A PORTABLE ISLAND
Ruth Behar and Lucía M. Suárez come to Coral Gables to discuss their book "The Portable Island: Cubans at Home in the World." The book looks at how Cubans confront their condition as an uprooted people through responses from some of the most daring Cuban writers and artists. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
VENUS OF AN EMPIRE
Flora Fraser will be discussing her biography of Pauline Bonaparte Borghese titled "Pauline Bonaparte: Venus of Empire." In it, Ms. Fraser examines the woman and her relationship with one of Europe's most influential figures and her brother, Napoleon Bonaparte. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
A SURGEON'S MEMOIR
Books & Books and the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center host Miami-native Dr. David Galbut for a presentation and signing of his book "My Father's Final Journey: A Heart Surgeon's Memoir." The book is an inspiring story of the traumatic final months of the life of the author's father and the complex emotions generated. 7:30 p.m. Miami Beach Jewish Community Center, 4221 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach. Details: (305) 534-3206 or www.mbjcc.org.