MDC’s Miami Book Fair and Books & Books Present Art Garfunkel Oct. 15

Miami Book Fair will unveil this year’s official poster at the event.  

Miami, Oct. 11, 2017 Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Miami Book Fair and Books & Books will present Grammy Award-winning recording artist, actor, poet and author Art Garfunkel as he discusses his new memoir What is it All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man at 4 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 15, at MDC’s Wolfson Campus. This is a ticketed event. Purchase the book at Books & Books to obtain a voucher for two tickets. In addition, the Miami Book Fair will showcase this year’s official poster, created by Lucia del Carmen Rivera Alvarez, a visual artist and graphic designer from Mexico City. The working media is welcome.

From the golden-haired, curly-headed half of the musical group Simon & Garfunkel comes a memoir (of sorts) that is artful, moving, lyrical; the making of a musician; the evolution of a man, a portrait of a life-long friendship and collaboration that became one of the most successful singing duos of their time.

Garfunkel writes about his life before, during and after Simon & Garfunkel, about their folk-rock music in the roiling age that embraced and was defined by their groundbreaking sound. He writes about growing up in the 1940s and ’50s (son of a traveling salesman), a middle class Jewish boy living in a red brick semi-attached house in Kew Gardens, Queens, a kid who was different–from the age of five feeling his vocal cords “vibrating with the love of sound.” He met Paul Simon in school, the funny guy who made him laugh. At age 12, they witnessed the birth of rock ‘n’ roll and it instantly captured them. They later recorded a demo of their song, “Hey Schoolgirl” (for $7!) and the actual record (with Paul’s father on bass) went on to #40 on the national charts, selling 150,000 copies. As Simon & Garfunkel, they took the world by storm, performing from 1963 to 1970, from the time he was 16. He also writes about acting and getting a master’s degree in mathematics from Columbia University, choosing music over a PhD, being a husband, father and more.

Garfunkel is the recipient of multiple Grammy Awards for his solo and collaborative work, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement. In 1990, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Garfunkel lives in New York with his wife and two children. He continues to travel around the world giving concert performances, and since 1973 has produced twelve solo albums.

Ticket holders must show their voucher and attached receipt to enter the event and claim a pre-signed copy of the book.

WHAT:     MBF and Books & Books Present Art Garfunkel

WHEN:     Sunday, Oct. 15, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:   MDC’s Wolfson Campus, Auditorium (Building 1, second floor)

300 N.E. Second Ave.

Miami Book Fair
Founded in 1984 by Miami Dade College and partners, Miami Book Fair engages the community through inclusive, accessible programs that promote reading and support writers year round. The annual eight-day festival has grown into the largest and most comprehensive community-rooted literary gathering in the United States. The Fair features readings and discussions with the world’s most renowned authors, generating discourse on contemporary literature and current issues of international importance. The Fair also include culinary presentations; live music and interdisciplinary performances; interactive, educational activities for children; and more than 200 booksellers and publishers during the Street Fair. Events take place in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and French. In addition to the annual festival, the Miami Book Fair responds to community needs with a year-round schedule of activities, including The Little Haiti Book Festival, highlighting Haiti’s literary acumen; creative writing and publishing 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 a year to children in Miami-Dade County.

Miami Book Fair is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development Authority; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners. Miami Book Fair: Building community, one reader at a time.

Miami Book Fair media contact: Lisa Palley, 305-642-3132,