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Calendar Of Events Books

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Written by on October 6, 2011

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Thursday 10/6

THE QUEEN

   In "Cleopatra: A Life" author Stacy Schiff separates fact from fiction about the personal and public life of the ancient Egyptian royal icon, Cleopatra. 7 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.

Tuesday 10/11

BEST ESSAYS

   The "Best American Essays 2011" edited by Edwidge Danticat showcases the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction essays. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best 20 or so pieces to publish. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.

Wednesday 10/12

OUT TO SEA

   Capt. John Jacobsen, a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, spent 15 years as a ship’s officer on cargo and passenger vessels. Today, Mr. Jacobsen is a harbor pilot in the Port of Miami and the chairman of the Biscayne Bay Pilots. In "A Commodore of Errors," Commodore Thomas Dickey, the pompous second in command at the US Merchant Marine Academy, desperately wants the top job and goes to great lengths to acquire it. 6:30 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.

SPIRITS AND LAW

   "The Spirits and the Law" examines the history of vodou in Haiti, asking why, from 1835 to 1987, Haiti banned many popular ritual practices. Author Kate Ramsey begins with the Haitian Revolution and its aftermath. Haitian governments, seeking to counter the image of Haiti as primitive as well as contain popular organization and leadership, outlawed "spells" and, later, "superstitious practices." Ms. Ramsey examines the ways communities across Haiti evaded, subverted, redirected and shaped enforcement of the laws. She further dissects claims that the religion has impeded Haiti’s development. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.

Thursday 10/13

IN THE GAME

   In "The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood," author Jane Leavy reveals the troubled childhood and genetic predisposition to alcoholism that drove baseball player Mickey Mantle. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.

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