Avid readers rejoiced across South Florida this week when the 29th Miami Book Fair International opened for another annual tribute to the written word. Sponsored by Miami Dade College, the event began with six nights of readings and discussions leading up to the popular Street Fair that draws thousands to the downtown Miami campus, Nov. 16-18.
LGBT authors have always found a welcoming environment at the fair, with many new writers launching careers there. This year, LGBT social issues again take center stage, with two panel discussions targeted at the community.
On Saturday, Miami erotica author Ily Goyanes (Girls Who Score: Hot Lesbian Erotica) will be featured in a panel discussion, “The State of Erotica.” Writers M.J. Rose, Mitzi Szereto, Susie Bright and Aretha Bright will join Goyanes, a self-described “omnisexual” who was recently profiled by South Florida Gay News, at 12 p.m. in Room 8501 in Building 8. Well-known local author, journalist and critic Mary Damiano will moderate the discussion.
The cultural phenomenon that occurred when Archie Comics introduced the first gay comic book character, Kevin Keller, will be examined on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Centre Gallery. Dan Parent, creator of the Kevin Keller character, will be joined by Marvel Comics writer Marjorie Liu, graphic memorist Ellen Forney (Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me), editorial cartoonist Stephanie McMillan (The Beginning of the American Fall) and Macmillan editor Riva Hocherman for a discussion entitled, “Comics and Social Change,” moderated by DC Comics/Vertigo editor Joan Hilty.
In addition to this panel discussion, the fair is also featuring several programs on the impact of comics and graphic novels on other aspects of society.
Nearly a dozen other LGBT authors will also participate in presentations and readings during the fair. They include:
Saturday, Nov. 17
Michael Bronski, A Queer History of the United States (Beacon Press) 11 a.m., 8501
William J. Mann, Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand, 11 a.m., 8501
Rodger Streitmatter, Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples, 11 a.m., 8501
Richard Blanco, Looking For The Gulf Motel (University of Pittsburgh Press) 12:30 p.m., 8303
Nate Berkus, The Things That Matter (Spiegel & Grau) 5 p.m., 8501
Sunday, November 18
T. Cooper, Real Man Adventures (McSweeney's Books) 11 a.m., 8502
Jeanne Cordova, When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love and Revolution (Spinsters Ink): 11 a.m., 8502
Paul Lisicky, Unbuilt Projects (Four Way Books) 2 p.m., 8301
Neil S. Plakcy, Dog Helps Those (A Golden Retriever Mystery) (Amazon Digital Publishing) 2p.m., 8502
Justin Torres, We the Animals (Mariner) & Nina Revoyr, Wingshooters (Akashic Books) 3:30 p.m. 8301
If You Go:
Miami Book Fair International
Through Nov. 18, Street Fair Nov. 16-18
Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami
(Most LGBT readings held in Building 8)
Free, for more information, go to MiamiBookFair.com