MDC’s Miami Book Fair Opens with One-of-a-Kind Signature Events featuring Laura Esquivel, Tina Brown, Liane Moriarty, Jaime Bayly, and more Nov. 11

Space is limited; early ticket purchase is encouraged for ticketed events. Book Fair runs Nov. 11 -18!

Miami, Oct. 25, 2018 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) world-renowned Miami Book Fair (MBF) opens its star-studded 35th edition at the Wolfson Campus with exciting program featuring renowned author Laura Esquivel, award-winning writer and editor Tina Brown, acclaimed author Liane Moriarty, Peruvian author and journalist Jaime Bayly, plus live music and other entertainment.

“Opening Day of the Fair is the most exciting day of the year.  Our team works countless of hours to bring fairgoers the best of the literary world, and to experience the joy of the people who come to our events is our prime reward,” said MBF’s Programs Director, Lissette Mendez.

Author Programs on Opening Day:  

4 p.m., Una Tarde Con Laura Esquivel/An Afternoon with Laura Esquivel, MDC’s Wolfson Campus Auditorium (Room 1261), Free

The Ibero-American Authors Program opens the 35th edition of the Miami Book Fair featuring award-winning Mexican novelist, essayist and screenwriter Laura Esquivel. His first bestseller Como agua para chocolate (1989) was followed by La ley del amor (1995), Tan veloz como el deseo (2001), Malinche (2006) and A Lupita le gustaba planchar (2014). This year, she presents her last two novels El diario de Tita (Suma de Letras) and Mi negro pasado (Suma de Letras), which continues the saga of Como agua para chocolateThis event is in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation into English.

5 p.m., An Evening with Tina Brown, MDC’s Chapman Conference Center (Bldg. 3, Second floor), Tickets: $20 at

Tina Brown is an award-winning writer and editor, and founder of the Women in the World Summit.  Between 1979 and 2001 she was the editor of Tattler, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker.  Her 2007 biography of the Princess of Wales, The Diana Chronicles topped the New York Times bestseller list. In 2008, she founded the award-winning news site, The Daily Beast. The Vanity Fair Diaries:  Power, Wealth, Celebrity and Dreams:  My Years at the Magazine That Defined a Decade (Picador) is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her twenties who is summoned to New York in hopes that she can save Condé Nast’s troubled flagship, Vanity Fair.  Brown is plunged into the maelstrom of the competitive New York media world and the backstabbing rivalries at the court of the planet’s slickest, most glamour-focused magazine company.  Astute, open-hearted, often riotously funny, Brown’s The Vanity Fair Diaries is a compulsively fascinating and intimate   chronicle of a woman’s life in a glittering era.

6 p.m., Lo nuevo de Jaime Bayly, MDC’s Wolfson Campus Auditorium (Room 1261), Free

Jaime Bayly was born in Peru. He is an Emmy-winning writer, journalist and a television personality. For the past 28 years, Bayly has been making television. He is the author of several novels, such as No se lo digas a nadie (1994), La noche es virgen (1997) and El niño terrible y la escritora maldita (2016). His new literary work Pecho frío (Vintage), a satirical fiction and humorous novel, explores homosexuality in Latin American society and challenges the status quo.  This event is in Spanish.

7 p.m., A Conversation with Liane Moriarty, MDC Chapman Conference Center (Bldg. 3, Second floor), Tickets: $20 at

Liane Moriarty is the author of six internationally best-selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies, which was adapted into an award-winning series on HBO. In Moriarty’s latest, Nine Perfect Strangers (Flatiron Books), nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are there to lose weight, some to get a reboot on life, some for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, all nine characters know their stay might involve some real work. But none of them can imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.

“The support of the College’s community and the people of South Florida who volunteer, donate funds, and contribute are key to the success of this extraordinary literary event,” added MBF’s Director of Operations, Delia Lopez.

Free Social Events on Opening Day:

 At 4 p.m., The Porch opens with music, food trucks, giant outdoor games, a community coloring wall from The Wynwood Coloring Book, Silent Poetry Disco, curated by the Academy of American Poets, an outdoor photo exhibit highlight 35 years of the Fair curated by the Wolfson Archives, and the Miami Stories Recording Booth, and more.

5 p.m., Fairgoers can enjoy Exquisite Corpse, a perfect parlor game involving elements of unpredictability, chance and group collaboration.

6 p.m., Latin-Grammy nominated producer and DJ, Mr. Pauer, spins his unique Miami sound, Electrópico, a fusion of electronica and music born between the Tropics.

The 2018 Miami Book Fair will take place Nov. 11-18 at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami and promises to be another exceptional event!

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About 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; 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 contacts: Lisa Palley, 305-642-3132 or Deyanira Navarrette, 305-495-7168,