Best Bets: Literary Events

Tom Wolfe: The once-and-again “new journalist” and novelist will release his latest book, “Back to Blood,” on Oct. 23. What does this have to do with South Florida? Well, according to Wolfe himself, everything. “Miami is the only city I can find in the whole world where people from another country, speaking another language and from another culture have taken over a vast city at the ballot box in one generation,” Wolfe told The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, while speaking in June about his Miami-set novel. “I’m talking, of course, about Cubans.”  Soon enough, we’ll all be talking about Wolfe talking about Cubans.

Miami Book Fair International: The 28th edition of the South’s largest book fair will feature appearances by Tom Wolfe, Junot Diaz, Robert Caro, Emma Donoghue, Gainesville’s Lauren Groff and scores of others. Nov. 11-18 at Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus. The street fair, featuring dozens of book vendors from across the country, will take place Nov. 16-18.

Palm Beach Poetry Festival: Entering its ninth year, the festival has booked an impressive cast of poets to lead workshops and readings Jan. 21-26 at Old School Square in Delray Beach. They include former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins, “Life on Mars” author Tracy K. Smith and the well-regarded, much-awarded Tony Hoagland, among others.

“Tigertail, A South Florida Annual: Sunstruck Matches”: South Florida’s leading literary anthology will return with poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction by 31 writers, working together and independently. Edited by local poet Jen Karetnick, this 10th edition of the annual will, as has every “Tigertail” before it, feature some of our area’s most-gifted writers. It will be feted with a book launch and reading 8 p.m. April 3 at Books & Books in Coral Gables.


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