Miami Book Fair features street fair, book sellers, authors

Patrons visit the Miami Book Fair in 2021.

By News@TheU

Patrons visit the Miami Book Fair in 2021.

Miami Book Fair features street fair, book sellers, authors

By News@TheU
From Nov. 13–20, The UCreates—The University of Miami’s platform dedicated to arts and humanities—will partner with the Miami Book Fair to celebrate literacy and arts from around the world.

The Miami Book Fair will transform Downtown Miami from Nov. 1320 into a space for authors, readers, musicians, artists, and fans to experience literature and the arts in true Miami fashion. 

Brimming with conversations featuring critically acclaimed authors, an open-air street fair with family-friendly activities, and exciting evening events, The UCreates invites the University community to explore the diverse offerings throughout the eight-day arts celebration. This year, The UCreates has partnered with the Miami Book Fair to offer signature author events, discounted street fair tickets, and a chance for in-person visitors to win a University of Miami gift basket. Students and faculty and staff members are eligible for discounted tickets to attend Friday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Nov. 20. 

“There are lots of things to enjoy about the Miami Book Fair—the street fair, the book sellers, and of course, the authors,” said Hugh Thomas, director for the College of Arts and Sciences Center for the Humanities. “It is always wonderful to hear authors, who have been admired for a long time, speak in person,” Thomas added. “For me, one of the joys of attending is encountering up-and-coming writers with a fresh perspective.”

Jamie Williams-Smith, president of the Student Government, will be introducing journalist and civil rights activist, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, at this year’s Miami Book Fair events. Williams-Smith attended the fair in 2019 and is excited to return this year as a participant.

“I am looking forward to networking with so many readers and authors who are all passionate about telling stories,” she said. “If you pick up a book every day or haven’t picked one up in over a year, the festival is a great place to find an author or book to gravitate toward.”

Explore The UCreates signature sponsored events featuring guest moderators and author introductions from University of Miami students, faculty, and staff members.

Monday, Nov. 14, at 5 p.m.

Antonio Padilla & Michio Kaku lead a virtual conversation on extraordinary numbers and the holy grail of physics–“The Quest for the Theory of Everything.’’ 
Moderator: Sheyum Syed, associate professor of physics, College of Arts and Sciences

Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m.

An Evening with Charlayne Hunter-Gault in conversation withToni Gilliam-Harrison–“My People: Five Decades of Writing About Black Lives” is a collection of Hunter-Gault’s groundbreaking reporting  that vividly chronicles the Black life experience in the United States. 
Introduction: Jamie Smith-Williams, president, University of Miami Student Government
Moderator: Toni Gilliam-Harrison, attorney and president of the Miami-Dade County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.

Thursday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m.

An evening with Jimmy Johnson and South Florida Sun Sentinel sports columnist Dave Hyde features a candid conversation about the Hall of Fame coach’s memoir written by the duo, “Swagger: Super Bowls, Brass Balls, and Footballs.”
Introduction: Rudy Fernandez, executive vice president for external affairs and strategic initiatives and chief of staff

Friday, Nov. 18, at 1:30 p.m.

Lenny Kaye with Rachel Felder: This discussion focuses on the founding member of the Patty Smith band’s latest book–“Lightning Striking: Ten Transformative Moments in Rock and Roll.”
Introduction: Cristina Favretto, head of special collections, University of Miami Libraries

Saturday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m.

Mikkael Sekeres With Gerald Posner: A Conversation
Dr. Mikkael Sekeres, chief of hematology, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, tells the story of how the FDA became the most trusted regulatory agency in the world in his book—“Drugs and the FDA: Safety, Efficacy, and the Public’s Trust.”

Saturday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m.

I Get by With a Little Help From My Friends
Chantel Acevedo, professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences, presents her short story, “The Curse on Spectacle Key,” in conversation with local authors.

Sunday, Nov. 20, at Noon

Moshe Safdie discusses his book, “If Walls Could Speak: My Life in Architecture.”
Moderator: Victor Deupi, senior lecturer for the School of Architecture.

Sunday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m.

An Evening with Siddhartha Mukherjee features the Pulitzer prize-winning author and physician who discusses “The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human.”
Introduction: Erin Kobetz, vice provost for research and scholarship, University of Miami, associate director, Population Sciences and Cancer Disparity, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Get discounted tickets to visit The UCreates at the Miami Book Fair Street Fair.


Located in Downtown Miami, the street fair is an open-air market featuring authors, vendors, live music, performances, and culinary specialties. Students and faculty and staff members are eligible for discounted tickets to attend Friday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Nov. 20. 


Use code MBFUMIAMI with your miami.edu email to receive the University of Miami discounted rate.

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