Archives: Miami Book Fair

From Page to Screen

At such an event as the recent Miami Book Fair, everyone may be forgiven for thinking of reading and writing as natural. Certainly, these activities seem natural to us all, but reading and writing are not natural at all. Speech is natural to humans, as natural as songs are for birds. Writing and reading make […]

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Books from Boxes?

Where will we find the next generation of book bestsellers? In 2015, readers and booksellers were delighted by discoveries of half-century old manuscripts that yielded Go Set A Watchman, a novel from the reclusive Harper Lee, and What Pet Should I Get?, by the beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. The bestseller lists for 2015 also included Grey, […]

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How To Tame Internet Dragons

Like it or not we exist in a world dominated by the Internet, which once promised to be a democratizing force, but is now dominated by sprawling corporate gatekeepers such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon. What are the dangers to artistic freedom and a diverse culture when global conglomerates and monopolies like Amazon determine […]

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New World of Books

The arrival of the iPad in 2010 is hailed as the dawn of the “tablet era.” It’s also the genesis of a federal price-fixing lawsuit that has entangled Apple, and many of the country’s largest book publishers. That case, and its aftermath, holds serious implications for readers, as well as authors and publishers, whether or […]

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BTB #330: Miami Marks Self-Publishing Year

As the year ends, authors, publishers and readers are recalling 2012 as a watershed moment: Self-publishing has shaken its “vanity press” origins and moved mainstream. For the recently-concluded Miami Book Fair, Copyright Clearance Center presented a special panel to discuss the implications; Miami-based freelance journalist Carlos Harrison likewise covered the story, Self-Publishing Industry Explodes, Brings […]

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BTB #328: Miami Book Fair Preview 2012

As the nation’s largest public book fair opens in downtown Miami, Lissette Mendez, a principal organizer of the Miami Book Fair, produced by The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College, gives CCC’s Chris Kenneally an insider’s preview. Authors scheduled to appear throughout the week include Tom Wolfe, Jeffrey Toobin, and Isabel & […]

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BTB #262: Reading in the Key of E

Recorded live on Sunday, November 20, at 2011 Miami Book Fair International, a global look at books and reading in the digital age. Featured speakers are Ami Greko of Kobo, and Ana Maria Cabanellas, Argentine publisher and leading figure in the International Publishers Assoc. Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | […]

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BTB #138: Chaos at Miami Book Fair: The Garfield Scenario

Advertising Age pundit and National Public Radio host Bob Garfield brought his own brand of chaos to the recent Miami Book Fair. Discussing his new book, The Chaos Scenario with Chris Kenneally, Garfield put forward his thesis that when it comes to the publishing world as know it, the end is near. “The chaos is […]

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BTB #134: For Tao Lin, Gmail ‘more accurate’ than talk

In a conversation with Chris Kenneally at the 2009 Miami Book Fair, the author of Shoplifting from American Apparel explains that when characters move from the real world to the virtual one and back, it’s the virtual world where they may be most honest about themselves. “People’s facial expressions are not – are almost never […]

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BTB #131: Dennis Loy Johnson on Discovering Tao Lin

In a Miami Book Fair Preview, Dennis Loy Johnson, author and Melville House Publishing cofounder, remembers how one book blogger met another, leading to Johnson publishing then-23-year-old Tao Lin. On Sunday, November 15, at the Miami Book Fair, Tao Lin and Chris Kenneally discuss the young author’s newest work, Shoplifting from American Apparel, and what […]

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