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November 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 6:00 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

The Untold Story of Psychiatry

Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry tells the fascinating story of psychiatry’s origins, demise, and redemption, by a former president of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Jeffrey A. Lieberman.        …

Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 7:00 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

The Sporting Life: Two Memoirs

By embarking on a quest to dunk a basketball at the age of 34, journalist Asher Price investigates the limits of human potential — starting with his own — in the memoir, Year of the Dunk: A Modest Defiance of Gravity. William Finnegan’s memoir Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life is deeply rendered self-portrait of a lifelong surfer by the acclaimed New Yorker writer.…

Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 8:30 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Novels of War

From Elliot Ackerman, a decorated veteran of the Iraq and Afghan Wars, and White House Fellow, comes Green on Blue, a stirring debut novel about a young Afghan orphan and the harrowing, intractable nature of war. Haunted by the disappearance of his older brother in the first Gulf War, the tragic deaths of his parents, and the felony conviction that has branded him for a decade, the central character in Skip Horack’s novel, The Other Joseph,…

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Novels of War

Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 10:00 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

The World Over: Memoirs of Place

Sponsored by the Green Family Foundation. In Marie Mutsuki Mockett’s Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey, Mockett is guided through rituals of grief by a colorful cast of Zen priests and ordinary Japanese. M.J. Fievre’s coming-of-age memoir, A Sky the Color of Chaos, brings to life the horrors and the beauty of growing up in Aristide-era Haiti. Nikki Moustaki’s The Bird Market of Paris tells the story of the author’s love of birds,…

Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 11:30 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Cultural Explorations: Readings from Memoirs

Clifford Thompson’s Twin of Blackness is a culturally important memoir that traces an artist’s evolution in the post-civil rights era. Julie Marie Wade’s Tremolo: An Essay seamlessly weaves together the writer’s search for sexual self-knowledge with insights into the poetry of Galway Kinnell. Award-winning poet Michael White presents Travels in Vermeer, Longlisted for a 2015 National Book Award in Nonfiction, which is part travelogue, part soul-searching meditation on love, and an intimate discourse on art,…

Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 6:00 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

The Soundtrack of Your Life

In his most recent book of nonfiction, The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory, John Seabrook, a staff writer at the New Yorker tells a fascinating story of creativity and commerce that explains how today’s songs have become so addictive.…

Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 7:30 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Three Music Legends of the 20th Century

Dennis Dunaway presents a riveting account of the original shock-rock band’s over-the-top experiences and career in Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! : My Adventures in The Alice Cooper Group. Just in time for the “The Voice’s” centennial, comes Sinatra: The Chairman, James Kaplan‘s definitive biography of Sinatra that picks up the day after his Academy Award in 1954. Petty: The Biography is an exhilarating and intimate account of the life of music legend Tom Petty, by Warren Zanes,…

Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 9:00 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

NYC in Fact and Fiction

In a narrative enriched by hundreds of interviews and dozens of rare images, St. Marks native Ada Calhoun presents a vibrant narrative history of three hallowed Manhattan blocks the epicenter of American cool — in St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street. In Stacy Wakefield’s latest novel, The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory, a young woman arrives in New York in 1995, and is determined to make a home for herself by squatting in a rough building in Williamsburg,…

Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 10:30 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Cultural Explorers: A Reading from Essays and Memoirs

Celebrated essayist Meghan Daum’s collection, My Misspent Youth, implicates herself as readily as she does the targets that fascinate and horrify her. Gamelife: A Memoir is Michael W. Clune’s reflection on a childhood transformed by technology. Howard Axelrod’s The Point of Vanishing: A Memoir of Two Years in Solitude is a gorgeous memoir of solitude in an age of superficial connection, which probes the profoundly human questions of perception, time, identity and meaning.…

November 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 5:00 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Book Clubs: What’s Trending

Join Carol Fitzgerald from ReadingGroupGuides.com as she takes the audience on a tour of great book club reads for fall and winter and interviews author Gayle Forman about her newest novel, Leave Me.…

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 6:00 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Family

Freeman’s: Family is the second literary anthology in the highly respected series, which this time turns its contributors loose on the topic of family, resulting in never-before-published stories, essay, and poetry. With Edwidge Danticat, Aleksandar Hemon, David Kirby and Claire Vaye Watkins. Moderated by John Freeman.…

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 7:30 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Kaylie Jones Presents Two Novels from her Eponymous Imprint at Akashic Books

J. Patrick Redmond’s Some Go Hungry is a fictional account drawn from the author’s own experiences working in his family’s provincial Indiana restaurant—and wrestling with his sexual orientation—in a town that was rocked by the scandalous murder of his gay high school classmate in the 1980s. Barbara Taylor’s All Waiting Is Long,is set in Scranton, Pennsylvania against the backdrop of the sweeping eugenics movement and rogue coal mine strikes, where the Morgan sisters must choose between duty and desire.…

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 8:30 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

On Writing and the Writing Life

In Kim Addonizio‘s Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life, an utterly original memoir in essays, she opens up to chronicle the joys and indignities in the life of a writer wandering through middle age.  From the best-selling author of The Dead Lands, Benjamin Percy, comes Thrill Me: Essays On Fiction, bold new essays on how to craft a thrilling read—in any genre. In Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life,…

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Historical Novels: A Reading

Set during the years following the Civil War, Robert Hicks‘s The Orphan Mother, tells the story of a former slave’s quest for justice following her son’s murder. Bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie present America’s First Daughter, which draws from thousands of letters and original sources to tell the fascinating story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.…

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 11:30 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Gender Transitions: Two Memoirs

Part coming-of-age story, part mind-altering manifesto on gender and sexuality by a transgender woman, Kate Bornstein‘s Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us breaks all the rules and leaves the reader forever changed. Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout is Laura Jane Grace’s searing account of her search for identity and true self.…

Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 6:00 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Thrillers: A Reading

In Lawrence H. Levy’s Brooklyn on Fire, Brooklyn’s most witty and daring detective risks everything to solve a dangerous triple-murder case. Lawrence H. Levy’s Second Street Station is a historical mystery featuring the witty and wily Mary Handley, the first woman detective in Brooklyn, as she tries to prove herself in a man’s world while solving a high profile murder.  Amy Stewart’s latest in her series about the forgotten true story of one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs…is Lady Cop Makes Trouble (A Kopp Sisters Novel),…

Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 7:30 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Strange New Worlds: A Reading from Three Novels

In Claire Vaye Watkins’s novel, Gold Fame Citrus, a couple squat in a former starlet’s mansion in a near-future dystopian society where unrelenting drought has transfigured Southern California into a surreal, phantasmagoric landscape. In Aaron’s Thier’s Mr. Eternity, two young filmmakers meet an old sailor in Key West, who claims to be 560 years old and calls himself Daniel Defoe. In Ben H. Winters’s Underground Airlines, it’s the present day: smartphones, social networking,…

Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 9:00 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Happy Families Are All Alike: Readings from Three Novels

In Sharon Guskin’s The Forgetting Time: A Novel, the four-year old son of a single mother is plagued by memories of a past life he wishes to return to. A brilliantly funny novel about ambition and marriage, Jennifer Close‘s The Hopefuls tells the story of a young wife who follows her husband and his political dreams to Washington, D.C., a city of idealism, gossip, and complicated friendships among the young aspiring elite. The Wangs vs.

Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 10:30 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Three Novels of Science: A Reading

In Eileen Pollack’s A Perfect Life, a young researcher at MIT searches for the genetic marker for a neurodegenerative disorder she may inherit from her mother, and falls in love with a man who may carry the same fatal gene. In Jonathan Levi’s Septimania, an organ tuner discovers he is the heir to the Kingdom of Septimania, and is crowned King of the Jews, Holy Roman Emperor, and possibly Caliph of All Islam. In John Pipkin’s The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter,…

November 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 10:30 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Fresh Fiction: A Reading

Achy Obejas’s short story collection, The Tower of the Antilles focuses on Cuban characters, and poignantly captures how history and fate intrude on even the most ordinary of lives. Siel Ju‘s first novel in short stories is Cake Time, which grapples with urgent, timeless questions: why intelligent girls make terrible choices, where to negotiate a private self in an increasingly public world, and how to love madly without losing a sense of self. Elizabeth Nunez’s Even in Paradise is a modern-day King Lear,…

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Journeys in Fiction: Three Novels

Laleh Khadivi’s timely coming-of-age novel, A Good Country tracks the progression of a fourteen-year-old son of Iranian immigrants from straight-A student, to happy-go-lucky stoner, to religious radical. Set across a backdrop of refugee migration that spans Africa, America and Australia, Harriet Levin Millan‘s How Fast Can You Run is the inspiring story of Michael Majok Kuch and his journey to find his mother. Set in the shadow of Kenya’s independence from Great Britain, Dr. Peter Kimani‘s Dance of the Jakaranda reimagines the special circumstances that brought black,…

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 1:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Three Novels: A Reading

Idra Novey’s Ways to Disappear is a novel about the disappearance of a famous Brazilian novelist and the young translator who turns her life upside down to follow her author’s trail. In Yasmine El Rashidi‘s debut novel, Chronicle of a Last Summer, a young Egyptian woman recounts her personal and political coming of age. Set in the vibrant coastal and Caribbean communities of Miami, the Florida Keys, Havana, Cuba, and Cartagena, Colombia, Patricia Engel‘s novel The Veins of the Ocean delivers a profound and riveting story of fractured lives finding solace and redemption in the beauty and power of the natural world,…

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

On Identity: Three Novels

In her collection of short stories, Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies. In Lambda Award-winning Sylvia Brownrigg’s novel, Pages for Her, two former lovers meet at a conference and find that the passion and understanding between them has endured. Rakesh Satyal‘s No One Can Pronounce My Name is a distinctive, funny,…

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Women in Search of Themselves: Three Novels

Akhil Sharma‘s collection of short stories, A Life of Adventure and Delight, provides an intimate, honest assessment of human relationships between mothers and sons, sons and lovers, and husband and wives. Jessie Chaffee‘s vivid, visceral debut, Florence in Ecstasy, gives us an arresting new vision of a woman’s attempt to find meaning―and find herself―in an unstable world. Karen Shepard’s collection of short stories, Kiss Me Someone, is inhabited by women who walk the line between various states: adolescence and adulthood,…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 10:30 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Cultural Alchemists

Award-winning historian Maya Jasanoff presents The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World, in which she reveals Conrad as a prophet of globalization. In Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince, Ben Greenman presents a unique and kaleidoscopic look into the life, legacy, and electricity of the pop legend Prince and his wide ranging impact on our culture.…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 11:30 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Essay Collections: A Reading

August Kleinzahler‘s Sallies, Romps, Portraits, and Send-Offs: Selected Prose, 2000-2016 gathers the best of sixteen years’ worth of essays, remembrances, and reviews in this scabrous and essential collection. In The Tunnel at the End of the Light: Essays on Movies and Politics, Jim Shepard explores how we enter conversations with specific genres and films in order to construct and refine our most cherished illusions about ourselves. Sponsored by:…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 12:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Secrets and Lives: Two Biographies

Jefferson Morley’s biography, The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton, tells the story of one of the most powerful unelected officials in the United States government in the mid-20th century. Nicholas Reynolds’s biography, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy, tells the stunning untold story of Ernest Hemingway’s dangerous secret life –including his role as a Soviet agent code-named “Argo” –that fueled his art and led to his undoing.…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 1:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Perspectives on America

A powerful narrative and a brilliant defense of American values, Russell Shorto‘s Revolution Song makes the compelling case that the American Revolution is still being fought today and that its ideals are worth defending. Richly illustrated and meticulously researched, David Baron‘s American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World, depicts a young nation that looked to the skies to reveal its towering ambition and expose its latent genius.…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

America Reconsidered: Nonfiction

Bhu Srinivasan’s Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism is a thrilling alternative history of modern America that reframes events, trends, and people we thought we knew through the prism of the value that this nation holds dearest: capitalism. Jack Davis’s The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea colorfully reinstates the Gulf region within the American narrative—from the age of Spanish conquistadors to the present day—into a disastrous pattern of exploitation.…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 3:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Social Lubricants

Christopher M. Finan presents a social history of alcoholism in the United States, from the seventeenth century to the present day, in Drunks: An American History. In Jewish Comedy: A Serious History, Jeremy Dauber traces the origins of Jewish comedy and its development from biblical times to the age of Twitter.…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Miami’s Days of Decadence: Hotel Scarface

Roben Farzad‘s Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami tells the wild, true story of the Mutiny, the hotel and club that embodied the decadence of Miami’s cocaine cowboys heyday—and an inspiration for the blockbuster film, Scarface. In conversation with Billy Corben.…

November 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

New Fiction: A Reading

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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Family Stories: Readings from New Novels

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. Melanie Hobson’s Summer Cannibals is a bold and gripping literary debut about three very different sisters who return to their family home to face imminent tragedy and their tumultuous pasts.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 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,…

November 2019

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Readings From New Novels

A woman finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilities in Kevin Wilson’s novel, Nothing to See Here. A turf war between neighbors leads to a small-town crisis in Julie Langsdorf’s novel, White Elephant. In Brock Clarke’s Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe?: A Novel, a sheltered man is whisked off on a grand (and treacherous) tour of Europe after the death of his mother.…

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 12:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Girls, Gods, and Friends

Shobha Rao´s Girls Burn Brighter explores the extraordinary bond between two poor, ambitious girls driven apart by circumstance, but relentless in their search for one another. In Tupelo Hassman’s novel, gods with a little g, threats against the Psychic Encounter Shoppe become serious actions in a California town run by evangelical Christians. Lisa Howorth’s Summerlings is a Cold War coming-of-age story in which three best friends confront their fears of the Bomb, Russian spies, bullies,…

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Fantastic Loves

Jose Ignacio “Chascas” Valenzuela’s To The End of the World, the first installment in English of his popular Trilogia del Malamor, is a story of love, betrayal and fantasy  – and the ultimate quest for survival. Carolina de Robertis’s Cantoras is a revolutionary new novel about five wildly different women who find one another as lovers, friends, and ultimately, family, under an oppressive dictatorship in Uruguay. Andrea Lawlor’s Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl is a riotous,…

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Fantastic Loves

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 3:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Two Novels: A Reading

In her debut novel, A Woman Is No Man, Palestinian-American author Etaf Rum offers an intimate glimpse into a controlling and closed cultural world. In Thirty Umrigar’s The Secrets Between Us: A Novel, a former servant struggles against the circumstances of class and misfortune to forge a new path for herself and her granddaughter in modern India.…

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Crossing Borders: Three Novels

In A Door in the Earth, Amy Waldman tells the story of a young Afghan-American woman who returns to her country of birth only to find herself trapped between her ideals and the complicated truth. In Immigrant, Montana, Amitava Kumar weaves a story that is an incandescent investigation of love—despite, beyond, and across dividing lines. Helon Habila’s novel, Travelers, follows a Nigerian graduate student who finds his connection to Africa among a community of immigrants in Berlin.…

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Immigrants’ Lives: Three Novels

Xuan Juliana Wang’s first collection of short stories Home Remedies introduces us to the new and changing face of Chinese youth, while upending the immigrant narrative. Angie Cruz’s Dominicana is a vital portrait of the immigrant experience and the timeless coming-of-age story of a young woman finding her voice in the world. Ernesto Quiñonez’s novel, Taína, delivers a subtle yet poignant critique of Latino culture weaved in an absorbing, magical narrative.…

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 12:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Three Novels: A Reading

Monique Truong’s novel The Sweetest Fruits is an ingenious retelling of the many lives of Greek-Irish globetrotting writer Lafcadio Hearn, through the voices of the women who knew him best. Curdella Forbes’s novel, A Tall History of Sugar, tells the story of Moshe Fisher, a Jamaican man who was “born without skin,” so that no one can tell to which race he belongs. A servant and former slave is accused of murdering her employer and his wife in The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins.…

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Three Novels, A Reading

Candice Carty-Williams’s Queenie is a disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place. Karen Dukess’s The Last Book Party is a propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod. Lauren Acampora’s novel, The Paper Wasp, is a riveting, knife-edge story of two women’s dark friendship of twisted ambition.…

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 3:30 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Border Crossings: Three Novels

In Daniel Jose Older’s novel, The Book of Lost Saints, a woman who vanished during the Cuban Revolution comes back in spirit to her nephew to ask questions in a family story of revolution, loss, and family bonds.  Oscar Cásares’s Where We Come From is a stunning and timely novel about a Mexican-American family in Brownsville, Texas that reluctantly becomes involved in smuggling immigrants into the United States.  In Steph Cha’s novel, Your House Will Pay,…

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Immigrants’ Lives: Nonfiction

Philippine born author Grace Talusan’s memoir The Body Papers retraces a family history threaded with violence, abuse and cancer, ultimately shining a light of hope into the darkness. Aaron Bobrow-Strain’s The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story reveals the human consequences of militarizing the U.S. border.…

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