"Gorgeous Gallery" is a collection of artworks, ambitiously compiled by David Leddick. In this 160-page, coffee-table-size book you will find everything from pop art to photo-realism, a unique overview of the works of contemporary gay artists. 7 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Meet architects and co-authors Andrew B. Cogar and Kevin P. Clark for a discussion and slideshow of images of some of the homes featured in "Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House." Beautifully photographed, the book offers readers a wide-range of southern design inspiration and a look at how new homes can be designed and built with defined reminiscence to the past. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Books & Books hosts a "Women & Wealth Workshop," designed to address emotional and spiritual money issues, along with Social Security facts, stock market information and financial goals for women. Margarita Montemar, a retired professor of mathematics at Miami-Dade College for over 30 years, wants to share her experience to help women make wise financial decisions and get to the bottom of how they experience and handle money. 5 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $10 at the door. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
In "Shades of Gray" by Susanne Jacoby-Hale, in-school riots and gang violence consistently envelop the classroom as Olivia Dalton attempts to teach her students. Left with little hope she will ever have children of her own, Olivia becomes entrenched in her students' lives. Meanwhile, Olivia's devoted husband, Tom, is having trouble facing his own disappointments in not being able to create a family. In an effort to protect Olivia, he attempts to hold her back from the one place she feels useful and fulfilled, her career. Neither Tom nor Olivia have any idea that everything is about to change when an unassuming gift is left at their door. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
MAKING IT NEW
The Miami Art Museum's book club hosts a meeting for "Making It New; Essays, Interviews and Talks" by Henry Geldzaller. 6:30-8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free and open to the public. Details: (305) 375-4073 or email@example.com or www.miamiartmuseum.org.
Iris and Roy Johansen's "Close Your Eyes" suspenseful novel tells of a once-blind woman with a talent for tracking serial killers. The FBI doesn't usually consult with music therapists to solve their cases. However, Kendra Michael's powers of observation and analysis have made her a favorite of law enforcement agencies. Blind for the first 20 years of her life, she cares little for investigative work but can't deny her unique skill, or the results she's been able to facilitate. Kendra learned at an early age to become hyper-aware of her surroundings, perfecting the art of picking up the most subtle audio, olfactory, and tactile cues. Like a secret weapon, she is in high demand. Former FBI agent Adam Kyle, known as "The Puppetmaster," has weapons of his own. He's a notorious manipulator, skillfully handling criminals and colleagues alike to get the results he wants. Now he needs Kendra's special brand of help, but she's not interested until Kyle reveals that Agent Robert Stedler—Kendra's ex—is missing and may have run directly into the path of a serial killer. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Art restorer, assassin and spy Gabriel Allon returns in "The Fallen Angel" by Daniel Silva; acclaimed author of "Portrait of a Spy." The novel begins in Rome, where Allon is called upon to investigate a murder at the Vatican, one with repercussions that could plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions. 7:30 p.m. Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables. Free tickets available at Books&Books Coral Gables, Miami Beach and Bal Harbour Shops locations. Details: www.booksandbooks.com.