Calendar Of Events Books
Written by Miami Today on May 30, 2013
Eve Ensler’s memoir "In the Body of the World" reflects her devotion to enlightening the world about the female body. While working in the Congo, Eve is shocked by her encounter with the rape and violence inflicted on the women there. Soon after, she is diagnosed with uterine cancer, and during months of treatment she is forced to become first and foremost a body. She aims to connect her own illness to the devastation of the Earth and her life force to the resilience of humanity. 6 p.m. Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables. Free ticket with book purchase of $25. Details: www.booksandbooks.com.
Michael Fischman’s "Stumbling Into Infinity" opens on a flight to India, as he reflects on the unusual chain of events that led him from a challenging childhood to his unexpected role as friend and helper to a renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
EYES ON THE MARSHMALLOW
Joachim de Posada’s "Keep Your Eye on the Marshmallow" details the economic implications of the marshmallow theory. This theory is based on the experiment where children were left alone with a marshmallow and told that if they didn’t eat it they would receive an additional marshmallow in 15 minutes. Years later, researchers discovered that the children who had chosen to wait grew up to become more successful adults than the children who had eaten their marshmallows immediately. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Ward Wilson’s "Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons" is a study aiming to show why five central arguments promoting nuclear weapons are myths. The myths are: nuclear weapons necessarily shock and awe opponents, including Japan at the end of World War II; that nuclear deterrence is reliable in a crisis; that destruction wins wars; that the bomb has kept peace for 65 years; and that we can’t put the nuclear genie back in the bottle. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.