Book View Now Announces Coverage of Miami Book Fair 2016 Via PBS and PBS NewsHour

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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Book View Now Announces Coverage of Miami Book Fair 2016 Via PBS and PBS NewsHour

Book View Now Teams with PBS NewsHour for 3 Days of Live Stream Coverage Friday Nov. 18 – Sunday Nov. 20

Comprehensive Live and On-Demand Coverage at, and Facebook Live Made Possible by Knight Foundation


Miami, FL, November 15, 2016 – For three book-filled days, from Friday, Nov. 18 – Sunday, Nov. 20, Book View Now will provide its most comprehensive coverage yet of the Miami Book Fair, presenting more than 60 writers representing an exciting range of genres and categories. Book View Now coverage will distribute coverage across the PBS and PBS NewsHour digital and social platforms, allowing booklovers, information junkies, and story lovers around the world to tune in to our roster of leading writers, poets and literary celebrities.

The acclaimed Miami Book Fair, now in its 33rd year, is one of the nation’s oldest and largest literary festivals, held each year on the campus of Miami Dade College in downtown Miami. More than 200 exhibitors from around the country take part in the weeklong event and weekend street fair, attracting an estimated 250,000 visitors each year for author talks and book signings, panel discussions, musical performances, and other activities.

Book View Now live coverage begins Friday with a special Young Reader’s Day from 1-5 pm ET (10 a.m.-2 p.m. PT). Coverage continues Saturday and Sunday for all genres from 1-6 p.m. ET (10 a.m.-3 pm PT)

Book View Now, now in its third year of Miami Book Fair coverage, is produced nationally for PBS by Detroit Public Television (DPTV0 and made possible thanks to the generous support of the Knight Foundation. Coverage will be co-hosted by PBS NewsHour Chief Correspondent for Arts, Culture, and Society Jeffrey Brown and Book View Now host Rich Fahle.

“Words have magical powers, they can transport us to new places,  unlock feelings and open our minds to new experiences.  The opportunity to hear authors read from and discuss their books provides in their own voice, is a unique experience for audiences on site and over the air waves,” said Victoria Rogers, Vice President for arts at Knight Foundation.

Live stream coverage will be available online via,,, PBS member station websites and platforms that support PBS video streaming apps, including Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Chromecast, as well as Android, iOS, and Windows 10 mobile devices. On-demand videos will also be available on these platforms following the event. Book View Now also distributes the live feed free to a growing distribution network of libraries, bookstores, media sites, public media station websites, book blogs, and more. Organizations can embed and share the live stream on their own website using this easy-to-use embed code.

“We are thrilled to be back in Miami for our third year to cover the Miami Book Fair and share with PBS audiences throughout the country,” said Rich Homberg, DPTV’s President and CEO. “Books and literature are vital to PBS viewers, and we’re especially excited to be working together with Miami Dade College and the Knight Foundation to share the writers and books that drive conversations and enrich the lives of our viewers.”

In addition, Book View Now will utilize the Facebook Live platform for author interviews from the festival, with all interviews available on PBS and participating partner Facebook pages. Authors appearing during the PBS Book View Now coverage include some of the most decorated and revered writers today, including 16 National Book Award nominees and winners from this year’s awards, which will be announced Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Guests include Pulitzer Prize winning author and columnist Dave Barry; two-time Newbery medal winner and National Book Award finalist Kate DiCamillo; former presidential candidate and current U.S. Senator, Bernie Sanders; bestselling thriller writer Brad Meltzer; Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and author Jane Alexander; science writer and technology historian James Gleick; Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Award finalist for poetry Rita Dove; New York Times bestselling young adult novelist Leigh Bardugo and many, many more.  

For full interview schedule and more details about author guests and featured books, visit

“The DPTV team has become part of the Miami Book Fair family, and I couldn’t be happier,” said Lissette Mendez, director of programs for the Fair. “I am extremely proud our Book Fair and Miami Dade College teams pulling together to create a magical and thought-provoking event and with the broadcast opportunities PBS Book View Now affords, we take these experiences all over world, enriching lives.”



ABOUT Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings through its cultural affairs department, including the Miami Book Fair, the Miami Film Festival, MDC Live Arts performing arts series, the Cuban Cinema Series, and groundbreaking art exhibitions at the Museum of Art + Design (MOA+D) located inside the college’s historic Freedom Tower and art galleries at each campus. With an enrollment of more than 165,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 academic pathways leading to baccalaureate degrees, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous

career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served more than 2,000,000 students and counting, since it opened its doors


About Book View Now

Book View Now on PBS provides coverage of literary festivals, fairs, and major literary events across the country, celebrating books, writers, and the love of reading to public media viewers and listeners. From live events to author and book highlights, uses multimedia channels to connect you with the written word. Book View Now is produced by Detroit Public Television for PBS, and provides coverage of major events including The Miami Book Fair, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, The Library of Congress National Book Festival, Book Expo America, BookCon, AWP Conference and Bookfair, and other events and special features. Book View Now coverage can be found at and, on select PBS station websites and all PBS video apps, including iPhone, iPad, Xbox, Roku and Apple TV, as well as YouTube. 


About Detroit Public Television:

Detroit Public Television (DPTV)-WTVS-TV is the non-commercial, viewer-supported PBS member station serving the nation's 11th largest television market, with 1.5 million weekly viewers in Southeast Michigan and 1.2 million weekly viewers across Canada. DPTV is a leader in programming related to health and the environment, public affairs, arts and culture and children. It is also a leading national producer and distributor of programming for Public Television, and winner of a 2012 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award, as well as the only dual PBS licensee / entertainment label in the country, operating as DPTV Media.  For more information, visit



About PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour is seen by over four million weekly viewers and is also available online, via public radio in select markets, and via podcast. PBS NewsHour is a production of NewsHour Productions LLC, a wholly-owned non-profit subsidiary of WETA Washington, D.C., in association with WNET in New York. Major funding for PBS NewsHour is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers. More information on PBS NewsHour is available at On social media, visit on Facebook or follow @NewsHour on Twitter.





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