Bring your valentine to Books & Books in Coral Gables for an evening of literature, music, food and drinks set in the world of Belle Époque Paris and featuring two celebrated artists of the Impressionist movement.
Travel to Paris, 1926. An aging Mary Cassatt, eyesight failing, sifts through the clutter of her art studio searching for a bundle of lost letters. The sight of them—bound in silk ribbon, fading and difficult to make out—instantly brings her back in time to her fateful introduction to Edgar Degas and to the love and heartbreak that followed.
In her new novel, I ALWAYS LOVED YOU,Robin Oliveira, tells of their tumultuous and passionate love affair. As artistic collaborators, friends, antagonists, and, presumably, lovers, Mary and Edgar forge an impassioned relationship that deeply impacts the nature of their art and defines both of their lives. Oliviera’s story brilliantly captures the golden age of Impressionism and is peopled with prominent figures of the movement like Edouard Manet, Berthe Morisot, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
Join us for the reading at 8pm and enjoy a light supper before or after the event. The Café at Books & Books by Chef Allen in Coral Gables will be open6-11pm, with a special menu inspired by our guest author, Robin Oliviera, and her new novel, I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED YOU. The $25 price is designed for two and includes:
A glass of beer, wine or champagne • A delicious charcuterie board to share, featuring prosciutto, chorizo, manchego cheese, grapes, apples, and hummus with homemade rosemary flatbread • Specialty dessert menu with your choice of mille fieulle, tart tartine, Paris breast or petit chocolat
Call ahead to make your reservation, 305-448-9599, or by email to Irving@booksandbooks.com or walk-up that evening, no reservations necessary.
Live music in the courtyard will feature the David Leon Group, performing songs of love in both English and French.
What could be more romantic than an evening at your favorite bookshop featuring music, a meal to share and a reading to transport you to another time?
Sneak a kiss among the bookshelves. We won’t tell.