Miami Book Fair 2022: Florida Writers’ Guide

While the most daring or stupid people of Florida usually shine the spotlight, the Sunshine State also produces a treasure trove of skilled authors and scholars who are discovering what it means to live on the land spent by the rest of the nation.

From November 13-20, the Miami Book Fair will feature panel discussions, readings, and talks from Florida authors who have dedicated their lives to crafting unique Florida stories. From chronicling the plight of Florida manatees to deep diving in the aftermath of gun violence in Miami, Florida’s top authors highlight their state’s issues at this year’s fair.

Nadig Green

Miami scholar, writer, and archivist Nadege Green has dedicated her career to telling stories about the experience of blacks in South Florida. for her recent selections, More Than Happened: The Effects of Gun Violence in MiamiGreen uses history and first-person narrative to show the resilience and love that persevere after people’s lives are irreversibly changed by gun violence. During the exhibition, Green will moderate a panel of other anthology contributors, as well as moderate a conversation between Mondiant Dogon, a Bagogoi Tutsi whose family escaped the Rwandan genocide, and Andrea Elliott, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

More Than Happened: The Effects of Gun Violence in Miami Discussion. 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, at 300 NE Second Ave. Miami (Building 8, 3rd Floor, Room 8301).

In conversation: on The Diamonds We Get Rid: A Refugee’s Search for a Home and an Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival, and Hope in an American City. 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 21, at 300 NE Second Ave. Miami (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3209). Entry is free with RSVP.

Kathy Clarich

After a quarter century working as a journalist for NPR, ABC and The New York TimesKathy Clarrich founded Exchange for Change, a Miami-based nonprofit that facilitates writing workshops in correctional systems. Don’t Shake the Spoon: A Prison Writing Journal is a literary magazine containing articles, poems, and stories of individuals imprisoned in Florida, collected through Exchange for Change programming. Clarich will discuss her latest publications on a panel that includes Eunie Williams, an author and violence prevention specialist who spent 17 years in prison during his youth, and Darren Tinker, an Exchange for Change participant who served more than three years in Florida state prisons. for a crime he did not commit.

Kathy Clarish on Don’t Shake the Spoon: A Prison Writing Journal. 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, at 300 NE Second Ave. Miami (Building 8, 3rd Floor, 8301).

Craig Bateman

in Manatee Madness: Inside the War on Florida’s Most Endangered SpeciesBestselling author and journalist Craig Bateman delves into the history of Florida’s efforts to legally protect manatees. This work continues Bateman’s efforts to share the stories of Florida’s most unique wildlife and people with a sense of humor and heart, which he has achieved over the past three decades for outlets such as Tampa Bay Times and Florida Phoenix. During the exhibition, Bateman will share stories from his time reporting on Florida’s ecological rhythm in conversation with other Florida authors: Clay Henderson and Ann McCree Sullivan.

Craig Bateman, Clay Henderson, and Ann McCree Sullivan: A Conversation. 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, in the Magic Screening Room, 300 NE Second Ave. Miami (Building 8, First Floor).

Vanessa Garcia

I wrote to Sesame StreetHer plays have been produced globally, and now she has created an illustrated book for children. Vanessa Garcia What does bread say: bread with love, history and two doors It tells the story of a girl and her grandfather who embark on a baking adventure that takes them from Spain to France to Cuba and teaches them the power of roots, family and love. Garcia will appear in conversation with Cuban writer Carlos Manuel Alvarez during the exhibition, and will also read What does the bread say? During the story time of the picture book in the children’s alley.

Carlos Manuel Alvarez and Vanessa Garcia: A Conversation. 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, at the Magic Screening Room, 300 NE Second Ave. Miami (Building 8, First Floor).

What does bread say: bread with love, history and two doors Story time picture book. Noon Sunday, November 20, at Children’s Alley, Magic Screening Room, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami.

Anne McCree Sullivan

in Everglades: Stories of Boldness and Spirit from the Mangrove WildernessAnne McCrary Sullivan relays the experiences of those who have traversed one of the wildest corners of Florida and returned to tell tales of shark encounters, manatee rescues and endless beauty. Fulbright Scholar, National Lewis University Professor Emeritus, and Artist-in-Residence at the Everglades Fellow (a partnership with Everglades National Park that aims to empower artists to think critically and creatively about their relationship to the environment) will appear in conversation with fellow Florida authors. Craig Bateman and Clay Henderson.

Craig Bateman, Clay Henderson, and Ann McCree Sullivan: A Conversation. 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, in the Magic Screening Room, 300 NE Second Ave. Miami (Building 8, First Floor).

Anastasia Samoilova

Miami-based photographer Anastasia Samoilova explores the unique contrasts—paradise carved out of swampy wilderness, and the beauty and hype accompanying growing land—that combine to make Florida a scratcher. in Floridas, Photo dialogue about Florida’s past and present, Samoylova combines her photographs with the work of Walker Evans, who photographed the Sunshine State from the 1930s to the 1970s. Her recent work will be discussed during the exhibition in a conversation moderated by Heather Diack, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Miami.

Florida: reading. 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, in the Magic Screening Room, 300 NE Second Ave. Miami (Building 8, First Floor).

Clay Henderson

in Forces of Nature: A History of Florida Land ConservationClay Henderson, retired Stetson University faculty member, draws on his long career as an environmental attorney to celebrate the Sunshine State’s history as a state-funded pioneer in land conservation and conservation. From chronicling the earliest naturalists like John Muir to highlighting little-known efforts—such as Frank Chapman’s convincing Teddy Roosevelt to make Pelican Island in Florida’s Indian River County the nation’s first wildlife refuge—Henderson makes a history full of the perseverance needed to make Florida home nearly of 30 National Wildlife Refuges and one of the most extensive state park systems in the country. He will appear in conversation with fellow Florida authors Craig Bateman and Ann McCurry Sullivan.

Craig Bateman, Clay Henderson, and Ann McCree Sullivan: A Conversation. 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, in the Magic Screening Room, 300 NE Second Ave. Miami (Building 8, First Floor).

Deep Rogers

A blogger, policymaker and victim advocate, Deb Rogers has traversed the entire state trying to improve Florida’s response to violent crime, and worked for a few years as a wildlife school teacher. In her last novel, Florida womanRogers introduces readers to a woman whose life went viral after a heinous crime she did not intend to commit. The heroine tries to find solace while signing up for community service hours at a Florida shelter for rescued monkeys, but eventually discovers something more sinister than she ever imagined. During the exhibition, Rogers will appear in conversation with crime and mystery novelists Sasha Rothschild and Virginia Hartman.

Sasha Rothschild, Deb Rogers, and Virginia Hartman: A Conversation. 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, at 300 NE Second Ave. Miami (Building 8, 2nd Floor, 8202).

James A. Cushlan and Kirsten Hines

Author and wildlife photographer Kirsten Hines and writer, ornithologist and ecologist James A. Kochlan collaborated to create Everglades National Park, a full-color celebration of the park’s 75th anniversary. The pair trace the entire history of the national park, from its inception as a movement to save the wetlands from those who pluck egrets feathers for women’s hats to its current status as a protected wilderness space that receives nearly a million visitors each year. Hines and Kushlan will appear in conversation with James C. Clark, a historian and author A history lover’s guide to Florida.

James A. Kochlan, Kirsten Hines, and James C. Clark: A Conversation. Noon Saturday, November 19, at Magic Screening Room, 300 NE Second Ave. Miami (Building 8, First Floor).

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