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Saturday, September 1, Gables
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan began writing a weekly column, “Breaking the Sound Barrier,” for King Features Syndicate in 2006. This timely new sequel to Goodman’s New York Times bestseller of the same name gives voice to the many ordinary people standing up to corporate and government power–and refusing to be silent. The Silenced Majority (Haymarket, $16) pulls back the veil of corporate media reporting to dig deep into the politics of “climate apartheid,” the implications of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the movement to halt the execution of Troy Anthony Davis, and the globalization of dissent “From Tahrir Square to Liberty Plaza.” Throughout Goodman and Moynihan show the power of ordinary people to change their media–and change the world. 7pm FREE tickets available, while supplies last, at our Coral Gables, Miami Beach, and Bal Harbour Shops stores.
Sunday, September 2, Gables
Growing Happy Kids from Health Foods: Launched on Mother’s Day 2006, and owned and operated by moms, Happy Family offers a complete line of nourishment for babies’, toddlers’ and kids’ growing bodies. As part of their commitment to providing parents with information and resources on nutrition, Happy Family, has created an educational presentation, Growing Happy Kids from Health Foods, to provide parents with information on basic feeding and nutrition principals which will ensure a healthy start for their children. The presentation covers a variety of topics including organic foods and why they are healthier, eight key food groups for optimal nutrition, and what foods and ingredients to avoid. Participants will also get a chance to sample Happy Family’s line of organic baby and children’s food. 2pm
Tuesday, September 4, Gables
You may recognize the name Syd Hoff. He is the creative genius behind the childhood classics, Danny & the Dinosaur and Sammy the Seal. But did you know that Syd used to call Miami Beach his home? In honor of his 2012 centennial, local journalist Dina Weinstein has curated an exhibit of Hoff’s life’s work at the Miami Beach Regional Library. This exhibit is not to be missed. Join Dina at 7pm to learn about the man behind the dinosaur.
Thursday, September 6, Gables
With animation and clarity, The Beach Book (Columbia Univ, $23.40) tells sunbathers why beaches widen and narrow, and helps boaters and anglers understand why tidal inlets migrate. And for all of us concerned about the long-term health of our beaches, it outlines the latest scientific information on sea-level rise and introduces ways to combat not only the erosion of beaches but also the decline of other coastal habitats. The more we learn about coastline formation and maintenance, Carl H. Hobbs argues, the better we can appreciate and cultivate our shores. Informed by the latest research and infused with a passion for its subject, The Beach Book provides a wide-ranging introduction to the shore, and all of us who love the beach and its associated environments will find it timely and useful. 6:30pm
Thursday, September 6, Saks Fifth Avenue in Dadeland Mall
Fashion’s Night Out: Join us to celebrate Fashion’s Night Out and meet Michael Connors author of The Splendor of Cuba: 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors (Rizzoli, $85) , an unprecedented tour of stunning and architecturally significant Cuban palacios, mansions, and private homes that have been meticulously preserved, previously un-photographed, and inaccessible to visitors. This lavishly illustrated volume offers a different view of the island’s cultural achievements. It presents not the Cuba of Castro’s era, with its derelict buildings and peeling paint, but the opulent world of the Spanish Creole aristocracy of the colonial period, with its Mudejar craftsmanship and baroque palacios, the sugarcane plantations (ingenios) and coffee plantations (cafetales), and classically inspired grand mansions. Exceptional preservation work has kept these villas in the magnificent state in which they were first envisioned. 6-9pm, kindly RSVP to email@example.com or call 305.662.8655, ext 374. Books provided by Books & Books.
Friday, September 7, Gables
Does talking about civic issues encourage civic participation? In his innovative book, Civic Talk (Temple University Press, $26.95) , Casey Klofstad shows that our discussions about politics and current events with our friends, colleagues, and relatives–“civic talk”–has the ability to turn thought into action–from voting to volunteering in civic organizations. Klofstad’s path breaking research is the first to find evidence of a causal relationship between the casual chatting and civic participation. Klofstad contends that social context plays a central role in maintaining the strength of democracy. This conclusion cuts against the grain of previous research, which primarily focuses on individual-level determinants of civic participation, and negates social-level explanations. Presented in collaboration with the University of Miami’s Center for the Humanities. 8pm
Friday, September 7, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
AUTOGRAPHING ONLY/BOOK VOUCHERS REQUIRED: Customers must purchase a book voucher for A Father First from Books & Books to enter the event line. Vouchers are available while supplies last, but selling fast, so buy yours today. Click here for all the details and to buy your voucher before they’re all gone!
Dwyane Wade, the eight-time All-Star for the Miami Heat, has miraculously defied the odds throughout his career and his life. In A Father First (William Morrow, $26.99) , we meet the coaches, mentors, and teammates who played pivotal roles in Dwyane’s stunning basketball career–from his early days shooting hoops on the neighborhood courts in Chicago, to his rising stardom at Marquette University in Milwaukee, to his emergence as an unheralded draft pick by the Miami Heat. This book is a revealing, personal story of one of America’s top athletes, but it is also a call to action–from a man who had to fight to be in his children’s lives–that will show mothers and fathers how to step up and be parents themselves If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us at (954) 262-0255 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to purchase your voucher online. 7pm
Signing Guidelines: Mr. Wade will only sign books, absolutely no memorabilia allowed. One book per person, or as a family. He won’t have time for personalizations or posed photos. Photos must be taken in passing, by giving your camera to the store’s designated photographer who will snap a photo of you with Mr. Wade while he signs your book.
Saturday, September 8, Gables
KIDS’ EVENT:Family Day on Aragon: Books & Books joins forces with the Coral Gables Art Cinema and the Coral Gables Museum every Second Saturday of the Month to bring you special programming for the entire family. Start with a film at the Cinema at 11am, continue with an author event at the bookstore at 1pm, then visit the Museum for a tour of their newest exhibit, interactive crafts and activities to follow. Stay for lunch at the Café at Books & Books where special kids items include MAC & CHEESE. Here’s what you’re in store for at today’s reading: Bear has come up with the perfect way to say thanks–a nice big dinner! When Bear decides to throw a feast, his friends show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There’s just one problem: Bear’s cupboards are bare! What is he to do? Karma Wilson’s playful text and Jane Chapman’s charming illustrations bring to life Bear Says Thanks, a celebration of family and friendship. Young readers will delight in discovering the special gift Bear has to share. Karma Wilson has had more than 30 books accepted for publication. Many of those are on the shelves of libraries and bookstores around the world. Her books have received numerous state and national awards, been translated into dozens of languages, and a few have made an appearance on the New York Times bestseller list. Karma sincerely hopes that her books bring joy to children and families everywhere. 1pm
Y/A EVENT:“You’re going to hate me forever when you learn my secret.” Seventeen-year-old stoner Aaron Foster was offered a choice: go to jail or turn undercover narc to find the dealer who’s funneling drugs into Miami’s Palm Hammock High School. But Aaron has never been good at getting close to people. He’s human wallpaper, a stoner wastecase who’s obsessed with video games and street magic. With a cop from Narcotics breathing down his neck, Aaron gets himself invited to parties where the deals go down. To get close to the school’s biggest players, Aaron lies to everyone–most of all, the cute but troubled Morgan Baskin. With the Everglades party on Halloween night–and a planned drug bust there–just days away, Aaron realizes that he’s falling hard for Morgan..and trying to protect her could cost him everything in Narc (Flux, $9.95) by Crissa-Jean Chappell. 6pm
Live Music in the Courtyard: NEGRONI TRIO, 7:30-11:30pm
Sunday, September 9, Gables
AUTOGRAPHING ONLY/BOOK VOUCHERS REQUIRED: Customers must purchase a book voucher for A Father First from Books & Books to enter the event line. Vouchers are available while supplies last, but selling fast, so buy yours today. Click here for all the details and to buy your voucher before they’re all gone!
Dwyane Wade, the eight-time All-Star for the Miami Heat, has miraculously defied the odds throughout his career and his life. In A Father First (William Morrow, $26.99) , we meet the coaches, mentors, and teammates who played pivotal roles in Dwyane’s stunning basketball career–from his early days shooting hoops on the neighborhood courts in Chicago, to his rising stardom at Marquette University in Milwaukee, to his emergence as an unheralded draft pick by the Miami Heat. This book is a revealing, personal story of one of America’s top athletes, but it is also a call to action–from a man who had to fight to be in his children’s lives–that will show mothers and fathers how to step up and be parents themselves.
Signing Guidelines: Mr. Wade will only sign books, absolutely no memorabilia allowed. One book per person, or as a family. He won’t have time for personalizations or posed photos. Photos must be taken in passing, by giving your camera to the store’s designated photographer who will snap a photo of you with Mr. Wade while he signs your book. 11am
Hear the latest debut authors from Florida International University’s Creative Writing Program, including Dan Grech and Yaddrya Peralta who graduated in the spring, as well as Anjanette Delgado, the author of The Heartbreak Pill (the Latino International Book Award’s first prize pick for Best Romance in English, a Triple Crown Winner for Best Romance in Spanish the following year, and first prize for Best Romance in Latino Literacy’s “Books into Movies” competition in 2010). Plus, some of FIU’s newest MFA alums: find out what will be published next. Reception and signing to follow4pm
Monday, September 10, Gables
In a riveting account based on new documents and interviews with more than 400 sources on both sides of the aisle, award-winning reporter Michael Grunwald reveals the vivid story behind President Obama’s $800 billion stimulus bill, one of the most important and least understood pieces of legislation in the history of the country. Grunwald’s meticulous reporting shows how the stimulus, though reviled on the right and the left, helped prevent a depression while jump-starting the president’s agenda for lasting change. As ambitious and far-reaching as FDR’s New Deal, the Recovery Act is a down payment on the nation’s economic and environmental future, the purest distillation of change in the Obama era. The New New Deal (Simon & Schuster, $28) shatters the conventional Washington narrative and it will redefine the way Obama’s first term is perceived. 8pm
Tuesday, September 11, Gables
Randy Wayne White has long been known for suspenseful plots, complex characters, and an extraordinary sense of place. His new book, Gone (Putnam, $25.95) , has them all–including a brand new female protagonist. Hannah Smith: a tall, strong, formidable Florida woman, the descendant of generations of strong Florida women. She makes her living as a fishing guide, but her friends, neighbors, and clients also know her as an uncommonly resourceful woman with a keen sense of justice–someone who can’t be bullied–and they have taken to coming to her with their problems. Her methods can be unorthodox, though, and those on the receiving end of them often wind up very unhappy– sometimes very violent. And when a girl goes missing, and Hannah is asked to find her, that is exactly what happens… 8pm
Wednesday, September 12, Gables
Note: This event is in Spanish. Lita Donoso es sicóloga clínica de la Universidad de Chile, con veinticinco años de experiencia como terapeuta. Hoy se dedica exclusivamente a la enseñanza de la autosanación. Es la creadora y maestra del Método Alkymia, aplicación práctica para la cura del cuerpo y mente del Centro Pineal-Pituitaria, actividad que la ha convertido en una viajera frecuente a través del mundo, impartiendo cursos en México, España, Venezuela, Argentina y Portugal. Sus dos libros, El método (Aguilar, 2009) y El método II: El fin de la era del Miedo (Aguilar-Fontanar, 2010) se han convertido en éxito de ventas tanto en Chile como en países vecinos. Esta nueva edición, corregida y aumentada de su primer libro, Sanaciones milagrosas, completa lo que Lita ha denominado: Trilogía del Método Alkymia. 6:30pm
Wednesday, September 12, Miami Beach
Happily married and pregnant with her first child, artist Kali Miller probes Lillian Campbell, her ninety-three year old grandmother, for information about her roots and her mother’s accidental death. Kali’s questions intensify the profound paranoia that has dominated her grandmother’s adult life — that someone from the past has found her – and with Kali’s demand for the truth, Lillian sinks into a life of nightmares and paralyzing fear. Will her life in 1930’s Berlin, her loves and lies, and the true meaning of the small painting that she has hidden for more than seventy years be exposed to reveal the hideous secret that has haunted Lillian to this day? Or will the hunt to uncover her past lead to the imminent murder of Lillian and her pregnant granddaughter? Perhaps murder is the only means to keep Kali and her unborn child from a future that no one in the world would ever want to face? Discover what happens in The Devil’s Madonna (Oceanview, $25.95) by Sharon Potts. 7pm
Thursday, September 13, Gables
Finding Home (Reedy Press, $16.95) is a mother’s letter to a most remarkable son, her golden child, the one who left her too soon. It is the true story of Ramiro ”Toti” Mendez, an All-American college baseball player who starred at Florida International University and Miami’s Westminster Christian High School. Toti, whose athletic endeavors graced local headlines, died from an undetected heart condition. Every year, the college scouting system monitors performance, speed, and GPAs, but it fails to do the same when it comes to athlete health. Meanwhile, athletes continue to drop dead in tracks and fields by the hundreds across the country. The strides Maruchi Mendez has achieved in her son’s name are marked by memories and tears, but they reinforce a mother’s love each day and her resolve to tell his story to the world. 8pm
Friday, September 14, Gables
Live Music in the Courtyard: NELSON POLANCO, 7:30-11:30pm
Saturday, September 15, Gables
KIDS’ EVENT:Kevin Henkes first introduced us to his loveable mice in A Weekend with Wendell. Thirteen books featuring these mouse characters would follow, including the 1994 Caldecott Honor Book Owen, but the most famous of them is Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. With the release of that book, Henkes gave the world of children’s literature a memorable new addition to its roster of cherished characters. In 2005, Kevin Henkes’s picture book Kitten’s First Full Moon was the winner of the Caldecott Medal. Henkes’s has published over 30 picture books, and 11 novels for children, including Olive’s Ocean which won a Newbery Honor in 2004. And now he gives us Penny… When Penny receives a surprise box in the mail from Gram, she is thrilled. The surprise is a doll, and she is absolutely perfect, from her head to her toes. Penny loves her immediately. She introduces her new doll to Mama and to the babies and to Papa. But then Papa asks what the doll’s name is, and Penny realizes that she doesn’t know. What do you think will happen in Penny and her Doll (Greenwillow, $12.99) by Kevin Henkes? 11am
Sunday, September 16, Gables
KIDS’ Event:Bilingual Children’s Concert: Join José-Luis Orozco, an expert in children’s music, for a bilingual children’s concert. Mr. Orozco is a featured speaker and presenter at educational conferences and seminars for teachers, parents, librarians and childcare providers who seek to use music as an important learning tool in multicultural classrooms. Jose-Luis has built a successful career as a childrens author, songwriter, performer and recording artist. He has recorded 13 volumes of Lírica Infantil, Latin American Children’s Music, and written three successful, award winning books, De Colores and Other Latin American Folk Songs for Children, Diez Deditos – Ten Little Fingers, and Fiestas. 2pm
Y/A Double Header:Featuring Jonathan Mayberry and Jeyn Roberts. We love YA books so much we decided to give you two authors!
Reeling from the devastation of Dust & Decay, Benny Imura and his friends plunge deep into the zombie-infested wastelands of the great Rot & Ruin. They journey through a fierce wilderness that was once America, searching for the jet they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists then humanity itself must have survived…somewhere. Finding it is their best hope for having a future and a life worth living. But the Ruin is far more dangerous than any of them can imagine. Fierce animals hunt them. They come face to face with a death cult. And then there’s the zombies—swarms of them coming from the east, devouring everything in their paths. And these zoms are different. Faster, smarter, and infinitely more dangerous. Has the zombie plague mutated, or is there something far more sinister behind this new invasion of the living dead? Will the group survive? Find out in Flesh & Bone (Simon & Schuster, $17.99) by Jonathan Mayberry.
In Jeyn Roberts’ Rage Within (Simon & Schuster, $17.99) Aries, Clementine, Michael, and Mason have survived the first wave of the apocalypse that wiped out most of the world’s population and turned many of the rest into murderous Baggers. Now they’re hiding out in an abandoned house in Vancouver with a ragtag group of fellow teen survivors, trying to figure out their next move. Aries is trying to lead, but it’s hard to be a leader when there are no easy answers and every move feels wrong. Clementine is desperate to find her brother Heath, but it’s impossible to know where he’d be, assuming he’s alive. Michael is haunted by the memories of his actions during his harrowing struggle to survive. And Mason is struggling with something far worse: the fear that he may be a danger to his friends. As the Baggers begin to create a new world order, these four teens will have to trust and rely on each other in order to survive. 7pm
Tuesday, September 18, Gables
Craft Talk on Building and Rebuilding Stories: Are stories just a bunch of stuff that happens? This dynamic, informal craft talk will discuss the differences between stories of plot and stories of character. The talk will be broken up into about two dozen brief essays, shuffled by an audience member in random order, and read aloud by Michael Martone as he discusses the benefits of and differences between character-based and plot-based stories, including what each provides to the reader. Martone is currently a Professor at the University of Alabama where he has been teaching since 1996. He has been a faculty member of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College since 1988. He has taught at Iowa State University, Harvard University, and Syracuse University. Presented in collaboration with The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College. 8pm
Wednesday, September 19, Gables
BOOK CLUB ALERT: Meet actor, playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar, a first generation Pakistani-American born in the United States. He holds degrees in Theater from Brown University and in Directing from the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University, where he won multiple awards for his work. He is the author of numerous screenplays and was star and co-writer of The War Within, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay and an International Press Academy Satellite Award for Best Picture, Drama. American Dervish (Little, Brown & Co., $14.99) is his first novel, now available in paperback. This is an intimate, personal first novel that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page: Mina is Hayat Shah’s mother’s oldest friend from Pakistan. She is independent, beautiful and intelligent, and arrives on the Shah’s doorstep when her disastrous marriage disintegrates. Her deep spirituality brings the family’s Muslim faith to life in a way that resonates with Hayat as nothing has before. When Mina meets and begins dating a man, Hayat is confused by his feelings of betrayal. His growing passions, both spiritual and romantic, force him to question all that he has come to believe is true. 8pm
Thursday, September 20, Gables
Marked by Irvine Welsh’s scabrous humor and raw Scottish vernacular, Skagboys (W.W. Norton, $26.95) is the prequel to the best-selling phenomenon Trainspotting, an exhilarating and moving novel that shows how Welsh’s colorful miscreants first went wrong. The novel transports us to 1980s Edinburgh, where the Trainspotting crew is just getting started. Mark Renton has it all: the first in his family to attend university, he has a pretty girlfriend and a great social life. But when economic uncertainties and family problems intervene, Renton succumbs to the defeatism not to mention the drug use that has taken hold in Edinburgh ‘s tougher quarters. His friends are responding according to personality. Laid off, Spud Murphy is paralyzed in the face of long-term unemployment. Sick Boy, supreme manipulator of the opposite sex, is scamming and hustling for money and drugs. And meanwhile, psycho Franco Begbie is scaring the hell out of everyone. Darkly humorous, Skagboys gives a gritty and gripping portrait of a time, not unlike ours, when money was scarce, unemployment was high, and drugs seemed the answer. 8pm
Thursday, September 20, University of Miami Newman Alumni Center
Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer, expert on religious violence, will address the question: “Why has the turn of the twenty-first century been rocked by a new religious rebellion?” From al Qaeda to Christian militias to insurgents in Iraq, a strident new religious activism has seized the imaginations of political rebels around the world. With his new book, Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State , Juergensmeyer provides an up-to-date road map through this complex new religious terrain. Juergensmeyer is the director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies and professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has published more than two hundred articles and twenty books. His widely-read Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence was listed by the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times as one of the best nonfiction books of the year. Dr. Juergensmeyer’s lecture is open to the public free of charge. Registration is required. For more information and to register please click here. Presented by the University of Miami Center for the Humanities in collaboration with Books & Books. 7pm
Friday, September 21, Gables
Y/A Event:Lizette M. Lantigua was born in Queens, New York, and raised in Miami, Florida. As a newspaper reporter, writer, and Emmy-nominated television producer in southern Florida, Lizette has extensively covered the experiences of the Hispanic community. Mission Libertad is her first novel for young people. Fact and fiction converge in this thrilling tale of 14-year old Luisito Ramirez—a courageous boy who daringly escapes from 1970s communist Cuba—as he becomes immersed in American culture, and sets out on fulfilling a secret religious mission under the eyes of spies. Integrating Spanish vocabulary and Cuban culture, this novel for ages 10-14 provides an exciting story of the Catholic faith lived out during turmoil. Based on real events, the historical, political, economical, and cultural realities of the time period are fused with the fictional story of Luisito. 7pm
Live Music in the Courtyard: LANI NASH, 7:30-11:30pm
Saturday, September 22, Coral Gables Congregational Church
OFFSITE EVENT/TICKETS REQUIRED: Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz‘s first book, Drown, established him as a major new writer with “the dispassionate eye of a journalist and the tongue of a poet” (Newsweek). His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, was named #1 Fiction Book of the Year” by Time magazine and spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, establishing itself – with more than a million copies in print – as a modern classic. Now Díaz turns his remarkable talent to the haunting, impossible power of love – obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love. The stories in This Is How You Lose Her (Riverhead, $26.95) , by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through – “the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying” – to try to mend what we’ve broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care. They teach us the catechism of affections: that the faithlessness of the fathers is visited upon the children; that what we do unto our exes is inevitably done in turn unto us; and that loving thy neighbor as thyself is a commandment more safely honored on platonic than erotic terms. Most of all, these stories remind us that the habit of passion always triumphs over experience, and that “love, when it hits us for real, has a half-life of forever.” FREE tickets available at our Coral Gables, Miami Beach, and Bal Harbour Shops stores. 7:30pm
Saturday, September 22, Gables
Live Music in the Courtyard: NANAMI MORIKAWA TRIO, 7:30-11:30pm
Sunday, September 23, Gables
KIDS’ EVENT:PJ Library Story Time: It’s great to find someone who loves books as much as we do. That’s why we proudly work with the PJ Library, who encourages Jewish families to cuddle up at night with their favorite stories. Once a month, the PJ Library partners with local Jewish schools to hold a special story time at our stores to teach important values to Jewish families. Hands-on crafts follow. 10:30am
Monday, September 24, Gables
Y/A Event:Every day Violet Eden wonders whether she made the right choice. She still doesn’t fully understand these powers she’s been granted as a half-angel Grigori. And worse, isn’t even sure she’s capable of using them. Stab someone through the heart? Really? No matter how bad things get, though, Violet doesn’t run and she doesn’t quit. Even if it means she can never allow herself to love the guy she longs for. Even if it means asking her enemy for help. Even if no one is telling her the truth. The war between Exiles and Angels is on–and she’s wanted by both sides. Discover what happens to Violet in Entice (Sourcebooks, $16.99) , the explosive sequel to Embrace by Jessica Shirvington. 7pm
Thursday, September 27, Gables
In Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti , a path-breaking book, Jeb Sprague investigates the dangerous world of right-wing paramilitarism in Haiti and its role in undermining the democratic aspirations of the Haitian people. Sprague focuses on the period beginning in 1990 with the rise of Haiti’s first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and the right-wing movements that succeeded in driving him from power. Over the ensuing two decades, paramilitary violence was largely directed against the poor and supporters of Aristide’s Lavalas movement, taking the lives of thousands of Haitians. It makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of Haiti today, and is a vivid reminder of how democratic struggles in poor countries are often met with extreme violence organized at the behest of capital. 8pm
Friday, September 28, Miami Dade College Chapman Conference Center
OFFSITE EVENT/TICKETS REQUIRED: Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story (It Books, $26.99) is Wyclef Jean’s powerful story of a life rooted in struggle, soul-searching, art, and survival. In his own voice the multi-platinum musician and producer shares everything, from his childhood in Haiti to his rise to the top of the American music scene. For the first time ever, Wyclef reveals the behind-the-scenes story of the Fugees, including his partnership with Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel, the details of their award-winning album The Score, and the solo career that followed. For fans of early Wyclef efforts like The Carnival or later albums like From the Hut, To the Projects, To the Mansion–and for fans of books like Jay-Z’s Decoded or Russell Simmons‘ Super Rich–Wyclef’s Purpose is an inspiring, one-of-a-kind look at one of the world’s most talented artists. Tickets: $10 per person, while supplies last. The ticket can be used as a coupon to purchase Wyclef’s book, or any other book at Books & Books. Available at our Coral Gables, Miami Beach and Bal Harbour Shops locations. Presented in collaboration with The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College. Featuring a LIVE ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE by the one and only Wyclef! 7:30pm
Friday, September 28, Gables
Live Music in the Courtyard: Mini Fusion Duo with Steve Kornicks and Tom Lippincott, 7:30-11:30pm
Saturday, September 29, Gables
KIDS’ EVENT:Beanie and the Bull by Deon Davis is a book for elementary school age children. The book represents a safe way of solving confrontations when confronted by a bully. In this book Beanie presents herself as a powerful young girl that has the powers of changing the mind and heart of a bully, Beanie also gives tips and advice on how to handle a bullying situation. Bullying destroys the development of a successful childhood in school and at home. It creates and contributes to low self-esteem, depression, isolation and even suicide. No child should live in fear, if we all help Beanie prevent bullying at an early age, we all succeed. 1pm
Live Music in the Courtyard: SAM SAVAGE TRIO, 7:30-11:30pm