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Thursday, November 21, 2013

8 Year-Old Dave Barry In Saturday's Strut

      Last month I asked Dave Barry if he'd like to be a guest in Saturday's Kid's King Mango Strut at the Miami Book Fair.  He said he'd like to but was already obligated to participate is a panel discussion at the book fair at the same time.
      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
    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".


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