The Miami Book Fair returns this weekend

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The 39th edition of the most important literary event in the United States comes to downtown with important authors and activities for the whole family

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 The Miami Book Fair returns this weekend

This will be the thirty-ninth edition of the Miami Book Fair. (Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau)

The Miami Book Fair is one of those best kept secrets in the literary world. Organized by Miami Dade College, it is the most important literary event in the United States. In the previous two years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most events were held virtually, but this year the fair is back in full force.

It It is a cultural and entertaining event that fills the streets surrounding the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miamiwith thousands of visitors. In addition to a large fair in the streets, with cultural events and book sales, every year hundreds of writers come to present their books and give conferences.

The Program of Ibero-American Authors, the most important of its kind in the United States, attracts authors with outstanding careers. This year will be the centenary of José Saramago, Nobel Prize Winner for Literature 1998. For the tribute to the author of Essay on blindness and The duplicate man, the fair has invited Pilar del Río, wife and translator of much of his work, the editor Pilar Reyes and the writer < b>Laura Restrepo.

The Miami Book Fair returns this weekend

This year, the Miami Book Fair celebrates the 100th anniversary of José Saramago.

The Fair, which will take place from November 13 to 20, will also pay homage to Diego Armando Maradona by the Argentine narrator and critic Pablo Brescia< /b>, who will present Planeta Diego: 16 looks at an icon.

Cuban poet Carlos Pintado, winner of the prestigious Peace Prize for Poetry in 2014, will be in charge of inaugurating the Ibero-American Authors Program on Sunday, November 13. Pintado presents The Red Tree, a collection of haikus, in a poetic-musical dialogue with the singer-songwriter Francisco Céspedes.

The program also highlights the presence of Juanes. The singer-songwriter will be in conversation with the journalist Diego Londoño, author of a biography that bears the name of the Colombian as the title.

Other authors who stand out are the Nicaraguan Sergio Ramírez, Cervantes Prize 2017, the Cuban Wendy Guerra, and the Spaniards Jorge Díaz, Antonio Mercero and Agustín Martínez, the three authors who make up the fictional Carmen Mola, winner of the last Premio Planeta.

 The Miami Book Fair returns this weekend

Pablo Brescia will present his book about the Miami soccer star. (Nicolas Stulberg)

The Street Fair is the place to go to connect and take a lively stroll, while exploring vendors like Books & Books, where you can get copies for participating authors to sign. Other independent shops will be there with merchandise like used books and book-related crafts, as well as independent authors showcasing their own published works and small publishers who are always in for a pleasant surprise. You can also find comics and graphic novels, books in Spanish, and even books published by Miami Dade College professors. It's essentially a book lover's dream.