Did you know the Miami International Book Fair is one of the largest book events in the country?
The first Miami Book Fair International, founded by Miami Dade College and community partners, took place in 1984.
Since then it has been recognized as the nation’s finest literary festival. In 2001, the Fair became part of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College, a cultural and academic initiative that promotes the advancement and appreciation of literature throughout the year.
I didn’t know any of this yesterday. I discovered it about ten hours after discovering that my debut novel, Reichold Street, is a finalist in the 2012 Readers Favorite Awards.
It’s in the young adult genre, and the award ceremony honoring Readers Favorite Award finalists will be held during the Book Fair event next November.
I have to admit, I find it pretty heady stuff. Top five. Wow!
It isn’t clear that this will help sell any copies of the book, but I figure what the heck. What can it hurt?
At the very least I’ll get to bump elbows with other aspiring authors at the Award Ceremony, held on Saturday November 17, 2012, the second day of the street fair, at the Regency Hotel Miami.
Even if nothing happens with my books, the weather should be nice and my grandkids aren’t that far away. You’ll get nothing but smiles from me about that.