Miami Book Fair goes virtual, features Lenny Kravitz

This year the Miami Book Fair is a free online virtual event featuring a line-up of authors from Walter Mosley and Lenny Kravitz to Keshia Abraham and Rebecca Carroll. This year’s roster of more than 200 authors and moderators includes headliner Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, teacher, environmental activist, and inventor Margaret Atwood best known for The Handmaid’s Tale. The book fair is curated for a virtual audience allowing viewers to customize programming with a Watchlist.

“Transforming an event that has been exclusively in person for more than a generation has indeed been challenging, but the opportunity for growth through digital delivery of programs is also motivating for us,” said Lissette Mendez, MBF’s Programs Director, in a press release. “Over 37 years, we have built a Miami Book Fair that represents diversity of subject matter, diversity of presenting authors and diversity of fairgoers. We have built a program that introduces more than 20,000 children each year to books and writers, instilling in each of them a love for reading that will support their educational pursuits. Our mission is to engage our community through inclusive, accessible, programs that promote reading and support writers. Though we will be online, we will still be the Miami Book Fair, and we look forward to gathering in person, once again, when the conditions allow.”

View the line-up at and customize your programming.


Other highlights include Walter Mosley, Lenny Kravitz, and Marcus Samuelsson

Lenny Kravitz discusses his new book Let Love Rule

Lenny Kravitz

Date: November 20, 2020

Time: 12 am

Kravitz will be discussing his new book Let Love Rule, Rock, with Director of Communications and Culture at Microsoft.  The novel [follows Kravitz through is first 25 years as he navigates adulthood, a professional music career and eventually meeting his muse and mother is child Lisa Bonet.


Author and Chef Marcus Samuelsson Black Cook and The Soul of American Food

Marcus Samuelsson

November 21, 2020

Time: 3 pm

Restaurateur and author Marcus Samuelsson talks with Dawn Davis, editor and Chief of Bon Appetit about latest book RISE: Black Cook and The Soul of American Food. A literary celebration of Black Americans influence in the kitchen, RISE takes readers on a culinary journey through  the Black kitchen to find the ingenuity and flavor that is the foundation of the American palate.


Walter Mosley discusses his new book The Awkward Black Man

Walter Mosley

Date: November 21, 2020

Time: 12 am

Author Walter Mosley sits in conversation with W Paul Coates, founder and director of Black Classic Press and a subject of the book The Brother You Choose: Paul Coates and Eddie Conway Talk About Life, Politics, and The Revolution. to discuss The Awkward Black Man a collection of 17 of his short stories following Black men navigating through the world as nerdy, peculiar characters defying the stereotypes of Black men in America. These characters paint a complete picture of Black men that embraces their humanity, however awkward.

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