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Sights and sounds from the Miami Book Fair

The eight-day literary event in downtown Miami, which included discussions and presentations by members of the University of Miami community, celebrated the arts and humanities.
The University of Miami U Creates book at the Miami Book Fair Street Fair, November 2021
Patrons visit the University of Miami booth at the street fair. Photo: Kelly Montoya/University of Miami

Thousands of book lovers convened in Downtown Miami last weekend to attend the Miami Book Fair. The University of Miami partnered in this signature event that drew people from all over the world to experience and learn more about strong talent, vast arts, and cultural offerings. In between colorful pitched tents, people gathered to learn about the University’s The U Creates at the street fair. 

At the beginning of the week, Frances Davis, assistant vice president for the University’s presidential communications and strategy, took part in an “Evening With” session where she introduced Jeb Bush, former Florida governor, and Jean Becker, author of the book, “The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H.W. Bush’s Post-Presidency.” 

Frances Davis at Miami Book FairJeb Bush at Miami Book FairJeffrey Duerk, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, participated in an “Evening With” session with Sebastian Junger, who is the author of “Freedom.” 

Provost Jeffrey Duerk at Miami Book FairSebastian Junger at Miami Book FairTo close the series of conversations, Hugh Thomas, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, represented the University on Sunday as he welcomed Patricia Engel, associate professor, to discuss her new book, ‘‘Infinite Country: A Novel.”

Hugh Thomas panel at Miami Book FairA view from The U Creates tent at the Miami Book FairStreet Fair at the Miami Book Fair 2021Patrons visit the University of Miami tent at the Miami Book FairMiami Book Fair graphicPhotos: Evan Garcia, TJ Lievonen, and Kelly Montoya/University of Miami