We get excited about new books every day here, but this season brings a greater number of books that elicit excitement, even swoons--like Sherlock Chronicles by Steve Tribe (Dey Street, $29.99)--all you ever wanted to know about the smash PBS series. Casting, sets, costumes and scads of photos (although "the kiss" should have merited a full page).
Miami Book Fair (MBF) has announced its commitment to fostering literacy and rearing the next generation of engaged world citizens by offering several programs for children this month. “Generation Genius” gathers MBF’s literacy and learning programs for children and teens and brings them under one banner. Programs, such as “Read to Learn Books for Free” and “StoryArts”, distribute children’s books around Miami-Dade County.
Jamaican-born Marlon James, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize, will be the special guest from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Miami Dade College Chapman Conference Center in South Florida. Born in Jamaica in 1970, James graduated from the University of the West Indies. His first novel, “John Crow’s Devil”, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice.
A book about a Jamaican by a Jamaican has won the author a prestigious literary prize. “A Brief History of Seven Killings”, a novel about the attempted assassination of late reggae icon Bob Marley written by Marlon James, earned the Booker Prize for fiction last month in London, England.
Miami’s diversity gives the South Florida city a distinct character and the Miami Book Fair reflects its vibrant multi-cultural community, featuring authors from all over the world and offering an intercontinental experience. The Caribbean is in the mix. This year the fair will present authors from the region Nov. 21 and 22 at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus.