Miami Book Fair International Celebrates 30th Anniversary With Spanish Royalty

The Prince and Princess of Asturias participated in the Book Fair's inaugural ceremony.

The Miami Book Fair International is going all out this year to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

"We're going to have royalty in Miami!" said Lissette Mendez, Director of Programs for the Book Fair.

The Prince and Princess of Asturias were part of the inaugural ceremony Sunday evening at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts. The couple is in town representing Spain, the feature country for this year's book fair.

"They wanted to come especially to this event because this is the presentation of our culture," said Monica Fernandez Munoz, with the Ministry of Culture of Spain.

"Spain's literary culture is very important to the world," Mendez said.

Following the inauguration, author Dan Brown presented his new book, "Inferno."

"I don't speak publicly very often but you know when the Miami Book Fair calls on the 30th anniversary, you say yes. I'm honored," Brown said.

More than 500 authors from around the world will be in Miami to do book presentations and answer questions.

"The Miami Book Fair is important on the world stage of literature and culture," Mendez said.

The street fair is also something to look forward to. Starting November 22nd, people of all ages can listen to live music, eat delicious food, and meet fellow book worms.

"It's a great pick up spot! If you love to read you know you're going to pick up someone that loves to read too," Mendez said.

Organizers say this is the largest book fair in the country.

"Over the years we've built a reputation for treating authors really well, creating the programs that people really want to come see," Mendez said.

The Miami Book Fair International runs through November 24th. Click here for a list of events.

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