The Miami Book Fair International has become the nation’s largest literary fair, one of South Florida’s biggest annual events, and a serious crowd pleaser. But sometimes the “Florida” in the fair gets a little lost. Not this year. Some new additions are all about the Sunshine State, from literature to art to music.
Most of the celebration of local talent will be centered in the Swamp, at the southeast corner of NE 3rd Street and NE 2nd Avenue. There a tent is being transformed into a culture lounge, according to program director Lissette Mendez. It’s supposed to feel like a cross between the great and divey (now defunct) Jimbo’s and the white-draped Delano. You can’t get much more Miami than that.