TICKETS REQUIRED: You must have a ticket to enter the signing line at the morning bookstore event. You will receive a ticket with the purchase of one of E L James' books at Books & Books. This ticket will be for the morning autographing event ONLY; this ticket does not grant you admission to her evening presentation. Please call one of our stores -- Coral Gables, Miami Beach, or Bal Harbour Shops to purchase your book.
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, Fifty Shades of Grey (Vintage, $15.95) by E L James is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
Join filmmakers Zack Weil, Gregory Harden and Mary Olszewska for the premiere screening of Taste It: A Comedy about the Recession. Scintillating and made-in-Miami with local actors, Taste It is an outrageous digital feature about putting passion before the plan while living it up in a down economy. Cornell business grad Greg Rosen finds himself living in his childhood bedroom in South Miami after the recession hits. Flat broke and seemingly unemployable Greg’s gone completely off the rails. Inspired by his little sister’s friend Francesca, he takes out a high-interest loan to purchase the local dive bar hoping to turn it into Miami's hottest new eatery. The food’s amazing but, even superb culinary talent doesn’t seem to be a match for the weight of this recession. On the verge of bankruptcy, Greg’s ready to close up shop when he receives an unexpected gift from Francesca. An ending so sweet you can Taste It!
From former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright comes a moving and thoughtful memoir of her formative years in Czechoslovakia during the tumult of Nazi occupation, World War II, fascism, and the onset of the Cold War. An intensely personal journey into the past that offers vital lessons for the future, Prague Winter (Harper, $29.99) combines the intimacy of an autobiography with the drama of an exciting and well-told story--all underpinned by the gravity and intelligence of a serious work of history. Tonight, she’ll be interviewed on stage by Alberto Ibarguen, the President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, to be followed by a Q&A with the audience. This event is presented in collaboration with The Center @Miami Dade College. Secretary Albright will sign books to follow. Free and open to the public.
Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she’d rather not know. And now that she’s an adult, she also realizes that some things she knows about, she’d rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. There’s a thing or two she’d like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric’s front yard—especially the body of the woman whose blood he just drank. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. Discover what happens to Sookie and Bill in the newest book by Charlaine Harris -- Deadlocked (Ace, $27.95).
Tonight, Charlaine will lead a Q&A session with fans, which will be followed by a book signing. All of the books in the Sookie Stackhouse series will be available for purchase and you must purchase at least (1) one book to be allowed entry into the signing line. To keep things running smoothly, fans are allowed to have (2) two books signed at a time. Should they have more than 2 books, they will need to go through the line again. Charlaine will personalize and allow photos with fans. If you don’t want to wait in line, there will be autographed copies available for purchase to follow her talk. Keep in mind, only those books purchased at Books & Books will be eligible for signing -- and our telepathic booksellers will know if you’re not telling the truth!
Written by Charles J. Kropke and Eleanor Goldstein, South Beach: Stories of a Renaissance (IPlus II, $49.95) the book is a treasure trove of original stories and nascent legends. These stories are the culmination of over four dozen personal interviews with influential leaders of South Beach. When added to the original artwork of painter Joe Davis and the stunning photography from Joe and fellow photographer, Petra Mason, the book is a masterful addition to the existing literature of Florida history lavishly illustrated with 150 full color images including 4 double page gate folds.
After its discovery, Phragmipedium kovachii became the rarest and most sought-after orchid in the world. Prices soared to $10,000 on the black market. Then one showed up at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Then came search warrants, a grand jury investigation, and criminal charges. Investigative journalist Craig Pittman unravels this tangled web to shine a spotlight on flaws in the international treaties governing trade in endangered wildlife. The Scent of Scandal (Univ Press of Fl, $24.95) unspools like a riveting mystery novel, stranger than anything in The Orchid Thief or the film Adaptation. Pittman shows how some people can become so obsessed—with beauty, with profit, with fame—that they will ignore everything, even the law.
Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives—the ones we’d like to pretend never happened—are in fact the ones that define us. In Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (Amy Einhorn, 25.95), Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor. Chapters include: “Stanley the Magical, Talking Squirrel”; “A Series of Angry Post-It Notes to My Husband”; “My Vagina Is Fine. Thanks for Asking”; “And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane.” Pictures with captions (no one would believe these things without proof) accompany the text.
In Castro's Secrets (Palgrave Macmillan, $27), highly acclaimed author and intelligence expert Brian Latell offers a strikingly original view of Fidel Castro in his role as Cuba's supreme spymaster. Based on interviews with high level defectors from Cuba's powerful intelligence and security services, long-buried secrets of Fidel's nearly 50-year reign are exposed for the first time. They include numerous assassinations and attempted ones carried out on Castro's orders, some against foreign leaders. More than a dozen ranking Cuban secret agents embraced by the CIA and FBI speak in these pages; some have never told their stories on the record before. Latell also probes dispassionately into the CIA's most deplorable plots against Cuba - including previously obscure schemes to assassinate Castro - and presents shocking new conclusions about what Fidel actually knew of Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
As the Disney Fantasy joins the cruise fleet, a special treat is in store for guests aboard: the Disney Host Interactive teenage guides will be part of the Fantasy crew. But all is not right below decks. Strange things are happening. Only the Kingdom Keepers know the truth behind their invitation: nearly every Disney villain is represented onboard the new ship: whether on its decks or in its theaters. It's believed the Overtakers have infiltrated the cast and are "stowaways." Worse: it is believed they have stolen an important journal that once belonged to Walt Disney himself and that some kind of mission is planned. But the end game is far more complicated and intense than anything the Kingdom Keepers had planned on. If the Overtakers get their way, a power will be unleashed that no one will have the ability to vanquish: Chernabog, dormant for years, is about to have his full powers restored.... Find our what happens in the newest Kingdom Keepers book -- Shell Game (Hyperion, $17.99) by Ridley Pearson.