James Patterson, all plugging their newest tomes.
Scheduled for November 11 through 18th, the fair is a mash-up of speaking engagements, educational sessions, interactive events and all kinds of intellectually stimulating entertainment.
The event's posters have also been unveiled, and include two unique conceptions. One, by artist Rosa Naday Garmendia, was designed to capture the fair's overall spirit. The other was designed by author and artist David Kirk as a nod to the fair's Center's Generation Genius programs for children, tweens and teens.
Undoubtedly donning his signature white suit, Wolfe will kick off the fair at 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 11 with a presentation of his latest work, Back to Blood: A Novel, followed by a documentary screening. On November 12, for the wee ones, Lemony Snicket will host a get-together based on his new book, All the Wrong Questions: Who Could That Be at This Hour? And on November 18, James Patterson will host a rally for literacy where he'll speak, read and take audience questions.
The full list of confirmed authors attending is as follows:
A: Martin Amis, Ellis Avery, Karen Avrich, Gennifer Albin, Malin Alegria, Roberto Ampuero, Lori Andrews, Nine Antico, Robert Arellano, Jami Attenberg
B: Adam Braver, David Bukszpan, Robert Olen Butler, Derf Backderf, Deborah Baker, Rosecrans Baldwin, Mac Barnett, Neil Barofsky, Lynne Barrett, Deni Y. Bechard, Deni Y. Bechard, Christopher Beha, Laura Bell, Naomi Benaron, Nate Berkus, Jeff Biggers, Richard Blanco, Carol Blue, Kate Bornstein, Ali Brandon, Libba Bray, Eleanor Brown, Linda Burgess, Charles Burns, Benjamin Busch, Anne Byrn
C: Jose Castro, Hillary Chute, James C. Clark, Steven Cook, Susannah Cahalan, Margaret Cardillo, Peter Carey, Robert A. Caro, Brian Castner, Joy Castro, William Chafe, Colin Channer, Da Chen, Alan Cheuse, Sandra Cisneros, C.M. Clark, Rich Cohen, Chip Cooper, Leela Corman, Justin Cronin, Aline Crumb
D: Andre Dubus III, Martin A. Dyckman, Kris D'Agostino, Edwidge Danticat, Debra Dean, Manny Diaz, Junot Diaz, Emma Donoghue, Tim Dorsey, Teresa Dovalpage, Pamela Druckerman, John Dufresne, Denise Duhamel, Glen Duncan, Maggie Dunlap
E: Michael Ennis, Eric Erlandson, Barry Estabrook
F: Donald Farber, M.J. Fievre, David Finch, Steve Forman, Ellen Forney
G: John Glassie, Nina Garcia, Kami Garcia, Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, J. Gabriel Gates, Zack Giallongo, Dana Gioia, Maximilian Goldfarb, Judy Goldman, Hedy Goldsmith, Cary Goldstein, Laurentino Gomes, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Michael Goodwin, Robert Goolrick, Adam Gopnik, Chris Grabenstein, Bob Graham, Reyna Grande, James Grippando, Lauren Groff, Michael Grunwald, Liz Gutman, Eleni Gage
H: John Hogan, Wayne Hammond, Jenny Han, Judith Hannan, Michael Haskins, Lola Haskins, Ben Hatke, Chris Hayes, William Heffernan, Mark Helprin, Michael Hettich, Joan Hilty, Alex Hitz, Christine G.T. Ho, Riva Hocherman, Pam Houston, Hugh Howey, Tonya Hurley, Scott Hutchins, Joanne Hyppolite
I: Susan Isaacs
J: Eloisa James, Adam Johnson, Jamal Joseph, Rachel Joyce
K: Joseph Kanon, Etgar Keret, Russ Kick, Chip Kidd, Jen King, Daniel Kirk, Julie Klam, Carol Lynne Knight, Charles Kochman, Hari Kunzru
L: Victor LaValle, Paul Lisicky, Anne Lamott, Youme Landowne, Brian Latell, Robert Leleux, Yvan Lemoine, Mia Leonin, Marc Levy, Mark Leyner, Marjorie Liu, Margot Livesey
M: Sandra Marquez Stathis, Andrew McCarthy, Stephanie McMillan, Heather McPherson, Emily St. John Mandel, William J. Mann, Sonia Manzano, David Maraniss, Myriam Marquez, William Martin, Guillermo Martinez, Jessica Martinez, Ayesha Mattu, Diana McCaulay, Lisa McCourt, Conor McCreery, Campbell McGrath, Erin McHugh, Pablo Medina, Candice Millard, Jesse Millner, J.R. Moehringer, Deborah Dash Moore, Susanna Moore, Michael Morris, Joe Mozingo, Seamus Mullen
N: Josip Novakovich, David Nasaw, Melanie Neale, Liliane Nerette-Louis, Jo Nesbø, Lea Nickless, Sherry North
O: Bill O'Reilly, Louise O'Brien, Corey Olsen, Joseph Olshan
P: Camille Paglia, Dan Parent, Todd Parr, James Patterson, Yaddyra Peralta, Larry Perez, Geoffrey Philip, Christopher Pike, Craig Pittman, Leonard Pitts, Jr., Cesar Pizarro, Neil S. Plakcy, Sharon Potts, Catherine Esposito Prescott, Maricel Presilla, Margi Preus
R: Peter H. Reynolds, Molly Ringwald, Steven Raichlen, Randy Rawls, Tennessee Reed, Ishmael Reed, Matthew Reinhart, Seth Reiss, Susan Kushner Resnick, James A. Robinson, Howard Rock, Manuel Roig-Franzia, Dave Roman, Carlin Romano, Raquel Roque, M.J. Rose, Thane Rosenbaum, Hanna Rosin, Julia Ross, Marco Roth, Alan Ryan
S: Brian Smith, James Srodes, Michael J. Sandel, Josh Schonwald, Christina Scull, Onajide Shabaka, B.A. Shapiro, Hiroko Shimbo, Mark Siegel, Jeffrey Siger, Michael Sledge, Daniel Smith, Andrew Smith, Lemony Snicket, Mahalia Solages, Danielle Sosin, Bob Spitz, Les Standiford, Ilan Stavans, R.L. Stine, Margaret Stohl, Rodger Streitmatter, Rachel L. Swarns, Mitzi Szereto, Andrew Solomon
T: Jake Tapper, Laini Taylor, Raina Telgemeier, Christopher Tilghman, Carol Todaro, Isabel Toledo, Ruben Toledo, Jeffrey Toobin, Luisita Lopez Torregrosa, Justin Torres, Will Tracy, Jay R. Tunney,
V: Nick Vagnoni, Norman Van Aken, Sam Verdeja, Chantalle Francesca Verna, Tom Virgin, Siobhan Vivian, Mark Vonnegut
W: Jess Walter, Dan Wakefield, JT Waldman, Scott Wallace, Gregory Wallance, Joan Walsh, Chris Ware, Lila Quintero Weaver, Robert Weil, Eric Weiner, Susan Weiner, Irvine Welsh, Henry Wiencek, Antoine Wilson, Anthony C. Winkler, Sherri Winston, Alex Witchel, Terri Witek, Kimberly Witherspoon, Naomi Wolf, Tom Wolfe, Avi Wortis
Y: Kevin Young
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The fair will take place November 11 - 18, 2012, at Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave. The Street Fair will run Friday through Sunday, November 16 - 18, featuring more than 200 booksellers. Additional details are available on the event website at miamibookfair.com.