BACARDI & CUBA
NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten delivers a talk based on his book "Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba," that fuses the story of the Bacardi family and their rum business with Cuba's tumultuous experience over the last 150 years in an entertaining historical narrative. Presented in collaboration with Books & Books and in conjunction with exhibit "Bacardi: Architecture, Art & Identity," curated by professor and author Allan Shulman and sponsored by Bacardi that is currently on view at the Coral Gables Museum through Feb.17. 7 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or email@example.com or www.booksandbooks.com.
BEING A WOMAN
"Today I Am a Woman: Stories of Bat Mitzvah Around the World" by Barbara Vinick relates the testimonies about the transition from Jewish girl to Jewish woman. Introduced by brief biographical notes and descriptions of Jewish communities around the world, these stories claim to reveal how Judaism defines this important rite of passage in a girl's life in disparate settings. The contributions are from bat mitzvah girls of the past and present, their parents, communities, and religious leaders. Including family photos — some recent, some from decades past. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
POWER OF ENERGY
In "Infectious," performance coach Achim Nowak introduces the reader to his four "Levels of Connection.' These techniques claim to instantly transform the skills taught in traditional business communication. Infectious offers simple language cues that claim to deepen and shift the art of conversation. 6 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Law & Order series producer Dick Wolf makes his literary debut with "The Intercept." Days before the fourth of July and the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, an incident aboard a commercial jet reminds NYPD detective Jeremy Fisk that it may also be a signal that there is much more than just the work of a lone terrorist. Fisk — assigned to the department's intelligence division — suspects the event might also be a warning sign that another, potentially more extraordinary scheme has been set in motion. When a Saudi Arabian passenger from the same plane disappears into the crowds of Manhattan, it's up to Fisk and his partner to find him before the celebrations begin. They quickly realize that their opponents are smarter and more agile than any they have ever faced. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
VIOLENCE IN CINEMA
The Coral Gables Art Cinema, Books & Books, and the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment, FIU host a panel on representations of violence in cinema. Panelists include Phillip Church, Theater Department, FIU; Lucas Leyva, filmmaker and founder of the Borscht Film Festival; Robert Rosenberg, director, Coral Gables Art Cinema; Barbara Weitz, director of film studies, FIU, and more. 6:30 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Memories of Survival" is a 64-page picture book by Esther Nisenthal Krinitz telling her story of survival during the Holocaust through her art and narrative. The accompanying text by her daughter, Bernice Steinhardt, adds historical detail, context and interpretation. Told in more than 30 panels with vivid colors and striking details, Esther's story describes a young girl's escape from the Nazis to freedom in America. Meet Esther this evening, through a preview of the documentary film "Through the Eye of the Needle: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz" and a lecture and book signing by Bernice Steinhardt, Esther's daughter and co-author. Film on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. at the Regal Cinema South Beach 18. Lecture 6:30 p.m. at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Farewell, Fred Voodoo" by Amy Wilentz is a writer's account of a long, painful, ecstatic — and unreciprocated — affair with Haiti. Wilentz looks back and forward at the country: at its slave plantations, its revolutionary history, guerrilla movements, relationship to the US, the totalitarian dynasty that ruled for decades, as well as its creative culture, and its ancient African traditions and attitudes. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.