Nate Berkus will appear at the Miami Book Fair International this Saturday, November 17
The Miami Book Fair International returned for another year this past Sunday evening, welcoming authors, publishers, and booksellers from around the country to The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College (300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami). The popular street fair begins this weekend (November 16–18), but the days leading up offer culture vultures a slew of can't-miss events. From appearances by everyone from Junot Díaz to Nate Berkus, here are our author event best bets.
Junot Díaz Monday, November 12, 6:30 p.m.
In addition to being a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Junot Díaz was recently awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation grant. During his Monday night appearance, Díaz will discuss the reoccurring protagonist in his latest book, This is How You Lose Her, and touch on past favorites like Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online. Chapman Conference Center, building 3, second floor, room 3210
Sandra Cisneros Tuesday, November 13, 8 p.m.
After setting the literary world ablaze with her coming-of-age debut, The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros crafted a colorful career of short stories and insightful social critiques. On Tuesday, she'll talk about how losing her mother inspired her latest illustrated fable, Have You Seen Marie?. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online. Chapman Conference Center, building 3, second floor, room 3210
Adam Gopnik Thursday, November 15, 8 p.m.
In The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food, The New Yorker's celebrated essayist explores the history and nuclear impact food has had on modern culture. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online. Chapman Conference Center, building 3, second floor, room 3210
Bunny Yeager Saturday, November 17, 1:30 p.m.
Relive the glory days of pinup with one of the era's most iconic names, Bunny Yeager, as she discusses life on both sides of the lens. Penned by cultural historian Petra Mason, Bunny Yeager's Darkroom features more than 200 intimate photos of Yeager and her legendary muse, Bettie Page. This event is free and open to the public. Batten, building 2, first floor, room 2106
Lori Andrews, Hanna Rosin, and Joan Walsh Saturday, November 17, 1:30 p.m.
This genius trio will leave no cultural stone unturned. Law Professor Lori Andrews will offer analysis on the conflicts between social networking and privacy; editor Hanna Rosin will explore power shifts between men and women; and political commentator Joan Walsh will share theories on why America's political parties are so divisive. This event is free, though a reserved admittance ticket is required. Chapman Conference Center, building 3, second floor, room 3210
Nate Berkus Saturday, November 17, 5 p.m.
The interior designer and The Oprah Winfrey Show contributor-turned-talk show host shares the stories behind the pages of his new memoir and lifestyle guide, The Things That Matter. Chapters reveal the most treasured items in the homes of Berkus’ stylish friends, such as “It” girl Fabiola Beracasa, as well as the “things that matter” in the design guru's own home. This event is free and open to the public. Room 8501, building 8, fifth floor