Each year, Miami Dade College, which is located in downtown Miami, Florida, USA, hosts a book fair that is attended by people from all over the world, and a lot of locals, as well. As you can see from the button above, this year, more than 600 authors will be present!
Believe me, this is a HUGE thing to us book-loving Miamians, and we are justifiably proud of this yearly event! This is equivalent to BEA up in NYC! Eat your heart out, New York!!
There are SO many things going on at the book fair! The visiting authors will be giving presentations and doing book signings. Some of these author events are held in English, and others in Spanish. Since I am fluent in Spanish, I can go to both such events.
I've been searching through the list of authors, and I have found at least two YA authors who will be present -- Becca Fitzpatrick, author of the Hush, Hush series, and Melissa de la Cruz, author of the Blue Bloods series! Of course, I will definitely make a beeline for their presentations, and purchase books signed by them!!
Although the fair actually began last Sunday, Nov. 15th, I'm only able to go to the street fair, whenever I do attend. That's because I have a night job -- from 4:00 to 9:30 PM, Monday through Thursday. I could have gone yesterday if I hadn't had to go get my hair done..... Lol.
I love the weekend street fair, though, because there are lots and lots of exhibitors, from used book sellers to sellers of antique and collectible books. Of course, there are author events during the weekend, as well.
Aside from those precious objects -- books -- and author events, there's also live music, children's events (there's even a children's area), and FOOD. There are different types of food, from several countries.
The only downside to this fair is that it can be dangerous to the bookworm's bank account. I'm only taking my debit card, and some cash. I'm hoping to be able to control myself.....
Here are some pictures I took when I went to the 2013 fair. Unfortunately, I am not able to go every single year, so I missed the 2014 fair.
YA Authors Kami Garcia, Holly Black,
Alex Flinn, and Lauren Oliver
Stay tuned for a full report next Saturday, in which I will also show off my guilty purchases! Of course, along with that, I will post new pictures from this year's fair! I'm crossing my fingers that I'll be able to get to meet some famous authors, especially the two mentioned above!
And.....if you live in Miami, maybe we'll run into each other at the fair!!