SOUTH BEACH EXPLOITS
The Miami Beach Historical Association presents a reading and discussion with Alex Daoud, author of "The Sins of SouthBeach." The narrative is from Mr. Daoud's perspective as a former mayor of Miami Beach. 6 p.m. Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Details: www.mbgarden.org.
Miami architect Luis Trelles comes to the Wolfsonian-Florida International University to discuss and sign his book "Casas/Houses: Trelles Cabarrocas Architects." The book features commentary by architects from around the world and explores the impact of his work on South Florida. 7 p.m. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: www.thewolf.fiu.edu.
WEALTH FROM WAR
Part adventurer and part economic writer, Robert P. Smith comes to Books & Books to discuss his first book, "Riches Among the Ruins: Adventures in the Dark Corners of the Global Economy." The book follows Mr. Smith's travels to some of the world's most dangerous regions in hopes of making millions. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Liza Gyllenhaal comes to Coral Gables to read and sign her debut novel "Local Knowledge." The story follows a small-town woman who lands a lucrative real estate job. Things start unraveling, however, when her first sale brings a divisive New Yorker into her life. 5 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
THE MAKING OF MÁRQUEZ
Gerald Martin comes to Books & Books to discuss and sign his biography of the Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez. The book, which Mr. Martin spent two decades writing, is the only authorized biography of the Colombian writer and includes interviews with Mr. Márquez and hundreds of others characters from his life. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
THE CUBAN EXPERIENCE
Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes' "Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles" shares the joys, tragedies, and amazing resiliency of the Cuban immigrants who arrived in this country via the Mariel boat lift of 1980 and the rafters who came in the years after. The author will be discussing and signing her book. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.