The pieces aren't all in place yet, but the puzzle that is Miami Book Fair International is beginning to take shape.
Officials for the fair, which runs Nov. 14-21 at Miami Dade College's downtown Wolfson Campus, have confirmed appearances by authors including Jonathan Franzen, whose novel Freedom, due out Aug. 31, is one of fall's most anticipated books. Also confirmed: Ann Beattie (Walks With Men), Sebastian Junger (War), one-time prison poet Jimmy Santiago Baca (Adolescents on the Edge: Stories and Lessons to Transform Learning) and Jennifer Egan, at right (A Visit from the Goon Squad).
The "Evenings with . . . '' programs are not fully set, but here's a partial list:
Monday, Nov. 15: Actor Michael Caine and screenwriter Nora Ephron.
Thursday, Nov. 18: Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Eugene Robinson and novelist Pat Conroy.
Friday, Nov. 19: Pulitzer-winning biologist E.O. Wilson and rocker Patti Smith.
Tickets for the Evening with .‚.‚. '' appearances will cost $10 and go on sale later this fall. Tickets for the Nov. 19-21 street fair will be $8 for adults and $5 for seniors; kids under 18 will be admitted free.