Local author Helen Ann Wainer talks about her book "Family Portrait: A Memoir of a Jewish Family During the Holocaust." 9-11 a.m. Arts at St. Johns, 4760 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach. Free. Details: (305) 613-2325 or www.artsatstjohns.com.
South Florida humor writer Dave Barry presents his latest book on growing up, "I'll Mature When I'm Dead." His collection of life observations touches on fatherhood, self image, men vs. women and more. Ticket price includes entrance to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, a copy of the book, a tram tour and dessert. 3 p.m. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. $40. Details: www.booksandbooks.com.
ACROSS RACE LINES
Author Diana McCaulay discusses her book "Dog-Heart," the story of a middle-class single mother who takes a boy from the Jamaican ghetto under her wing. The book explores complexity of relationships between two people from very different backgrounds and the challenges faced by those seeking social change. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
GOING TO EXTREMES
John Avlon talks about political extremism, the subject of his book "Wingnuts." The book examines how this extremism has spread in the first years of the Obama administration from the rise of the Tea Party movement to the beginnings of what he calls "Obama Derangement Syndrome" and how hate-fueled rumors take hold. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Eric Volz talks about being accused of a crime and imprisoned in a foreign country, the subject of his book "Gringo Nightmare." Mr. Volz made international headlines when he was imprisoned in Nicaragua for the murder of a former girlfriend. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Learn how to master difficult conversations in the workplace with Donna Flagg, author of "Surviving Dreaded Conversations." The book touches on issues like firing employees, asking for a raise and telling clients bad financial news. 7 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.