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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:CBC bldg., Rms. 232-235 (MMC)

Coretta Scott-King honor award-winner author of teen fiction and the recipient of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet award. Neri is a filmmaker, artist, and digital media producer who writes in free verse, novelistic prose, and graphic novels.

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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, launches his second novel, sci-fi thriller, To Dream: Anatomy of a Humachine I.

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.

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Venue:The Betsy Hotel South Beach

Breakfast Arts Salon with novelist and Rutgers MFA Program Director, Lauren Grodstein.

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Venue:Books & Books Coral Gables

FIU Creative Writing Professor and Poet, Denise Duhamel, launches her new collection of poetry, Scald.

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).

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

FIU presents the 2017 Lawrence Sanders Award in Fiction to Jane Smiley (author of Pulitzer prize winning novel, A Thousand Acres).

April

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Venue:Luna Star Cafe

Final Honest Liars' Club reading for the Spring semester. Spring thesis defenders will read from their works of fiction, poetry and non-fiction.

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Venue:Books & Books Coral Gables

MFA Alum, JJ Colagrande will launch his third novel, Reduce Heat Continue to Boil, at the 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.