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November 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 5:00 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

True Tales of Miami Hip Hop

My Rise 2 Fame: The Tell All Autobiography of a Hip Hop Legend is the explicit autobiography and untold story of Christopher “Fresh Kid Ice” Wong Won, the historic co-founder of hip hop’s most infamous group 2 Live Crew. “Fresh Kid Ice” will be in conversation with co-author Jacob Katel.…

Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 6:00 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

The World Over: Three Novels of Place

The privileged daughter of a wealthy Colombian land owner comes to recognize the suffering of her ravaged country in Vanessa Blakeslee‘s novel, Juventud. Violently pushed from their ancient farming village of Beit Daras, a Palestinian family tries to reconstitute itself in a refugee camp in Gaza, in Susan Abulhawa’s novel, The Blue Between Sky and Water. In João Almino’s novel, Free City, a worker disappears and may have been murdered the day Brasilia was founded.…

Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 7:30 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

New Fiction with an Edge: A Reading

Justin Taylor‘s Flings: Stories is a piercing collection of short fiction that illuminates our struggle to find love, comfort, and identity. New Yorker cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s graphic novel, Ann Tenna, is a wildly imaginative story of an influential gossip columnist brought face-to-face with her higher self. …

Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 9:00 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

New Fiction: A Reading

In Steven Charnow’s novel, Charlie Fig and the Lip, the summer between high school and college is interrupted by the discovery of a bullet-riddled delivery van belonging to one of their fathers. Nina Romano’s novel, The Secret Language of Women, set during the Boxer Rebellion in China, depicts a romance between a young Chinese woman, and her Italian lover, fraught with complications imposed by societal constraints. In Thane Rosenbaum’s How Sweet It Is!,…

Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 10:30 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Mysteries, Interior and Exterior

In Glenn Taylor’s A Hanging at Cinder Bottom: A Novel, a gambler, under suspicion for armed robbery and murder returns to his hometown, finds a brother dead and his father’s saloon in shambles and suspects the same men might be responsible for both. Michael Ruhlman’s In Short Measures: Three Novellas delves deeply into the nuanced complexity of romantic and sexual love — and the inevitable evolution of the heart over the span of years and decades.…

Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 10:30 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

The Tropes of War

The Tropes of War: Visual Hyperbole and Spectacular Culture by Andrea Greenbaum examines the remnants of war that construct the narratives of returning soldiers, and documents how those who record their memories endeavour to excavate these broken pieces.…

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The Tropes of War

Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 12:00 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Lea Black on Red Carpets & White Lies

A Miami socialite hosts the most extravagant party of them all, but in the world of Miami’s rich and shameless, a scandal is never far off…and this one hits everyone close to home, in Lea Black’s Red Carpets & White Lies: A Novel.…

Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 5:00 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Murder Most Viral: New Fiction

Set in Miami, Brian Bandell’s mystery/thriller Famous After Death poses the question: Everything else has gone viral, so why not murder?…

Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 6:00 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

People and Places: A Reading of New Fiction

A man decides he’ll save his failing New York restaurant by traveling to Cuba to reclaim a legendary chicken recipe stolen from his family by Fidel Castro in Phillippe Diederich’s debut novel Sofrito. Fatima Shaik has written a love letter to the entertaining, unpredictable, and flawed characters who populated New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina in What Went Missing and What Got Found, a lyrical short story collection with undertones of the blues. In her novel, Almost Crimson,…

Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 7:30 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

History in Fiction: A Reading

Jacinda Townsend’s debut novel, Saint Monkey, portrays a young pianist from Kentucky, who joins the blooming jazz scene in Harlem in an era where segregation is a stark reality. Peter Golden’s Wherever There Is Light: A Novel is a panoramic tale of twentieth-century America, chronicling the decades-long love affair between a Jewish immigrant and the granddaughter of a slave. The daughter of abolitionist John Brown’s past is woven into the present by secrets, dangers and deliverance in Sarah McCoy’s The Mapmaker’s Children: A Novel.…

Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 9:00 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Women’s Lives of Courage

In Escape Points: A Memoir, Michele Weldon provides an antidote to the harried single mom stereotype in this beguiling memoir of raising three sons alone in the face of cancer, an ambitious career, and the shadow of her ex. Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and author Alysia Burton Steele combines heart-wrenching narrative with poignant photographs of more than 50 female church elders in the Mississippi Delta in Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom.…

Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 10:30 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Creating Cultural Phenomenons

From Nathan Ward, The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett, is the first book to illuminate Hammett’s transformation from real detective to great American detective writer. In the biography, Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons and Dragons, Michael Witwer has written an engaging chronicle of the life and legacy of this emperor of the imagination.…

Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 12:00 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Crimes of War

Roberto Vivo’s War: A Crime Against Humanity is a condensation of the history of war and the evolution of humanity in its search for enduring and active world peace.…

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Crimes of War

November 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 6:00 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Thrillers: A Reading

In James Grippando‘s Gone Again: A Jack Swyteck Novel, Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck takes on his first death-row client since The Pardon, in a case as twisty as it is shocking. In Lucie Whitehouse’s Keep You Close, the suspicious death of a friend leads a woman to discover sinister secrets that threaten her future.…

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 7:30 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In a Sunshine State of Mind

In Tim Dorsey‘s Coconut Cowboy, Serge Storms, obsessed with the iconic Sixties classic Easy Rider, devises his wildest plan yet: finish the journey begun by his freewheeling heroes, Captain America and Billy. Craig Pittman‘s Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country explores the states many contradictions, and shows how they fit together to make this the most interesting—and a highly influential— state.…

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 9:00 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Dangerous Journeys: Two Novels

In Ridley Pearson’s fourth installment of the Risk Agent series, White Bone (G.P. Putnam’s Sons), when Grace Chu vanishes in her attempt to investigate a switched vaccine in Kenya, John Knox encounters savage elephant poachers and their terrorist sponsors in his efforts to follow her trail. Among the Living by Jonathan Rabb is a moving novel about a Holocaust survivor’s unconventional journey back to a new normal in 1940s Savannah, Georgia.…

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 10:30 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Thrillers: A Reading

In Joe Clifford’s second Jay Porter novel, the psychological thriller, December Boys, Porter finds himself thrust back into a past he had hoped to leave behind, putting everything — and everyone he loves — at risk, in pursuit of the truth. A failed rocker in L.A. gets involved in a murder investigation and quickly learns nothing is what it seems, in Mike Creeden‘s debut mystery/thriller, All Your Lies Came True. In Alex Segura’s Down the Darkest Street,…

Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 6:00 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Three Lives: A Nonfiction Reading

Blood, Bone, and Marrow, by Ted Geltner, is the first full-length biography of one of the most unlikely figures in twentieth-century American literature, Harry Crews, a writer who emerged from a dirt-poor South Georgia tenant farm and went on to create a singularly unique voice of fiction. Walter Shapiro’s Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Fuhrer, tells the true story of how his great-uncle—a Jewish vaudeville impresario and exuberant con man—managed to cheat Hitler’s agents in the run-up to WWII.…

Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 7:30 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Home is Where the Heart Is: Two Memoirs of Place

Journalist and author Amy Haimerl recounts the restoration of a down-on-its luck house in a down-on-its luck city in her memoir, Detroit Hustle: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Home. Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, Angela Palm’s Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here is a book of spellbinding linked essays on place, young love, and a life-altering crime. …

Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 9:00 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Florida: The Natural World

Robert Silk’s An Ecotourist’s Guide to the Everglades and the Florida Keys is essential reading for a fun-filled trip through the world’s most famous wetland, the Everglades, and the marine environment of the 130-mile island chain formed by the Florida Keys. Cathy Salustri’s travel guide Backroads of Paradise: A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida reveals a patchwork quilt of Florida cultures: startling pockets of history and environmental bliss stitched against the blight of strip malls and franchise restaurants. …

Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 11:00 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Florida: Real and Imagined

Gary Monroe’s biography, E.G. Barnhill: Florida Photographer, Adventurer, Entrepreneur, showcases a little-known artist whose inventive techniques—particularly his uranium-dye coloring—merit a place in the story of American photography. In George Merrick, Son of the South Wind: Visionary Creator of Coral Gables, Arva Parks presents the remarkable true story of George Merrick and of one of the nation’s most iconic planned cities. In Miami: Real and Imagined, long-time Miamian Hank Klein brings his vision and imagination to more than 200 colorful Miami scenes,…

November 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 10:30 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy

David Callahan’s The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age provides a fascinating investigation of a power shift in American society that has implications for us all. Sponsored by

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 11:30 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea

Danny Goldberg lived through the 60s and remembers it well. The former chairman of Warner Bros. and Atlantic Records has written In Search of the Lost Chord: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business (Akashic), a mosaic of seminal moments in the psychedelic, spiritual, rock-and-roll, and political protest cultures of 1967. Goldberg is joined in conversation with renowned journalist and media analyst Eric Alterman in a discussion of how and why the legacy of 1967 lives on today.…

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 12:30 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Beware the Military-Industrial Complex

Larry Pressler’s memoir, Neighbours in Arms: An American Senator’s Quest for Disarmament in a Nuclear Subcontinent, exposes the enormous power wielded by the military-industrial complex, and how it controls significant aspects of the American presence in the Indian subcontinent.…

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 1:30 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Intelligence—Foreign and Domestic: Nonfiction

Melvin A. Goodman‘s Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence is a rare insider’s account of the inner workings of America’s intelligence community. Pulitzer Prize-winning Daniel Golden‘s Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America’s Universities exposes how academia has become a major target of foreign and domestic espionage―and why that is troubling news for our nation’s security and democratic values.…

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

American History

In A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr., Alvin S. Felzenberg sheds light on little-known aspects of the most influential American conservative writer, activist, and organizer in the postwar era. In The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good, a sweeping history of the post-World War II decades, David Goldfield examines the generation immediately after WWII and argues that the federal government was instrumental in the great economic, social, and environmental progress of the era.…

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 3:30 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Outside Forces

Kathleen McAuliffe’s This Is Your Brain on Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society is both a journey into cutting-edge science and a revelatory examination of what it means to be human.…

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Outside Forces

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

American Lives

Former Navy SEAL Leif Babin offers a compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application of the SEAL’s principles to business management, in Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win.…

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American Lives

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Get Out of Your Own Way!

Veteran publicist Justin Loeber presents a scrappy, humorous, real-life, kick-in-the-pants wake-up call with his new book, Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life: 10 Steps to Shift Gears, Dream Big, Do it Now!

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Women Today

Angela Saini’s Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story, investigates the gender wars in biology, psychology, and anthropology, and delves into cutting-edge scientific studies to uncover a fascinating new portrait of women’s brains, bodies, and role in human evolution. Kate Harding presents 23 Leading Feminist Writers on Protest and Solidarity, in Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America.…

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Women Today

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

The Fact of a Body: Memoir

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s memoir, The Fact of a Body, is the story of how a crime was constructed—and how we grapple with our own personal histories.…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives

Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives, edited by Nashville-based writer and artist development consultant Holly Gleason, presents deeply personal essays from award-winning writers on femme fatales, feminists, groundbreakers, and truth tellers. Gleason is joined by Atlantic recording artist, Aubrie Sellers, and Wendy Pearl, former Director of Communications at the Country Music Association.…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

True Stories of Struggle and Survival: A Reading

M. Evelina Galang’s Lolas’ House tells the stories, in unprecedented detail, of sixteen surviving Filipino “comfort women,” kidnapped by the Imperil Japanese Army during World War II and forced into sexual slavery. In Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, Elizabeth Rosner depicts the efforts to understand the intergenerational inheritance of trauma, as well as the intricacies of remembrance in the aftermath of atrocity. In A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa,

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Stories of Bravery

In Jessica Shattuck’s novel, The Women in the Castle, the widow of a resister murdered in a failed assassination attempt on Adolph Hitler plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband’s brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives. Rachel Kadish‘s The Weight of Ink is a sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind.…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Race in America: Nonfiction

Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential in Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race. In Kent Spriggs’s, Voices of Civil Rights Lawyers: Reflections from the Deep South, 1964-1980, twenty-six lawyers reveal the abuses they endured and the barriers they broke as they fought for civil rights.…

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Inspiring True Stories

Marsha S. Bordner‘s presents the memoir of her husband, Harold H. Brown, in Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman, which recounts the journey of an African American man who, through dedication to his goals and vision, rose through the despair of racial segregation to great heights of accomplishment. Joe Starita‘s A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor is the story of a woman who crashed through thick walls of ethnic,…

November 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Well-read Women

Glory Edim’s Well-read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves is an inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club, Well-read Black Girl. Mahogany L. Browne, one of the editors behind The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic, presents some of the most exciting Black women writing today. …

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Well-read Women

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 12:30 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Exploration and Empire

Deborah Baker’s The Last Englishmen: Love, War, and the End of Empire is a sumptuous biographical saga, both intimate and epic, about the waning of the British Empire in India.…

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 1:30 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Historical Fiction: A Conversation

A young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California in Hernan Diaz’s historical novel, In the Distance.  A finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in fiction, Diaz will be in conversation with novel and short story master, Jim Shepherd.…

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 2:30 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Beyond Rosie the Riveter

In her most recent book, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War, Karen Abbott, tells the spellbinding true story of four women — a socialite, a farm girl, an abolitionist, and a widow — who risked everything to become spies during the Civil War.  Gregory J. Wallance’s The Woman Who Fought an Empire tells the improbable but true odyssey of a bold young woman—the daughter of Romanian-born Jewish settlers in Palestine—who became the daring leader of a Middle East spy ring.…

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 3:30 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Modern Family: Three Readings

Ada Calhoun’s Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give is a collection of seven essays celebrating the beauty of the imperfect marriage. Fueled by urgency and the emotional intensity of Kim Brooks’s own story, Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear, is a riveting examination of the ways our culture of competitive, anxious, and judgmental parenting has profoundly altered the experiences of parents and children. In true stories that cut to the quick. Dawn Davies explores passion,…

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

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

Celebrate the 2018 National Book Award Nominees and Finalists in Translated Literature, in recognition of some of the most outstanding works of translated literature published in the U.S. this year. Moderated by Marci Vogel. Sponsored by

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Real Florida

Les Standiford and his book Center of Dreams to the following pairing: Jim Ross, In Season: Stories of Discovery, Loss, Home, and Places in Between; Julie Hauserman, Drawn to the Deep: The Remarkable Underwater Explorations of Wes Skiles; and Jose Manuel Garcia, Voices from Mariel: Oral Histories of the 1980 Cuban Boatlift. Sponsored by

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Real Florida

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 12:30 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Treacherous Waters: Nonfiction Readings

Tristram Korten’s Into the Storm: Two Ships, a Deadly Hurricane, and an Epic Battle for Survival tells the true story of two doomed ships and a daring search-and- rescue operation that shines a light on the elite Coast Guard swimmers trained for the most dangerous ocean missions. Eric Jay Dolin, Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age”—spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s—when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond.…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 1:30 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

On Medicine: A Reading

Daniela Lamas’ You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Stories of Life, Death, and in Between contains beautifully crafted stories about what life is like for patients kept alive by modern medical technology. Dr. Sandeep Jauhar’s Heart: A History tells the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal our most vital organ. Johann Hari went on a forty-thousand-mile journey across the world to interview the leading experts about what causes depression and anxiety,…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Icons In Their Fields

JOE HAGAN’s Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner & Rolling Stone Magazine is a delicious romp through the heyday of rock and roll and a revealing portrait of the man at the helm of the iconic magazine that made it all possible. ANDREW FRIEDMAN’s Chefs, Drugs and Rock & Roll transports readers back in time to witness the remarkable evolution of the American restaurant chef in the 1970s and ‘80s. In The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation,…

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

American Lives: Readings from New Biographies

Raymond Arsenault’s Arthur Ashe: A Life is the first comprehensive, authoritative biography of American icon Arthur Ashe—the Jackie Robinson of men’s tennis. In chronicling the adventurous life of legendary CIA operative Edward Lansdale, Max Boot’s The Road Not Taken definitively reframes our understanding of the Vietnam War.The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created, from Jane Leavy, is the definitive biography of Babe Ruth—the man Roger Angell dubbed “the model for modern celebrity.”…

November 2019

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Race and Resistance

In Seven Sisters and a Brother: Friendship, Resistance, and the Untold Truth Behind Black Activism at Swarthmore College, the eight students at the heart of the historical eight-day sit-in in 1969 at Swarthmore College — Marilyn Allman Maye, Jannette O. Domingo, Marilyn J. Holifield, Aundrea White Kelley, Myra E. Rose, Harold S. Buchanan and Erica James — recall a protest that led to change.…

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

From Prison to Purpose: Nonfiction

In The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose, Chris Wilson tells his story of second chances: from being sentenced to life in prison with no hope of parole at 18, to successful social entrepreneur, mentor, and public speaker.…

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In Their Own Words: A Reading

In What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man’s Blues, Clifford Thompson explores the war between the values he has held, and the reality in twenty-first-century America. In his collection of essays We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America, D. Watkins gives a voice to people who live in economically disadvantaged black communities and whose experiences he feels are largely absent from the commentary of many top intellectuals who speak and write about race.…

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

William Monroe Trotter: Black Radical

Kerri Greenidge’s Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter, reestablishes Trotter’s essential place in the pantheon of American civil rights heroes. Dr. Greenidge will be in conversation with Channing Joseph, Fellow, The Leon Levy Center for Biography. Sponsored by Biography    …

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Race in America

Steve Luxenberg’s Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation is a myth-shattering narrative of the pernicious consequences of racial segregation in the United States. Daniel Brooks’ The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction is a technicolor history of the first civil rights movement and its collapse into black and white.…

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Race in America

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

The Welfare Queen

Josh Levin’s The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth is a fascinating account of American racism, and an exposé of the “welfare queen” myth. Levin will be joined by Elizabeth Flock, reporter and producer for PBS NewsHour.…

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

On the Road

James Fallows and Deborah Fallows are co-authors of Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America which chronicles five years of travels across America in a single-engine prop airplane.…

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On the Road

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Awakenings, A Reading

Megan Phelps-Roper’s memoir Unfollow tells a tale of her moral awakening, from spokesperson of her grandfather’s Westboro Baptist Church, best known for picketing funerals of U.S. service members, to compassionate, empathetic skeptic. Memoir of a Race Traitor, back in print after more than a decade, chronicles Mab Segrest’s antiracist, antihomophobic activism in the 80s, and what has transpired with the far right since the book’s publication.…

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In The Face Evil: Helping Others, a Reading

Julia Flynn Siler’s The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown is a revelatory history of the trafficking of young Asian girls in San Francisco during the first hundred years of Chinese immigration. In The Plateau, Maggie Paxson sets out to explore why people in this region in Southern France have a tradition, dating back centuries, of helping those in need.…

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

The Psychology of Life: Three Novels

Michael Frank’s What is Missing is a psychological family drama about a father, a son, and the woman they both love. In her novel, On Division, Goldie Goldbloom tells a deeply affecting, morally insightful story, and offers a rare look inside Brooklyn’s Chasidic community. From neuroscientist Lisa Genova, the novel, Every Note Played, is a powerful exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive. Sponsored by        …

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 3:30 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

A Judaic Journey

In Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century, historian Sarah Abrevaya Stein shares the true story of a frayed and diasporic family preserved in thousands of letters. Sponsored by       …

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Never Forget: True Stories of Resistance

Eric Lichtblau’s Return to the Reich: A Holocaust Refugee’s Secret Mission to Defeat the Nazis, is an eye-opening, unforgettable narrative of World War II heroism. Debbie Cenziper’s Citizen 865: The Hunt for Hitler’s Hidden Soldiers in America tells the gripping story of a team of Nazi hunters at the U.S. Department of Justice. Sponsored by          …

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