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A Virtual Evening with Anna Solomon
A Virtual Evening with James McBride and Jason Reynolds
A Virtual Evening with Curtis Sittenfeld and Jia Tolentino
A Virtual Evening with John Perkins
A Virtual Evening with Megha Majumdar and Lauren Groff
A Virtual Evening with Marisel Vera and Tayari Jones
A Virtual Evening with Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Edwidge Danticat
A Virtual Evening with David Litt
A Virtual Evening with Neal Pollack & Rick Moody
A Virtual Evening with Brit Bennett and Angela Flournoy
A Virtual Evening with Mamta Chaudhry and Russell Banks
A Virtual Evening with Howard Blum
A Virtual Evening with Aspen Matis, Deepak Chopra™, and Kelly Sullivan Walden
A Virtual Evening with Néstor Carbonell
Una Noche *Virtual* con Melissa Rivero & Patricia Engel
John Grisham Chats with Mitchell Kaplan on Books & Books IG Live
A Virtual Evening with Madeleine Albright in conversation with congresswoman Donna Shalala
A Virtual Evening With Brad Meltzer In Conversation With Mark Trowbridge
A Virtual Evening with Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue
A Virtual Evening with Anna SolomonIn Anna Solomon’s THE BOOK OF V, three characters’ riveting stories overlap and ultimately collide, illuminating how women’s lives have and have not changed over thousands of years. She's in conversation with Marcie Tennen of BookSmart, a book consulting and bookfair business for schools, parents and families primarily in the New York metropolitan market. Recorded live July 1, 2020. Purchase the book: https://bit.ly/2Boqkkl Presented in partnership with Miami Book Fair.
A Virtual Evening with James McBride and Jason ReynoldsOn June 30, 2020 James McBride was joined in conversation by Jason Reynolds via Books & Books! McBride’s book DEACON KING KONG is on everyone’s radar; he was a recent guest on #TheLiteraryLife podcast with Mitchell Kaplan and it is an Oprah's Book Club selection. Buy DEACON KING KONG: bit.ly/3ezEo8Q Hear James on #TheLiteraryLife Podcast: bit.ly/3ek9gK9
A Virtual Evening with Curtis Sittenfeld and Jia TolentinoNew York Times bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld brings her incredible talent to bear as she taps into the very unknowable mind and heart of a very well-known person in her new novel, RODHAM. What if Hillary Rodham hadn’t married Bill Clinton? On June 26, 2020 Curtis and Jia Tolentino had a wonderful conversation discussing Curtis' uncannily astute and witty book, among other topics. Order the book: https://bit.ly/2ZbUY8n Listen to Curtis as a guest on Mitchell Kaplan's The Literary Life podcast: https://bit.ly/2VmRtKY
A Virtual Evening with John PerkinsWhen John Perkins was a young Peace Corps volunteer, his life was saved by an Amazonian shaman who taught him to “touch the jaguar”–to transform his fears into positive action. Listen in to the June 25, 2020 conversation as Perkins talks with Thom Hartmann about the experience. Purchase TOUCHING THE JAGUAR: https://shop.booksandbooks.com/book/9...
A Virtual Evening with Megha Majumdar and Lauren Groff“Fate has rarely been so many-faced, so muscular, so mercurial, or so mesmerizing as it is in A BURNING.”—Susan Choi, New York Times Books A BURNING is one of the most talked about books of the season! We had the pleasure of hosting a virtual conversation between Megha Majumdar and Lauren Groff on June 24, 2020. The Literary Life Podcast: https://bit.ly/2B2WelE Buy the book: https://bit.ly/30Dypvl
A Virtual Evening with Marisel Vera and Tayari JonesMarisel Vera emerges as a major voice of contemporary fiction with a heart- wrenching novel set in Puerto Rico on the eve of the Spanish-American War. Vera discussed her sprawling family epic with best-selling author, Tayari Jones on June 23, 2020. Presented in partnership with Miami Book Fair. "A gorgeous feat of storytelling... This is historical fiction at its best," says Tayari Jones of Marisel Vera's unforgettable novel of love and endurance, A TASTE OF SUGAR. Get a copy of TASTE OF SUGAR: https://bit.ly/3efZEjR
A Virtual Evening with Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Edwidge Danticat"Radiantly elegiac, this hybrid work of poetry and photographs is one we all need for living, loving, and letting go,” says Edwidge Danticat of Rachel Eliza Griffiths’ new book SEEING THE BODY. Watch their virtual conversation from June 20, 2020. Buy the book: https://bit.ly/3dI4Cow Presented in partnership with Miami Book Fair.
A Virtual Evening with David LittNYT bestselling author, and former Barack Obama speechwriter, David Litt is discussed DEMOCRACY IN ONE BOOK OR LESS with Fred Guttenberg on June 18. "I'm so excited for this conversation and I hope you'll join!", says Litt. Order your copy: https://bit.ly/3faxIhk
A Virtual Evening with Neal Pollack & Rick MoodyA three-time Jeopardy! Champion and former correspondent for Cannabist, Neal Pollack sat down *virtually* on June 17 with author Rick Moody to talk about his poignantly funny account of his years as a marijuana addict. Purchase POTHEAD: My Life as a Marijuana Addict in the Age of Legal Weed by Neal Pollack: bit.ly/2MQXv23
A Virtual Evening with Brit Bennett and Angela FlournoyWe were so excited to *virtually* host Brit Bennett in conversation with Angela Flournoy on Monday, June 15th for the book the NYTimes calls an "ambitious meditation on race and identity.” Buy THE VANISHING HALF from us to support indie: https://bit.ly/2Ai5PoV Presented in partnership with the Miami Book Fair.
A Virtual Evening with Mamta Chaudhry and Russell BanksThe great Russell Banks joins our friend and local Miami writer, Mamta Chaudhry on June 11 via Crowdcast to discuss her debut novel, HAUNTING PARIS. Our own Mitchell Kaplan calls this debut novel, “so fresh, so musical and so moving.” Purchase the book: bit.ly/2z8ZAmA Presented in partnership with Miami Book Fair.
A Virtual Evening with Howard BlumThe New York Times bestselling author returns with a tale as riveting and suspenseful as any thriller: the true story of the Nazi plot to kill the leaders of the United States, Great Britain, and the U.S.S.R. during World War II. Presented by Books & Books June 10, 2020. Purchase a copy of the book: https://bit.ly/3fVEY10 The mission: to kill the three most important and heavily guarded men in the world. The assassins: a specially trained team headed by the killer known as The Most Dangerous Man in Europe. The stakes: nothing less than the future of the Western world. The year is 1943 and the three Allied leaders—Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin—are meeting for the first time at a top-secret conference in Tehran. But the Nazis have learned about the meeting and Hitler sees it as his last chance to turn the tide. Although the war is undoubtedly lost, the Germans believe that perhaps a new set of Allied leaders might be willing to make a more reasonable peace in its aftermath. And so a plan is devised—code name Operation Long Jump—to assassinate FDR, Churchill, and Stalin. Immediately, a highly trained, hand-picked team of Nazi commandos is assembled, trained, armed with special weapons, and parachuted into Iran. They have six days to complete the daring assignment before the statesmen will return home. With no margin for error and little time to spare, Mike Reilly, the head of FDR’s Secret Service detail—a man from a Montana silver mining town who describes himself as “an Irish cop with more muscle than brains”—must overcome his suspicions and instincts to work with a Soviet agent from the NKVD (the precursor to the KGB) to save the three most powerful men in the world. Filled with eight pages of black-and-white photographs, "Night of the Assassins" is a suspenseful true-life tale about an impossible mission, a ticking clock, and one man who stepped up to the challenge and prevented a world catastrophe.
A Virtual Evening with Aspen Matis, Deepak Chopra™, and Kelly Sullivan WaldenAspen Matis, Deepak Chopra™ and Kelly Sullivan Walden came together on screen June 9th for an impactful discussion of Matis' memoir "Your Blue is Not My Blue". Support your local indie, buy the book here: https://bit.ly/37YSzlf Presented by Books & Books and Miami Book Fair in partnership with Culture Crusaders and Literary Hub. This new book is about what happened as Aspen was writing "Girl in the Woods" and picks up where it left off. Aspen and her new husband migrate to New York City, so that she can follow her dream of becoming a writer. She finds their frugal life endearing and their marriage seems like any other until one day Justin gives her a kiss before heading out to attend a friend’s funeral and never returns. Aspen chronicles her struggles writing a book on deadline where it’s “hero” is now missing (she starts drinking heavily, has no money, she eventually lands in the hospital after spending 119 consecutive hours awake, etc.) and exposes the seduction of playing the victim. It's a poetic and probing inquiry into the nature of marriage and family, as well as a story of creative awakening.
A Virtual Evening with Néstor CarbonellOn June 2, 2020 Néstor Carbonell joined us for a virtual discussion on WHY CUBA MATTERS with Jorge Duany. Purchase a copy of the book: https://bit.ly/2CAxAtn It's a vivid, in-depth history of the 60-year Castro-Communist regime and its impact on Cuba and many other countries. The book describes how the regime deceived and subjugated the Cuban people, defied 12 US presidents and continues to endanger peace and security in this hemisphere in collusion with Russia, China and Venezuela. It also ponders the prospects for freedom in the post-Castro era.
Una Noche *Virtual* con Melissa Rivero & Patricia EngelAcompañenos esta noche para conocer a Melissa Rivero, la autora de Los Falcon, una impresionante novela debut sobre la lucha de una joven madre indocumentada dispuesta a darlo todo por su familia y su nueva vida en Nueva York. La reconocida escritora Patricia Engel se sentará a conversar junto a Melissa sobre los temas del libro, sus propias vidas y experiencias en común y como navegan sus carreras siendo escritoras latinas. Los Falcón: https://bit.ly/3eHFuza
John Grisham Chats with Mitchell Kaplan on Books & Books IG LiveJohn Grisham and Mitchell Kaplan on CAMINO WINDS The best-selling thriller writer, John Grisham talked to Books & Books owner Mitchell Kaplan about indie bookstores, stone crabs, and Grisham's latest murder mystery, CAMINO WINDS on Instagram Live. Shop the book on our website: https://bit.ly/2XDCPiG
A Virtual Evening with Madeleine Albright in conversation with congresswoman Donna ShalalaMadeleine Albright in conversation with congresswoman Donna Shalala discussing HELL AND OTHER DESTINATIONS: A 21st-CENTURY MEMOIR. Six-time New York Times bestselling author and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright—one of the world’s most admired and tireless public servants—reflects on the final stages of one’s career, and working productively into your later decades in HELL AND OTHER DESTINATIONS her revealing, funny, and inspiring new memoir. It is the tale of our times anchored in lessons for all time, narrated by an extraordinary woman with a matchless zest for life. Purchase the book from Books & Books: https://bit.ly/2zEw6gH
A Virtual Evening With Brad Meltzer In Conversation With Mark TrowbridgeOn May 8, 2020 Books & Books, Miami Book Fair, and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce presented A Virtual Evening With Brad Meltzer to celebrate the publication of "The Lincoln Conspiracy". Brad was in conversation with Mark Trowbridge, of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. Everyone knows the story of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, but few are aware of the original conspiracy to kill him four years earlier in 1861, literally on his way to Washington, DC, for his first inauguration.“This is a story few people know, one that’s set in a time of deep political division in America,” Meltzer says. “It shows us what good leaders can do in times of strife – perfectly on point for where our country is today.” Written in the same page-turning style as Meltzer’s other bestsellers, The Lincoln Conspiracy offers a fascinating new look at one of the most important figures in American history. Purchase the book from Books & Books: https://shop.booksandbooks.com/book/9...
A Virtual Evening with Marlo Thomas and Phil DonahueA Conversation On “What Makes A Marriage Last” with Special Guests Gloria & Emilio Estefan. What makes a marriage last? Who doesn’t want to know the answer to that question? In honor of their 40th wedding anniversary and to unlock this mystery, iconic couple Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue crisscrossed the country and conducted intimate conversations with forty celebrated couples whose long marriages they’ve admired. On May 12, 2020 they shared their findings with us and invited Gloria & Emilio Estefan to join the conversation about their own 42-year-long marriage. Share a date night with your partner online and find out the secrets of these powerhouse couples, including Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, Elton John and David Furnish, and Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner to Chip and Joanna Gaines, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan, Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter, Deepak and Rita Chopra, James Carville and Mary Matalin, and even the oldest living married couple in the U.S. Purchase the book from Books & Books to support a local, independent bookstore: https://shop.booksandbooks.com/book/9... Presented by Books & Books and Miami Book Fair.