BEST ANNUAL EVENT/BEST LITERARY EVENT
Miami Book Fair
It’s not every South Florida event that can put a former vice president of the United States and a high priestess of punk on the same schedule, but the Miami Book Fair has been pulling off such programming feats since 1984. For one week every November, the fair gathers the nation’s top novelists, nonfiction writers, journalists, poets and cartoonists to read from and discuss their latest works on the downtown Miami campus of Miami Dade College. This year’s lineup was typically powerful, with the aforementioned Joe Biden and Patti Smith joining the likes of Salman Rushdie, Dan Rather, Jennifer Egan and James McBride.