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Miami Book Fair International 2011: Save the Date!

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Miami, August 12, 2011   - The  28thedition of   the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering,Miami Book Fair International, presented by The Center @ MDC, willtake place  November13-20, 2011  at  Miami Dade College’s (MDC)Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., in downtown Miami. Thealways-popularStreet Fair runs Friday through Sunday, November 18-20,with more than 200 exhibitors from around the country selling books in afestive atmosphere.
The Fair, MDC’s flagship cultural event, will once again treat booklovers to more than a week of cultural and educational activities, includingthe beloved  Evenings With…  series, the IberoAmerican Authorsprogram, Student Literary Encounters, Children’s Alley and the Weekend Festivalof Authors, including  comics and graphic novel panels, authorpresentations for tweens and teens, and much more. The Miami Writers Institute,a spring program of The Center, will debut a fall edition this year during BookFair week with creative writing workshops taught by authors Pablo Medina andRobert Pinsky, among others.
This year, theFair will showcase the rich literature and traditions of China. Fairgoers willenjoy a pavilion featuring Chinese art and music, in addition to a day-longconference on Chinese culture scheduled for Friday of the Fair, and readings byChinese and Chinese American writers during the Festival of Authors. TOP CONFIRMED AUTHORS
Each year, the Fair raises the bar of excellence by offering a fineroster of, writers from the U.S. and abroad, and this year will be noexception. Confirmed authors include singer, actor and social activist  Harry Belafonte,singer/songwriter  RosanneCash, Chinese novelist  YuHua, Senator Bob Graham, former U.S. Poet Laureate  Robert Pinsky,graphic novelist  DanClowes, NPR Radio host  BobEdwards, anthropologist and physician  Dr. Paul Farmer,journalist  Jim Lehrer,critically acclaimed debut novelist  Tea’Obreht, novelist and essayist  ColsonWhitehead, novelist  MichaelOndaatje, children’s author  MeganMcDonald, Native American writer  LeslieMarmon Silko, and filmmaker  JohnSayles, to name a few.  
The IberoAmerican program will present an array of Spanish-speakingliterary voices from around the world, including author and Spanish TV personality  Jaime Bayly  (Peru), poet and author  Gioconda Belli  (Nicaragua), novelist  Esmeralda Santiago  (U.S./Puerto Rico), novelist  Javier Sierra  (Spain), among others. In addition,the Fair always welcomes writers from Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean,and more.      Miami Book Fair International 2011 promises to be another exceptionalliterary event!   Forregular updates on the Miami Book Fair, please visit www.miamibookfair.com,call 305-237-3528 or email   wbookfair@mdc.edu.
Miami Book Fair International is the largest and is regarded as thefinest literary gathering in America. It is the premier event of   The Center forliterature and theatre at Miami Dade College. The Center promotesreading and writing throughout the year by consistently presenting qualityliterary activities open to all in South Florida. Literacy projects targetchildren of all ages—from kindergarten to high school—as well as collegestudents and adults. Established and emerging writers from South Florida andall over the U.S. read, lecture, and teach workshops. They work with K-12, MDCstudents, and diverse members of the community, helping to deepen theirunderstanding of literature, and encouraging their work of writers at allstages of development.
The Center envisions South Florida as a nexus of literary activity inthe Americas and beyond, and will continue to champion its mission of promotingthe advancement and appreciation of the literary arts in all forms.
Miami Book FairInternational is made possible through the generous support of the State ofFlorida and the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami; Miami-DadeCounty Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, theMiami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade CountyPublic Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the MiamiDowntown Development; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporatepartners. ABOUT MIAMI DADE COLLEGE
Miami Dade Collegehas a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providingSouth Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings includingThe Miami Book Fair International, The Florida Center for the Literary Arts,The Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performance artsseries, The MDC Tower Theater Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtablespeakers’ series, the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower, numerousrenowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognizedSchool of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than174,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in thecountry and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s eightcampuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programsincluding baccalaureate, Associate in Arts and Science degrees and numerouscareer training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served nearly2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960. Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,   jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDCcommunications director  
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,   testorin@mdc.edu, MDCmedia relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,   sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu,media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,   tcarroll@mdc.edu, mediaspecialist