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The Swamp wants your ideas

Brenna Mello of Miami Beach does a little reading in between events inside The Swamp at the 2014 Miami Book Fair International.
Brenna Mello of Miami Beach does a little reading in between events inside The Swamp at the 2014 Miami Book Fair International. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Last year everybody’s favorite fall event, Miami Book Fair International, introduced The Swamp, a pop-up literary lounge. For one glorious week, The Swamp was home for a variety of off-beat events, including live painting, readings, music, poetry karaoke, a drag brunch with free mimosas, a mini film festival and plenty of other cultural events, all linked in some way to the great state of Florida.

Now The Center for Writing and Literature at Miami Dade College is seeking proposals for The Swamp, which is sponsored by The Knight Foundation, for the 2015 fair, which runs from Nov. 15-22 at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus. Proposals that use multimedia are a plus, and events in languages other than English will be considered.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. June 1; winners will be announced June 8. For complete directions on submitting a proposal, visit http://miamibookfair.com/membership/the-swamp-call-for-proposals.aspx

Fair in May

As the Miami Book Fair International slowly gears up, The Third Annual Haitian Caribbean Book Fair is right around the corner. The fair runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 24 at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex between Northeast 59th Terrace and 59th Street on Northeast Second Avenue in Miami.

The fair will include music, workshops, Caribbean vendors and readings by such authors as Joan Biskupic (Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice); Maria Venegas (Bulletproof Vest: The Ballad of an Outlaw and his Daughter) and Joanna Scott (De Potter's Grand Tour).

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