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    Arts

    Miami Book Fair International opens Sunday, Nov 16

    Nov. 17, 2014, 9:01 a.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Mitchell Kaplan, co-founder and chair of the Miami Book Fair International Shoppers during Miami Book Fair International Miami Book Fair opens Nov. 16, and for the 31st year in a row, the streets of downtown Miami will fill with books and the people who love...

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    Communities

    Knight Cities Challenge receives over 7,000 ideas for making communities more successful

    Nov. 14, 2014, 5:19 p.m., Posted by George Abbott

    The first Knight Cities Challenge is now closed. We received over 7,000 entries representing all 26 Knight communities, places where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers. Applications came from as far afield as Brazil and the Philippines. Now we’re entering the review period of the challenge where Knight program staff, augmented by a panel of readers, will review and discuss all of the entries.

    In early January we’ll announce the ideas that show the most promise for accelerating talent, opportunity or engagement in one or more of the 26 Knight communities. We will ask those applicants to give us more detail on their proposals, including budgets.

    Each applicant will need to answer seven questions:

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    Miami Book Fair International opens Sunday

    Nov. 14, 2014, 11:50 a.m., Posted by Mitchell Kaplan


    Shoppers during Miami Book Fair International.

    Miami Book Fair opens Nov. 16, and for the 31st year in a row, the streets of downtown Miami will fill with books and the people who love them. With more than 600 authors in town, our city, for the next eight days will be not just “The Magic City,” but a magical city where stories and ideas are celebrated, and where everyone – young and old, black, brown and white -- can come together and find literary common ground.

    Thirty-one years ago I believed a fair of this kind was possible, and I wanted to prove that Miami was a literary city. And I was right. And the fair is still here, growing and maintaining vitality because the people of South Florida, and the many who travel here to enjoy it, keep coming—more and more of them each year.

    Just as Knight Foundation’s goal is to make art general in our city, my goal, the fair’s goal, Miami Dade College’s goal, has always been to make books (and reading) ubiquitous.

    Such closely aligned values have led to this year’s powerful new partnership between the fair and Knight Foundation. Their investment of $440,000 will fund programs that will continue to bring new audiences to the fair, and the fair to new audiences.

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