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Monday, March 26, 2012

Miami in November

Ahhh, spring.  And one of the first things I am thinking about is fall - more specifically, the Miami Book Fair International.  For it is just about now that any of you, my fellow children's author friends out there, who might be interested in participating in this literary adventure should be calling to make arrangements.  I have participated in the Student Literary Encounters part of this event twice in the past five years and highly recommend it.  The Book Fair is a 28 year old extravaganza organized by Miami Dade College and is a week long celebration.  This year it runs from November 11-18, with the Street Fair November 16-18.  Beginning with "Evenings with..." featuring six nights of readings by authors from all around the world, to the "Festival of Authors," to the Children's Alley, and inclusive of many other activities, the Fair has an ongoing goal of bringing literary perspectives to the community.  This year's featured country is China.  Additionally,  an extra day of presentations has been added to the student program, which is the Student Literary Encounters I mentioned.  This involves children's authors presenting to various local school children in the greater Miami area.  The contact person is Lissette Mendez at 305-237-3298.  Hotel accommodations and transportation to the schools is provided by the Fair as well as a daily allowance for incidental expenses.  Further information and a glimpse into previous fairs can be found at www.miamibookfair.com/events. 

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