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Miami Book Fair Turns Into Free Online Event, Like Netflix For Books

Posted at 1:48 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 13:49:01-05

It's like Netflix for books and it's free! For the first time in 37 years, Miami Dade College will transform its iconic Miami Book Fair, a week long celebration of books and writers in downtown Miami, into a free virtual event from November 15th through the 22nd.

Our Kirk Gimenez interviewed Lissette Mendez, the Director of the Miami Book Fair, to get a preview. Mendez said they will offer on-demand content. She says their goal was " to create a little bit of a Netflix for books" and authors. They'll have something for everyone, even children.

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As in years past, the Miami Book Fair will feature programs in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole representing fiction, politics, history, memoir, comics, poetry, among other genres, as well as an extensive program for children and teens.

The virtual Book Fair Marketplace will feature booksellers and other vendors, in place of the popular Street Fair weekend. And of course, you can order a copy of this year's commemorative poster created by award winning children's book author, illustrator, and creator of Disney’s animated series, The Replacements, Dan Santat.

This year’s growing list of hundreds of authors and moderators includes headliner Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, teacher, environmental activist, and inventor Margaret Atwood (“Dearly: New Poems,”“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Testaments”).