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Written by Miami Today on January 21, 2010
University of Florida associate history professor Jack E. Davis discusses his book "An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century." His book is the first major biography of the environmentalist, who lived 108 years and is known for her dedication to preserving the Florida Everglades. Mr. Davis will speak on Ms. Stoneman Douglas’s life following a wine-and-cheese reception. 6 p.m. The University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, F.G. Walton Smith Commons, Key Biscayne. Details: http://www.library.miami.edu/about/friends/friends’library.html.
BARD MEETS BROADWAY
Consider Shakespeare’s influence on American musical theater with author Irene G. Dash, who argues in "Shakespeare and the American Musical" that signs of the Bard can be seen in everything from plots to song forms. Musicals examined include "Kiss Me, Kate" ("Taming of the Shrew") and "West Side Story" ("Romeo and Juliet"). 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Ann Louise Bardach discusses her book "Without Fidel," which takes an in-depth look at Cuban politics spawning from more than two decades of her reporting and interviews, including with Castro himself. This dual portrait of Raul and Fidel Castro includes never-before-published reporting on Fidel Castro and his half-century grip on the largest country in the Caribbean while assessing the effect his departure will have on world politics, including the US embargo. 6 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Stephen Irving Max Schwab reads excerpts from and speaks about his book "Guantánamo, USA," which provides a comprehensive history of America’s detention center in Cuba, including its origins and the variety of purposes it serves. 6:30 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
University of Miami associate professor of Italian Laura Giannetti discusses and takes questions on her book "Lelia’s Kiss," which explores gender roles, sexuality and marriage in the Italian Renaissance through comedies from that period. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.