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November 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 5:30 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Regarding Clothes, Costume and Curation

Graphic novelist and author Leanne Shapton (co-editor of Women in Clothes) and fashion curator and exhibition-maker Judith Clark (The Concise Dictionary of Dress) discuss the ways their books offer new perspectives and add to the current conversation on the meaning of exhibiting, wearing, and writing about clothes.…

Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 6:30 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Fiction of Place: A Reading

In Jennifer Tseng’s novel, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness, a disenchanted wife and librarian issues a library card to a shy seventeen-year-old boy and swiftly succumbs to a sexual obsession that subverts the way she views her life. In Thrity Umrigar’s latest novel, The Story Hour, an experienced psychologist carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients, but when she meets a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates. The characters in Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez‘s story collection,…

Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 8:00 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Stories of Books: Cultural Explorations

Andrea May’s The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio tells the miraculous and romantic story of the making of the First Folio, and of the American industrialist whose thrilling pursuit of the book became a lifelong obsession. In Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places, expert on rare and antiquarian books Rebecca Rego Barry recounts the stories of remarkable discoveries. James Grissom delves into the heart,…

Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 9:30 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

New Fiction: A Reading

In Bruce Bauman’s Broken Sleep, everyman Moses Teumer’s aggressive form of leukemia sends him in search of a donor and sets off a wild chain of events. In Lisa Glatt’s The Nakeds: A Novel, a hit-and-run accident sends the lives of both driver and victim into unforeseen trajectories. Shanna Mahin’s Oh! You Pretty Things tells the story of a third-generation Hollywood woman with a nowhere barista job, and her struggle to be a success in a town that acknowledges zeroes only as a dress size.…

Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 11:00 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

New Fiction: Stories of Exile and Displacement

In Angela Flournoy’s powerful, timely debut, The Turner House—Finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Fiction—a family gathers in Detroit’s East Side to decide the fate of the home in which they were all raised.  In Jennine Capó Crucet’s, Make Your Home Among Strangersl, a family of Cuban immigrants and their American-born daughters become entangled in an international immigration battle when a young boy, whose mother died fleeing with him from Cuba on a raft,…

Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 5:30 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

American Lives: Memoirs

In his moving and strikingly honest memoir, Lord Fear, Lucas Mann interrogates the loss of an older brother to a heroin overdose, and grapples with the frustrating fragility of memory in attempting to understand a man he deeply adored, but hardly got the chance to know.  I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son, blistering and deeply personal, records Kent Russell’s quest to understand, through his journalistic subjects, his own appetites and urges,…

Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 7:00 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Fiction of Place: A Reading

A woman’s passion for tango takes her to Buenos Aires, where she must pose as a male musician in Carolina De Robertis’s The Gods of Tango. Dimitry Elias Léger’s God Loves Haiti: A Novel traces the fates of three lovers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and the challenges they face readjusting to life after an earthquake devastates their city. Set in Cuba, 1963, Chantel Acevedo’s The Distant Marvels is an epic adventure tale, a family saga,…

Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 8:30 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Tragedy, Comedy, Versace: A Look at Jews, Identity, and the Creation of American Materialism

In collaboration with Tablet Magazine Contrary to some people’s conception, Jews aren’t ONLY people of the book. From the immigrants who birthed the contemporary fashion industry to the modernists who fled Hitler to create the modern American home, Jews have been at the center of nearly every industry devoted to the “stuff” of the American dream. But why? And more importantly, what does their involvement mean—for Jews, and for America? Find out from moderator More:  Alana Newhouse,…

Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 10:00 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

A Reading from New Novels

In Scott Wilbanks’s debut novel, The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster, a woman in present-time San Francisco connects with a truculent schoolmarm from 19th Century Kansas, and together they must figure out how they are able to communicate before one of them is convicted of a murder. Michael Golding’s novel, A Poet of the Invisible World, is an enchanted journey, a fable, and a spiritual work of imagination. The Wonder of All Things, the latest novel by Jason Mott,…

Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 11:30 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Cuba: Architecture and Cuisine

Dr. Maria Elena Martin, a practicing architect and Senior Professor at the Havana School of Architecture in the Higher Institute for Polytechnic Studies presents Havana Art Deco: An Architectural Guide, a definitive overview of Havana’s Art Deco Architecture. Enrique Fernandez’s Cortadito: My Wanderings Through Cuba’s Mutilated Yet Resilient Cuisine is a dissertation on Cuban cuisine seen through the author’s memories of growing up in Pre-revolutionary Cuba and learning the meaning and importance of the food and cooking from one’s traditions.…

November 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 5:00 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Living Your Best Life

In Life in Life: Live Longer, Strengthen Your Relationships, and Create a Healthier Life: A Meditation Journal, Dr. Laurie Ann Levin, renowned holistic psychologist, guides you effortlessly into loving yourself through meditations that spark connection to your highest self.…

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 6:00 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Into the Mysterium: A Photographic Journey Revealing Wondrous Marine Creatures We May Never See Again

Artist Michele Oka Doner discovered the wonders of the sea as a child growing up on Miami Beach. In 2006, she discovered Professor Nancy Voss’ collection of sea creatures at the University of Miami’s Marine Invertebrate Museum. The result of their meeting is Into the Mysterium, a photographic journey through a mysterious and breathtakingly beautiful collection of endangered oceanic beings. With moderator Victoria Rogers, Vice President Arts, The John S. and James L.…

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 7:00 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

As Above, Below: Two Scientists on the Heavens and the Seas

In What a Fish Knows, the myth-busting ethologist Jonathan Balcombe takes readers under the sea, through streams and estuaries, and to the other side of the aquarium glass to reveal the surprising capabilities of fishes. Priyamvada Natarajan’s Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos provides a tour of the “greatest hits” of cosmological discoveries—the ideas that reshaped our universe over the past century.…

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 8:30 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Being Black in America: Changing the Dominant Narrative

Washington Post reporter, Wesley Lowery’s They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story of #blacklivesmatter is the first book to go behind the barricades of #blacklivesmatter to tell the story of the young men and women who are calling for a new America. Mychal Denzel Smith,contributing writer at The Nation, a blogger at TheNation.com, and a Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute, presents Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, in which Smith recounts his efforts to come into his own in a world that denied his humanity.…

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Living on Their Own Terms: Readings from Three Memoirs

Life Without a Recipe is Diana Abu-Jaber’s memoir of journeying without a map, of learning to ignore the script and improvise, of escaping family and making family on one’s own terms. In Betsy Lerner’s The Bridge Ladies, readers are taken on a powerfully personal literary journey, where we learn a little about Bridge and a lot about life. From Elissa Altman, the Washington Post columnist and James Beard Award-winning author, comes Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw,…

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 11:30 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Panama: A New Path Between the Seas

In his photographic odyssey, The Isthmus: A New Path Between The Seas (AK Foto Inc.), author and photographer Andrew Kaufman documents the massive Panama Canal expansion project and its effect on Panama. As “El Canal” modernized, so did Panama, transforming the small Central American country into the crossroads of the world. Join Kaufman, Ilya Espino De Marotta, Executive Vice President of Engineering & Program Management at Panama Canal Authority, and Eldredge Bermingham, former Director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.…

Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 7:30 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Family Ties: Readings from Three Memoirs

Nadja Spiegelman’s I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This tells the stories of mothers and daughters—and mothers as daughters—traced through four generations, from Paris to New York and back again. Sulome Anderson, a journalist and daughter of one of the world’s most famous hostages, Terry Anderson, presents a gripping blend of reportage, memoir, and analysis: The Hostage’s Daughter, an intimate look at the effect of the Lebanese Hostage Crisis on Anderson’s family, the United States,…

Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 9:00 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Sex and the Modern Girl: A Nonfiction Reading

In her retro romp, Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman, journalist Brooke Hauser reveals how a self-proclaimed “mouseburger” from the Ozarks invented the “Cosmo Girl” and became one of the most influential women of her time. In Future Sex, Emily Witt explores internet dating, internet pornography, polyamory, and other avant-garde sexual subcultures as sites of possibility.…

Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 10:30 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Fathers and Daughters: Three Memoirs

In her debut memoir, Bandit: A Daughter’s Memoir, Molly Brodak recounts her childhood and attempts to make sense of her complicated relationship with her bank-robbing father. In his memoir, Falling: A Daughter, A Father, and A Journey Back, Elisha Cooper has to face his daughter’s illness and understand his new world—how it changes art and language and laughter—as he holds on to the protective love he feels for his child. In Danielle Flood‘s memoir, The Unquiet Daughter,…

November 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 10:30 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Race in America

Professor Erica Armstrong Dunbar‘s Never Caught: The Washington’s Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge is the powerful and surprising narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked it all to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom. The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation by Daina Ramey Berry, is a groundbreaking look at slaves as commodities through every phase of life in early America.…

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Race in America

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 11:30 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Race in America

In Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, Yale law professor James Forman, Jr. explains why the war on crime that began in the 1970s was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers, and how that support would have devastating consequences for residents of poor black neighborhoods. Lauren-Brooke Eisen‘s Inside Private Prisons: An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration details the complicated and perverse incentives rooted in the industry,…

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Race in America

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Race and the Inner City: Nonfiction

University of Miami law professor Donald JonesDangerous Spaces: Beyond the Racial Profile (Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture) is an eye-opening, unapologetic explanation of what racial profiling is in modern-day America: the systematic targeting of communities and placing of suspicion on specific populations.…

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

True Stories of Struggle: A Reading

Rachel Pearson’s No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine, is a brutally frank memoir about doctors and patients in a health care system that puts the poor at risk. Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, edited by John Freeman, presents some of the literary world’s most exciting writers, who look beyond numbers and wages to convey what it feels like to live in this divided nation.…

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 3:30 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Perspectives on Immigration

Ali Noorani’s There Goes the Neighborhood explores the changing story of America through interviews with civic leaders about the immigration crisis. Helen Thorpe’s The Newcomers follows the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers throughout the course of the 2015-2016 school year as they adapt to American culture and the English language.…

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

American Lives

How to Be a Muslim: An American Story is a memoir about Haroon Moghul’s struggle to forge an American Muslim identity in the aftermath of 9/11. In his book of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, Hanif Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, so that we might better understand ourselves.…

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American Lives

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Immigration Matters

Immigration attorney Naresh M. Gehi guides readers through the seemingly daunting process of obtainining a visa to the U.S., in Immigration For Everyone!

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Micro Memoirs: A Reading

Larry Smith‘s Six Words Fresh Off the Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity, and Coming to America, marries the phenomenon of Larry Smith’s successful Six-Word Memoirs with ABC and 20th Century Fox Television’s hit comedy Fresh Off the Boat. The 52 micro-memoirs in Beth Ann Fennelly‘s genre-defying Heating & Cooling offer bright glimpses into a richly lived life, combining the compression of poetry with the truth-telling of nonfiction into one heartfelt, celebratory book.…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Family Bonds: Fiction

Gin Phillips’s Fierce Kingdom is an electrifying book about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she’ll go to protect him. Hannah Tinti’s The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is a coming-of-age literary thrill ride about the price we pay to protect the people we love most.…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

New Fiction: Readings

In Pen Center USA-award winner Victor Lodato‘s novel, Edgar and Lucy, a boy with his mysterious, tragic past begins a journey into a secret wilderness where nothing is clear, not even the line between the living and the dead. Jenny Zhang’s Sour Heart: Stories is a sly debut story collection that conjures the experience of adolescence through the eyes of Chinese-American girls growing up in New York City. Kayla Rae Whitaker‘s novel, The Animators is a funny,…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Debut Novels: A Reading

Laddee Hubbard‘s The Talented Ribkins, in which Johnny Ribkins must draw on his family’s unusual collection of superpowers to save himself from the mobster whose money he’s stolen. Simeon Marsallis‘s As Lie Is to Grin is a trippy and transgressive tale that bends the recognizable world in startling ways to broaden our understanding of what it means to be young, gifted, and black in America today. Steeped in nostalgic wonder, Sophie Chen Keller‘s The Luster of Lost Things explores the depths of our capacity for kindness and our ability to heal.…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Khary Lazarre-White on Passage

Set in Harlem and Brooklyn, social justice advocate Khary Lazarre-White‘s first novel, Passages, tells the story of Warrior, a young black man living in a world where nothing is safe, not even his mind, which is haunted by the spirits of ancestors and of the demons of the system of oppression.…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Jitney Books: A Micro-Press Journey

Launched in 2016, Jitney Books is a new Miami micro-press with a bold vision of combining the talent of local artists and writers, and producing quality literature. Today, with revolutions in technology and online ordering, this might seem like an easy task. But the story behind the founding of Jitney Books—and that of the writers themselves—is one of struggle, complicated by the culture of the literary industry: an overworked professor in his first year at a more-than-full time position; a man with a novel that becomes suddenly and surprisingly relevant;…

November 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Alexander Chee in conversation with Garnette Cadogan

Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays explores the author’s education as a man, writer, and activist — and how we form our identities in life and in art.  In conversation with essayist and journalist Garnette Cadogan.…

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 12:30 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

20th Century Lives: Readings from Three Biographies

Debra Dean’s Hidden Tapestry: Jan Yoors, His Two Wives, and the War That Made Them One, tells the remarkable true story of Belgian-American artist Jan Yoors— childhood vagabond, wartime resistance fighter, New York bohemian— and the two women who agreed to share his life. The Life of Saul Bellow: Love and Strife, 1965-2005 (Vol. 2) by Zachary Leader examines the second half of acclaimed writer Saul Bellow’s life. David N. Schwartz’s The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi,

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Neruda: A Life Presented by The Leon Levy Center for Biography

Mark Eisner’s Neruda: The Poet’s Calling is the most definitive biography to date of the poet Pablo Neruda, a moving portrait of one of the most intriguing and influential figures in Latin American history. In conversation with Thad Ziolkowski, Associate Director of The Leon Levy Center for Biography.…

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

The Living and the Dead: A Conversation Presented by The Leon Levy Center for Biography

The task of the biographer is to resurrect the dead–or so we think–to bring back to life a figure who has receded from our consciousness. This has been the life’s work of two of our most distinguished biographers. Stacy Schiff has reached back (with the exception of her book on Vera Nabokov) to the remote reaches of time, from Cleopatra to the Salem Witches and Ben Franklin. Kai Bird has chosen figures closer to our own time–Robert Oppenheimer, the Mcbundy brothers,…

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

On Visionary Women Presented by The Leon Levy Center for Biography

Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World, by Andrea Barnet. Moderated by Miriam Pawel.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Readings from Three Memoirs

Glynnis MacNicol embarks on a revealing journey of self-discovery that continually contradicts everything she’d been led to expect about her fortieth year in the memoir No One Tells You This: A Memoir. Tessa Fontaine‘s astonishing memoir of pushing past fear, The Electric Woman, follows the author on a life-affirming journey of loss and self-discovery through her time on the road with the last traveling American sideshow and her relationship with an adventurous, spirited mother. When We Were Ghouls follows Amy Wallen’s recollections of her family who,…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 12:30 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Family Stories: A Reading from New Fiction and Nonfiction

In A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story About Schizophrenia Sandy Allen translates the autobiography of their schizophrenic uncle, artfully creating a gripping coming-of-age story that illuminates the experience of living with schizophrenia like never before. Jean Guerrero’s Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir explores a daughter’s quest to understand her charismatic and troubled father, an immigrant who crosses borders both real and illusory.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Two Memoirs: A Reading

Sandra Gail Lambert’s A Certain Loneliness is a meditative and engaging memoir-in-essays that explores the intersection of disability, queerness, and female desire with frankness and humor. Through the eyes of an alcoholic rocket engineer’s daughter, Linda Buckmaster’s Space Heart paints a picture of an era of endless optimism and television cowboys amid the looming Soviet threat.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Life Stories: A Reading in Two Genres

A warped and exhilarating tale of love and lust, Matthew Klam’s Who Is Rich?  is a novel of family, monogamy, the intoxicating beauty of children, and the challenging interdependence of two soulful, sensitive creatures in a confusing domestic alliance. Told with zinging wit and zero propriety, Lacks Self-Control is a testament to Roy Sekoff’s unwavering commitment to overshare. Congratulations, Who Are You Again? is Harrison Scott Key’s instructive tale of pursuing his destiny with relentless and often misguided devotion,…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

On Their Own Terms: Readings from Two Novels

That Woman from Mississippi opens with author Norma Watkins’ flight from her husband and children in segregated Mississippi and explores the consequences of exile. Reclaimed is Antonia Williams-Gary’s memoir about her struggle in silence through decades of emotional abuse, while maintaining a high profile, public marriage.…

November 2019

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Literary Greats

In William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life, author Steve Almond writes about the 1965 John Williams novel Stoner and why it continues to speak to the impoverishment of inner life in America.…

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Literary Greats

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Award-Winning Readings: National Book Award Nominees and Winner in Translated Literature

The National Book Foundation’s National Book Awards recognizes some of the most outstanding works of translated literature published in the U.S. each year. In conversation with translator and professor Becka McKay. Diane Grosklaus Whitty, The Collector of Leftover Souls: Field Notes on Brazil’s Everyday Insurrections Sponsored by  …

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 1:30 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

On Literature

Daniel Mendelsohn casts an eye at literature, film, television, and the personal essay in Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones. In All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf, author Katharine Smyth braids memoir, literary criticism, and biography. Jess Row’s White Flights, featuring seven wide-ranging, erudite, and impassioned essays, offers a meditation on whiteness in American fiction and culture.…

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On Literature

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Nonfiction readings

The Book of Delights is Ross Gay’s collection of short lyric essays, reminding us of the purpose and pleasure of praising, extolling, and celebrating ordinary wonders. My Parents: An Introduction / This Does Not Belong to You is two books in one in a flip dos-à-dos format: the story of Aleksandar Hemon’s parents’ immigration from Sarajevo to Canada and a book of short memories of the author’s childhood in Sarajevo.…

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Freeman’s: California

Author and former Granta editor, John Freeman, presents an anthology of California stories that captures the state in all its glorious complexity. Freeman will be joined by contributors Xuan Juliana Wang’s (Home Remedies), and Shobha Rao (Girls Burn Brighter). …

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

You Tell’em Joel Stein

In his In Defense of Elitism: Why I’m Better Than You and You’re Better Than Someone Who Didn’t Buy This Book, Joel Stein bravely faces the anti-elitists with humor and big words. In conversation with Roxanne Coady, host of Just the Right Book, a LitHub Radio podcast.…

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Cuba in Three Novels

In It Would be Night in Caracas, her first work of fiction, Venezuelan journalist Karina Sainz Borgo chronicles one woman’s struggle to survive these days in Venezuela. Wendy Guerra’s Revolution Sunday is a novel of glamour, surveillance, and corruption in contemporary Cuba. Full of outlandish humor and insights into an often contradictory and kafkaesque regime, Pablo Medina brings 1960s Cuba to life in his novel The Cuban Comedy.…

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 12:30 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

On Cuba

Martin Garbus’s North of Havana: The Untold Story of Dirty Politics, Secret Diplomacy, and the Trial of the Cuban Five tells the story of a spy ring sent by Cuba in the early 1990s to infiltrate anti-Communist extremists in Miami. Jonathan M. Hansen’s Young Castro: The Making of a Revolutionary challenges readers to discover how Castro became the dictator who acted as a thorn in the side of US presidents for nearly half a century.…

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On Cuba

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 1:30 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Kwame Dawes on Bivouac

In Kwame Dawes novel, Bivouac, a man’s grief over the death of his father is exacerbated by the conflict over whether the death was the result of medical negligence or a political assassination. In conversation with Akashic Books publisher Johnny Temple.…

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 2:30 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Immigrants’ Tales: Nonfiction

In My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education, a candid collection of essays, first-generation American Jennine Capó Crucet explores the condition of finding herself a stranger in the country where she was born. Abdi Nor Iftin’s memoir, Call Me American, chronicles his immigration the United States from battle-torn Mogadishu, Somalia. In This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto, Suketu Mehta makes a timely argument for why the United States and the West would benefit from accepting more immigrants.…

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 3:30 pm
Room 8202 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

American Roots: Nonfiction

Christina Proenza-Coles’s study, American Founders, reveals men and women of African descent as key protagonists in the story of American democracy. Carrie Gibson’s El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America chronicles the dramatic history of Hispanic North America from the early 16th century to the present. In Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story, Marie Arana tells the stories of three contemporary Latin Americans whose lives represent three driving forces that have shaped the character of the region: exploitation,…

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