All-Star Authors Prelude Miami Book Fair

August 16, 2013 | by LIANA LOZADA | Pursuits

Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert is among the authors participating in book fair prelude events. (photo: John Lamparski/gettyimages.com)

The Miami Book Fair International is making sure its 30th anniversary edition expands far beyond the November 17 start date with a line-up of authors sure to generate some buzz for the literary event.

From September to November, The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College (MDC) will stretch the fair’s programming by hosting seven exclusive author readings. The fair’s preluding series presents writers from both commercial and critical successes and draws from a diverse genre pool. Among the headlining novelists are Hollywood favorite Nicholas Sparks, Bridget Jones’s Diary mastermind Helen Fielding, and Eat, Pray, Love’s Elizabeth Gilbert.

Bolivian fictionist and Cornell professor Edmundo Paz-Soldán inaugurates the series on, September 13 (6:30 p.m.) at Books & Books Coral Gables (265 Aragon Ave., 305-442-4408, Coral Gables). He will discuss his book Norte, which chronicles three radically diverse American immigration stories; that of a serial killer, an institutionalized artist, and a literature student.

Once Soldán’s reading wraps up, author events will move to MDC’s Wolfson Campus (300 NE Second Ave., Miami). The book fair lead-ins conclude with Donna Tartt on November 6 with the 30th annual Miami Book Fair International taking place November 17 to 24.

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