Calendar Of Events Books
Written by Miami Today on September 13, 2012
"Finding Home" by Maruchi Mendez is a memoir from the mother of Ramiro "Toti" Mendez, a college baseball player who starred at Florida International University and Miami’s Westminster Christian High School. Toti, whose athletic endeavors graced local headlines, died from an undetected heart condition without knowing the most important story of his life. Mrs. Mendez never had the chance to explain to Toti about his birth. Toti was born in Asturias, Spain, and illegally adopted by Maruchi and her husband Ramiro, who brought him to the US. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Author Kevin Henkes first introduced his loveable mice in "A Weekend with Wendell." Thirteen books featuring these mouse characters would follow. Now, he gives us Penny in "Penny and Her Doll." When Penny receives a surprise box in the mail from Gram, she is thrilled. The surprise is a doll, and she is absolutely perfect. Penny loves her immediately. She introduces her new doll to Mama and to the babies and to Papa. But then Papa asks what the doll’s name is, and Penny realizes that she doesn’t know and embarks on an adventure with her nameless doll. 11 a.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Craft Talk on Building and Rebuilding Stories" with Michael Martone is an informal craft talk discussing the differences between stories of plot and stories of character. The talk will be broken up into about two dozen brief essays, shuffled by an audience member in random order, and read aloud by Martone as he discusses the benefits of and differences between character-based and plot-based stories. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Actor, playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar, a first generation Pakistani-American born in the US, releases his first novel, "American Dervish." Mina is Hayat Shah’s mother’s oldest friend from Pakistan. She is independent, beautiful and intelligent, and arrives on the Shah’s doorstep when her marriage disintegrates. Her deep spirituality brings the family’s Muslim faith to life in a way that resonates with Hayat as nothing has before. When Mina meets and begins dating a man, Hayat is confused by his feelings of betrayal. His growing passions, both spiritual and romantic, force him to question all that he has come to believe is true. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Irvine Welsh, author of novel and film "Trainspotting," releases the novel’s prequel "Skagboys." The novel is set in 1980s Edinburgh, where the Trainspotting crew is just getting started. Mark Renton has it all, but when economic uncertainties and family problems intervene, Renton succumbs to the defeatism and the drug use that has taken hold in Edinburgh’s tougher quarters. His friends are responding according to personality. Laid off, Spud Murphy is paralyzed in the face of long-term unemployment. Sick Boy, supreme manipulator of the opposite sex, is scamming and hustling for money and drugs. And meanwhile, psycho Franco Begbie is scaring everyone. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.