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Axelrod, Snyder talk politics and poems at Book Fair

Politics and poetry collided Thursday night at Miami Book Fair — well, OK, they didn’t collide so much as co-exist. Pultizer Prize-winning Beat poet Gary Snyder and political strategist David Axelrod each appeared in Miami Dade College’s Chapman Conference Center, one discussing living off the grid, fiddling with generators and Allen Ginsberg and the other revisiting his political career working with a certain senator from Chicago of whom you might have heard (and for whom you might have voted).

Home & Garden

David Fairchild, chief of the plant hunters

In 1902, David Fairchild was traveling in Asia, looking for mangos that would thrive in the United States. The varieties grown in North America, he said, were inedible, like “juicy balls of fibers soaked with turpentine.” He bought big baskets of several varieties, but what he needed to ship home were the seeds, not the whole fruit — and he needed those seeds fast.

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Videos

Video: Artist paints mural for Miami Book Fair

Street artist Diana "Didi" Contreras recalls the making of the official Miami Book Fair mural in Wynwood. The task took more than two weeks while Contreras worked long hours under the hot and sometimes rainy weather.
Carl Juste cjuste@miamiherald.com
Video: Artist paints mural for Miami Book Fair 2:49

Video: Artist paints mural for Miami Book Fair

Mosquito spraying explained using a Buffalo Turbine 1:30

Mosquito spraying explained using a Buffalo Turbine

Staying safe from mosquitoes this summer 1:30

Staying safe from mosquitoes this summer

Haiti's first all-women rara band makes U.S. debut in Miami 1:26

Haiti's first all-women rara band makes U.S. debut in Miami