Miami, Sept. 29, 2020 Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Miami Book Fair (MBF) will host a virtual happy hour to preview its upcoming online program, reveal highlights and unveil this year’s official poster at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8. This event is free and open to the public.

The virtual happy hour will feature Miami Book Fair staff and advisory board members who will announce program highlights and explain how the new platform works. In addition, they will introduce the How to Book Fair Online video to help audiences get acquainted with how to access virtual Miami Book Fair events from opening day on Nov. 15 through the evening of Nov. 22.

The event will also unveil this year’s commemorative poster created by award-winning children’s book author, illustrator, and creator of Disney’s animated series, The Replacements, Dan Santat. Other special guests include Miami-based musician Richie Hell, who will perform in partnership with Sweat Records and its owner Lauren Reskin.

Join the virtual happy hour at to participate in a live Q & A, a chance to win giveaways from sponsors and download a bookplate with art by a featured artist and more. 

The complete Fair program will be available at on Oct. 15. will go live Nov. 15. Although the site is not be fully operational until programs are complete and ready for viewing, the registration page is open. Starting Nov. 1, registered virtual fairgoers can start building their personal watchlist, complete their profiles based on interests, and start browsing the schedule of events. Sign up now to be first in line!

For more information or to become a Friend of the Fair, a fundraising membership program, please visit or email

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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 generating discourse on contemporary literature and current issues of international importance. Throughout the rest of the year, Miami Book Fair responds hosts an ongoing schedule of activities, including The Little Haiti Book Festival; 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 programming is made possible through generous support from the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council; Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; Miami Downtown Development Authority; and Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners. Miami Book Fair: Building community, one reader at a time.

About Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College is the most diverse institution in the nation. There are 174 nations and 69 languages represented in its student body. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways including associate and baccalaureate degrees, career certificates and apprenticeships. Baccalaureate degree offerings include biological sciences, engineering, data analytics, information systems technology, education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film and others.  MDC is the recipient of many top national awards including the Aspen Prize. As Democracy’s College, MDC changes lives through accessible, high quality-teaching and learning experiences.  It is the home of the Miami Culinary Institute, the Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex, the Miami Fashion Institute, the Eig-Watson School of Aviation, The Idea Center, the Cybersecurity Center of the Americas, the Cloud Computing Center, the Center for Learning, Innovation and Simulation, the School for Advanced Studies, and the New World School of the Arts, to name a few of its most innovative programs.  MDC has been named among the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” since the program’s inception.  The College embraces its responsibility to serve as an economic, cultural, and civic leader for the advancement of our diverse global community. Its alumni and employees contribute more than $3 billion annually to the local economy, and MDC graduates occupy top leadership positions in every major industry.   MDC is renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is the home of the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, the Tower Theater, Dyer Building, Koubek Center Mansion and Gardens, Live Arts Miami at MDC, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, the Museum of Art and Design, a sculpture park and a large campus art gallery and theater system.  MDC has admitted more than 2,000,000 students and counting, since it opened its doors in 1960. More than 120,000 students are currently enrolled. For more information, visit

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