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Jeff Kinney, Dan Clowes lead a rich slate of kids authors and graphic novelists.

Self portrait: Dan Clowes.

Graphic novels and comic books are  a kind of Venn diagram, where children’s books and grown-up literature overlap. Two of the best from each world — Jeff Kinney and Dan Clowes — will be at the Miami Book Fair next week.

Kinney and Clowes will be just two of the highlights in the extensive offerings in children’s lit and graphic novels, two mainstays at the book fair for years now.

The Children’s Alley (and beyond!), a venerable part of the book fair, features everything from storytelling to puppet musical versions of Peter Rabbit and The Land of Oz, to moxie third-grader Judy Moody, and more.

The celebrity quotient goes through the roof on Sunday, Nov. 20, designated Wimpy Kid Day. Author/artist Jeff Kinney will be on hand to share his sixth installment in the bestselling series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever.

A No. 1 New York Times bestseller, the Wimpy Kid series has sold more than 32 million copies and been made into two movies.

The fair’s comics offering focuses partly on kids, too, with the day-long School of Comics and Graphic Novels on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Jeff Kinney

Designed to show how comics and graphic novels can be useful tools in the classroom, the day includes sessions on comics and science, merging comics with core curriculum, and more. Scholars and educational experts from around the country will lead the sessions.

As for adult graphic novelists, Dan Clowes, creator of Ghost World and The Death-Ray, is only the most famous of a distinguished field of author/artists who will be at the fair this year. His panel, sponsored by Drawn & Quarterly and set for Saturday, Nov. 19, , includes the enigmatically monikered .Seth and Adrian Tomine.

Another panel of top comics artists and graphics novelist, this one also on Saturday, includes Dennis Kitchen, Jeff Jensen, and Jonathan Case, all of whom have a new graphic novel on the subject of True Crime.

The book fair starts Sunday and runs eight days, until the following Sunday (Nov. 13-20).

For more information about children’s authors, comics and graphic novelists, or any of the wide variety of literary activities, lectures, signings and performances scheduled next week, visit the Miami Book Fair International website.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2012 3:56 pm

    hi this is lauren why did you want to be an other

  2. January 27, 2012 1:57 pm

    Love your books!

  3. kadir permalink
    March 2, 2012 8:22 am

    love your books!!!

  4. March 20, 2012 5:10 am

    what made you write such amazing books!

    • March 20, 2012 5:15 am

      i have read the purple book, dark blue book light blue and red but looking forward to read the rest, i cannot read any other book expt this one i understand more and is less boring then others so find it eaiser and more fun to read. Thank you Lauren

  5. Cool permalink
    February 8, 2013 5:49 pm

    I´m german !!!! Also spricht deutsch kapiert!!!!!!!!!!

  6. billy shumaker permalink
    January 12, 2015 10:57 am

    My name is billy Shumaker I live in south Florida my adress is 1601 Del Rio sw blvd port st Lucie and I love your books. I have all of them when is your next book fair at? I would love to get them signed.
    Your pal Billy Shumaker

  7. billy shumaker permalink
    January 13, 2015 7:05 pm

    Hi its me again I was glad if this website so I can talk to you. I was hoping that you could come to my house sometime you can come whenever you want to if you don’t remember my address is 1601 Del Rio sw blvd port st Lucie
    .K.I.T. Your pal Billy Shumaker

  8. billy shumaker permalink
    January 21, 2015 7:38 pm

    Guess who’s back? Billy Shumaker sorry that I didn’t sending fan mail but we went on a road trip and I forgot to bring my tablet but now I am back yah!. So how are you doing? I hope you are doing good. Now I have a question to ask. What made you write such good books? I bet every kid in the world love’s your books. And if you ever do come to my house and we are not there we are might be at work the name of are workplace is called LA fitness either the one in port st Lucie west blvd or the own in tradition next to target. Well I have to go nice talking to you again.
    Your pal Billy Shumaker

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