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 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.
BEING A DEMOCRAT
Former South Dakota senator George McGovern releases "What it Means to be a Democrat." Applying his knowledge on issues ranging from military spending to same-sex marriage to educational reform, he stresses the importance of creating policies we can be proud of. He also claims to offer a vision of the party's future in which ideological coherence and courage rule. 6:30 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Swim" by Lynn Sherr tells of swimming and the effect it has on our lives. She explores every aspect of the sport, from the biology of swimming to the fame of Esther Williams; from turquoise pools and wild water to the training of Olympians; and she seeks to reveal the secret of buoyancy. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
In "Summer of Gypsy Moths" by Sara Pennypacker, Stella loves living with Great-aunt Louise in her house near the water on Cape Cod for many reasons ¬— mostly because Louise likes routine as much as she does, something Stella appreciates since her mom is unreliable. Angel, the foster kid Louise has taken in, is the only obstacle in Stella's balanced life. However, a tragedy brings them together and they discover they surprisingly have this in common. 2:30 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
In "The Inquisitor's Key" by Jefferson Bass, Miranda Lovelady, Dr. Bill Brockton's protege, is spending the summer helping excavate a newly discovered chamber beneath the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. She discovers a stone chest inscribed with a claim: inside lie the bones of Jesus of Nazareth. Both scientists are skeptical, but evidence for authenticity looks strong initially, and soon grows stronger. Brockton and Miranda link the bones to the haunting image on the Shroud of Turin, revered by millions as the burial cloth of Christ, and then a laboratory test finds the bones to be 2,000 years old. The finding triggers a battle between anthropologists, the Vatican and a deadly zealot who hopes to use the bones to bring about the Second Coming — and trigger the end of time. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
In preparing to write "The $100 Startup," Chris Guillebeau identified 1,500 individuals who built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment, and from that group he's chosen to focus on the 50 most intriguing case studies for his book. 6:30 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Andy Cohen's "Most Talkative" tells of his ascent in the television world. He now presides over Bravo's reality-TV empire, and started as an overly talkative pop-culture obsessive, devoted to "Charlie's Angels" and "All My Children" — and to his mother. In retrospect, it's hard to believe that everyone didn't know that Andy was gay. Still, he remained in the closet until college. Finally out, he embarked on making a career out of his passion for television. The journey begins with Andy interviewing his all-time idol Susan Lucci for his college newspaper and ends with him in a job where he has a hand in creating today's celebrity icons. His show "Watch What Happens: Live," has him telling of absurd network-news mishaps, encounters with the heroines of his youth and the alleged real stories behind the "Real Housewives." 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.