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Rushdie, Wilson to attend Miami Book Fair

Miami Book Fair International will see star-studded roster of guests featuring Jonathan Franzen, Salman Rushdie, Nora Ephron, E O Wilson, and Venus Williams. Read on to know the details.

books Updated: Aug 18, 2010 13:11 IST

The 2010 edition of the Miami Book Fair International is confirmed for November 14 through 21. On August 13, organisers released program information, including a typically star-studded roster of guests featuring Jonathan Franzen, Salman Rushdie, Nora Ephron, E O Wilson, and Venus Williams.



The Miami Book Fair is now in its 27th year and attracts a crowd of around 250,000 visitors, making it one of the biggest literary festivals in the US. The fair's week-long program of events includes readings by guest authors, spotlights on Spanish-language books and publishing, a rare books focus, and a 'Festival of Authors' that coincides with a street fair held the final weekend of the festival.



Salman Rushdie

Among guests set to appear are author Jonathan Franzen, who will have just released his latest novel

Freedom

; tennis star Venus Williams, promoting new book

Come to Win

; author Salman Rushdie, discussing his latest book

Luka and the Fire of Life

; and controversial filmmaker John Waters, author of

Role Models

. Also on the program: Jennifer Egan (

A Visit from the Goon Squad

), Sebastian Junger (

War

), David Kirkpatrick (

The Facebook Effect

), comic book artist Charles Burns, and rock journalist Greil Marcus.

The fair's 'Evenings with...' program features one-on-one conversations with diverse figures. Among 2010 pairings are Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist E. O. Wilson with rocker Patti Smith, actor Michael Caine with screenwriter Nora Ephron, and Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Eugene Robinson with novelist Pat Conroy.

Tickets information is expected to follow in early October. The street fair will run from November 19 through 21; the first day (Friday) is typically free, with admission ranging from free to $8 on other days.