Miami may not be the literary hub of the world, but we certainly hold our own when it comes to all things bookish. We boast a number of great bookstores, most of which are locally-owned and full of charm (we do have some remaining Barnes & Nobles in the Gables, West Kendall, FIU, and South Miami respectively – for now). We also host numerous literary events throughout the year, including one of the most revered book fairs in the nation. Many notable writers have also called Miami their home, including crime writer Patricia Cornwell, humorist Dave Barry, historian and novelist Les Standiford. If you’re new to town, or trying to get a head start on next year’s “Read More” resolution, check out our guide to Miami’s literary scene.
Taschen is known the world over for their art books. However, the popular publishing company also has a brick and mortar store right on Lin coln Road. Discover beautiful art books, design texts, anthropology must-reads, and more, then enjoy the scenery of their shop, covered in wall to wall art work.
1111 Lincoln Road, South Beach; 305-538-6185
To learn more, visit www.taschen.com.
Miami Book Fair
Although this isn’t a bookstore, the Miami Book Fair is clearly the best place to discover and purchase books…for a limited time. While the festival is a week long, the buying and selling of books doesn’t happen until the street fair on the final weekend, and this is when you want to come prepared with lots of cash. You’ll find a number of sections with dozens of book vendors shelling out everything from comic books to history books to spiritual texts. Among this year’s vendors are locals like EXILE Books and the Bookleggers Library, to companies whose homes are a bit further away like Burrow Press (Orlando), Grove Atlantic (New York), and City Lights (San Francisco).
For the latest info about the Miami Book Fair, visit www.miamibookfair.com