Mitchell Kaplan is a co-founder of Miami Book Fair and serves as the Chairperson of its Board of Directors. He also serves on the steering committee of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, Miami-Dade College’s literary center. A Miami Beach native, Mitchell founded the independent bookstore Books & Books in 1982. It has since expanded to several locations. Mitchell recently served a two-year term as President of the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and continues an active involvement with the organization. He also serves on the Board of ABFFE, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.