Miami Book Fair once again celebrates Caribbean authors and culture


Miami, November 3, 2022 – Miami Dade College (MDC) Book Fair, November 13-20, will once again celebrate the best authors representing the Caribbean. The Fair invites you to be part of the ReadCaribbean 2022 Panelsa series of events including author presentations, panels and music for audiences of all ages.

The launch of the ReadCaribbean program is Original Roots: The Sound and History of Jamaican Tradition at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 12. This educational and cultural affair will feature The Tallaway Mento Group, The Jamaican Folk Review and Jamaican Poet Laureate, Senior Olivier (Hurricane Watch). To conclude this delicious evening, a round table with Consul General of Jamaica in the Southern United States, Oliver Mair, and Jamaican dub poet, Malachi Smith. Location: Black Archives, The Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave.

See other ReadCaribbean events below:

Become the family historianNick Douglasauthor of In Search of Octave: The Untold Story of Two Creole Families and Slavery in Louisianain conversation with the family genealogist and the chairman of the Black Archives Board Patricia J. Braynon and Chair of the Miami Book Fair’s African Diaspora Genealogy and Family History Program Marvin Ellis.

Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.

Location: The Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave.

Among many, only one people – Writers with ties to Jamaica are celebrating the island nation’s 60th anniversary of independence. Reading their own works, these talented authors will meditate on the past and present to speculate on the obstacles and opportunities that lie ahead. With Senior Olivier (Hurricane Watch), Dionne Irving (The islands), and Jonathan Escoffery (If I survive you), in conversation with Tanya Batson-Savageeditor.

In person. Saturday, Nov. 19 @ 1 p.m.

Location: MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2n/a Avenue, room 8302

Changing Haiti through higher education – Academics from Haiti discuss the responsibilities incumbent on middle school students in reconfiguring the present of this country, whose past remains marked by violence and corruption. With academic Herold Toussaint and agronomist Philippe Matthew.

Sunday November 20 at 3 p.m.

Location: MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2n/a Avenue, room 8302

In Haitian Creole, with interpretation in English

Caribbean Myths and Facts – Four Caribbean writers discuss the unreality of the real and the truth of the fantastic in their work. With Jasmine SealyBarbados (The island of oblivion), Opal Palmer AdisaJamaica (The Return of the Storyteller: Story Poems), and Ayana Lloyd BanwoTrinity (When we were birds), in conversation with Myriam JA ChancyHaiti (What a storm what a thunder).

Saturday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m.

Virtual event in English

Our beautiful and corrupt islands – The writers explore the dichotomies that permeate life in the Caribbean, a vibrant and joyful place riddled with corruption and violence. Pamela MordecaiJamaica (A Fierce Green Place, poems), McDonald DixonSt. LUCIA (A cry in the shadows), and Heavenly MohammadTrinidad and Tobago (Pleasant view), converse with Kellie Magnus, Read Jamaica. The panel will discuss the fascinating traditions and values ​​that bind the peoples of the Caribbean and the literal and metaphorical walls that divide them, including the struggle to overcome the consequences imposed by such artificial boundaries.

Saturday, Nov. 19 @ 1 p.m.

Virtual event in English

Children’s Bed in Cuba, Puerto Rico and Haiti. Writers and illustrators explore visions for a broader future in Caribbean literature for young readers. With Terry Catasus Jennings and Raul ColonCuba (The Little House of Hope), Leslea Newman and Elizabeth BaezPorto Rico

(Alicia and the hurricaneauthor), and MJ FeverHaiti (The ocean lives there).

Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m.

Virtual Program in English

Write to children, write to yourself. Children’s fiction writers from Jamaica unite to celebrate the island’s 60th anniversary of independence and explore the continuity and convergence of childhood and adulthood in the Caribbean. With Janet Morrison (A different me, a better you), Jean Hawthorn-DaCosta (Leroy Adventures of a Yaad Boy), and Juleus Ghunta (Rohan Bullkin and the Shadows), in conversation with Opal Palmer Adisa (Portia Dreams).

Saturday, Nov. 19 @ 5 p.m.

Virtual Program in English

Caribbean Provisions. Graphic designers and writers from Guadeloupe, Martinique and Haiti offer insights on how to create better graphic novels and comics that honor Caribbean sensibilities. This dynamic panel includes Jessica Forgot (France/Guadeloupe), Ralph Penel Pierre (Haiti) and Chevelin Stone (Haiti), in conversation with Professor Cae Joseph Massena. With a special introduction by Anthony Dominguezdirector of Villa Albertine, Miami.

Saturday, Nov. 19 @ 7 p.m.

Virtual event in French with English subtitles

For more information on the Miami Book Fair,visit, call 305-237-3528, or email [email protected] The official visitor guide will be available online later this month.

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About the Miami Book Fair
Founded in 1984 by Miami Dade College and its partners, Miami Book Fair engages the community through inclusive and accessible programs that promote reading and support writers throughout the year. The annual eight-day festival has become the largest and most comprehensive community literary gathering in the United States, generating discourse on contemporary literature and current issues of international significance. Throughout the rest of the year, the Miami Book Fair caters to hosts with an ongoing program of activities, including the Little Haiti Book Festival; creative writing and editing workshops; author presentations; reading campaigns; and Read to Learn Books for Free, a partnership with The Children’s Trust that distributes more than 150,000 free books annually to children in Miami-Dade County. Miami Book Fair programming is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Council for Cultural Affairs; the Mayor of Miami-Dade County and the Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; Downtown Miami Development Authority; and Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners. Miami Book Fair: Building community, one reader at a time.

Miami Book Fair Contact Information:Lisa Palley, Palley Promotes, 305-642-3132, [email protected]


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