Miami Is All Booked Out This Weekend
Don't fret: we're sure there are still rooms available. We're talking books. As in those chunky bound boxes of paper you still occasionally see people reading at the airport. OK, we jest. (And love our Kindle as much as we love a spankin' new hardcover!).
No joke, though: Miami is swarming with authors this weekend--in fact, some of them are already here, as the Miami Book Fair International kicked off on Sunday. (Sorry, kids, you already missed Roseanne Cash and Harry Belafonte. Yes, they sing--but they write books, too!)
The fair's 'money days', however are tomorrow through Sunday, when the big names will be giving readings and sitting on panels to talk about all things lit.
The events are held at Miami Dade College downtown (directions and stuff here) and many of them are free. Some of the headliner events do require tickets (even if they are free), and while some are sold out, you still have a shot of getting in if you head to the door before the event.
Here are our picks for getting booked--even if it does mean waiting on the standby line.
8 p.m. An evening with Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love and Great House.
10:00 a.m. Man of the moment, Jeffrey Eugenides on The Marriage Plot.
11 a.m. The Story of Food: a foodie writer panel featuring chef Andrew Carmellini of The Dutch (which, incidentally, opened an outpost in Miami, at the W South Beach, this week.)
2:30 p.m. Author, TV and Twitter star Touré on Post Blackness.
6:30 p.m. Chuck Palahniuk on his new novel, Damned.
12:30 p.m. Off The Beaten Path: Lisa Napoli on Bhutan, Siddhartha Deb on the new India, and John Jeremiah Sullivan on the American South.
2:00 p.m. Dyan Cannon on her life with Cary Grant OR Helping Others: Allison Thompson on volunteering around the world.
2:30 p.m. Susan Orlean on Rin Tin Tin.
3:00 p.m. The Story of Food: another foodie book panel, including local star chef Michael Schwartz of Michael’s Genuine Food.
[Photo: Miami Book Fair International website]