Your Miami Book Fair ’16 Guide Photo courtesy of Miami Book Fair

Your Miami Book Fair ’16 Guide

Before all the museum curators, photographers and artists of the world flock down south for the winter to celebrate Art Basel, Miami welcomes hundreds of authors, journalists and other literary idols for the 33rd edition of the Miami Book Fair!

The Miami Book Fair is a literary and cultural celebration full of entertaining and educational activities spanning over eight days (Sunday, November 13th – Sunday, November 20th) at MDC’s Wolfson Campus. From readings to signings, the amount of events taking place makes it impossible to hit them all, so I put together this guide to highlight some of the main events you must attend!

Photo courtesy of Miami Book Fair

Photo courtesy of Miami Book Fair


  • Special Event: Trevor Noah - The first special event of the week is with Trevor Noah of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” Tickets are $40, which includes a copy of his book Born a Crime, his tell-all story of growing up in South Africa | 6PM | Chapman (Building 3, Floor 2)
  • Opening Day Block Party - Kick off the official opening with a couple of Biscayne Bay brews and some BBQ at The Porch | 7PM | Corner of NE 3rd St and 2nd Ave


  • Tacos + Tequila Night - The Seed Food & Wine Festival Presents: Tacos + Tequila Night at The Porch! Three local chefs will team up with local mixologists to pair up the ultimate tequila cocktail with the perfect plant-based taco | 6:30PM | Corner of NE 3rd St and 2nd Ave
  • An Evening With Alan Cumming - Alan Cumming is not only an actor with incredible range, but he’s also an Officer of the British Empire for his passionate work and devotion to LGBT rights. Tickets cost $15 to hear him discuss his experiences portrayed in his picture-essays book You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: My Life in Stories and Pictures | 8PM | Chapman (Building 3, Floor 2)


  • Movies on The Porch - In collaboration with the Miami Film Festival, The Porch will be hosting a free screening of Todos Se Van, based on Wendy Guerra’s novel of the same name, followed by a conversation with the novelist. The film is in Spanish and will feature English subtitles | 7:30PM | Corner of NE 3rd St and 2nd Ave


  • Acoustic Carpet - Arts & Entertainment District Presents: Acoustic Carpet, Porch Edition! Catch some local tunes and grooves by Miami musicians: Yoli Mayor, Javier Garcia and Keith Johns | 6:30PM | Corner of NE 3rd St and 2nd Ave
  • Drink + Draw! - Come to The Standard for a night fueled by sipping and sketching with some of the MBF’s authors and leading cartoonists. Start the night by witnessing a cartooning battle and end it by creating your very own comic | 7PM | The Standard, 40 Island Ave Miami Beach


  • Bingo Night - Villain Theater will be hosting a boozy bingo night at The Porch where you can play to win some MBF merch | 6PM | Corner of NE 3rd St and 2nd Ave
  • #6WordsMiami - Stay at The Porch after bingo to catch a live performance by some of the Villain Theater’s improv experts, who will turn six-word stories into six-minute sketches | 7PM | Corner of NE 3rd St and 2nd Ave
  • An Evening With Jeffrey Toobin - Did you watch FX’s “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”? Well, that was the television adaptation of Jeffrey Toobin’s The Run of His Life. Come hear the expert on media, politics and the law discuss his new book American Heiress and how the “Stockholm syndrome” came about | $15 Tickets | 8PM | Chapman (Building 3, Floor 2)


  • Street Fair Opens - Friday is the only day admission to the Street Fair is FREE! Come check out the 200+ exhibitors selling books, music, merch, food and more | 10AM | MDC’s Wolfson Campus
  • Book Fair Block Party - Hit The Porch for some after-work craft beers and help color in the community coloring wall presented by the Wynwood Coloring Book | 5PM | Corner of NE 3rd St and 2nd Ave
  • Borges Tribute - Come celebrate the works of Jorge Luis Borges on the anniversary of his death with Pablo Brescia, Cristina Bulacio, Ilan Stavans and Monica Prandi | This event is in Spanish | 7PM | Room 2106 (Building 2, Floor 1, Room 6)


  • Street Fair - Tickets cost:  adults= $8; 13-18 y/o + over 62 y/o= $5; under 12 y/o= Free; MDC students and faculty= Free with valid ID | 10AM – 6PM | MDC’s Wolfson Campus
  • Page to Screen - Join panelists Andrew Albanese, Rafael A. Lima and Kristen McLean explore multimedia storytelling and tackle the future of reading- moderated by Christopher Kenneally | 12PM | Room 7128 (Building 7, Floor 1, Room 28)
  • Being Black in America - Connect with Wesley Lowery, Mychal Denzel Smith and D. Watkins to change the dominant narrative. #blacklivesmatter | 1:30PM | Room 8202 (Building 8, Floor 2, Room 2)
  • An Evening With Bernie Sanders - Given the recent election results, this special event with Senator Bernie Sanders should call for some interesting conversations as he recounts his personal experiences from the campaign trail | 6:30PM | Chapman (Building 3, Floor 2)


  • Street Fair - Tickets cost:  adults= $8; 13-18 y/o + over 62 y/o= $5; under 12 y/o= Free; MDC students and faculty= Free with valid ID | 10AM – 6PM | MDC’s Wolfson Campus
  • Science of the Mind - Dr. Peter D. Kramer and Luke Dittrich discuss the history of neuroscience and the controversies surrounding popular medication such as anti-depressants | 11:30AM | Chapman (Building 3, Floor 2)
  • Magic City Hippies - Get down with indie band Magic City Hippies and their blend of funk & hip-hop sounds at The Porch | 1PM | Corner of NE 3rd St and 2nd Ave
  • I’m in Miami, Bitch! - Calling all Miami creatives! Come kick it at The Porch with Andrew Kaufman, producer of the I’m in Miami, Bitch! series, to chew over Wynwood’s art scene | 2PM | Corner of NE 3rd St and 2nd Ave
Photo courtesy of Miami Book Fair

Photo courtesy of Miami Book Fair

Photo courtesy of Miami Book Fair

Photo courtesy of Miami Book Fair

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