Calendar Of Events Books
Written by Miami Today on February 14, 2013
Science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist Cory Doctorow releases "Homeland," detailing his work in the nonprofit sector and paying tribute to the ideal of changing the world to make it a better place. 7 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Teen novel "Vampires in the Lemon Grove" by Karen Russell tells of two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove, trying helplessly to quench their thirst for blood, as a dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull’s nest. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
When the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake shook Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Lynn University college student Britney Gengel was among the five lives from the university lost in the rubble of the Hotel Montana. Britney was in Haiti with an organization affiliated with the university, Journey of Hope, volunteering at an orphanage. "Heartache and Hope in Haiti: The Britney Gengel Story" by her parents Len and Cherylann Gengel, begins on the day Britney was killed and brings readers through the journey to recover their daughter’s body and fulfill her last wish. 4 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Children’s book "Bad Kitty School Daze" by Nick Bruel tells of Bad Kitty facing her toughest challenge yet, as Kitty and Puppy are out of control. Can Kitty learn to follow the rules and make friends with the other students or will she bring chaos to the classroom? 6 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
SCENT OF DARKNESS
Margo Berwin’s "Scent of Darkness" tells of Eva, who receives a small perfume vial from her grandmother Louise, accompanied by a note in Louise’s slanted script: "Do not remove the stopper, Evangeline, unless you want everything in your life to change." From the moment Eva places a drop on her neck, men dance closer to her, women bury their noses deep into her hair, even the cats outside her bedroom cry to be near her. Strangers follow her down the street; a young boy appears at her door asking for a favor; and two men, one kind and good, the other dark and seductive, fall deeply, madly in love with her. As her greatest gift becomes an unbearable curse, Eva must uncover the secret of her scent and the message her grandmother, the woman who loved her most, wanted to tell her. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
SEE NOW THEN
In "See Now Then" by Jamaica Kincaid, a marriage is revealed in all its joys and agonies. Her characters despair in their domestic situations; and as their minds wander, they try to make sense of their reality. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
BONDED FOR LIFE
Justin Torres reads from his "We the Animals," a coming of age story of intense familial unity felt by a child and the alienations he endures as he begins to see the world for himself. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
The annual two-day legal symposium "Social Media and the Law" features panels such as "Should Judges and Lawyers be Friends (On Facebook)?" and "Will you Have a Digital Afterlife?" Keynote addresses delivered by associate professor Michele DeStefano and Michael Bossone, special advisor to Dean Patricia D. White; and John Browning, author of social media textbook, "The Lawyers Guide to Social Networking." 9:30 a.m. registration. 10:25 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 15. 8 a.m.-1:20 p.m. Feb. 16.
Storer Auditorium, University of Miami School of Business, 5250 University Drive, Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 284-2464 or firstname.lastname@example.org or http://lawreview.law.miami.edu.
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce hosts the "Sand In My Shoes" award dinner, honoring Gloria and Emilio Estefan. For more than 30 years, the award has been presented to community leaders who have made significant contributions to the South Florida area, demonstrating a deep love and commitment to this community as the best possible place in which to work and live. 6-9:30 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island. Tickets are sold out. Details: (305) 577-5421 or email@example.com or www.miamichamber.com.
LEAVE A LEGACY
Philanthropy Miami leadership forum "Changing the Way the World is Changed" questions whether non-profit leaders should adopt a more aggressive economic approach and manage their charitable organizations like businesses. Features author and social entrepreneur Dan Pallotta, presenting his philosophy to local leaders and guiding them through a discussion aimed at creating a shift in the traditional nonprofit mindset.
Noon-6 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island. $125-$200. Details: (305) 379-0800 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.leavealegacymiami.org.