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Local Author Book Fair at Main Library Downtown Miami

Miami is home to a great number of impressive award-winning local authors. Among them are poet laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and Fellowship winners and they're coming together on Saturday, Jan. 20 for the 2024 Local Author Book Fair at Downtown Miami's Main Library. Admission is free.

Bibliophiles are sure to love all the afternoon has to offer as will kids who love comics and fun-loving storybook characters who will make special appearances!

The event runs from 1-5 p.m. and here's what's on the schedule:

  • Meet and greets with storybook characters Clifford the Big Red Dog, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Lilly the Mouse
  • Poetry Reading and Discussion Panel featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Richard Blanco, Pulitzer Prize-winner Campbell McGrath and Miami-Dade's Poetry Ambassador Nicole Tallman.
  • Writing for Children and Teens with moderator by Author and Miami Herald Columnist Ana Veciana-Suarez and authors Sherri Winston, Chantel Acevedo, Alex Flinn and Natalia Sylvester
  • Illustration Workshops with Marvel and DC Comics artist Ralph Cabrera
  • Turn Your Story Into a Movie, a creative writing workshop with author Sherri Winston
  • Visit and chat with 60 exhibiting authors

There also be live musical performances and fun face painting and arts & crafts for the kids.

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Josie Gulliksen is a freelance writer and major arts advocate and enthusiast who loves everything cultural and is excited to live in such a thriving community as Miami. A Miami native, aside from Miami on the Cheap, she currently writes for Artburst Miami and contributes to Edible South FL and Miami Media Group. She has contributed to, Biscayne Times and Miami New Times. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today as Calendar Editor and arts writer and then worked for 13 years in public relations. She has her own blog Scene Around South FL at

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