The 2018 edition of Miami Book Fair opens Sunday, Nov. 11, with yet another impressive lineup of authors and, of course, not enough time to see them all.
The literary bash’s 35th year boasts an especially strong bill of novelists, journalists, poets, celebrities, politicians and photographers of politicians. It’s the type of book fair that would present “The Sopranos” actor Michael Imperioli and “Broad City” comedian Abbi Jacobson on the same campus as Michael Ondaatje and Gary Shteyngart, though regrettably not at the same time.
Running through Sunday, Nov. 18, the Miami Book Fair will also have its usual overwhelming slate of food demos, film screenings, music acts, parlor games and other events, anchored by next weekend’s Street Fair. To conquer it all, you’ll need a guide.
Here is that guide.
10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at Room 2106 (Building 2, First Floor)
The disarmingly goofy half of the female duo behind Comedy Central’s hilarious “Broad City,” Jacobson will get soberingly real when she discusses her new road-trip memoir, “I Might Regret This,” at the fair. Written during a cross-country trip Jacobson took after a particularly nasty breakup, the book is filled with grayscale illustrations and poems, confessional essays and vulnerable anecdotes.
11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 in the Auditorium (Building 1, Second Floor)
Ondaatje will deliver a reading from his new novel, “Warlight,” set in the immediate aftermath of World War II. If the setting sounds familiar (ahem, “The English Patient”), the book’s stunning first sentence suggests otherwise: “In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals.” Speaking to SouthFlorida.com’s Jake Cline in May, when the author was last in Miami, Ondaatje says the postwar period still captivates him. “I didn’t want to go back to ‘The English Patient’ or anything like that,” he says. “It was much more of a personal, domestic novel about a family, or a splintered family. That’s what interested me.”
1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, Second Floor)
The Supreme Court Justice no doubt has opinions about the midterms (and the court’s newest appointee), but not while she’s promoting children’s books. Sotomayor’s appearance, billed as a “children’s event” in the fair’s catalog, will focus on her three books: “The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor,” “Turning Pages: My Life Story” and its Spanish translation, “Pasanda Paginas.” She’ll be in conversation with U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.
Evenings With series
Although most of Miami Book Fair’s authors will show up during the fair’s final weekend (Nov. 17-18), the “Evenings With” series is full of worthy authors. Our dance card includes Liane Moriarty (7 p.m. Nov. 12; $20), the Australian author of “Big Little Lies,” promoting her new novel, “Nine Perfect Strangers”; Tina Brown (5 p.m. Nov. 13; $20), the Daily Beast founder who revisits her years as Vanity Fair’s editor in her memoir “The Vanity Fair Diaries”; and Pete Souza (Nov. 17; $40, includes book copy), Barack Obama’s presidential photographer who is promoting his book of Trump digs, “Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents.”
Last but not least
Bestselling legal-fiction scribe John Grisham (“The Reckoning”) joins David Grann (“The White Darkness”) and Hampton Sides (“On Desperate Ground”) for a 2:30 p.m. Nov. 17 discussion titled “Three Masters of Their Forms”; R.O. Kwon explores a violent cult in her debut novel, “The Incendiaries,” at 2 p.m. Nov. 17; Gary Shteyngart (“Lake Success”) pairs up with Andrew Sean Greer (the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Less: A Novel”) for readings at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 18; Madeline Miller (“Circe”) and Emily Wilson (“The Odyssey”) read from their mythological novel and Homeric translation, respectively, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday; “The Sopranos” actor Michael Imperioli discusses his first novel, “The Perfume Burned His Eyes,” at 3 p.m. Saturday; and former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry revisits his life in the new memoir “Every Day Is Extra” at 6 p.m. Nov. 18.
For more information, go to MiamiBookFair.com.
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