African-American, Caribbean and Hispanic Authors bringing flavor to the 31st Miami Book Fair International

Marlon James
Marlon James

MIAMI – Some of the most respected contemporary African-American, Caribbean and Hispanic authors will bring their flavor and literary genius to this year’s 31st edition of the Miami Book Fair International (MBFI), presented by The Center for Writing and Literature @ Miami Dade College (MDC). Award-winning authors JaQuavis Coleman, Richard Blanco, Cecilia M. Fernandez, and K’wan Foye will join a legion of other distinguished writers and present their latest works during the Fair, as well as participate in book signings, readings, and one-on-one discussions.

Some of this year’s notable titles include Bob Herbert’s Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America, Richard Blanco’s The Prince of Los Cucuyos: A Miami Childhood, and Adrian Miller’s Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time.

The Fair’s diverse line-up will also include presentations of photographs and comic strips, live music, and film screenings. A series of panels will also be presented which will include titles such as African-American and Caribbean Perspectives; Future Tense: Independence, Diversity and the Future of Jamaican Literature; Caribbean Spaces: Escapes from the Twilight Zones; and Immigrant Voices, among others.

Here’s a list of this year’s featured authors of African-American and Caribbean descent, as well as those whose work highlights these cultures and interests:

Elizabeth Alexander, Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010

Richard Blanco, The Prince of Los Cucuyos: A Miami Childhood

Charles M. Blow, Fire Shut up in My Bones: A Memoir

George Clinton, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?: A Memoir

James E. Clyburn, Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black

Miasha Coleman, Swing

JaQuavis Coleman, The White House

Nathan Daniel Beau Connolly, A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of the Jim Crow South

Nick Douglas, Finding Octave: The Untold History of Two Creole Families and Slavery in Louisiana

Nurudin Farah, Hiding in Plain Sight: A Novel

K’wan Foye, Black Lotus

Cecilia M. Fernandez, Leaving Little Havana! A Memoir of Miami’s Cuban Ghetto

Miguel “Mike” Fernandez, Humbled by the Journey – Life Lessons for my Grandchildren…and Yours

Ramiro Fernandez, Cuba Then: Rare and Classic Images from the Ramiro Fernandez Collection

Franketienne, Ready to Burst

Alina Garcia-Lapuerta, La Belle Creole: The Cuban Countess who Captivated Havana, Madrid, and Paris

Carrie Gibson, Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day

Kaiama L. Glover, Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon

Michael Nolden Henderson, Got Proof! My Genealogical Journey Through the Use of Documentation

Bob Herbert, Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America

Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel

Saeed Jones, Prelude to Bruise

Randall Kennedy, Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law

William LeoGrande, Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana

Alfred Lopez, Jose Marti: A Revolutionary Life

Adrian Miller, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time

Elizabeth Shown Mills, The Forgotten People: Cane River’s Creoles of Color, and Isle of Canes

Walter Mosley, Rose Gold: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Cuba in Splinters: Eleven Stories from the New Cuba

Ed Piskor, A New Day: A Memoir

Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric

Jess Row, Your Face in Mine: a Novel

Jon Secada, A New Day: A Memoir

Colleen Selvon-Rampersad, Visions

Fatima Shaik, Melitte

Tavis Smiley, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year

Aaron Their, The Ghost Apple

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove

Dr. Cornel West, Black Prophetic Fire

Tiphanie Yanique, Land of Love and Drowning: A Novel

Miami Book Fair International 2014 will take place from November 16 – 23 at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami and promises to be another exceptional literary event!

For the Miami Book Fair International’s official guide, please visit http://issuu.com/miamibookfair/docs/2014-fgg-1016.

For regular updates on the Miami Book Fair, please visit www.miamibookfair.com,

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