32nd Annual Miami Book Fair International

By James Wargacki, Learning & Research Services

Now is a good time for Miamians to start reading up on what’s happening in the book world. After all, from November 15 to 22, the Magic City is at the center of it. The 32nd annual Miami Book Fair International, held in downtown Miami, will feature many of the year’s most important authors and titles worldwide. It’s a celebration of books, with appeal not only to readers of fiction but also enthusiasts of music, movies, art, and food, as well as history buffs, political followers, and the infinite other aspects of culture that inform, inspire, and are influenced by the written word.

Of course, many attendees simply enjoy the opportunity to browse tens of thousands of books while enjoying Miami’s warm November breeze.


Check out Bryan Doerries’ latest from Richter Library.

Here are some of the featured presenters during the week:

  • Beginning on Sunday, November 15, rock-and-roll icon Patti Smith will discuss her music and the stories behind it in presenting her latest book M Train.
  • Later in the week photographer Lisa Leone leads a discussion of the roots of hip-hop with special guests including hip-hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy, actress Rosie Perez, and hip-hop artist Mare 139.
  • Podcast fans can witness the live recording of Working Poet Radio Show on Saturday night as Joseph Lapin interviews comic author Derf Backderf, Abram ComicArts editorial director Charles Kochman, and author/actor John Leguizamo.
  • Also on Saturday Bryan Doerries and actors Paul Giamatti and David Strathairn will discuss psychological health issues in the military in “The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today.”

Throughout the week, Miami itself will get its time to shine as various discussions and readings as various special guests present their unique perspective on the Gateway to the Americas. In Miami Through the Lens 1977-1982,” journalist Brett Sokol and photographer Charles Hashim will present and discuss “We Are Everywhere and We Shall Be Free”, a collection of photos of the Magic City from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.  The University of Miami Libraries Special Collections department will also provide a rare glimpse into the early history of Miami as they exhibit unique engravings, woodcuts, and illustrations from their collection in Iconic Miami.”


Smith’s memoir Just Kids won the National Book Award in 2010.

With so much to do and see at the 2015 Miami Book Fair, fans of literature from all walks of life are sure to find something to enjoy.  Be sure to check out some of the materials owned by UM Libraries from guest authors and artists that will be featured in the 2015 Miami Book Fair.  For more information, please visit miamibookfair.com.


Write in Our Midst : An Anthology of South Florida Writers / Selections from the 1992 program, Miami Book Fair International, edited by Michael Hettich

Voices of the Heart: Miami Book Fair International Presents a Literary Anthology / Selections from Participants in the Book Fair, edited by James Blake and JoAnna Falco

Just Kids by Patti Smith

The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek tragedies Can Teach Us Today by Bryan Doerries


with Paul Giamiatti


Man on the Moon

with David Strathairn

Eight Men Out

Good Night, and Good Luck

with John Leguizamo

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar

Moulin Rouge!

DVD Picks: Frank Sinatra

by Terri Robar, Learning & Research Services

One hundred years ago, on December 12, 1915, “Ol’ Blue Eyes” was born. Most people remember Frank Sinatra as a singer but he was also an actor and appeared in more than 60 films. Below is a selection of some of his best work on the big screen. And don’t forget to visit the Frank Sinatra Centennial Exhibit at the Weeks Music Library!

The following films are a part of Richter Library’s DVD collection. In addition to the thousands of DVDs spanning comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror, documentary, and other genres, UM Libraries also houses film-related materials such as screenplays, soundtracks, musical scores, and original book titles. Search the catalog to browse music and print resources related to these films.

Two lovesick sailors on shore leave in Hollywood fall hard for the same beautiful singer. The race for Susie’s heart leads them both into a series of comical and musical adventures.

The story of two baseball pros who moonlight as a song-and-dance team in the off-season. They both lose their hearts to the new female manager.

Dave Hirsch, a writer and army veteran, returns to 1948 Parkton, Indiana, his hometown. There he must come to terms with his roots and his future.

Three sailors have a 24-hour shore leave to enjoy New York. Chip tries but can’t resist the advances of a cab driver, Ozzie becomes the object of interest of a gorgeous anthropologist who thinks he’s the perfect example of a “prehistoric man,” and Gabey finds the model who poses for the Miss Turnstiles advertisements, who isn’t quite the glamorous celebrity he envisioned.

The film powerfully dramatizes Israel’s heroic 1947-48 struggle for independence. It centers on the legendary David “Mickey” Marcus, an American Jew and World War II hero, who got involved by becoming a volunteer military adviser to the new state of Israel and the country’s first general in 2,000 years. Against the wishes of his wife, Mickey begins transforming a ragtag underground army into a first-class fighting machine. But as the threat of war looms, Mickey must also confront his growing attraction to beautiful activist Magda Simon.

A society wedding is being arranged in Newport, Rhode Island. The beautiful Tracy Samantha Lord is to marry George Kittredge. However, Tracy’s ex-husband, the songwriter C. K. Dexter-Haven, has never stopped loving her and has hopes of winning her back. A New York scandal sheet reporter and photographer arrive to cover the wedding and complicate the tangled romances.

Drama about life in the Army in the days prior to World War II. Shows the effect of Army discipline on an individualistic former boxing champion who defies the attempts of officers and men to break him when he refuses to fight on the company’s boxing team.

Tony Manetta, a small-time Miami Beach hotel operator barely able to make the payments on his own modest inn, dreams of one day opening a million dollar resort. In addition to bill collectors, Tony must contend with his beatnik girlfriend and his well-meaning but conservative brother and sister-in-law. Through thick and thin, however, one thing remains constant: the love between Tony and his young son who admires him even if he isn’t a big shot.

A U.S. Army platoon, captured in the Korean conflict, is whisked to Manchuria for three nightmarish days of experimental drug-and-hypnosis-induced conditioning that transforms the men into human time bombs. Returned to the United States as war heroes, one of them is used by his mother to promote her Joseph McCarthy-like husband’s political career.

Frankie Machine is a skilled card dealer and one-time heroin addict. When he returns home from jail, he struggles to find a new livelihood and to avoid slipping back into addiction.

Tony Rome, a tough Miami PI living on a houseboat, is hired by a local millionaire to find jewelry stolen from his daughter, and in the process has several encounters with local hoods as well as the Miami Beach PD.

Detective Tony Rome discovers that everyone he talks to about a case winds up dead.

Now On View at Richter Library: Hometown Maps


Since 1997 students at the School of Architecture have commenced their program studies in architecture and urban design by researching, analyzing, and interpreting the distinctive characteristics of the places they are most familiar with—their own hometowns. A selection of hometown maps created by students over the course of nearly 20 years is now on view in Hometown Maps: Where in the World Do Architects Come From?, located on the first floor of the Richter Library.

Architecture student Lorena Knezevic's map of Torino, Italy, is one of the 2015 featured works in Hometown Maps.

Architecture student Lorena Knezevic’s map of Torino, Italy, is one of the 2015 featured works in Hometown Maps.

The exhibition includes works by six former and four current students representing various cities and towns in the United States and beyond. The maps are showcased next to an interactive digital map of the world that has been specially created by UML librarians and School of Architecture faculty as a way to view a range of students’ work by location and year, among other aspects.

“These maps engage the students’ awareness about urban planning and the development of towns through the lens of architectural, environmental, and historical features,” says Gilda Santana, who as head of UML’s Paul Buisson Architecture Library has been helping grow the Hometown Maps archive at UM Libraries Digital Collections. Currently it includes around 300 student-created maps dating back to 2004.

At the exhibition’s opening on October 6, Dean of the School of Architecture Rodolphe el-Khoury said the project is an important way of introducing students to the UM architecture program and its big-picture philosophy. “We think of architecture in an urban context and what it brings to the city rather than focusing solely on individual monuments,” he explained.

The maps are hand-drawn, a testament to the program’s continued recognition of traditional drawing skills, while students use a range of tools and resources to support accuracy in their graphic layouts. The UM Libraries Maps Collection has long been a popular resource, and several students this year consulted UML’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lab to cull information about their hometowns such as elevation and street data.

With the archive in place, this work has the potential to inform and inspire architecture students down the road. “As each project is presented to the class, the studio learns more about the larger issues of architecture and the environment, geography, and culture, as well as something new about the perspective on place,” Santana says.

Visit Hometown Maps: Where in the World Do Architects Come From at the Otto G. Richter Library, on view through December 2015.

Library visitors can further explore the Hometown Maps archive through the exhibition’s interactive digital display.

Library visitors can further explore the Hometown Maps archive through the exhibition’s interactive digital display. Photo by Brittney Bomnin

Save the Date: Upcoming Events at UM Libraries


The University of Miami Libraries are hosting and co-presenting several events this fall and in the coming year. Please mark your calendars and join us for what promises to be a series of stimulating talks and presentations.

November 18, 2015 | GIS Day

Otto G. Richter Library
Members of the UM community and the public are invited to explore the many real-world applications of geographic information systems (GIS) at Richter Library on Wednesday, November 18, during UM¹s GIS Day, which will feature a keynote presentation by the graphics editor of The New York Times. Sponsored by the University of Miami Libraries and the Department of Geography, GIS Day also will include a series of workshops and panels that highlight some of the many ways GIS can enhance presentations and maximize the impact of research across the scholarly landscape. For more information and a complete schedule of GIS Day events, visit GIS Resources at UM Libraries <http://sp.library.miami.edu/subjects/gis>.

November 19, 2015 | Quince Sellos Cubanos Reception

6:30 p.m. | Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion, Otto G. Richter Library
Join us for a reception and conversation with artist María Martínez-Cañas highlighting her exhibition, a portfolio of 15 gelatin silver prints now on view at the library along with the original Cuban stamps that inspired her work. Exploring themes of history, memory, and identity, the limited-edition series was donated to the Cuban Heritage Collection by Alan Gordich in 2014. The exhibition will remain on view through December 2015.

January 14, 2016 | Arva Moore Parks Presents George Merrick, Son of the South Wind

6:30 p.m. | Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion, Otto G. Richter Library
As UM kicks off the 90th anniversary celebrations in 2016, Miami historian and University trustee Arva Moore Parks will present her latest book on Coral Gables’ founder and UM visionary George Merrick. Parks’ presentation at the library, co-sponsored by Books & Books, is in conjunction with the official opening of The Pan American University: The Original Spirit of the U Lives On, an exhibition of historical materials from the Libraries’ unique and distinctive collections reflecting the University’s enduring connection to Latin America and the Caribbean.


Featured events are free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, please contact richterevents@miami.edu or call 305-284-4026.

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