On the 30th anniversary of the Miami Book Fair International,here’s a quick and very random Top Ten list:
10. Sneaking in the back door with Neil and Alyce (her DDA clout) to score prime seats for Tom Wolfe in 2012. (Alas, Tom was a sheep in Wolfe’s clothing).
9. Long before married life … realizing what a great date event the book fair was for a confirmed bachelor dude.
8. Taking cousin Dan Meyer to the fair and seeing his amazement and appreciation for what a big deal it is.
7. Chatting with Randy Wayne White years ago … somewhere in between his days as columnist for the Fort Myers News-Press and his emergence as a behemoth.
6. Dave Barry and Ridley Scott riffing off each other.
5. The serendipity of running into old friends and colleagues — Carlos Verdecia, pro example, and Sen. Bob Graham and Adele — on the streets of the fair.
4. Watching True Floridian Bob Morris on a panel with a couple of crime writers. They’re forgotten. Our friendship with Spiritual Advisor lives on. Still love his character Zach.
3. The hospitality room.
2. Seeing how the vast turnout for brother-in-law Alan Gerson for his Habeas Corpus collection forced a move to a larger room. (We think it has to do with Rabbi Gerson from Miami Beach).
And the No. 1 Miami Book Fair moment is …
1. This Saturday, Booth 222 on Writer’s Row. A first appearance as an author. But not the last.