Algonquin Publishing hosts a book bash, featuring discussions of three titles and a wine tasting. Activities kick off with a blind wine tasting led by Robin Goldstein and Alexis Herschkowitsch, the experts behind FearlessCritic.com and book "The Wine Trials. Sample the three wines and prepare to be surprised by which was the priciest. In addition, novelist Brock Clarke hosts a special early release of his brand-new novel "Exley," which won't be officially released until October, and Ms. Goldstein and Ms. Herschkowitsch lead a beer tasting. Attendees receive a free advance copy of one of the publishing company's upcoming fall titles. 7 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Author Ari Pinelli discusses "Historias Cortas del Planeta Cuba." Event in Spanish. 7 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
MEANING OF LIFE
Michael Largo discusses his book "God's Lunatics," a chronicle of mankind's search for the meaning of life, from the ridiculous and irrational to the horrific and maniacal. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Pamela Golbin, chief curator of the Fashion and Textiles Museum at the Louvre in Paris talks about her recent projects, followed by a book signing of "Madeleine Vionnet" and cocktail reception. Ms. Golbin is a Franco-Chilean who was born in Peru and raised in Miami. She studied at Columbia University and the Sorbonne and has been a curator at the Louvre since 1993. 7 p.m. The Wolfsonian, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Free for members, students and members of the Florida International University community. $10 others. RSVP required. Details: (305) 535-2645 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.wolfsonian.org.
Learn about the history of Hallandale Beach from its beginnings during Florida's 1920s boom time to present day as South Florida historian Seth Bramson discusses his book "Hallandale Beach, Florida." 7:30 p.m. Books & Books, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour. Details: (305) 864-4241 or www.booksandbooks.com.