Feels like just yesterday we were passing out during a Chuck Palahniuk reading and listening to Michael Moore daydream about his fantasy Florida documentary. But the last edition of the Miami Book Fair International was, in fact, way back in November 2011. And according to organizers, the 2012 event will have even more excitement in store.
The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College announced details about this year's authors and events in a "save the date" press release Tuesday afternoon. The important news: the fair's scheduled from Nov. 11 - 18, with the annual street fair taking over the streets around MDC from Nov. 16 - 18.
You're gonna want to make sure you're in town for that, too. Why? Two words: Tom Wolfe.
The journalist and author of classics like The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is confirmed to appear this year, likely promoting Back to Blood, his fourth novel set for release in October, a story of ""class, family, wealth, race, crime, sex, corruption and ambition in Miami, the city where America's future has arrived first." Wolfe's trademark white suit visited South Florida for research purposes in 2008, but somehow remained under the radar; his upcoming book fair appearance will be the first chance for the public to connect with him about the new book.
Wolfe's confirmed appearance is perhaps the most exciting, but he does have competition. Joan Didion, critically acclaimed novelist and essayist who's no stranger to the New Journalism that Wolfe helped to popularize, will also be in attendance; her most recent book was 2011's Blue Nights, a memoir about aging and her relationship with her deceased daughter. Adam Gopnik, essayist and staff writer for The New Yorker; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and biographer Robert Caro; and Mexican-American novelist Sandra Cisneros are also on the bill.
The fair's IberoAmerican program is back, too, bringing authors from Latin countries including Homero Aridjis of Mexico, Mayra Santos Febres of Puerto Rico, Abilio Estévez of Cuba and Spain, and Santiago Roncagliolo of Peru.