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Miami Book Fair International
What is the 2015 Miami Book Fair International?
By far the largest literary event in this region of the United States, and among the largest in the western hemisphere. Renowned authors from all over the world converge on Miami during the 3rd week in November, culminating in a weekend Street Fair, when an area of about 9 city blocks is closed off to all but pedestrian traffic and hundreds of booths are set up by booksellers, publishers and other sponsors. Roughly half a million visitors visit them during the Street Fair, in between panel discussions with the authors. The South Florida Writers Association always takes a booth.
What do people do at the Fair?
It’s a great place to browse for books. You can attend panel discussions, get to ask questions of the authors and buy autographed copies. There is also a food court, poetry readings, live music. Here is a link to the 2015 Miami Book Fair
Their schedule of events is already posted.
Is there an entry fee?
Yes, it’s set by the Book Fair management. Friday is a free day, and students from many schools go for field trips. On Saturday and Sunday, the regular entry fee is $8. but $5 for those over 62, or ages 13 to 18. Kids 12 and under get in free.
Can I sell my books at the South Florida Writers Association’s booth?
Absolutely. It’s an important member benefit included in your annual membership dues. There is no additional charge or commission. We also provide snacks for our members at the booth. Healthy type snacks, like granola bars, Nutri-grain bars, etc. You are expected to answer questions from fairgoers about the Association as well, and hand out membership applications, although there will always be at least 1 Board member present.
Do I have to be there to sell my books?
No. An authorized SFWA member will always be at the booth, and we will sell your books for you. But nobody knows your books like you do, so you’ll do a better job of selling them than anyone else. You can also personalize them with an autograph. We can’t do that for you.
How long can I stay at the booth?
We’re very flexible about that. The booth is about 10 feet square, with 2 tables and chairs, an I bring extra chairs. We are given tablecloths and rain covers for the tables. About 6 people can be there comfortably. If more people than that want to be at the booth at any given time, we’ll try to accommodate, but sometimes, somebody has to go for a walk. There’s plenty of activity to see.
Can I hand out promotional materials?
Yes, but only at the booth or directly in front of it. The Fair management forbids people walking around handing out flyers, etc.
What are the rules for our booth?
First, be polite to, and considerate of, other members. Second, the booth cannot be left unattended. Also, we don’t allow smoking at the booth, even though it’s outdoors. Some members (and fairgoers) are very sensitive to smoke. We will make every attempt to preserve your books in pristine condition, but with fairgoers handling them, and South Florida’s wind and rain, we can’t make any guarantees about what condition they will be in by the end of the Fair.
How many books can I have there?
We try to limit it to 5 copies of any one title or edition on display, but if a book very small or thin, you can have more. More copies can be kept in boxes or bins on a table at the rear of the booth.
Is it safe to leave the books there overnight?
The Fair management has police and security guards patrolling, but books just aren’t very high on the list of targets for thieves, and there will be much better targets for them than our booth. We have never had any books stolen.
How do I get unsold books back?
You can pick them up on Sunday Nov 22. We will start packing up about 5 PM. After that, it quickly gets too dark to see. You can also send me an email or a text to bring the books to a future meeting which you plan to attend. Some members choose to leave the books with me for next year’s Book Fair, especially if they have enough, and would have to get them to me again next year, anyway.
Calling All SFWA Members:
Monthly Writing Contest
All genres accepted:
Poems, haiku, short stories, essays, personal essays, one chapter of a book.
PRESENT YOUR POETRY!
Come to one of our poetry events!
You will have an open mic and the support of our many members.
For more information, please click HERE
Need a second look?
Refine your work
If you would like to get feedback on your work before you send it out, feel free to attend one of our critique groups!
You will get all the group support from our fellow writers.
Saturday, November 7
He started as an Army Reservist with the 414th Civil Affairs Battalion in Utica, New York from 1999 to 2002, then served on active duty as a mental health specialist in Fort Hood, Texas from 2002-2006. In July 2004, he was attached to the 115th Combat Support Hospital and served on a 12-month deployment to Abu Ghraib Prison, Iraq. While there, he provided mental health treatment to deployed troops, coalition forces, and Iraqi detainees.
Military awards received during his service include the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, 3 Army Achievement Medals, 2 Army Commendation Medals, a Global War on Terrorism Deployment Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.
Following an honorable discharge in 2006, he relocated to Miami, Florida and was employed at the Miami Veterans Administration Medical Center from 2007-2013. Anthony has a Master of Science degree in psychology from Carlos Albizu University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at Barry University.
His interest in creative writing began with journalism classes in high school, as well writing for the yearbook and school newspaper. He did not return to writing until he moved to Miami and was encouraged to do so by close friend and local poet, Ricki Dorn. He placed 3rd nationally in the VA’s National Creative Arts Festival in the Patriotic Writing Category, with a poem about his first day in Iraq.
He has participated in several local writing workshops, including the Writers Institute at Miami Dade College and VONA/Voices Workshop at the University of Miami with poets such as Elizabeth Alexander, Robert Pinsky, Li-Young Lee, and Campbell McGrath.
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