Miami Book Fair responds to growing innovation ecosystem with tech-focused offerings

By Riley Kaminer

The Miami Book Fair has had a prominent position on our city’s cultural calendar since being established in 1984. The weeklong event has shifted over the years in response to our community’s interests. Now, with Miami’s tech scene continuing to rapidly expand, the fair has organized various events relevant to our local innovators.

Lissette Mendez, Director of Programs at the Miami Book Fair, told Refresh Miami that she expects to see upwards of 60,000 people attend the fair across the week. This year’s event will take place from Sunday, Nov. 13th, through Nov. 20th at Miami Dade College’s downtown Wolfson Campus as well as online – a continuation of the virtual programming organizers introduced during the pandemic.

The 3-day Street Fair during Miami Book Fair at Wolfson campus, shown in these photos, will be Nov. 18-20 this year. But author talks and other special events are all week.

“Our goal is to bring important conversations to Miami from around the world,” said Mendez. “There is a lot to be learned about what’s happening in the world through books, in a much deeper way than what the news can offer. I look forward to people in our community taking advantage of this opportunity in November.”

Tech-focused events will feature speakers including:

  • Metaverse theorist and venture capitalist Matthew Ball, author of The Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize Everything, in conversation with Miami-based technologist Natalia Martinez-Kalinina
  • Law professor and privacy expert Danielle Citron, author of The Fight for Privacy: Protecting Dignity, Identity and Love in the Digital Age
  • Economist and journalist Sebastian Mallaby, author of The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future
  • Motherboard/Vice senior staff writer Samantha Cole, author of How Sex Changed the Internet and the Internet Changed Sex: An Unexpected History
  • NBC correspondent Jacob Ward, author of The Loop: How Technology is Creating a World Without Choices and How to Fight Back
  • Journalist David Sax, author of The Future is Analog: How to Create a More Human World
  • NPR host Stacey Vanek Smith, author of Machiavelli for Women: Defend Your Worth, Grow Your Ambition, and Win the Workplace

Beyond the world of innovation, the Miami Book Fair will host a diverse range of fiction and nonfiction authors. The event will also feature international authors, particularly from Latin America and Spain – as well as young, up-and-coming writers.

Equally, young Miamians will play a central role in the fair, with various childrens’ activities and childrens’ book authors.  This year’s Street Fair, with its many booths, performances, and activities, is Nov. 18-20th, 10 am to 7 pm. Nov. 18th is free and tickets are required for Nov. 19th and 20th.

  • WHAT: Miami Book Fair
  • WHY: Bringing top authors and important conversations right to Miami
  • WHERE: Miami Dade College Wolfson campus in Downtown Miami – and online
  • WHEN: November 13th to 20th
  • HOW: Learn more and view full schedule at
There are lots of activities for children at The Miami Book Fair’s Street Fair Nov. 18-20 on Miami Dade College’s Wolfson campus


Riley Kaminer