"Practical Genius: The Real Smarts you Need to Get Your Talents and Passions Working for YOU" by Gina Rudan lays out a life-changing plan to help readers gain practical, everyday genius they can use to release hidden potential and bring success and satisfaction to work and life. 6 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes" by Scott Wallace takes readers into the depths of the Amazon jungle to the "flecheiros" tribe, or "People of the Arrow," seldom-seen warriors known to repulse all intruders with showers of lethal arrows. 7 p.m. Books & Books Miami Beach, 972 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Details (305) 532-3222 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Using natural imagery and the ease of jazz, author Michael Hettich imagines a way through isolation, longing and the haunting, unexplained loss of his father in "The Animals Beyond Us." 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Photographer Sam Shaw was responsible for much iconographic photography of the '50s and '60s, most notably the image of Marilyn Monroe standing on a subway grate as her dress is blown above her knee. He also took the still photographs for movies that he produced himself, initially for Paul Newman on "Paris Blues," but most notably for movies directed by John Cassavetes. A survey of Shaw's work, "Sam Shaw, A Personal Point of View" has been assembled and edited by The Shaw Family Archives. 7 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Bloodspell" by Amalie Howard tells of young Victoria Warrick and her encounter with a dark journal that reveals her true identity and part of the reason she has been an outcast all her life: she is a witch. 5 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Imagining Women's Conventual Spaces in France" explores the convent's place in the early modern imagination. Author Barbara Woshinsky brackets her account between two pivotal events: the Council of Trent imposing strict enclosure on cloistered nuns, and the French Revolution expelling them from their cloisters two centuries later. In the intervening time, women within convent walls were both captives and refugees from an outside world dominated by patriarchal power and discourses. The convent also spurred discourses composed by women: convents become safe houses for those fleeing bad marriages or trying to construct an ideal, pastoral life, as a counter model to the male-dominated court or household. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Amy Stewart, author of New York Times bestseller "Wicked Plants" hosts a singing and reading from her new book "Wicked Bugs," a darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world. Ms. Stewart tracked down over 100 creatures that infest, infect and wreak havoc on human affairs including the world's most painful hornet, disease-transmitting flies and "bookworms" that devour libraries. 6:30 p.m. Fairchild Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, visitor center ballroom, Miami. $20 for Fairchild members. $25 others. Details: (305) 663-8077 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.fairchildgarden.org.
Book signing and conversation between Thomas Collins, director of the Miami Art Museum, and artist Enrique Martínez Celaya celebrate the release of "Enrique Martínez Celaya: Collected Writings & Interviews," over 70 writings tracing the development of the artist's thought over two decades. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Author Alison Thompson shares her story about volunteering to help victims of the Indonesian earthquake in "The Third Wave." 7:30 p.m. The Bookstore in the Grove, 3399 Virginia St., Coconut Grove. Details: www.thebookstoreinthegrove.com.