Nov. 15-22, Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave.; MiamiBookFair.com
This year's Miami Book Fair, the 32nd, will begin with Patti Smith talking about her new memoir and end a week later with attendees buzzing about all the authors they saw and lamenting that they couldn’t see more. The fair will, after all, present more than 450 writers.
The schedule is particularly highlighter-worthy this year, and the volume of top-flight novelists, nonfiction writers, poets and memoirists appearing during the Evenings With … series and at the Nov. 19-22 street fair can seem overwhelming.
My must-see list includes Alexandra Fuller, Sally Mann, William Finnegan, Richard Price, Lauren Groff, Susan Casey, Jessica Hopper and Valeria Luiselli. (You’ll have to forgive me if I skip Mitch Albom and Peggy Noonan.)
The festival, as always, will not be limited to book readings and signings, with vendors hawking everything from food to religion and daily events at the pop-up lounge known as the Swamp, which will host live music, theatrical performances and even a local edition of the Moth storytelling series. Children’s and Spanish-language attractions will also be presented.