Miami Book Fair 2021

The University of Miami's The U Creates is parterning with the Miami Book Fair, which takes place from November 14 to 21 in Downtown Miami.

University of Miami Affiliated Schedule of Events

Monday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.

An Evening with Jean Becker & Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush—The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H.W. Bush's Post-Presidency

Jean Becker tells how the former president rebuilt his life after his loss to Bill Clinton in 1992. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, author of “Reply All” and the former president’s second son, will join Becker. The event is sponsored by the University of Miami.

Auditorium (Building 1, Second Floor, Room 1261)

300 NE Second Ave.

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Tuesday, Nov. 16, 12 p.m.

In Conversation—Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day

Amishi P. Jha, neuroscientist, director of Contemplative Neuroscience and professor at the University of Miami, offers flexible 12-minutes-a-day exercises to erase mental fog, clear the mind, and bolster focus. The event is moderated by Scott Rogers, founder of the Mindfulness in Law Program at the University of Miami School of Law.

Livestreamed.

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 8 p.m.

An Evening with Sebastian Junger & Bryan Christy: On Freedom

Sebastian Junger chronicles spending a year with three friends as they traversed East Coast railroad lines. The event will be moderated by Bryan Christy, author of “In the Company of Killers: A Novel.” It is sponsored by the University of Miami.

Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, Second Floor, Room 3210)

300 NE Second Ave.

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Wednesday, Nov. 17, 12 p.m.

In Conversation—Cuban Memory Wars: Retrospective Politics in Revolution and Exile

Michael J. Bustamante, associate professor and the Emilio Bacardí Moreau Chair in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami, addresses Cubans’ past battles and Cuban history. The event is moderated by John Gutierrez, assistant professor at John Jay College, City University of New York. It is sponsored by the University of Miami.

Livestreamed.

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 12 p.m.

In Conversation—Our First Civil War: Patriots and Loyalists in the American Revolution

H.W. Brands reminds us that before America could win its revolution against Britain, patriots had to win a bitter civil war against family, friends, and neighbors. The event is moderated by Marsha B. Cohen,lecturer, cultural historian, and educator at the University of Miami’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Livestreamed.

Saturday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m.

In Conversation—What Storm, What Thunder: A Novel

Myriam J. A. Chancy’s novel recounts the aftermath of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It tells of trauma and tenacity. The event is moderated by Guerda Nicolas, professor at the University of Miami School of Education and Human Development.

Room 8503 (Building 8, Fifth Floor)

300 NE Second Ave.

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Sunday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m.

Dr. Mikkael Sekeres—When Blood Breaks Down: Life Lessons from Leukemia

Chief of the division of hematology in the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Mikkael Sekeres recounts the stories of three adult leukemia patients and their treatments. He also discusses the disease and the drugs developed to treat it. This event is sponsored by the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Room 8106 (Building 8, First Floor)

300 NE Second Ave.

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Sunday, Nov. 21, 12 p.m.

Virtual Pachanga: The Middle-Grade Fantasy Edition

Chantel Acevedo—the chair of the University’s Creative Writing Department in the College of Arts and Sciences—tells the story of Callie, who is finally getting the hang of being one of the nine muses of Greek mythology when she gets news of an unprecedented 10th, in her novel “Muse Squad #2.” In Donna Barba Higuera’s ‘‘The Last Cuentista,’’ Petra—the only person who remembers Earth, which was destroyed by a comet centuries ago—awakes on a new planet. Malicious spirits, witchy grandmothers, and curse reversals are just the job for Claribel A. Ortega’s ‘‘Ghost Squad.’’ Karla Arenas Valenti’s ‘‘Lotería’’ offers a perilous game of chance where the turn of a card could change one’s destiny. This event is moderated by Carmen A. Baker, Miami-Dade Public Library System.

Livestreamed.

Sunday, Nov. 21, 4 p.m.

In Conversation—Antiman: A Hybrid Memoir & Things I Have Withheld: Essays

Rajiv Mohabir‘s ‘‘Antiman: A Hybrid Memoir’’ is an impassioned, genre-blending work that navigates the issues of race, sexuality, and cultural heritage that have shaped his experiences as an Indo Guyanese queer poet and immigrant to the U.S. Novelist, poet, and professor at the University, Kei Miller’s ‘‘Things I Have Withheld: Essays’’ is a collection of interconnected works that blends memoir and literary commentary to explore the silences that exist in our conversations about race, sex, and gender, from a Black, male, queer perspective. The event is sponsored by the University of Miami’s Center for the Humanities.

Room 8503 (Building 8, Fifth Floor)

300 NE Second Ave.

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Sunday, Nov. 21, 6 p.m.

In Conversation—Three Writers on Myth, Migration & Mourning

In Patricia Engel’s ‘‘Infinite Country: A Novel,’’ Talia is being held at a correctional facility in Colombia. Her father and a plane ticket to the U.S. are waiting for her back home in Bogotá. This is a tale of how her family came to be in two different countries and two different worlds. In ‘‘Concepcion: An Immigrant Family’s Fortunes,’’ Albert Samaha moves across decades and countries as he questions the belief in a better future that inspired his family to uproot themselves from the Philippines. In ‘‘Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir,’’ Kat Chow draws an intimate and haunting portrait of the fallout of grief on three generations of her Chinese American family after the sudden loss of its matriarch. This event is sponsored by the University of Miami's Center for the Humanities.

Auditorium (Building 1, Second Floor, Room 1261)

300 NE 2nd Ave.

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