📚We’ve got your guide to the Miami Book Fair
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📚We’ve got your guide to the Miami Book Fair

Finally, it’s Book Fair season.
(📸: Courtesy of the Miami Book Fair)


Hundreds of authors and events. Concerts. Film screenings. Downtown Miami is filled this week with literary lovers checking out Miami Book Fair during its 35th anniversary.

There’s a lot to cover, so all this week we’ll highlight events you can attend that day, give you a sneak peek at a big event the next day (in case you want to get tickets) and preview interesting events coming this weekend. Full details can be found on MiamiBookFair.com.

Essential info:

  • Location: The majority of events happen downtown on the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus
  • Tickets: Required for talks during the week; some popular weekend talks require advance free ticket registration
  • Admission: The Street Fair is free for everyone on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday: Adults are $10; 13-18 and over 62, $5; 12 and under free. Miami Dade College students, faculty, and staff with valid ID get into the Street Fair for free every day.
  • The Porch: The book fair’s outdoor, urban hangout. All week long, The Porch (northwest corner of N.E. 2nd Ave. and N.E. 3rd St.) will showcase an eclectic lineup of Miami-based talent, including bands and DJs, film screenings, spoken word, tipsy TED-style talks, and a Jedi battle. Beverages and food available.

Our picks:

Today: An Evening With Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

Kenyan-born novelist Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o will be on hand to discuss his book, Wrestling with the Devil, documenting the night he was thrown in a jail without charge. The book captures not only the excruciating pain that comes from being cut off from his wife and children, but also the spirit of defiance that defines hope.

Info: $20, 8 p.m.

Today on The Porch: Miami-based Caribbean creative collective Third Horizon curates a night of Caribbean short films and music. Plus a dance party featuring vintage vinyl.

Info: Free, 7:30 p.m.

Tomorrow: An Evening With Tayari Jones

New York Times best-selling author, Tayari Jones, will discuss her latest book, An American Marriage. The novel features a pair of newlyweds who are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. It takes a look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward.

Info: $20, 8 p.m.

Saturday: Run with NPR’s Peter Sagal

Peter Sagal, game show host of NPR’s Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, will talk about lessons, stories, advice, and warnings learned from running the equivalent of once around the earth from his new book, In The Incomplete Book of Running.

Info: Free, 1:30 p.m.

📚 What book fair events are you looking forward to this weekend? Hit reply, let us know, and we may feature them in an upcoming roundup.

Full details for these and additional events can be found on MiamiBookFair.com. If you head to the fair, be sure to share your favorite moments using #MiamiBookFair2018.

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Our Partner Events

💻Tomorrow: Join a discussion between LinkedIn Local and FIU faculty to connect beyond online profiles and job titles. (Miami Beach)

💻 Wednesday: Learn about the future of logistics at this tech summit (Overtown)

🎤Wednesday: Head to Vizcaya for a night of poetry and enchantment (Coconut Grove)

🛋️Thursday: Interior Design meets cafecito at this BoConcept event (Brickell)

🎉Friday: Celebrate Venture City’s Miami Launch Party at their new Little Havana campus (Little Havana)

📽️Friday: Catch the film, “Lumumba,” and join a discussion on his contribution to the African Diaspora (Overtown)

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Around Town


🔥Catch the Miami Heat against the Philadelphia 76ers (Downtown)

🃏Do your worst in a Cards Against Humanity tournament (Wynwood)

🧘Learn from meditation pioneer Sharon Salzberg at this talk (South Beach)


🗣️Listen to stories about beginnings at The Moth’s StorySLAM (Downtown)

🌿Learn how art and healthy food choices can help you live a holistic life (Coconut Grove)

Nom on some great burgers at the Burger Beast Munchies pop-up (Westchester)

🌊Discuss solutions for making Miami more sustainable and resilient (Wynwood)


🎤Catch Raptilia Militia and Carlo Barbacci at Words & Wine (Allapattah)

🥢Support SoFlo farmers and enjoy some great food and drink at Phuc Yea (Upper East Side)

🗣️Check out a $5 night of poetry featuring poet Richard Blanco and more (Coconut Grove)

🎉Celebrate the grand opening of the Miami Center for Architecture & Design (Downtown)


🎸Party to and support Woodystock at their 6th annual concert (Downtown)

🏳️‍🌈Search for love at the Gay Vista Social Club’s speed dating night (South Beach)

🥗Or try out some healthy speed dating with Baptist Health (South Beach)

🏡Do some volunteer gardening at Vizcaya (Coconut Grove)

🎥Watch a screening of the documentary “Tongues Untied” at the Hampton House (Brownsville)

📱Learn how to make wireless tech a part of your business strategy (Downtown)


🚘Check out a Nascar race (Homestead)

☮️Join in the UN’s International Day of Tolerance at this dinner (Dadeland)

🎤Catch a soundclash concert with rap group Flatbush Zombies and the 305’s own Zeltron (Little Haiti)

💡Watch a laser lights show at the Frost (Downtown)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag @thenewtropic on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with a New Tropic membership.

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