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Senator Al Franken to appear at Miami Book Fair

Sen. Al Franken from Minnesota will talk about his book “Giant of the Senate” at Miami Book Fair in November.
Sen. Al Franken from Minnesota will talk about his book “Giant of the Senate” at Miami Book Fair in November. AP

Former Vice President Joe Biden isn’t the only famous political name on this year’s list of Miami Book Fair authors.

The fair, which opens Nov. 12 with journalist Dan Rather, has announced that Sen. Al Franken will close out the fair on Nov. 19 to talk about his book “Giant of the Senate.”

Also appearing are Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager — you know them as the Bush twins, daughters of former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush — to discuss their joint memoir “Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life.”

The fair takes place at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson campus in downtown Miami. But Biden, who will talk about his book “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose,” will appear Nov. 18 in partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

The former VP will appear at the Arsht, and tickets will be on pre-sale Sept. 6-16 via the Arsht for Friends of the Fair and for the general public on Sept. 20. No prices are available yet.

The fair will also feature appearances by National Book Award winner Patti Smith, journalist Lawrence O’Donnell and Pete Souza, the chief official White House photographer for President Barack Obama, plus such novelists as Claire Messud, Jennifer Egan, Jami Attenberg, Scott Turow, Nelson George, Mary Gordon, Lisa See, Rachel Kasdin, Min Jin Lee, Armistead Maupin and Salman Rushdie. Isabelle Allende and Maria Dueñas will appear with simultaneous translation.

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