9 events not to miss at Miami Book Fair

Here are nine events not to miss at Miami Book Fair, which runs through Sunday at Miami Dade College. But there are hundreds more, so check the full schedule before you make any solid decisions about how to spend your time. We also recommend building time into your day just to wander the booths.

 

Friday

Book Fair Block Party. 5 p.m., The Porch. There’s food. Craft beer. Games. Coloring on the Wynwood Coloring Book Community Coloring Wall. A dominoes tournament. Open mic with SPEAK!Fridays. And just for good measure, the bizarre stylings of the Circ X Variety Hour. 

An Evening With the National Book Awards Winners and Finalists. 6 p.m. Chapman Conference Center, $15. If you prefer a more literary sort of fun, National Book Foundation’s executive director Lisa Lucas will introduce a selection of winners and nominees in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young adult literature. Everybody gets five minutes to read. An excellent way to choose your next book club selection.

Saturday

Ross King and “Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies.” 1 p.m., Chapman. The author of “Brunelleschi’s Dome” and “Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling” talks French impressionism with his editor at Bloomsbury, George Gibson. Free, ticket required, but there will be a standby line.

Terry McMillan in conversation with Lisa Lucas. Noon, Auditorium. If you’ve see Terry McMillan speak, you won’t soon forget her. The author of “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and “Waiting to Exhale” talks about her latest novel “I Almost Forgot About You” with National Book Foundation’s Lisa Lucas.

An Afternoon with Dave Barry. 3:30 p.m., Chapman. Mr. Barry will be discussing his new book about quantum physics and string theory…oh, who am I kidding? He’ll be discussing ‘Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland.” There may or may not be quantum physics. 

An Afternoon with Eileen Myles. 3:30 p.m., Auditorium. The poet and cult icon will read from “I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems.”

Sunday

“I’m in Miami, Bitch!” The Writers’ Bench with Andrew Kaufman and Street Artists. 2 p.m., The Porch: How do you see your city? At this meet-up for all ages, you can bring your own sketchbook and hang out with photographer and author Kaufman, who documents the city’s street art scene. 

Colson Whitehead in Conversation with Oprah Magazine’s Leigh Haber. 4 p.m., Chapman: The author of the National Book Award-nominated “The Underground Railroad” — a novel that imagines literal railroad running slaves north out of the South — discusses an ugly side of our collective history.

The Working Poet Radio Show: Great American Comics. 5:30 p.m., Auditorium: Join the audience of a live radio show discussing comics with Art Spiegelman (“Maus” and “Si Lewen’s Parade: An Artist’s Odyssey”); Trina Robbins, editor of “The Complete Wimmen’s Comix anthology” and Gene Luen Yang, 2016 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and author of “Secret Coders: Paths & Portals” and “American Born Chinese.”

 

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