Two former Florida International University students are scheduled to speak at the 34th annual Miami Book Fair.
The book fair, held at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, is an annual weeklong festival that brings together sellers, readers and stay-at-home adventurers to a corner of Miami to celebrate their love of language. It started Nov. 12.
“Every room, nook and cranny, spaces large and small will be inhabited by wordsmiths of all kinds,” said Miami Book Fair publicist Lisa Palley.
More than 600 authors are scheduled to attend the fair, including more than 30 Miami area-writers.
Jan Becker, who has an MFA from FIU, will show off her recently published novel, “The Sunshine Chronicles,” a memoir taken from her Facebook timeline.
Becker said she got the idea from her professors and friends while in school. It goes backwards in time starting with posts from 2016 and ending with posts in 2014, detailing her daily thoughts and occurrences.
“It is a lighthearted story, compared to the heavy memoir I was originally planning on,” she said.
Luis Garcia, once an FIU fine arts undergrad, will be at the book fair with his debut book of short stories, “Missing.” This book is a collection of 13 tales that Garcia wrote during his eight-and-a-half year prison sentence for trafficking LSD and possession of heroin.
“I wanted to entertain myself,” he said. “So I taught myself how to write in prison by writing stories by longhand.”
Instead of primarily focusing on his prison experience, Garcia’s stories bring to light things that people don’t normally say. It was a therapeutic way to reflect on his life and the things he had done, he said.
Becker and Garcia will be discussing their books alongside publisher J.J. Jitney on Nov. 19, the last day of the fair, at 5 p.m.