Calendar Of Events Books
Written by Miami Today on May 3, 2012
In "Let’s Pretend This Never Happened," blogger Jenny Lawson makes her literary debut and takes readers on a journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her awkward high school years and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor. Lawson aims to show how the moments we try to hide from our lives are the ones that define us the most. 6:30 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
A DICTATOR’S SECRETS
In "Castro’s Secrets" author and intelligence expert Brian Latell offers a view of Fidel Castro in his role as Cuba’s spymaster. Based on interviews with high-level defectors from Cuba’s intelligence and security services, Latell claims to expose long-buried secrets of Fidel’s nearly 50-year reign for the first time. They include numerous assassinations and attempted ones carried out on Castro’s orders, some against foreign leaders. More than a dozen ranking Cuban secret agents embraced by the CIA and FBI speak in these pages. Latell also probes the CIA’s plots against Cuba — including previously obscure schemes to assassinate Castro — and claims to present new conclusions about what Fidel actually knew of Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Harold Kwalwasser has put together a call to action for education reform in "Renewal: Remaking America’s Schools for the Twenty-First Century." Kwalwasser claims that many schools, even though facing seemingly impossible odds, have succeeded by using his strategy. 4 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
In "Marrakesh by Design" Maryam Montague, the personality behind the blog "My Marrakesh," aims to explain how to design your home with the building blocks of Moroccan design — from the colors, patterns, and textiles to the archways, fountains, gardens and more. With illustrative text and photographs, Maryam shows how Moroccan design comes to life in real villas and riads and in her own home and guesthouse. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Dr. David Servan-Schreiber’s memoir "Not the Last Goodbye" tells of the MRI results confirming his worst fears: the return of the cancer that he was first diagnosed with 19 years earlier. Fully aware of what the prognosis means, he redoubles his commitment to an anticancer diet, and complements his chemotherapy, radiotherapy and vaccine protocols with acupuncture and yoga. At the same time, he undertakes a close assessment of his own life, realizing that he has neglected a key piece of anticancer advice, which is to create a stress-free life; instead he had embarked on an international tour to take his message to the public. Nevertheless, he concludes that he would not have done it differently. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Books & Books hosts "Readers’ Circle Lunch!" with Iran Issa-Khan following her talk on her book "Issa-Khan: Photography." Choose from a selection of special items at The Café at Books & Books by Chef Allen. Her book is a 162-page survey of her work, mainly focusing on nature. Noon. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $25 per person. RSVP required. Details: (305) 442-4408 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.booksandbooks.com.
"On What to Take with You into the World" by Jill Jordan claims to be a guide for young women full of advice and support on relationships, goal setting, facing disappointment with new perspectives and other life skills. 6:30 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Julia Alvarez’s "A Wedding in Haiti" tells of three of her most personal relationships — with her parents, with her husband and with a young Haitian boy known as Piti. A teenager when Julia and her husband, Bill, first met him in 2001, Piti crossed the border into the Dominican Republic to find work. Julia has over the years come to think of him as a son, even promising to be at his wedding someday. When Piti calls in 2009, Julia’s promise is tested. She crosses the border into Haiti for the celebration of a wedding and a year later, to find Piti’s loved ones in the devastation of the earthquake. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.