LGBT Authors and Books at the Miami Book Fair

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If you love to read, then you already know about the eight-day literary festival known as the Miami Book Fair International in Downtown Miami on Nov. 11-18, 2012.  You have probably visited the Miami Book Fair website for the updated list of over 350 authors, and you’re anticipating readings by well-known writers such as Tom Wolfe and Junot Diaz.  Maybe you’ll don your Women for Obama T-shirt and go hear Bill O’Reilly.  Or maybe your 80s pop culture curiosity is peaked with appearances by Andrew McCarthy and Molly Ringwald who have written (non-Brat Pack related) books, and who will also be at the 29th annual Miami Book Fair.

But if you’re a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender lover of books, you may also want to attend readings by LGBT authors, or to hear about books with LGBT characters and themes.

The history of our literature has often been silenced because generations of writers couldn’t be out in their work and/or their lives.  This year, the strong presence of LGBT authors and books at the Miami Book Fair proves that many of us are no longer silent, and that one of the most renowned literary events supports our right to be heard.

Of course, LGBT writers and books have many voices—so thankfully, the Miami Book Fair offers a diverse selection of genres and subject matters:

Avid viewers of the now cancelled The Nate Berkus Show can experience Nate Berkus’ design expertise in-person as he shares his latest book The Things That Matter.

Don’t be shy about your sex questions with bisexual feminist Susie Bright.  For the past thirty years, she has written about sex and politics, and continues the tradition with Mother/ Daughter Sex Advice, co-authored by her twenty-one-year-old daughter Aretha Bright.

Test your Barbra IQ at William J Mann’s reading for Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand.

Jeanne Cordova’s When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love and Revolution recounts her experience as a lesbian feminist in the 1970s.

We can never know enough LGBT history.  Rodger Streitmatter, whose book was profiled this past July in SFGN, reads from Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples.  He appears with Michael Bronski, a Dartmouth professor, who has written A Queer History of the United States.

In a recent Salon interview, Camille Paglia states that gay collectors saved Art Deco.  Hear more when she presents her new book Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt to Star Wars.

Irish writer Emma Donoghue’s website relates that at the age of eight, her first career choice was ballerina, but as she grew taller, she “settled for literature.  This way I get to eat more cake.”  She reads from Astray.

Comic books and graphic novels are a burgeoning market for LGBT characters.  Dan Parent, creator of "Kevin Keller" Archie Comics' first gay character, and Raina Telgemeier, writer of Drama, a graphic novel featuring gay characters, teach acceptance to younger audiences and their parents.

See below for an expanded schedule of LGBT authors as well as authors with books featuring LGBT characters and themes:

Nate Berkus, The Things That Matter.  5pm, Sat., Nov. 17, Rm. 8501

Richard Blanco, Looking For The Gulf Motel.  12:30pm, Sat., Nov. 17, Rm. 8303

Adam Braver, Misfit. 11am, Sun., Nov. 18, Rm. 8501

Susie Bright, Big Sex Little Death: A Memoir. 11am, Sun., Nov. 18, Rm. 8502

Aretha Bright, Erotic Literature panel: Mother/Daughter Sex Advice: noon, Sat., Nov. 17, Rm. 8501

T Cooper, Real Man Adventures.  11am, Sun., Nov. 18, Rm. 8502

Jeanne Cordova, When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love and Revolution.  11am, Sun., Nov. 18, Rm. 8502

Emma Donoghue, Astray. 6:30pm, Fri., Nov. 16, Rm. 8502

Ily Goyanes, Girls Who Score: Hot Lesbian Erotica. Sat., Nov. 17, Rm. 8501

Paul Lisicky, Unbuilt Projects.  2pm, Sun., Nov. 18, Rm. 8301

William J Mann Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand 11am, Sat., Nov. 17, Rm. 8501

Erin McHugh One Good Deed: 365 Days of Trying To Be Just a Little Bit Better Self-improvement, Noon, Sat., Nov. 17, Rm. 2106

Camille Paglia, Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt to Star Wars. 10am, Sat., Nov. 17, Auditorium

Dan Parent, Creator of "Kevin Keller" Archie Comics' first gay character (Archie Comics) 10:30am, Sun., Nov. 18, Centre Gallery

Neil S. Plakcy, Dog Helps Those (A Golden Retriever Mystery).  2pm, Sat., Nov. 17, 8502

Rodger Streitmatter, Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples & Michael Bronski, A Queer History of the United States. 11am, Sat., Nov. 17, Rm. 8501

Justin Torres, We the Animals & Nina Revoyr, Wingshooters.  3:30am, Sun., Nov. 18, 8301 Raina Telgemeier, Drama.  2:30pm, Sat., Nov. 17, 1164

Isabel &Ruben Toledo, Roots of Style: Weaving Together Life, Love, and Fashion7pm, Sun., Nov.11, Freedom Tower, FREE (reading & exhibit)

Luisita Lopez Torregrosa, Before the Rain: A Memoir of Love & Revolution. 1:30pm, Sat., Nov. 17, 8301

If you go to Miami Book Fair International

When:

The whole thing: Nov. 11-18, 2012

The street fair: Nov. 16-18

Where:

Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami

How much:

“Evenings with…” tickets: $10 (plus $2 handling fee)
Street Fair tickets:

Free on Friday, November 16

Saturday & Sunday, November 17 & 18:  $8 for adults

13-18 and over 62:  $5

Free for 12 and under

For more complete schedule of authors and ticket information, visit http://www.miamibookfair.com


Greg Kabel

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