The Miami Book Fair once again celebrates Caribbean authors and culture

Miami, November 3, 2022 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Miami Book Fair, November 13-20, will once again celebrate top writers representing the Caribbean. The fair invites you to be part of it 2022 Read Caribbean Panelsa series of events featuring author presentations, panel discussions and music for audiences of all ages.

The start of the ReadCaribbean program is Original Roots: The Sound and History of Jamaican Tradition at 7 p.m. on Saturday 12 November. This educational and cultural event will be the focus The Tallaway Mento Band, The Jamaican People’s Revue and Jamaican Poet Laureate, olive senior (Hurricane Clock). A panel discussion will round off this wonderful evening Consul General of Jamaica to the Southern United States Oliver Mair and Jamaican voice-over poet Malachi Smith. Location: Black Archives, The Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave.

Check out other ReadCaribbean events below:

become a family historianNick Douglasauthor of Finding Octave: The Untold Story of Two Creole Families and Slavery in Louisianain conversation with the family researcher and CEO of the Black Archives Patricia J Braynon and Chair of the Miami Book Fair’s African Diaspora Genealogy/Family History Program Marvin Ellis.

Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m

Location: The Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave.

One people out of many – Jamaica-related writers celebrate 60th anniversary of the island nation’s independence. These gifted writers will read from their own work and reflect on the past and present to speculate on the obstacles and opportunities that lie ahead. With olive senior (Hurricane Clock), Dionne Irving (The islands), and Jonathan Escoffery (If I survive you), in conversation with Tanya Batson-SavagePublisher.

Personally. Saturday 19 November at 1pm

Location: MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, room 8302

Transforming Haiti through higher education – Haiti scholars address the responsibilities of college students in reshaping the present in a country whose past remains riddled with violence and corruption. With academics Herald Toussaint and agronomist Philip Mathieu.

Sunday 20 November at 3pm

Location: MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, room 8302

In Haitian Creole, with English translation

Caribbean myths and realities – In their work, four Caribbean writers discuss the unreality of reality and the truth of the fantastic. With Jasmine SealyBarbados (The island of oblivion), Opal Palmer AdisaJamaica (The Return of the Storyteller: Story Poems), and Ayana Lloyd BanwoTrinidad (When we were birds), in conversation with Myriam YES chanceHaiti (What storm, what thunder).

Saturday 19 November at 11am

Virtual event in English

Our beautiful and corrupt islands – Authors explore the dichotomies that pervade life in the Caribbean, a vibrant and joyful place steeped in corruption and violence. Pamela MordecaiJamaica (A wild green place, poems), MacDonald DixonSaint Lucia (A scream in the shadows), and Celeste MohammedTrinidad and Tobago (Pleasant view), talk to Kelly Magnus, Read Jamaica. The panel will discuss the fascinating traditions and values ​​that unite Caribbean people and the literal, metaphorical walls that separate them, including the struggle to overcome the consequences imposed by such artificial borders.

Saturday 19 November at 1pm

Virtual event in English

Children’s light in Cuba, Puerto Rico and Haiti. Writers and illustrators explore visions for a more expansive future in Caribbean literature for young readers. With Terry Catasus Jennings and Raul ColonCuba (The little house of hope), Leslea Newman and Elizabeth BaezPuerto Rico

(Alicia and the hurricaneauthor) and MJ FievreHaiti (The ocean lives there).

Saturday, November 19 at 3 p.m

Virtual program in English

Children write, write ourselves. Jamaican children’s authors come together to celebrate the island’s 60th anniversary of independence and to explore the continuity and convergence of childhood and adulthood in the Caribbean. With Janet Morrison (Another me, a better you), Jean Hawthorn-DaCosta (Leroy Adventures of a Yaad Boy), and Juleus Ghunta (Rohan Bullkin and the Shadows), in conversation with Opal Palmer Adisa (Portia dreams).

Saturday, November 19 at 5 p.m

Virtual program in English

Caribbean layouts. Graphic artists and writers from Guadeloupe, Martinique and Haiti offer perspectives on how to create better graphic novels and comics that honor Caribbean sensibilities. This dynamic panel includes Jessica Oublie (France/Guadeloupe), Ralph Penel-Pierre (Haiti) and Chevelin Pierre (Haiti), in conversation with Professor Cae Joseph-Massena. With a special introduction by Antoni DominguezDirector of Villa Albertine, Miami.

Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m

Virtual event in French with English subtitles

For information on the Miami Book Fair,Visit or call 305-237-3528 or email The official trade fair visitor guide will be available online later this month.

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About Miami Book Fair
Founded in 1984 by Miami Dade College and partners, the Miami Book Fair engages the community through inclusive, accessible programs that encourage reading and support writers year-round. The annual eight-day festival has grown into the largest and most inclusive literary gathering in the United States, rooting itself with the community and spawning a discourse on contemporary literature and topical issues of international concern. Throughout the rest of the year, the Miami Book Fair responds with an ongoing program of activities including the Little Haiti Book Festival; creative writing and publishing workshops; author presentations; reading campaigns; and Read to Learn Books for Free, a partnership with The Children’s Trust that distributes more than 150,000 free books to children in Miami-Dade County each year. The Miami Book Fair program is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Council on Cultural Affairs; Mayor of Miami-Dade County and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; Miami Downtown Development Authority; and friends of the fair; as well as many corporate partners. Miami Book Fair: Building a Community, One Reader at a Time.

Miami Book Fair Contact:Lisa Palley, Palley Fosters, 305-642-3132,

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