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November 2018

Saturday, November 17 @ 11:00 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Readings from New Novels

Bernice L. McFadden’s novel Praise Song for the Butterflies is a contemporary story that offers an eye-opening account of the practice of ritual servitude, and its toll on women, in West Africa. Ingrid Rojas Contreras’ Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel is a mesmerizing debut set in Colombia at the height Pablo Escobar’s violent reign about a sheltered young girl and a teenage maid who strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both. Idra Novey’s Those Who Knew is a taut,…

Saturday, November 17 @ 11:00 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

New Fiction: A Reading

A young woman struggles to find connection and love when her South African-born mother succumbs to cancer in Zinzi Clemmons’s debut novel, What We Lose. Jamie Quatro’s Fire Sermon is a tour de force that charts with bold intimacy and immersive sensuality the life of a married woman in the grip of a magnetic affair. R.O. Kwon’s The Incendiaries: A Novel is a powerful, darkly glittering novel of violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young woman at an elite American university is drawn into a cult’s acts of terrorism.…

Saturday, November 17 @ 12:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Readings from New Novels

In Alyson Hagy’s Scribe, with the country under civil war, a woman who barters letter-writing for supplies receives an unusual request for a letter from a man with hidden motives. Maria Dahvana Headley’s The Mere Wife: A Novel is a modern retelling of the literary classic Beowulf, set in American suburbia. Aaron Thier’s The World Is a Narrow Bridge is a darkly comic road novel about a millennial couple facing the ultimate question: how to live and love in an age of catastrophe.…

Saturday, November 17 @ 3:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Historical Novels Today: A Reading

A young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California in Hernan Diaz’s novel, In the Distance, a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in fiction. As the first wave of pioneers travel westward to settle the American frontier, two women discover their inner strength when their lives are irrevocably changed by the hardship of the wild west in The Removes, a historical novel from award-winning author Tatjana Soli. Wayétu Moore’s She Would Be King,…

Saturday, November 17 @ 5:00 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

#TurnItUP with University Presses: Little-Known Stories and Unheard Voices

University presses play a vital role in book publishing, but many people don’t know how their work differs from that of larger publishers. University press directors and authors will talk about how UPs strive to amplify voices, disciplines, and communities of diverse types. University presses publish authors from around the world and right here at home in southern Florida, writing on subjects that are broad, niche, and every level of inquiry in between. Without university presses, many of these authors or subjects would not be heard so clearly in the marketplace of ideas. …

Sunday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Readings from New Novels

In Rebecca Serle’s captivating The Dinner List: A Novel, Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner to find not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. Joanna Cantor’s Alternative Remedies for Loss is a slyly funny coming-of-age novel about a young woman fumbling her way into the mysteries of loss and the travails of adulthood as she tries to make sense of a vanished mother’s legacy. Marci Vogel’s funny,…

Sunday, November 18 @ 1:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Family Stories: Readings from New Fiction

Fatima Farheen Mirza’s A Place for Us is a deeply moving and resonant story of love, identity, and belonging. Lillian Li’s Number One Chinese Restaurant: A Novel is an exuberant and wise multigenerational debut novel about the complicated lives and loves of people working in everyone’s favorite Chinese restaurant. After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity–and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution in Chanel Cleeton’s Next Year in Havana.…

Sunday, November 18 @ 3:00 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Family Stories: Readings from New Novels

From the celebrated author of Rich and Pretty, Rumaan Alam, comes That Kind of Mother: A Novel, in which a woman who adopts the child of her dead nanny learns what it means to be a white mother with a black son. In The Family Tabor: A Novel by Cherise Wolas, a man is haunted by the long-buried secret that drove him, decades ago, to relocate his young family to the California desert.…

Sunday, November 18 @ 4:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

The Art of the Quest: Readings from Three Novels

A girl embarks on a quest to find a missing friend in Almahue, a small town in the Chilean Patagonia in Malamor Trilogy: To The End of the World by José Ignacio Valenzuela. Set against a culture that often fetishizes violence, Maria Hummel’s Still Lives is a page-turning exodus into the art world’s hall of mirrors. Heidi Sopinka’s The Dictionary of Animal Languages is a thrillingly elegant yet raw evocation of a woman clawing her way to a creative life,…

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