Ever since the Brooklyn Book Festival, I’ve been hearing buzz about the Miami Book Fair International, which will take place November 4-11 (with a street fair November 9-11). Apparently this is the cool new place to be for international literature. Last year, the fair boasted the strongest showing of Spanish-language authors of any American book fair.
The heavy emphasis on literature in translation at the Miami fair has led to a joint effort with BookExpo America to host a day-long forum on November 8 to discuss translations and world literature. Speakers include the usual suspects from the international literature niche of book publishing: Morgan Entrekin, Publisher, Grove/Atlantic; Dedi Felman, Senior Editor, Simon & Schuster, Words Without Borders; Carol Fredericks, Sanford Greenburger Agency; Daniel Halpern, Publisher, Ecco/HarperCollins; Lucinda Karter, Agent, French Publishers Agency; Peter Mayer, Publisher, Overlook Press; Chad Post, Director, Open Letter Books; David Rieff, Author & Policy Analyst; Nan Talese, Publisher, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday; Barbara Epler, New Directions; Johnny Temple, Publisher, Akashic Books; and Steve Wasserman, Agent, Kneerim & Williams.
Miami is the newcomer of the book fair scene, and I predict great and glamorous things for its future.