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Thursday, September 4, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: 25th Annual Miami Book Fair International, November 9th through November 16th

The 25th annual Miami Book Fair International—held from November 9th through November 16th at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave. in downtown Miami—will feature events and programming to highlight an explosive new category in North American publishing: graphic novels.

This year's Book Fair will bring a new feature for fairgoers as graphic novel creators and comics artists take up residence on fair grounds. The graphic novel format, which has seen a recent explosion in sales in North America, has its roots firmly planted in comic book history. As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations, the organizers of
Miami Book Fair International have partnered with Diamond Book Distributors to bring graphic novel artists and publishers to the event. Comix Galaxy will encompass a street dedicated to graphic novel authors and publishers, children's and teen events, and educational programming for librarians, teachers and publishing industry professionals. There will also be presentations and discussions with some of the most popular creators and authors in the industry.

Diamond Sales Manager John Shableski says “This is an amazing moment in the history of American publishing. As the popularity of graphic novels continues to climb, there are more people out there who are rediscovering their love for reading comics. Our partnership with the Miami Book Fair also highlights a key moment, as the traditional publishing industry, graphic novel publishing, the educational market, and the consumer market all converge for a major event in a book show that draws more than 300,000 people. It’s truly amazing!”

“For 25 years, the
Miami Book Fair has promoted reading and a love for literature of all kinds,” says Alina Interián, executive director of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College. “We have always strived to bring cutting edge programming to all in South Florida. We want to give our fairgoers the chance to choose from diverse authors and presentations. That is the spirit in which we embrace this partnership and present these graphic novel and comics programs—Comix Galaxy—at the Fair.”

Invited authors include:

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Mohamed Aoumri & Regis LoiselLe Quete de L’oiseau Du Temps (The Quest for the Time-Bird)
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Alex BaladiFrankenstein Now And Forever
Frank BeddorHatter M: The Looking Glass Wars Volume 1
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David HajduThe Ten Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America
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Mim Harrison — Editor of The Happy Warrior: The Life Story of Winston Churchill As Told Through Great Britain’s Eagle Comic of the 1950s
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David HeatleyMy Brain is Hanging Upside Down
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Chip KiddBAT-MANGA!
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Youme LandownePitch Black
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Jordan Mechner — designer of the Prince of Persia videogame
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Brad MeltzerThe Book of Lies
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Jim MorinAmbushed! A Cartoon History of the Bush Administration
*William Rosemann
Marvel Comics editor of Guardians of the Galaxy; House of M: Civil War; Nova; Secret Invasion: Inhumans; She-Hulk; Thunderbolts; War Machine; War of Kings, etc.
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Ariel ShragAwkward, Definition, Potential, and Likewise
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Art SpiegelmanBreakdowns: Portrait of the Artist As A Young %@&*! & Breakdowns

On Thursday November 13th, educational programs for librarians and teachers will address the use of the graphic novels and comics in the classroom and library.

Beginning on Friday, November 14th, special activities and events for children, tweens and teens will feature workshops, author presentations, manga character costume demonstration cosplay and more.

On Saturday and Sunday, November 15th and 16th, graphic novel and comics creators and authors will present their works and engage in discussions about the format.

Miami Book Fair International has always distinguished itself by bringing the freshest and most relevant programming to South Florida, and now, with our partnership with Diamond, we're hoping to expose our fairgoers to the best in the world of graphic novels," says Mitchell Kaplan, Chair, Miami Book Fair Board of Directors.

For regular updates on these and all other events please go to
http://www.miamibookfair.com/

About Miami Book Fair International and Miami Dade College’s Florida Center for the Literary Arts:

Miami Book Fair International is regarded as the finest—and one of the largest—literary gatherings in America. It is the premier event of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College. The Center promotes reading and writing throughout the year by consistently presenting quality literary activities open to all in South Florida. Literacy projects target children of all ages—from kindergarten to high school—as well as college students and adults. Established and emerging writers from South Florida and all over the U.S. read, lecture, and teach workshops. They work with K-12, MDC students, and diverse members of the community, helping to deepen their understanding of literature, and encouraging their work of writers at all stages of development. The Center envisions South Florida as a nexus of literary activity in the Americas and beyond, and will continue to champion its mission of promoting the advancement and appreciation of the literary arts in all forms.

About Diamond Book Distributors:

Diamond Book Distributors is a division of Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., the largest distributor of English-language comic books and related merchandise. Diamond Book Distributors is dedicated to making graphic novels and other pop culture collectibles available to the widest possible audience.

For more information about the
2008 Miami Book Fair International, visit the website at http://www.miamibookfair.com/, or call (305) 237-3258. Other MDC news releases are available on the web at http://www.mdc.edu/.

1 comments:

raul said...

I have always loved miami's book fair...it had alot of non-fiction star power too and the chances you'll like something outside of genre(not their strongest point in the years i went) are high.

A few great moments were hugging tiny helen thomas and having her tell the story of how lbj always tried to make a pass at her in the press room. I also had the honor of meeting Octavia Butler...super-class act and brilliant to be near.

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