Books & Books, Coral Gables was founded by Mitchell Kaplan in 1982. Since that time, the store has become one of the most well-respected independent bookstores in the country. It's a local landmark and an inspiring gathering place for writers as well as readers. The philosophy at Books & Books has remained constant throughout the years: it's about neighbors, books, history, quality, tradition and creativity.
Books & Books is currently located in an exquisite 1927 building listed in the Coral Gables Register of Historic Places. The 9,000 square foot, Mediterranean-style building has original tile floors, a fireplace, beamed ceilings, floor-to-ceiling dark-wood bookshelves, and open-air courtyard and a full-service cafe. Our breezeway holds a newsstand with a wide selection of national and international newspapers and magazines. Since 1982, Books & Books has hosted local, national and international writers as part of its award-winning Reading Series.
Guests range the gamut from first-time authors who are just introducing their books, to critically acclaimed writers who are known the world over. Books & Books hosts reading groups, poetry groups, free workshops and lectures, and partners with many cultural, educational and charitable organizations to present special events at its seven locations.
Published: Robert Klemm Photography - October 16th, 2005
Landscapes of Coral Gables, a hardcover of 53 black-and-white photographs of the City Beautiful's landmark buildings and landscapes, features the Biltmore Hotel, the Venetian Pool and the Alhambra water tower, as well as Fairchild Tropical Garden and some private residences.
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - August 21st, 2006
When Solomon Merrick moved his family from New England to a plot of land southwest of Miami in 1898, he had no idea that his son, George, would become the founder of one of America's most fabled cities. When the senior Merrick died in 1911, George, who was working in New York, returned to the Miami area, establishing a major citrus and produce farm on his family's land.