MDC’s Miami Book Fair Opens with One-of-a-kind Signature Events featuring Samantha Power, Gioconda Belli, and more Nov. 17

Space is limited; early ticket purchase is encouraged for ticketed events. Book Fair runs Nov. 17 -24!

Miami, Nov. 14, 2019 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) world-renowned Miami Book Fair (MBF) opens its star-studded 36th edition at the Wolfson Campus Sunday, Nov. 17 with exciting programs featuring Pulitzer Prize winning author and diplomat Samantha Power who will discuss her memoir, The Education of an Idealist with journalist and author, Ana Menendez.

Programs on Opening Day:   

4 p.m., An Evening with Samantha Power, MDC’s Chapman Conference Center (Bldg. 3, 2nd Floor)

Tickets: $20 at

Samantha Power is the Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Practice in Human Rights at Harvard Law School. She served in the Cabinet of President Barack Obama and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (2013-2017). From 2009 to 2013, Power worked on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. Power began her career as a journalist reporting from countries including Bosnia, East Timor, Rwanda, and Sudan. She is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, and she has been named by TIME as one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People and by Forbes as one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.  In her memoir, The Education of an Idealist (Dey Street Books), Power offers an answer to the question “What can one person do?” while tracing a distinctly American journey from immigrant, to war correspondent, to presidential cabinet official. Secretary of State Madeline Albright said that Power’s “[…] absorbing, heartfelt, and remarkably candid memoir offers essential lessons to anyone aspiring to follow in her footsteps in shaping the world for the better.”


4 p.m., Una Tarde Con Gioconda Belli, MDC’s Wolfson Campus Auditorium (Room 1261)

The Ibero-American Authors Program opens the 36th edition of the Miami Book Fair featuring award-winning Nicaraguan novelist and poet, Gioconda Belli.  The author of La mujer habitada, El infinito en la palma de la mano, and El país de las mujeres bring us her most recent novel, Las fiebres de la memoria (Planeta). A story of love, mystery and adventure which show us is never too late to reinvent oneself, find a new destiny and love passionately.   Belli will discuss her most recent work with writer and journalist, Gina Montaner.


5 p.m., Miami Book Fair Opens with One Swingin’ Paella Party! Atrium (Bldg. 1, 1st Floor)

If you haven’t tried traditional Paella Valenciana, here’s your chance, courtesy of The Paella King. Special thanks to Biscayne Bay Brewing for the cold beverages.


6 p.m., Special performance by French Horn Collective

Led by Parisian musician (multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer, and songwriter) Vincent Raffard, French Horn Collective is a shape-shifting ensemble featuring a high energy mix of gypsy jazz, traditional jazz, blues, and modern French music.


The 2019 Miami Book Fair will take place Nov. 17-24 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 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 contacts: Lisa Palley, 305-642-3132