Harvey Simon's "The Madman Theory" tells the fictional story of young Richard Nixon winning the 1960 election. The novel claims to illustrate how easily events could have turned out differently with the shift of a few votes and a different president managing nuclear weapons during the Cuban Missile Crisis. 6:30 p.m. Books & Books Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Several Short Sentences about Writing" by Verlyn Klinkenborg is a book of first steps and experiments, geared to be a useful tool for writers to learn and become better at their work. 8 p.m. Books & Books Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Burma" by Naomi Duguid features 125 recipes laced with tales from the author's many trips to Burma. One such essay shows how Burmese women adorn themselves with "thanaka," a white paste used to protect and decorate the skin. The book tours Shwedagon, the grand temple complex on a hill; takes boats up Burma's rivers, highways to places inaccessible by road; and spends time in village markets and home kitchens. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Meet & Greet Signing: Zane" features author Zane, returning with her newest in the Flava anthology series — "Z-Rated: Chocolate Flava 3." Z-Rated features stories from writers in erotica like Cairo, Allison Hobbs, and a story by Zane herself. 2 p.m. Books & Books Bal Harbour, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour. Free. Details: (305) 864-4241 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Author of the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series Rick Riordan releases "The Mark of Athena," the third book in his "The Heroes of Olympus" series. 2 p.m. Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd., Coral Gables. Vouchers required. Available at all Books & Books locations and at the door, while supplies last. Voucher serves as entry to the Rick Riordan event and entitles holder to receive one copy of his new book and a T-shirt. $19.99. Details: www.booksandbooks.com.
"Baking Out Loud: Fun Desserts with Big Flavors" is Hedy Goldsmith's first cookbook. She launches her new book with a party and question-and-answer session at Books & Books. 5 p.m. reception. 5:30 p.m. Ms. Goldsmith and Miami Herald columnist Lydia Martin for question-and-answer session. 6:15 p.m. Panini time in the courtyard. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
In "The Truth About Style" Stacy London shares how she claims personal style has healing power. She claims to illustrate how personal style has helped eight real women overcome emotional obstacles. 2 p.m. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour. Free. Details: (305) 864-4241 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Have Mother, Will Travel" by Claire and Mia Fontaine tells of the changing relationship between a mother and her adult daughter during a global, emotionally testing adventure. Alternating between Claire and Mia's voices, the book aims to be a testament to the power and beauty of the mother-daughter relationship. 6:30 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Gold" by Chris Cleave tells of Kate and Zoe, who met at 19 when both made the cut for the national training program in track cycling. Now at 32, they face their last and biggest race: the 2012 Olympics. Each wants desperately to win gold, and each has more than a medal to lose. Kate is the more naturally gifted, but the demands of her life have a tendency to slow her down. Her 8-year-old daughter Sophie is fighting a recurrence of the leukemia that nearly killed her three years ago. Zoe's compulsive need to win at any cost has more than once threatened her friendship with Kate — and her own sanity. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Man Up" by Carlos Andrés Gómez is a coming-of-age memoir claiming to redefine masculinity for the 21st-century male. Gómez grew up believing that he had to be ready to fight at all times, treat women as objects and close off his emotional self. It wasn't until he discovered acting that he began to see the true cost of squelching one's emotions — and how aggression dominates everything that young males are taught. In one of his most moving spoken-word poems, Gómez recounts a confrontation he once had after accidentally bumping into another man at a club. Just as they were about to fight, Gómez experienced an unexplainable surge of emotion that made his eyes well up with tears. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
HEALTH & CULTURE
"Cultural Competency for Health Administration and Public Health" by Patti Rose introduces topics and tools necessary for the application of cultural competency processes in healthcare settings. The chapters offer an overview of demographic changes in the US, as well as accreditation requirements and cultural competency, and cultural nuances of specific groups. Attention is also given to the associated costs, time and skill sets associated with the process of moving a health care organization toward cultural competency. 6:30 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Kathleen Flinn releases "Kitchen Counter Cooking School," featuring practical, healthy tips and strategies to help readers get more from their grocery dollar, and simple recipes to help readers get cooking. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Rich Cohen's "The Fish That Ate the Whale" tells of Samuel Zemurray, who started with nothing but a cart of freckled bananas and ended up building an empire of banana cowboys, mercenary soldiers, Honduran peasants, CIA agents and American statesmen. From hustling on the docks of New Orleans to overthrowing Central American governments, Zemurray emerges as an unforgettable figure. 6:30 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.