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January

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Venue:Books & Books Coral Gables

MFA Alum and Rona Jaffe Award recipient, Ashley M. Jones, will read from her debut poetry collection, Magic City Gospel, at Books & Books in Coral Gables on Friday, January 20th at 8pm. A book signing will follow.

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Venue:Barnes & Noble at BBC

Ann Hood is the bestselling author of the novels The Knitting Circle, The Obituary Writer, and The Red Thread. Her memoir, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, was chosen as one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly and was a NYT editor's choice. She's received two Pushcart Prizes, two Best American Food Writing Awards, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, and a Best American Travel Writing Award. Her new novel, The Book That Matters Most, is due out in August.

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Venue:Books & Books Coral Gables

MFA Alum, Louis K. Lowy, will debut his second novel, a sci-fi thriller titled To Dream: Anatomy of a Humachine I, at Books & Books in Coral Gables on January 28th at 5pm. An author signing will follow the reading, and food & drink will immediately follow.

February

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Venue:Barnes & Noble at BBC

Lauren Grodstein is the author of the New York Times-bestseller, A Friend of the Family, and the Washington Post Book of the Year, The Explanation for Everything.  Her new novel, Sometimes at Night, will be out in March 2017 (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill).  Her work has been translated into over a dozen languages, and her articles and essays have been included in Columbia Magazine, The New York Times, Post Road, Gourmet, and Salon. She directs the MFA program at Rutgers University - Camden.

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Venue:The Betsy Hotel South Beach

Novelist and Rutgers MFA Program Director, Lauren Grodstein, will take part in an arts salon breakfast at the Betsy Hotel. The event is free and open to the public, but you must reserve a seat at https://the-betsy-south-beach.ticketleap.com/breakfast-arts-salon-with-lauren-grodstein/.

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Venue:Books & Books Coral Gables

FIU Creative Writing Professor and Poet, Denise Duhamel, will launch her newest poetry collection titled Scald on February 26th at 4pm at Books & Books Coral Gables.

March

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Venue:Luna Star Cafe

MFA Students of Creative Writing read from their works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at Luna Star Cafe in North Miami. Cash-only bar with excellent food and spirits.

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Venue:Biscayne Bay Campus, Wolfe University Center Ballroom (Room 244)

FIU presents the 2017 Lawrence Sanders Award in Fiction to novelist, Jane Smiley (A Thousand Acres, Pulitzer). The award ceremony will take place at the WUC Ballroom and will be followed by a reading and on-stage Q&A with Creative Writing Program Director, Les Standiford. An author signing will then take place at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore (WUC downstairs) where books will be sold. Refreshments will be served during the author signing.

April

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Venue:Luna Star Cafe

Final Honest Liars' Club reading for the semester: Spring 2017 thesis defenders in poetry, fiction and non-fiction read from their work at Luna Star Cafe in North Miami.

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Venue:Books & Books Coral Gables

MFA Alum, JJ Colagrande, will launch his third novel at Books & Books in Coral Gables on Sunday, April 9th at 5:45pm.

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Venue:Barnes & Noble at BBC

Winners of the FIU Student Literary Awards contest for Graduate and Undergraduate Fiction, Non-fiction, and Poetry will read from their winning works. Runners-up will be honorably mentioned. Join us to celebrate our school's finest writers at the Barnes & Noble bookstore on Biscayne Bay Campus. Refreshments will be served.

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Venue:Books & Books Coral Gables

MFA Jan Becker will launch her first memoir, The Sunshine Chronicles, at Books & Books in Coral Gables on Sunday, April 23rd at 6pm.

September

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Venue:Books & Books Coral Gables

Writers on the Bay Reading Series proudly presents their annual Creative Writing MFA Alumni Reading at Books & Books in Coral Gables. Readers will include Annik Adey-Babinski, Jan Becker, Jonathan Louis Duckworth, Ariel Francisco, Hector Duarte Jr., Claire Ibarra, Emily Jalloul, Michael Angel Martin, Alexandra Lytton Reglado, Monica Restrepo, Mary Slebodnik, Gabriela Suarez, and potentially more to come!

November

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Venue:Biscayne Bay Campus Barnes & Noble

Novelist Susan Straight visits BBC to read her work.