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February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Pedro Medina León


February 10
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States
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Discussing TOUR: A Journey Through Miami’s Culture

Tour offers an overview of the main historical, cultural and popular elements that have shaped the city of Miami. Pedro Medina León shares through essays and brief chronicles, how Henry Flagler opened the doors of Miami to the rest of the country; how the decline of the legendary rock band The Doors started in Coconut Grove; how Opa Locka, a city inspired by The Thousand and One Nights, was conceived as one of the most ambitious urban projects and today is one of the poorest neighborhoods in the United States; how Bob Marley died in a hospital bed in Downtown Miami and how Cassius Clay was crowned the world boxing champion in Miami Beach. And among these fascinating and controversial characters he describes the different faces of a city that started as a small agricultural and fishermen village, transformed itself into the world capital of crime and drug trafficking in the 1980s, and has now become a haven from Latin America.

About the author:

Pedro Medina León is an award winning author, speaker and editor. He is the author of the acclaimed novel Varsovia (Florida Book Award 2017), Mañana no te veré en Miami, Marginal and Tour: una vuelta por la cultura popular de Miami, and editor of the anthologies Viaje One Way and Miami (Un)Plugged. Medina León is a speaker member of the Florida Humanities Council for the 2018 –2019 program, and co-creator of the Escribe Aquí Festival, for the Betsy Hotel, which was awarded with a grant from the Knight Foundation and frequently gives talks around the country on writing, reading, and multiculturalism. In 2008 he created the cultural portal Suburbano Ediciones today suburbano.net is the leading Spanish-Language cultural network in the United States. He also is a contributing columnist for El Nuevo Herald and studied Literature at Florida International University.