Alice McDermott discusses her book “The Ninth Hour,” which tells of a young Irish immigrant who opens a gas tap in his Brooklyn tenement as a way to prove to the subway bosses who have recently fired him, and to his badgering, pregnant wife that “the hours of his life . . . belonged to himself alone.” 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or http://www.booksandbooks.com/.