Miami International Book Fair is one of those events that makes me truly proud of our city. It’s exciting, intellectual, self-promotional in the very best way, and fun! This year, they have some major authors – as in Dan Brown, Erica Jong, Pat Conroy and Anjelica Houston. And so many more. It kicks off this week (Nov. 17th), and the street fair is Nov.22-24th!
But where to start? Well, for the no-kids options, the “An Evening With” series is where you’ll get to meet and listen to readings from some of your favorite authors. Click here to see the schedule. Anjelica is making an appearance to talk about her new memoir, “Her Life in Stories”. I’ve heard it’s really, really good (when your parents are best friends with Marlon Brandon, there’s gotta be some interesting stories!) Pat Conroy, one of my all-time faves is making an appearance on Tuesday the 19th to talk his book after the book…i.e. what happened after he published The Great Santini (which was based on his abusive father). Spoiler Alert: things didn’t go down so well with the fam, as one might imagine. These events have a minimal charge, but many of the others are free.
As for the kiddies, the fair has REALLY stepped it up this year! There are tons of events in various locations. Check out this link for the list, including the super fun Mad Science Lab (let your kids be their own Mr. Wizard). The best part of the kids schedule is that they’re offering everything on multiple days and times, as we all have such crazy schedules! “Performances” (i.e. readings with more energy) will take place on the Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After stages.
So, even if we have another rainy weekend, you can look forward to something awesome to do with the kids!