Calendar Of Events Books
Written by Miami Today on May 31, 2012
PARIS, I LOVE YOU
Rosecrans Baldwin always dreamed of living in Paris. When the opportunity to work as a copywriter for an advertising agency in Paris presented itself, he couldn’t turn it down, despite not having any experience in advertising and not being fluent in French. In "Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down," Mr. Baldwin gives a comical account of observing the French capital from the inside out. It is an expedition into the Paris of President Sarkozy, smoking bans and a McDonald’s beneath the Louvre. He must rely on his optimism to get him through some very unromantic situations at work and at home. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
BEATLES & STONES
"The Lost Beatles/Lost Rolling Stones Photographs" by Larry Marion form a groundbreaking portrait of two iconic bands of the 20th century: The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The photos were taken in the 1960s by their American road manager, Bob Bonis, and were lost for 40 years until they were discovered by his son; then acquired and exhibited by rock & roll memorabilia expert, Larry Marion. The photos recall a period in history and offer a fresh look at these soon-to-be legends at the beginning of their fame. All proceeds from the sale of books benefit The Grace Gold Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Miami Foundation. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"The Art of Intelligence" by Henry A. Crumpton draws from his espionage and covert action exploits to explain what America’s spies do and why their service is more valuable than ever. The accounts begin with his early years in Africa, where he recruited and ran sources, from criminals to heroic warriors; to his liaison assignment at the FBI, the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, the development of the UAV Predator program, and the Afghanistan war; to his later work running all CIA clandestine operations inside the US, he uses storytelling while claiming to teach important lessons about national security. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
PRESIDENTS & FAITH
In "The Faiths of the Postwar Presidents" by David L. Holmes, the role of faith is examined in the lives of the 12 post-WWII presidents. Mr. Holmes examines the beliefs professed by each president and the variety of possible influences on their religious faith, such as their upbringing, education and spouse. In each profile close observers such as clergy, family members, friends and advisors recall churchgoing habits, notable displays of faith (or lack of it,) and the influence of their faiths on policies concerning abortion, the death penalty, Israel and other controversial issues. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Dark Magic" by James Swain tells of Peter Warlock, a magician with a dark secret. He amazes audiences at his private theater in New York with nightly performances. However, Peter is also a member of an underground group of crime-fighting psychics. No one, not even his live-in girlfriend, knows the truth about Peter; until he foresees an unspeakable act of violence that will devastate the city. As Peter and his friends rush to prevent tragedy, Peter discovers that a shadowy cult of evil psychics, the "Order of Astrum," know all about his abilities. They are hunting him and his fellow psychics down, one by one. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
PAST IN PRESENT
"What We Leave Behind" by Rochelle B. Weinstein chronicles the life and emotional growth of Jessica Parker as she frees herself from the past and moves forward. Jonas Levy, a 22-year-old medical student, has abruptly walked out of Jessica’s life after an intense summer romance, and the wounds are still raw. Jessica eventually moves on and marries film producer, Marty Tauber, starts a family, and appears to have it all, until things slowly begin to unravel. With an unexpected phone call from New York, a secret from Jessica’s past comes to light. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.