According to ancient Yogic tradition, your soul has four distinct desires: the desire for purpose, the drive to become who you are meant to be, the desire for the means to prosper in this world, the desire for pleasures like intimacy, beauty, and love and the desire for spiritual fulfillment and lasting freedom. For more than three decades, Rod Stryker has taught yoga to help thousands recognize their soul's call to greatness and to achieve their dreams. In "The Four Desires," he distills those broad teachings into a roadmap for becoming the person you were meant to be. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
In "Sweet Like Sugar," Wayne Hoffman explores the camaraderie between a young Jewish man and an Orthodox rabbi. 7 p.m. Books & Books on Lincoln Road, 927 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Details: (305) 532-3222 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Books & Books hosts a Cookbook Event with author and food writer Debra Samuels and the release of "My Japanese Table." Enjoy samplings of teriyaki chicken balls and matcha mochi cupcakes along with "obento"-inspired Bento Box dinners from The Café at Books & Books. Her book details many Japanese recipes, including familiar favorites like hand-rolled sushi and classic miso soup and less familiar dishes such as lobster rolls with wasabi mayonnaise and fried pork cutlets. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Sen. Bob Graham, two-term governor of Florida and a US senator for 18 years, promotes his new political thriller "Keys to Kingdom," telling of deceit and cover-ups at the highest levels of government following 9-11. Author in attendance. 7 p.m. The Bookstore in the Grove, 3399 Virginia St., #620, Coconut Grove. Details: (305) 443-2855 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.thebookstoreinthegrove.com.
Tom's town has been overrun by a plague of methamphetamine-fed zombies in Edward Bloor's "A Plague Year." While it has always been his aspiration to leave his depressing coal-mining town, he finds reasons to stay and meaning in fighting for even lost causes during the year of the plague. 3:30 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Mourad Lahlou has developed a new, modern Moroccan cuisine inspired by memories, colorful stories and informed by the exploration of his curious mind. His book, "Mourad: New Moroccan," is a documentation of Moroccan home cooking. Mr. Mourad adapts traditional Moroccan dishes in creative 100-plus recipes, illustrated with food and location photography, along with engaging text. This event is presented in collaboration with The Café at Books & Books by chef Allen Susser and will include food samples of recipes in the book. 5 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Author and veteran journalist Robert Friedman signs and discusses his novels "Under a Dark Sun" and "Shadow of the Fathers." Mr. Friedman delves into the ambivalent relationship between Puerto Rico and the US. He worked for the San Juan Star in Puerto Rico for more than 20 years and as Washington correspondent for the paper until it folded in 2008. 7 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Catalina" by Cuban-born author Mario Coyula describes the quest of a man for an extremely beautiful woman who died before he was born and is based on the real-life figure of Catalina de Lasa (1875-1930), considered the most beautiful woman in Havana's Belle Époque. The text is mainly written in long monologues of the three main characters, Catalina, the husband and the architect; with frequent overlapping as the architect follows the trail of the couple. The story covers a social sector and a historical period that has usually been presented in Cuba with a distorted approach. It depicts the values, habits and lifestyle of the Cuban upper bourgeoisie from aristocratic descent, a social class that was displaced from economic and political power three times between 1868 and 1959. 6:30 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
In "Mrs. Nixon," Ann Beattie reconstructs many scenes drawing upon many sources in an attempt to see the world from First Lady and wife of president Nixon, Pat Nixon. Mrs. Nixon remains as a mysterious public figure as a First Lady who never published a memoir. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"The Corruption of Michael Levitt" by Joel Levine is a 1970s story of a bright yet naïve man (Michael Levitt) who, while trying to make it is gradually corrupted by the universe in which he exists. As Michael moves from the high-pressure life of an associate in a prestigious New York law firm to the uncharted playground of Miami, the reader is caught up in Michael's personal and professional fast times. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
STATE OF DEMOCRACY
Xavier Suarez's "Democracy in America" is a modest attempt to diagnose the current state of democracy in the US based on both democratic theory and the author's actual practice in governing Miami for three terms. Mr. Suarez reports from his perspective as an immigrant, but also from the perspective of a trial lawyer, college professor and politician with half a century of being immersed in the American experience. 6:30 p.m. Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Under the Yarmulke: Tales of Faith, Fun and Football" is a collection of stories, lessons and jokes by world-renown rabbi and global leader of interfaith relations Rabbi Solomon Schiff. In this memoir, Mr. Schiff recaptures his remarkable journey from local cantor in a Bronx Synagogue to internationally recognized rabbi, whose devotion to community service and interfaith relations has made him a beacon of inspiration for millions of all faiths. He has shared thoughts with five American presidents, three Israeli prime ministers, two popes and the Dalai Lama, along the way collecting a treasure chest of memories. 7:30 p.m. Books & Books at Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour. Details: (305) 864-4241 or www.booksandbooks.com.
In "Dispensing Beauty in New York & Beyond," Annette Blaugrund tells of Harriet Hubbard Ayer, who in 1883 established Récamier Preparations, the earliest cosmetic company owned and operated by a woman. First with her creams and balms and then with her words about women's health and beauty, she influenced several generations of women to look and feel good about themselves. After being committed to an insane asylum, this former Chicago socialite reinvented herself as the highest-paid newspaperwoman in the US, editing the women's pages of Joseph Pulitzer's "New York World." 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.