This week we present highlights from the 2018 Miami Book Fair, a literary festival held earlier this month featuring eight days of readings, presentations, and celebrations.

Life Stories

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera (Imagine, Candlewick) spoke in conversation with Justice Sonia Sotomayor (Turning Pages: My Life Story, Philomel). Herrara and Sotomayor discussed writing for children and shared the life experiences that have led them to where they are today.

Making Magic

Eva Chen, director of fashion partnerships at Instagram, read her picture book, Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes (Feiwel and Friends) to attendees in “Children’s Alley,” a part of the fair devoted exclusively to children’s and YA programming.

Dynamic Trio

Authors (from l.) Alex Gino (George, Scholastic Press), Erin Entrada Kelly (Hello, Universe, Greenwillow), and Pablo Cartaya (The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, Viking) take a break between events in Children’s Alley.

All’s Fair

Candlewick author-illustrator Eugene Yelchin, a National Book Award finalist for The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge (Candlewick), which he illustrated and co-wrote with M.T. Anderson, spoke with Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation. Yelchin, along with the other National Book Award nominees and finalists in Young People’s Literature, participated in a number of activities over the course of the book fair.

Honored Guests

Meg Cabot signed copies of her series From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess (Feiwel and Friends), a spinoff of Cabot’s Princess Diaries books. The series stars Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison (aka Princess of Genovia).