Whew! Just settling back home after an exhilarating weekend at the Miami Book Fair International where I was honored to participate as an author. On Thursday night, Burrow Press & Co. kicked off the festivities onstage at “The Swamp” in a reading showdown with Miami authors. I read a satirical piece aptly entitled, “Florida National Guard Invades Cuba,” which appeared a couple of years ago in the anthology, Far-flung and Foreign. Much fun was had with literary friends new and old including Jaquira Diaz, Lynne Barrett, Ivonne Lamazares, Jamie Poissant, Lindsay Hunter, & Boris Fishman, just to name a few. BP nonfiction editor and conference-partner-in-crime, Susan Fallows and I hit up the Penguin book truck for some classics and dashing new totes, chatted with the lovely folks at Akashic and Books & Books, and attended some revealing panels on book reviewing in the Internet age and the VIDA count. The festivities concluded with Sunday evening’s presentation featuring John Cleese of Monty Python fame — truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Conclusion? Miami Book Fair Int’l is a must-attend for lit folks in Florida and a less overwhelming, cost-effective (and warmer!) alternative to AWP.  I’m extremely grateful to Books & Books and Miami Dad College for inviting me, as it made for the perfect grande finale of the Train Shots 2014 Book Tour.

And now for something completely different. Saw Palm, the literary magazine based at USF, interviewed me this fall and asked some thoughtful, worthwhile questions. You may read my conversation with editor Rob Alexander here:

http://www.sawpalm.org/interview-with-vanessa-blakeslee.html

Advertisements