Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Miami Book Fair recently selected international artist Kadir Nelson to create this year’s official poster. The Miami Book Fair will celebrate its 36th anniversary, Nov. 17-24, at MDC’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.
In addition to creating this year’s poster, Nelson illustrated the picture book The Undefeated authored by Kwame Alexander, which they will present together at the Book Fair at noon, on Saturday, Nov. 23. The book-length poem, which has been nominated for a National Book Award, is a love letter to black life in the United States, and is peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others.
Nelson is an American artist who currently exhibits his artwork in galleries and museums nationwide and abroad. His paintings are in the private and public permanent collections of several notable institutions including the Muskegon Museum of Art, The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the International Olympic Committee, and the US House of Representatives.
He has created artwork for a host of distinguished clients, including Sports Illustrated, The Coca-Cola Company, The United States Postal Service, Major League Baseball, and Dreamworks SKG as the lead conceptual artist creating for Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated feature film, Amistad.
For more about the artists, visit www.kadirnelson.com.
This year’s Book Fair will feature more than 500 celebrated authors from the U.S. and around the world reading from new works and participating in discussions on myriad topics.
Recognized as one of the most inclusive events in South Florida, and the best book festival in the country, the Fair convenes more than 150,000 people over the course of eight days.
Fairgoers will enjoy the lively Street Fair held during the closing weekend, Nov. 22-24, complements the author programs with hundreds of bookseller and publisher booths; Children’s Alley, a pop-up children’s learning activities village boasting live performances; and The Porch, the ultimate urban community hangout, complete with a beer bar, comfy outdoor seating stacked with board games, and a stage for live music and interdisciplinary performance.
Miami’s location makes it the perfect place to celebrate the literary and intellectual life of Ibero-America and the Caribbean. The IberoAmerican Authors and ReadCaribbean programs of the Fair provide a platform for writers from those regions to highlight the vibrant culture and diverse topics in their native languages.