Book Fair Spotlights LGBT Authors, Activists

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Actor Alan Cumming is one of the LGBT authors appearing at this year’s Miami Book Fair International at Miami-Dade College. Credit: Francis Hills.

Actor Alan Cumming and activist Jim Obergefell will be among more than a dozen LGBT authors participating in the 33rd annual Miami Book Fair International, Nov. 13 – 20 on the Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus.

The festival, one of the largest in the country, brings hundreds of authors to South Florida for eight days of readings, lectures and panel discussions, culminating in a free street festival that attracts thousands of book lovers.

Cumming (“Cabaret” on Broadway, TV’s “The Good Wife”) will read from his new, light-hearted memoir, “You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: My Life in Stories and Pictures,” on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. as part of the fair’s popular “An Evening With….” Series. Tickets to the program are $15 at MiamiBookFair.com.

Obergefell, one of the plaintiffs in the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that led to marriage equality, will participate in a panel discussion, “Marriage Equality Means Love Wins” on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3:30 p.m. The discussion of his book, “Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality,” written with Debbie Cenziper, is free and will be held in Building 8 on the Wolfson campus.

The busy book fair schedule includes four additional free events focusing on LGBT issues:

 

“The Road to Marriage Equality”

Saturday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m.

Learn about the road to marriage equality from Kevin Cathcart, former executive director of Lambda Legal; historian Lillian Faderman, author of “The Gay Revolution” and co-editor of “Love Unites Us;” and Miami attorney Elizabeth Schwartz, author of “Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise.”

 

“Gender Transitions: Two Memoirs”

Saturday, Nov. 19, 4:30 p.m.

Part coming-of-age story, part mind-altering manifesto on gender and sexuality by a transgender woman, Kate Bornstein‘s “Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us” breaks all the rules and leaves the reader forever changed. “Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout” is Laura Jane Grace’s searing account of her search for identity and her true self.

 

“The Edge of Sports: Readings and Discussion with Two Authors from Akashic Books”

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m.

In his latest nonfiction book, “Fair Play: How LGBT Athletes Are Claiming Their Rightful Place in Sports,” Cyd Zeigler examines the history of how participation in sports has transformed for LGBT athletes. Jessica Luther’s “Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape” is a meticulously researched and powerful exposé on the epidemic of cover-ups that surround sexual assault and college football players.

 

“An Afternoon with Susan Faludi”

Sunday, Nov. 20, 3 p.m.

“In the Darkroom” is Susan Faludi‘s extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world and in her own haunted family saga, as she learns her estranged father has undergone sex reassignment surgery. Deirdre Donahue, contributing book editor at AARP, will interview Faludi.

 

For a complete list of Miami Book Fair International programs, events and participating authors, visit MiamiBookFair.com.


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