Miami Book Fair: Six Celebrity Panels You Don't Want to Miss

Actress and poet Amber Tamblyn
Actress and poet Amber Tamblyn
Photo by Katie Jacobs

Bookstores aren't usually prime real estate for celeb-spotting. The lobby of the Mandarin Oriental, the Standard Spa, or Louis Vuitton in the Design District are more likely candidates. But this is the week of the book fair, which means all bets are off, and bibliophiles of every persuasion (including the super famous kind) will be making their way to Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus. Here are the six juiciest celeb-filled panels you don't want to miss this weekend. 

Amber Tamblyn
Far from your average actress, Amber Tamblyn has turned a keen and discerning eye on the realities of fame and fortune. She's seen screen success dating back to Joan of Arcadia, and in recent years, her talent for poetry has taken center stage. The author of two previous books of poetry, her newest tome, Dark Sparkler (HarperPerennial), delves into the lives of more than twenty-five actresses who died too young.

Appearances:
New Poems: A Reading
Saturday, November 21, at noon, Centre Gallery, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami (Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room 1365). Admission is free.

Miami Book Fair: Six Celebrity Panels You Don't Want to Miss
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John Leguizamo
While many of us probably remember him from his sassy turn as drag queen up-and-comer Chi Chi Rodriguez in Tu Wong Foo, Leguizamo has made his mark on as an actor, producer, playwright, screenwriter and now, author. The Colombian-American entertainer penned Ghetto Klown, a memoir of his lengthy career and the happiness he's found along the way.

Appearances:
The Working Poet Radio Show: Bringing Books to Life
Saturday, November 21, at 5:30 p.m., the Swamp, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami. Free admission.

American Lives: Two Memoirs
Sunday, November 22, at 6:30 p.m., Chapman Conference Center, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210). Free admission but ticket is required.

Actor and author Jesse EisenbergEXPAND
Actor and author Jesse Eisenberg
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Jesse Eisenberg
From his convincing role as the man everyone loves to hate (Zuckerberg, of course) to his work with The New Yorker and McSweeney’s, Eisenberg is clearly an intelligent dude. And his new book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups: And Other Stories (Grove Press) is has eclectic as his career, and moves from ancient Pompeii to current L.A.

Appearances:
Jesse Eisenberg and Kunal Nayyar
Sunday, November 22, at 12:30 p.m., Chapman Conference Center, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210) . Admission is free but a ticket is required.

Miami Book Fair: Six Celebrity Panels You Don't Want to Miss
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Paul Giamatti
From Iceman Cometh on Broadway to Downton Abbey to Sideways, Paul Giamatti is a character actor who's been around. His telltale nervousness and everyman sensibility has taken him far, and at the fair, he'll be joining actor David Strathairn and director/author Bryan Doerries to talk about the therapeutic value of the Greek classics.

Appearances:
The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today
Saturday, November 21, at 6:30 pm, Chapman Conference Center, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210). Admission is free but a ticket is required.

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Kunal Nayyar
Best known as the always-adorable Raj on Big Bang Theory, this Delhi-born actor has penned his first book — Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You (Atria Books). A thorough account of his journey from New Dehli to Philly to Hollywood, the book — as the title suggests — is a side of Raj you've never seen.

Appearances:
Jesse Eisenberg & Kunal Nayyar
Sunday, November 22, at 12:30 pm, Chapman Conference Center, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210). Admission is free but a ticket is required.

Miami Book Fair: Six Celebrity Panels You Don't Want to Miss
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Rosie Perez
With an unmistakable accent and mile-wide smile, Rosie Perez is hard to miss. Her acclaim, however, has been hard-won. From resident at a Catholic children's home to star of stage and screen, she's fought for everything she has, and the journey is chronicled in her memoir, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I survived Sister Renata, My Crazy Mother and Still Came Out Smiling with Great Hair! (Random House).

Appearances:
Here I Am: The Roots of Hip-Hop
Sunday, November 22, at 1:30 p.m., MAGIC Screening Room, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami (Building 8, 1st Floor). Admission is free.

Upcoming Events

American Lives: Two Memoirs
Sunday, November 22, at 6:30 p.m., Chapman Conference Center, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210). Admission is free but a ticket is required.

The Miami Book Fair
Happening now until Sunday, November 22, at Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus. Visit miamibookfair.com

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