The books are coming and readers and writers will follow, as they do by the tens of thousands every year, promise organizers of the Miami Book Fair International (MBF), produced by Miami-Dade College.

For nearly four decades, MBF has been one of the largest literary events in the country, attracting bibliophiles to readings, panel discussions, workshops and the popular street fair where thousands of titles are on display in stalls lining the downtown streets of Miami.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers actually expanded the schedule of events and reach of the festival, thanks to streaming video. Those efforts continue this year, even as live events rejoin the busy schedule.

Starting Nov. 14 and running through Nov. 21, more than 250 authors and poets will be featured, including Amor Towles, “The Lincoln Highway: A Novel;” Andrew Child and Harlan Coben, “Better Off Dead: A Jack Reacher Novel;” Jean Becker and Jeb Bush, “The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H.W. Bush’s Post-Presidency;” Sebastian Junger and Bryan Christy, “Freedom;” and Mark Oppenheimer and Rabbi Judith Siegel, “Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood;” and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, “Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems.”

As in past years, the fair will also feature multicultural programs in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole representing fiction, politics, history, memoirs, poetry and graphic novels, as well as a variety of LGBT-themed works. 

LGBT authors and poets scheduled to participate include:

Sarah Schulman will discuss her book, “Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993,” on Monday, Nov. 15. Based on more than 200 interviews, the volume offers a revelatory exploration and reassessment of the inner workings, conflicts, achievements and ultimate fracture of the AIDS awareness coalition.

Transgender pastor Paula Stone Williams will present her memoir, “As a Woman: What I Learned about Power, Sex and the Patriarchy I Transitioned,” on Saturday, Nov. 20. She will be joined by author Melissa Febos, whose new book “Girlhood” examines the narratives women are told about what it means to be female and what it takes to be freed from those constrictions.

Actor Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”) will also be in Miami on Nov. 20 for a conversation about his new memoir, “Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packed Life.” Cumming warns readers, “No one ever fully recovers from their past. There is no cure for it … that is what this book is about, and to remind you not to buy into the Hollywood ending.”

Author, illustrator, and popular LGBT advice columnist John Paul Brammer will read from “¡Hola Papi!: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons,” a funny memoir-in-essays chronicling his journey growing up as a queer, mixed-race kid in America’s heartland to becoming the “Chicano Carrie Bradshaw” of his generation, also on Nov. 20.

Other featured LGBT authors and poets include 2020 National Poetry Series winner Trevor Ketner, Zaina Arafat, Kristen Arnett and Rajiv Mohabir. 


Miami Book Fair runs Nov. 14 – 21. For a complete schedule of events, go to MiamiBookFair.com.


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