Miami Book Fair 2021 Local Authors: Kathy Clarish, Tim Dorsey, Shelley Tegelsky

Swaying palm trees glow in neon lights on Collins Street. The melting pot of languages, cultures and traditions. And even the coterie of anxious drivers fighting their way to I-95. All of these things make Florida a unique and inspiring home to many writers.

Since 1984, the Miami Book Fair has brought the magic of literature and writing to South Florida. With over 450 authors from around the world contributing readings, it’s easy to get lost in the excitement and miss out on some of the great local authors in attendance. Each author intends to create important and necessary dialogue through the book fair and bring something unique to the week-long festival.

Craig Bateman The State You’re In: Florida Men, Florida Women, and Other Wildlife It documents some of the state’s wildest stories (and there are plenty of them). Pittman, an investigative journalist and Florida man himself, has put together all the strange and often surprising stories that make the people and wildlife of Florida one of the most unique in the country. On November 16, Bateman will join fellow Florida writer Tyler Gillespie In a live chat about what makes Florida weird and hopeful.

Although Florida is often the main character of many local writers, there are many other narratives that these talented artists focus on. in a Kathy Clarich New Anthology Hear Us: Writing from the Inside During the Time of COVIDIn this article, the author collects artwork and stories from prisoners, family members, and staff during the pandemic. No matter where you are in America during the pandemic, major events like the killing of George Floyd have had an impact over the long year. This anthology is just a glimpse into the number of events that affected the lives of imprisoned writers. Her personal talk is given November 21 by the nonprofit Exchange for Change, which offers writing lessons to people in South Florida correctional facilities.

If you are a fan of fantasy, the author Twenty: A Jack Sweetyck NovelAnd James Gribando, takes a narrative look at a family shot at a school in Florida. The novel, winner of the Harper Lee Prize and thriller, discusses some of America’s most pressing issues in a compelling fictional story. In conversation with two other thriller authors, Gribando will discuss this book at a live event on November 21st.

Cuba is always a topic of conversation in Miami, and that debate continues is editor and professor of anthropology at Florida International University. Jorge Doni. He arrived at the exhibition with his selections, Photographing Cuba: Art, Culture, and Identity on the Island in the Diaspora. With its haunting and rich history, this book explores the development of Cuban art by including Cuban artists still on the island, in exile, and those born in the United States. Perez group and related group, on November 16.

If art books, Florida history, and exciting fiction are still not your cup of tea, you’re a local self-care expert Shelley TegelskyA recent book and upcoming conversation about the power of mindfulness might be the event for you. in a Sit Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the WorldTygielski: How self-care and mindfulness helped her recover from chronic health problems and a complicated divorce. She and Huffington Post founder Ariana Huffington will speak on November 15 at a live event.

Series author Serge A. Storms, Tim DorseyRight from the title, he has a new novel that piques the interest of readers: stupid orbit. With over four stars on Goodreads, the book is the twenty-fourth novel in a series of storylines that follow the central character, Serge A. Storms. Doresey will participate in the three-person conversation about thrillers alongside Grippando and Charles Lichtman on November 21.

Miami Book Fair. Sunday through Sunday, November 21, at various locations; Ticket prices vary.


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