Hundreds of thousands of people every year participates to the Miami Book Fair International, an eight-day literary event. The book fair will be held on November 13th through November 20th, 2011, at the Miami Dade College, in Miami, Florida.

On Friday, the Street Fair will begin; the highlight of the day will be the Festival of Authors, with over 350 authors reading and discussing their work. Thousands of South Florida schoolchildren will help kick off the Street Fair; there will be children’s activities, including theater, arts-and-crafts, storytelling, and readings by children’s book authors.

During Street Fair weekend, numerous publishers and booksellers will exhibit and sell books, with special features like the antiquarians, a display of signed first editions, original manuscripts, and other collectibles.

The first Miami Book Fair International, founded by Miami Dade College and community partners, took place in 1984; since its beginning it has been recognized as the nation’s finest literary festival. In 2001, the event has become part of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College, a cultural initiative that supports the advancement of literature.