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.
RECIPE FOR MARRIAGE
Victoria Allman's "SEAsoned" tells of two adventurous newlyweds on a yacht and of their hilarious reality as a couple with the wife as a first-year chef working for her husband while they cruise from the Bahamas to Italy, France, Greece and Spain, trying to stay afloat. 5 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"The Splendor of Cuba" by Michael Connors gives an unprecedented tour of architecturally significant Cuban palacios, mansions, and private homes that have been meticulously preserved, previously un-photographed and inaccessible to visitors. It presents not the picturesque Cuba of Castro's era, with its derelict buildings and peeling paint, but the opulent world of the Spanish Creole aristocracy of the colonial period. Exceptional preservation work has kept these villas in the magnificent state in which they were first envisioned. 7 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Supernatural America: A Cultural History" by Lawrence Samuel examines the cultural history of the supernatural in the United States, documenting how the expansion of science and technology coincided with a rise in supernatural and paranormal beliefs. From the flourishing of "spiritism" in the 1920s to the early 21st century, this book explains the irresistible allure of the supernatural in America. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
LEAVING THE HOMELAND
"Adios, Happy Homeland!" is a collection of interlinked tales telling of the life of Cuban writer, Ana Menčendez, which pull apart and reassembles the myths that have come to define her culture, blending illusion with reality and exploring themes of art, family, language, superstition and the overwhelming need to escape. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
BAL HARBOUR ART NIGHTS
Artist Sheila Elias is interviewed about "Somewhere-Anywhere," a mid-career survey by Los Angeles curator Peter Frank, which traces the evolution of her art and vision through abstraction and figuration, object and performance, pop and expressionism. 7 p.m. Books & Books, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour. Details: (305) 864-4241 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Robin Takes 5!" features 500 recipes for dishes of 500 calories or less. Two-color recipe text complements full-color photography inserts. In addition, helpful icons note ideal recipes for holidays and entertaining as well as recipes with less than 500 mg of sodium. In addition, nutritional information is given for each recipe. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.