Virtual Events

On March 18, Books & Books closed our doors temporarily during quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 22, we launched our first ever virtual event on Crowdcast, a conversation with Secretary Madeline Albright about her new book, HELL AND OTHER DESTINATIONS. And we haven’t stopped since. We are now hosting virtual events mostly every weeknight at 7pm and some on weekends, in partnership with our friends at Miami Book Fair, and with additional support from Lit Hub and Culture Crusaders.

The schedule attempts to emulate what it was like at our signature store in Coral Gables, where you could walk in and find a live author reading and discussing their book, literally every night of the week. The majority of these events are free. Our doors re-opened in early June for socially-distanced and masked shopping, but it continues to be unsafe to hold any events at our stores. For the time being, we will continue to present to you the very best authors, voices and books virtually and look forward to seeing you there! Some technical difficulties notwithstanding, you’ve shown an amazing amount of understanding and patience and we see our viewer numbers are growing with each passing day.

Remember, every book you purchase helps to support us and we thank you for your support! We’ve started this archive on our website, so that you can access anything you might have missed, at your own pace, and in your own time. Follow us on Crowdcast so that you’re the first to know of any new events. We look forward to seeing you online in the coming months, as our literary community lives on virtually, until the time when we will meet again at Books & Books!


Cuban Memory Wars: An Evening with Michael Bustamante


Event Date: April 12, 2021

Drawing on troves of archival materials, including visual media, Michael Bustamante tracks the process of what he calls retrospective politics across the Florida Straits. In doing…

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An Afternoon with Carribean Fragoza, Randa Jarrar and Vanessa Angélica Villarreal


Event Date: April 11, 2021

Carribean Fragoza, author of the debut short story collection “Eat the Mouth That Feeds You,” and Randa Jarrar, author of the new memoir “Love is an Ex-Country,” discuss their book…

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Classicist No. 17: An Evening with Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Beth Dunlop and Teófilo Victoria


Event Date: April 9, 2021

Focused on Florida, the Classicist No. 17 explores the city’s rich architectural history as well as contemporary examples of classical design through professional and student portf…

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Two Truths and a Lie: A Virtual Lunch with Ellen McGarrahan and Sarah Gerard


Event Date: April 9, 2021

In 1990, Ellen McGarrahan was a young reporter for the Miami Herald when she covered the execution of Jesse Tafero, a man convicted of murdering two police officers. When it later…

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An Evening with Roger H. Seifter, Randy M. Correll, Grant F. Marani, and Gary L. Brewer


Event Date: April 6, 2021

In “Houses: Robert A.M. Stern Architects”, Roger H. Seifter, Randy M. Correll, Grant F. Marani, and Gary L. Brewer—offer an intimate look at RAMSA houses from the last ten years an…

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An Evening with Krystal Sutherland & Karen McManus


Event Date: April 6, 2021

Both a fairytale and a thriller, “House of Hollow” is a feminist mystery in the vein of “Wilder Girls” with the delectable world building of “The Hazel Wood” mixed with the dark fa…

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Obra selecta: An Evening with Dr. Jorge Duany and Dr. Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel


Event Date: April 5, 2021

Books & Books, The Cuban Research Institute at FIU and The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami present an evening with Dr. Jorge Duany in…

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Marguerite Duras’ “The Impudent Ones”: An Evening with Kelsey L. Haskett and Michael Reynolds


Event Date: March 31, 2021

Marguerite Duras rose to global stardom with her erotic masterpiece “The Lover” (L’Amant), winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt and translated into 43 languages. But Duras’ debu…

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Of Women and Salt: An Evening with Gabriela Garcia and Maite Morales


Event Date: March 30, 2021

A sweeping, masterful debut about a daughter’s fateful choice, a mother motivated by her own past, and a family legacy that begins in Cuba before either of them were born. Author G…

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Escape from Castro’s Cuba: An Evening with Tim Wendel and Saul Wisnia


Event Date: March 29, 2021

Tim Wendel is the acclaimed author of fourteen books, including “Castro’s Curveball.” In this visionary sequel to “Castro’s Curveball”, the former Washington Senators Minor League…

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An Afternoon with Julie Marie Wade, Maureen Seaton and Denise Duhamel


Event Date: March 28, 2021

Three Miami-based writers and sometime collaborators come together to talk about their respective work, poems and prose that reflect their individual journeys and common experience…

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Mango and Peppercorns: An Evening w Kathy Manning, Tung Nguyen, Lyn Nguyen & Chef Michelle Bernstein


Event Date: March 25, 2021

A powerful memoir of resilience, friendship, family, and food from the acclaimed chefs behind the award-winning Hy Vong Vietnamese restaurant in Miami. A conversation between Kathy…

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