Lit­er­ary lu­mi­nar­ies

Joe Bi­den is one of the Mi­ami Book Fair’s au­thors.

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Phillip Valys Staff writer pvalys@sun­sen­ or 954-356-4364

The Mi­ami Book Fair In­ter­na­tional an­nounced its first wave of 2017 au­thors on Mon­day, and you’d be for­given for think­ing the lineup feels like a mini re­u­nion of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Along with a slate of 600-plus nov­el­ists, po­ets and jour­nal­ists ap­pear­ing at the lit­er­ary fes­ti­val, mar­quee au­thors will in­clude for­mer vice pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den, au­thor and 2014 Pres­i­den­tial Medal of Free­dom win­ner Is­abel Al­lende, Obama White House pho­tog­ra­pher Pete Souza and Mi­ami-raised Obama in­au­gu­ra­tion poet Richard Blanco.

The 34th edi­tion of Mi­ami Book Fair In­ter­na­tional, re­turn­ing Nov. 12-19 to Mi­ami Dade Col­lege’s Wolf­son Cam­pus in down­town Mi­ami, will also fea­ture ap­pear­ances from punk poet Patti Smith, Mi­ami au­thor Ed­widge Dan­ti­cat and Ge­orge­town Univer­sity pro­fes­sor Michael Eric Dyson. Broad­cast jour­nal­ist Dan Rather, mean­while, will kick off the fes­ti­val’s “Evenings With” se­ries on Nov. 12, and will dis­cuss his new book “What Unites Us,” a col­lec­tion of Face­book es­says on pa­tri­o­tism and the can­di­dacy and pres­i­dency of Don­ald Trump.

Bi­den, cur­rently weigh­ing a pres­i­den­tial run in 2020, will be pro­mot­ing his new mem­oir, “Prom­ise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hard­ship, and Pur­pose” (out Nov. 14), which re­flects on the 2015 death of his son, Beau, and his per­se­ver­ance dur­ing that tur­bu­lent year.

The week­long fes­ti­val will fea­ture other bold­faced names, among them Bill McKibben, Lisa See, Gene Yang, Min Jin Lee, Robert Hass, Jorie Gra­ham, Frank Bi­dart, Paul Mul­doon, Charles Simic, Gerard Stern and Kevin Young. Along with Rather, Lau­rence O’Don­nell, Smith and Al­lende will be part of the “Evenings With” se­ries.

Tick­ets, lo­ca­tions and times for the au­thor ap­pear­ances haven’t been an­nounced yet, nor has the fair re­leased its usual pro­gram­ming slate of lo­cal­band per­for­mances, DJ sets and burlesque shows. The week­end street fair, which man­ages to pack down­town Mi­ami with more lit­er­a­ture than a pub­lic li­brary, will re­turn 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 18-20.

Check back to South­ as we an­nounce the full lineup over the com­ing months.

The Mi­ami Book Fair In­ter­na­tional 2017 will take place Nov. 12-19 at Mi­ami Dade Col­lege Wolf­son Cam­pus, 300 NE Sec­ond Ave., in Mi­ami. Call 305-237-3258 or go to Mi­amiBookFair .com.


For­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den will pro­mote his new mem­oir, “Prom­ise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hard­ship, and Pur­pose,” at Mi­ami Book Fair In­ter­na­tional.

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