Writers explore Miami, unofficial crossroads of the Caribbean


Miami is the unofficial crossroads of the Caribbean and Miami Book Fair usually includes prominent writers from the region. This year, the fair is scheduled to run Nov. 11-18 on the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College in downtown Miami. Weekend readings and discussions will feature more than 500 authors for a variety of ages and interests, including programs in English, Spanish, French, and Haitian creole.

On Nov. 17 and 18, there will be ReadCaribbean programs at the fair, featuring panel discussions, storytelling for children, music and more. Visitors will be able to meet authors from Antigua and Barbuda, Haiti, Cuba, Dominican Republic,
Guadeloupe, Guyana, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States Virgin Islands.

Simultaneous interpretation into English will be provided. Panels are scheduled to cover important topics, such as literature and identity, visibility and erasure, aesthetics and imagination, religion and culture, race and gender,
#MeToo and justice. The following is a listing of ReadCaribbean programs:

Nov. 17: Presentations in English

  • “After Irma, After Maria: Caribbean Women Writing the Storms” – Writers from Haiti, Puerto-Rico and the Virgin Islands explore the catastrophic natural history of the Caribbean.
  • “Unknown Histories of the Caribbean” – Writers from Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad discuss the balance between tales of imagination and scrupulous research in Caribbean literature.
  • “Murder and Mayhem in the Caribbean” – Writers from Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Trinidad present literary crime fiction and transgressive noir fromthe Caribbean.
  • “Reading Jamaica” – Writers explore the richness and diversity of Jamaican literature.
  • “ReadCaribbean Presents Adventures for Kids”

Nov. 18: Presentations in English, French, and Haitian Creole (with simultaneous interpretation available)