Calendar Of Events Books
Written by Miami Today on July 11, 2013
Kiese Laymon’s debut novel "Long Division" explores post-Katrina Mississippi through two interwoven stories. In the first, it’s 2013: after an on-stage meltdown during a nationally televised quiz contest, 14-year-old Citoyen Coldson becomes an overnight YouTube celebrity. The next day, he’s sent to stay with his grandmother in the small coastal community of Melahatchie, where a young girl named Baize Shephard has recently disappeared. Before leaving, he is given a strange book without an author called "Long Division.’ He learns that one of the book’s main characters is also named City Coldson — but in 1985. This 1985 City, along with his friend and love-object, Shalaya Crump, discovers a way to travel into the future and the adventure begins. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
NOWHERE BUT UP
Pattie Mallette’s "Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom," is a revealing memoir of her journey through much more than just being a world-renowned pop sensation’s mom. As a young woman and a single mom, she fought hard to rise above her painful past of abuse, shame, and poverty. Noon. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
John Englander’s "High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis" was released one week before Hurricane Sandy. It described just such an event hitting New York City as an example of what might occur. Englander aims to make the case that sea level has just started a long term rise, that will shift shorelines all over the world for decades and centuries. His perspective calls for a different type of planning yet also identifies new business opportunities. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Pulitzer-prize winning author Adam Johnson’s "The Orphan Master’s Son" follows Pak Jun Do, the haunted son of a lost mother and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans in North Korea. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat and which will be sent to manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state. He becomes a professional kidnapper who navigates the shifting demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. Eventually, he boldly rivals Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"The Boss Always Sits in the Back" tells the story of Jon D’Amore’s relationship with his cousin/godfather Jerry. Jon follows his own path and becomes a musician. However, an invitation to spend his 22nd birthday in Las Vegas with Jerry leads Jon to become part of a scam that funnels millions of dollars out of several casinos over the next two years; a scam that would go down in history and change gambling legislation across America. Later, when Jon is summoned by mob boss Rocco Casiano, his knowledge of recording techniques saves the boss from 40 years in prison by proving the New Jersey State Police edited audio tapes. Suddenly, Jon is the honorary "Godson of The Boss.’ While Jon longs to go back to his career in music, The Boss’s fears turn into paranoia, which then turns into murder. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
FIN & LADY
Cathleen Schine’s "Fin & Lady" is set in the 60s where eleven-year-old Fin and his glamorous, worldly, older half sister, Lady, have just been orphaned, and Lady, whom Fin hasn’t seen in six years, is now his legal guardian. Fin soon learns that Lady is as much his responsibility as he is hers, as she is pursued by ardent suitors; he is determined to protect his impulsive sister from them and from herself. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Novelist Kate Christensen has turned to the memoir form in "Blue Plate Special," derived from Kate’s popular food centric blog where she shares scenes from an unusual upbringing and an unusually happy present-day life. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.