Ruth Reichl, former editor-in-chief of "Gourmet," shares her investigation into who her mother truly was: "For You Mom, Finally." Through letters and diaries, Ms. Reichl takes a candid look at her mother's transition from a hopeful young woman to an increasingly older, unhappy person and the sacrifices she made to ensure her daughter's life would be less of a disappointment. 7:30 p.m. Temple Israel, 137 NE 19th St., Miami. Tickets required. Available at all Books & Books locations. Details: www.booksandbooks.com.
Makeup artist to the stars Scott Barnes dishes on what he's learned working on the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston. Learn makeup application techniques, beauty rituals, must-have makeup items and more — all part of his book "About Face." 7:30 p.m. Books & Books, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour. Details: (305) 864-4241 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Sex and the City" author Candace Bushnell presents her latest book on the back story of main character Carrie Bradshaw, "The Carrie Diaries." The book opens in Carrie's senior year of high school, allowing readers to learn about her family background, early relationships and what brought her to New York City. 7:30 p.m. The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. $5. Tickets required. Available at all Books & Books locations. Details: www.booksandbooks.com.
HAVANA, OLD AND NEW
Cathryn Griffith discusses her book "Havana Revisited," which examines Havana old and new through the interpretations of architects, historians, scholars, preservationists and urban planners. 7 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Howard Schilit, called "The Sherlock Holmes of Accounting" by Business Week, talks about how to research businesses before you invest in them in conjunction with his book "Financial Shenanigans." 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
BEAUTY ON THE GO
Carmindy, the makeup artist on TLC's "What Not to Wear," shares beauty secrets for women on the go. Her book "Crazy Busy Beautiful" is filled with more than 597 quick and easy beauty tips from un-clumping mascara wands, de-streaking blush and choosing the right lipstick shade. 7:30 p.m. Books & Books, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour. Details: (305) 864-4241 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Chef Rafael Palomino and Arlen Gargagliano share the bold flavors and minimal ingredients behind the flame-cooked, fresh recipes in their cookbook "Latin Grill." Highlights of the book's new spin on grilling — Latin style — include a grilled Caesar salad, ceviches, burgers and fruity cocktails like Blueberry-Pisco Sours. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.