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Miami Dade Public Library Supports Local Authors!

Lemon City Branch Features Children’s Book Authors, Art Activities, and Reverse Book Signing

MIAMI, FL (01/13/2020) - In a city that’s known for art local authors and Indie publishers are getting much-needed support from the Miami-Dade Public Library through their Local Authors program. The program features a series of programming at branches and a larger fair at the Main Branch. The first fair took place last September and featured

Meet and interact with nearly 30 local authors at our inaugural Local Author Fair! The authors will discuss their work, answer questions and help you discover your next favorite read. Plus enjoy live music, draw with illustrator Ralph Cabrera and more on Saturday, September 28, 1 – 4:30 p.m. at the Main Library!

Participating Authors:

Craig Pittman (Keynote Speaker at 1:30 p.m.)

Edwidge Danticat (Keynote Speaker at 2:45 p.m.)

Altheresa Clark

Carmine Vittoria

Cheryl Dusek

Daniel Pedreira

Edward Robinson

Katherine Magnoli

Maggie Kanzki

Marie Theodore-Pharel

Marta Magellan

Mary Ann Mori

Pedro Medina León

Raquel Rabade Roque

Rochenel Marc

Sergio Sanchez (The Lonely Little Island)

Seth Bramson

Steve Liebowitz

Tamara B. Rodriguez

Tasheba Berry-McLaren

Yolande Clark-Jackson

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

"Thank you to the Miami-Dade Public Library System for supporting local authors. I never dreamed I would be doing a reading of one of my books in a public library." Said Author and founder of Bootstrap Publications Miriam Dorsett who previously did a reading at the Lemon City branch.

She continued, "I spent hours in libraries growing up. My mentor and big sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America would take me there because I loved to read. I loved to search the catalog and then go run and find the book! It was always where it was supposed to be. So nerdy I know, but as I'm reflecting on this moment I'm realizing that those memories are some of my favorites from when I was a kid."

Dorsett wrote the first draft of the book on December 6th, 2017 at 11:17 pm. It dropped almost two years later on August 21st, 2019. She advised other author working on their books "I tell you it takes time and work!"


The Lion and the Elephant is a gender-neutral children's art book about the journey of life and friendship. It has been featured on What If World, The Big Idea Box, #TheSingleMom Tribe podcast by @bricamille, the Oye Mujer Podcast by Hellen Guevara, and the MALM Life and Health Insurance Agency Podcast!

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