Calendar Of Events Books
Written by Miami Today on June 6, 2013
BIRD OF PARADISE
In "Bird of Paradise," Raquel Cepeda embarks upon a journey into her ancestral history. Born in Harlem to Dominican parents, she was sent to live with her maternal grandparents in the idyllic Paraíso (Paradise) district in Santo Domingo while still a baby. When Cepeda returned to the US, she discovered her family had changed. Her mother had a new, abusive boyfriend, who relocated the family to San Francisco. When that relationship fell apart, Cepeda found herself back in NYC, influenced by hip-hop and her community. Years later, her roots influenced her successful journalist and documentary filmmaking career. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Screenwriter, director, and producer Alan Greenberg discusses and signs "Every Night the Trees Disappear" and "Love in Vain." The first work is Greenberg’s intimate chronicle of how the visionary filmmaker Werner Herzog directed a masterwork. The second is a screenplay telling of Robert Johnson, outstanding Mississippi Delta blues musician and also one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, whose short life remains shrouded in mystery. 2:30 p.m. Books & Books Miami Beach, 927 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Free to attend. Details: (305) 532-3222 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Darah Zeledon’s "Girl with the Crooked Smile" is a cross-cultural journey that begins in Latin America when a young, pregnant American mother of three is diagnosed with a brain tumor. The tragedies that follow — a suicide, an armed robbery, a gruesome accident, and a business collapse resulting in complete financial ruin — are troubling and chaotic; but do not stop her faith from overcoming them. 5 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
In Jami Attenberg’s "The Middlesteins" Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. However, the family is splintering as Edie’s obsession with food is literally killing her. When Richard abandons his wife, it’s up to the next generation to take control. Robin, their schoolteacher daughter, is determined that her father pay for leaving Edie. Benny, an easy-going, pot-smoking family man, just wants to smooth things over. And thin Rachelle is intent on saving her mother-in-law’s life. Through it all, they wonder if Edie’s choices rest on her shoulders alone or if others are to blame. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
PRICE OF JUSTICE
Laurence Leamer’s "The Price of Justice" tells of Don Blankenship, head of Massey Energy since the early 1990s, who ran an industry that provided nearly half of America’s electric power. But wealth and influence weren’t enough for Blankenship and his company, the author claims, as they set about destroying corporate and personal rivals, challenging the Constitution, allegedly purchasing the West Virginia judiciary, and disregarding safety standards in the company’s mines. Just about the only thing that stood in the way of Blankenship’s tyranny over a state and an industry was a pair of odd-couple attorneys, Dave Fawcett and Bruce Stanley, who undertook a legal quest to bring justice. From the backwoods courtrooms of West Virginia they pursued their case all the way to the US Supreme Court, and to a dramatic decision declaring that the wealthy and powerful are not entitled to purchase their own brand of law. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.