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Kerry Washington, Jada Pinkett-Smith and More Headline Evening Conversations at 40th Annual Miami Book Fair

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) highly-anticipated 40th Miami Book Fair (MBF) kicks off Nov. 12 – 19, 2023, in downtown Miami

This year’s Miami Book Fair will feature some of the world’s top authors, influencers and celebrities, including Evenings With headliners Kerry Washington, Jada Pinkett Smith, Joan Baez, David Brooks, Walter Mosley, and Henry Winkler, among others. Hundreds of authors will present in-person in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. Some of these programs will be streamed live from the Fair to (available on demand 24/7).

Other components of the Fair will return as well. ReadCaribbean will feature Haitian and other Caribbean authors, ReadingEast will feature authors from the Middle East and Southeast Asia, while the robust IberoAmerican program will host noted Hispanic authors, journalists, poets, essayists, storytellers and visual artists and photographers.

The Children’s Alley will provide fun and learning activities during the popular Street Fair weekend, Nov. 17 – 19, while Off the Shelf’s live music stage will again present popular bands and other performers. And, as always, Street Fair vendors will include a mix of booksellers, publishers, artist-made goods and a food market featuring food trucks and pop-up restaurants and cafés.

Free social gatherings this year will include an opening day block party on Sunday, Nov. 12, and the return of Lost Chapter, a nightly rooftop lounge with views of the downtown Miami skyline (open Nov. 13-17).

In recognition of Miami’s growth into a culture destination, and Miami Book Fair’s leading role in that transformation over the past 40 years, a special celebration dinner – The Next Page – will take place at the JW Marriott Marquis on Friday, Nov. 17. During the evening, Miami Book Fair will honor three writers with a deep connection to the Fair and Miami, as well as three community leaders who have made a positive, lasting impact.

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