Miami Book Fair Takes Over Downtown

The 34th annual Miami Book Fair took over the streets of downtown Miami from Nov.12 through Nov. 19.  

Thousands of book lovers flocked to listen to and buy books from more than 450 authors and 250 booksellers for a weeklong festival of food, literature and culture. Among the star-studded lineup at this year’s Book Fair: Former Vice President Joe Biden, Miami-raised poet Richard Blanco, former first daughters Barbara and Jenna Bush, 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Isabel Allende, former Chief official White House photographer Peter J. Souza and former Democratic National Convention Chair Donna Brazile.

It also included Book Fair staples like the Street Fair,  Light’s On At The Porch, Evenings With events and Children’s Alley.

Donna Brazile speaking at the Miami Book Fair.
Candid Conversation: Former Democratic National Convention Chair Donna Brazile speaks about her book Hacked: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House at the Chapman Conference Center on Nov. 15. The book offers a no-holds-barred look into the DNC during the 2016 election.
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Volunteer Mona Liu writing in Chinese.
Penmanship: Confucius Institute volunteer Mona Liu writes a name in Chinese characters at a tent on Nov 17.
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An artist painting on canvas.
All Gold Everything: Artist Joanah Alyssa Whitely paints a portrait during a street performance at The Porch at the Miami Book Fair on Nov. 17.
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Singers on stage.
Groovy Times: From left to right, Magic City Hippies members John Coughlin and Robby Hunter perform at The Porch at the Miami Book Fair on Nov. 18.
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A group of small books.
Little Reads: Los Libros Más Pequeños del Mundo (The Smallest Books in The World) were displayed in a tent at the Miami Book Fair.
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The Bush sisters speaking at the Miami Book Fair.
Sister, Sister: Former first daughters Barbara (green dress) and Jenna Bush (red dress) speak about their new book Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life at the Chapman Conference Center at Wolfson Campus on Nov. 16. The book is a behind the scenes look at their lives as first daughters.
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Photo of fruit vendors.
The Fruit Bar: Willy Garcia (right) and Nuvix Guerrero (left) pose in front of the Greenbar Smoothies stand on Nov. 17 in downtown Miami.
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A poet reciting on stage.
Porch Of Poems: Poet Roojerry Dangervil recites a poem while the band Elements performs at The Porch at the Miami Book Fair on Nov. 17.
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Former vice president Joe Biden on stage.
Book With A Purpose: Vice President Joe Biden was the featured guest at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 18. He spoke about his book Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.
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