The Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library System (FOL) invites the public to a line-up of “funraisers that will introduce the community to the Friends organization and will showcase the assortment of resources that the library system offers. From a costume soiree, to tasty treats from the East to the largest book sale in South Florida's something for everyone! Get in the Halloween spirit early on Friday, October 16th beginning at 9 pm - at swanky Heathrow Lounge located at 681 Washington Ave on South Beach. Dress as your favorite literary character and help the FOL provide assistance towards library initiatives. Meet your favorite storybook character, and enjoy an evening of ghoulish fun and drinks. Ticket prices: Free for Friends members; $25 for non-members, price includes an annual Friends membership.
One of the highlights of this years Miami Book Fair International is the Comix Galaxy presented in partnership with Diamond Book Distributors. The unique partnership will introduce comprehensive programs on graphic novels and the comics world that will celebrate its legacy and recent rise in popularity and integration into the mainstream via bookstores, libraries and educational curricula all over the country. Comix Galaxy activities will begin at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 13 and continue through Nov. 15, 2009, at Miami Dade Colleges (MDC) Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. Some of this years Comix Galaxy activities include: a New York City-favorite Kids Comic Con, an instructional exercise for children and teens taught by renowned artists; an artist alley where comics creators from all over the country will draw and sell artwork; two shows of original comics and graphic novel art; a panel discussion on the life and art of Harvey Kurtzman, legendary cartoonist and MAD Magazine creator; comics art exhibits; and more than 35 comics and graphic novel artists, writers, and other industry professionals.
On Tuesday morning, November 3, six women will begin a 10-day reading marathon in an attempt to break a Guinness World RecordsTM record, while promoting education, understanding and respect for human rights. Members of International Solidarity for Human Rights -The New Generation, seek to set a new record for “Longest Reading Aloud Marathon by a Team while reading the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, repeatedly for over 224 hours at the InterAmerican Campus of Miami Dade College.
Lovers of Jamaica and Jamaican literature, are in for a rare treat as Jamaican poet, columnist and top communications practitioner, Jean Lowrie-Chin shares her work at the South Regional-Broward College Library on Monday, November 2nd, at 6pm. She will read from Souldance, a collection of poetry and prose that spans 30 years of her writing. Jean Lowrie-Chin is well known in Jamaica as a sensitive and insightful columnist for the Jamaican Observer, and as the founder and managing director of PROComm, a leading Jamaican public relations firm. She is actively involved in the Womens Media Watch, Press Association, Stella Maris Foundation and Food for The Poor. The wide scope of her civic and charitable involvements informs her work with warmth, compassion and a profound grasp of the issues of her time.
Louis-Philipe Dalembert: began working as a journalist before leaving Haiti for France to earn a Ph.D in comparative literature. He has traveled widely in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, regions with figure in his poetry. His most famous books are Le crayon du Bon Dieu na pas de gomme and LÃaure face a la mer, which received the RFO Prize. Elizabeth Harry: is a professor of special education at the University of Miami, where her research and teaching focuses on the impact of special education on families of diverse cultural backgrounds. A native of Jamaica, she founded the Immortelle Childrens Center in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Harry is the author of a memoir, Melanie: Bird with a Broken Wing, and a collection of poems, In Sunshine and in Shadow.