Dave is one of our country's great humorists and a Miami resident so I did the next best thing, I held a Dave Barry look-alike contest at the school where I teach. Considering both looks and personalities we came up with a winner, Nickolas Psarakos.
Nick is a native Miamian who is fluent in both English and Bulgarian. He told me his favorite pastime is "running around". Nick will be marching with other well-known writers who have made South Florida their home. They include Ernest Hemingway and Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
The Kid's King Mango Strut is a new event at the Book Fair. It will be a procession of children's groups having literary themes. The Famous Writers will be joined by Reading Robots, Marching Libraries, and kid's dressed as well-known children's book characters.
Rosie Cope will be Pete the Cat
The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 23, at the Miami Book Fair at downtown campus of Miami Dade College. It starts at NE 1 Ave. and NE 3 St. then marches around the Street Fair. Admission to the festival is $8 adults, $5 teens and seniors, and kids are free.
Dave Barry, Roy Blount Jr. and Brad Meltzer talk about their latest books, in a nearby book fair building, at 10 a.m. For more information go to MiamiBookFair.com.
I e-mailed Dave, told him he was being replaced by Nick and included a photo. Dave wrote back to say, "He's a lot more handsomer than me".