MDC’s Miami Book Fair Celebrates LGBTQ Literature

MIAMI BOOK FAIR, Nov. 13 – 20. 2016

Presented and produced by Miami Dade College


Miami, Nov. 3, 2016 – The 33rd edition of the Miami Book Fair, (MBF) the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering at Miami Dade College, (MDC) presents vibrant and diverse literature by and for the LGBTQ community, featuring a series of important readings and panel discussions.


LGBTQ discussions and readings @ MBF events:


Saturday, Nov. 19, 1 – 2 p.m.

The Road to Marriage Equality

MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st Floor)

Learn about the road to marriage equality from Kevin Cathcart, former executive director of Lambda Legal, the leading public interest LGBT law firm; esteemed historian Lillian Faderman, author of The Gay Revolution and co-editor of Love Unites Us; and Miami attorney, Elizabeth Schwartz, author of Before I Do. Moderated by journalist Steve Rothaus, who covers gay and lesbian issues for the Miami Herald.


Saturday, Nov. 19, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Gender Transitions: Two Memoirs

MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)

Part coming-of-age story, part mind-altering manifesto on gender and sexuality by a transgender woman, Kate Bornstein‘s Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us breaks all the rules and leaves the reader forever changed. Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout is Laura Jane Grace’s searing account of her search for identity and her true self.


Sunday, Nov. 20, 2 – 3 p.m.

The Edge of Sports: Readings and Discussion with Two Authors from Akashic Books

MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Room 8302 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)

In his latest nonfiction book, Fair Play: How LGBT Athletes Are Claiming Their Rightful Place in SportsCyd Zeigler examines the history of how sports have transformed for LGBT athletes. Jessica Luther’s Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape is a meticulously researched and powerful exposé on the epidemic of cover-ups that surround sexual assault and college football players.


Sunday, Nov. 20, 3 – 4 p.m.

An Afternoon with Susan Faludi

MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Chapman/Room 3210 (Building 3, 2nd Floor)

In the Darkroom is Susan Faludi‘s extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world and in her own haunted family saga, as she learns her estranged father has undergone sex reassignment surgery. With Deirdre Donahue, Contributing Book Editor at AARP.


Sunday, Nov. 20, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Marriage Equality Means Love Wins

MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Room 8302 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)

Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality, by Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell, is the moving story of the lovers, lawyers, judges, and activists behind the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that led to one of the most important national civil rights victories in decades — the legalization of same-sex marriage. Moderated by Elizabeth F. Schwartz, author of Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise.


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Miami Book Fair

Widely recognized as the largest and finest literary gathering in the U.S., the Miami Book Fair’s eight-day festival features readings and conversations with the world’s most renowned authors and more than 200 booksellers and exhibitors across various genres and interests. Book lovers are also treated to culinary presentations, live music, dance and theater performances, interactive art projects, fun and educational activities for children, and more! In addition to the annual festival, the Miami Book Fair builds community and promotes reading and writing throughout the year with activities open to all, including creative writing courses taught by local and visiting authors, literary gatherings and happy hours and Read to Learn Books for Free, a partnership with The Children’s Trust that distributes more than 160,000 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; 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 contacts: Lisa Palley, 305-642-3132, or Deyanira Navarrette, 305-495-7168,