Miami Book Fair International, the nation’s largest literary event hosted annually by Miami Dade College, will again highlight issues and authors of interest to the LGBT community and continues through this weekend.
The fair opened with Theodore B. Olson, the former Bush administrator solicitor general, who successfully argued with David Boies against California’s Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court. Olson discussed their book, “Redeeming the Dream, the Case for Marriage Equality,” and was joined by two of the original plaintiffs in the landmark case, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier.
This weekend will feature iconic gay filmmaker John Waters (“Hairspray,” “Polyester”) who will discuss his unforgettable experience chronicled in “Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes his Way Across America,” Saturday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. in the Chapman Center. Armed with wit, his signature pencil-thin mustache and a cardboard sign that read, “I’m Not Psycho,” he traveled across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers.
Tickets are $15.
During the festival, a number of LGBT authors will be featured in a wide range of panel discussions, readings and presentations.
Achy Obejas, a Cuban-American writer and journalist who frequently writes regarding her sexuality and nationality, and is the recipient of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian fiction, will participate in a panel with Edwidge Danticat, Roberto G. Fernández, M. Evelina Galang and Emma Ruby-Sachs called, “Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories,” on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 11:30 a.m.
Stephen Snyder-Hill, “Soldier of Change: From the Closer to the Forefront of the Gay Rights Movement,” Sean Strub, “Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS and Survival,” and poet Saeed Jones, “Prelude to a Bruise,” will conduct readings on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 1:30 p.m.
The highlight for thousands of book lovers is the street fair on the college’s downtown Miami Wolfson campus, featuring stalls filled with new titles from local and international publishing houses, university presses and boutique publishers. Admission to the fair is free on Friday, Nov. 21 and $8 for adults on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23.
For a complete schedule of events and tickets, go to MiamiBookFair.com.