The novel unites a 1970’s American family with an orphaned infant from Seoul, Korea after Coleman’s liberal-thinking and compassionate wife Elizabeth convinces her husband to adopt Soo Yun (later Allie) in spite of Coleman’s reservations that stem largely from his deeply-steeped Southern elitist values.
With settings shifting seamlessly among the diverse cultures of Vietnam, Korea, Virginia, and Charleston, SC and the varying points of view ranging from Soo Yun’s birthmother, her orphanage nurse, Elizabeth, and Coleman, A Southern Girl, both in form and subject, embraces the powerful themes of acceptance and inclusion. The reader becomes absorbed in Allie’s development as a Korean child growing up in Charleston, SC, but even more absorbing is the protagonist Coleman’s growth. A devoted parent, he evolves from being a man of narrow scope to one who not only embraces diversity but puts his own professional and social reputation at stake to fight against his daughter’s exclusion from the privileged society to which he himself belongs.
The book’s subject is extremely timely in light of the current crisis with the reduction of international adoptions. John and his deceased wife Barbara adopted a South Korean daughter 35 years ago, and he is alarmed by the current situation of children languishing in foster care or institutions and the nearly 60% reduction in Americans adopting internationally. “Had the sheer inefficiency of today’s broken system been in place in 1978, it is safe to say my very American daughter would be speaking Korean,” John says. While the Warleys’ cost for adoption was less than $2000, and they received their daughter as an infant, current costs are $25,000-$30,000 and adoption takes years with many unplanned delays. “By then, a child has been institutionalized for 7 or 8 years, and the parents have to be prepared for all kinds of challenges an infant would not have,” according to John.
Allie’s immersion into American life in A Southern Girl, while filled with trials, proves cultural obstacles can be overcome and differences can open our eyes more clearly to our human commonalities. “While no one denies a perfect solution would be for orphans to stay in their native country, the truth is the shortage of loving, nurturing families to adopt in native countries puts these children at a far greater risk that growing up in a different culture,” John says.
About the Author:
John Warley, a native South Carolinian, is a graduate of the Citadel and the University of Virginia School of Law. He practiced law in Virginia until 1993 when he moved to Mexico to write and teach. Now a full-time writer, Warley divides his time between Beaufort, South Carolina, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Madame Francesca Beauvere spent 30 years gathering evidence to seek retribution and reclaim what had been stolen from the Delaney family dynasty. Just prior to her death, Madame Beauvere bequeathed her trunk full of memorablia to Dr. Samantha Delaney, a bright young doctor with a relentless determination to excel. Samantha had overcome many adversities to become a pediatric surgeon, and Madame Beauvere knew that Samantha was her last possible hope to right the egregious wrongs suffered by the Delaneys.
Samantha’s curiosity is piqued by the mysterious French woman’s unfinished letter to her referencing the purloined legacy of the Delaney family. She is also moved by her desperate plea for Samantha’s help. Having lost her parents in a plane crash and not knowing her father’s family history, Samantha couldn’t resist the old lady’s posthumous challenge. When Samantha pieces together clues gathered from the items in Madame Beauvere's trunk, she soon finds herself catapulted into a world of lies, theft, malicious revenge, and murder.
El Grupo de Lectura en Español presenta un curso especial en Books & Books
Dictado por Luis Yslas Prado
Luis Yslas se define como “lector a tiempo completo”. Es Licenciado en Letras y Editor co-fundador de la Cooperativa Editorial Lugar Común, en Caracas, Venezuela. Luis se ha desempeñado como docente escolar y universitario de literatura durante más de una década. Ha colaborado para publicaciones venezolanas como Papel Literario, El Salmón-Revista de Poesía y Prodavinci, entre otras.
La vuelta al mundo de Julio Cortázar
En 2014 se conmemoran las puntas de la vida de Julio Cortázar: 30 años de su muerte y 100 años de su nacimiento. De modo que el presente taller se enmarca dentro de las efemérides que recuerdan a uno de los escritores más entrañables de la literatura latinoamericana. Compuesto de cuatro sesiones, el curso se ofrece como una suerte de recorrido por las facetas más representativas de la obra del autor argentino. Se hará especial énfasis en sus relatos, su propuesta estética, el mundo de los cronopios y famas, y su novela más celebrada, Rayuela, además de abordar lo fantástico, lo lúdico, lo metafísico y lo histórico como ámbitos constitutivos de una literatura que sigue despertando fascinación e interés entre los lectores.
Las cuatro sesiones serán:
miércoles 30 de julio, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
jueves 31 de julio, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
viernes 1o de agosto, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
sábado 2 de agosto, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
El costo del curso será de $100. No será posible pagar las sesiones individualmente ni se podrán hacer reembolsos.
El pago del taller puede hacerse por teléfono al 305-442-4408, o personalmente en la tienda de Coral Gables.
Join us for a special event via Skype with author Richelle Mead of the Vampire Academy series!
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists. Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . . Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestsellingBloodlines series, where all bets are off.
About the Author:
Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of fantasy books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid series follows a reluctant succubus, while her Dark Swan series features a shamanic mercenary caught up in fairy affairs. Over on the young adult side, Richelle writes the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans.
Richelle's books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as transformed into graphic novels. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV.
This Mandalas of Virtues are paintings from inspirations, are unique and originals. There are 10 mandalas with beautiful energy. Each symbol represent a virtue like Love, Hope, Power of the universe, Harmony, Wisdom, Peace, Expression, Healing, Patience and Prosperity.
About the Artist:
Silvia Rosales grew up in the small town of Villa Maria, Argentina. Her first love was art and painting. Her first professional carrier after college was as a bank and private wealth manager. But it was always her dream to move to Buenos Aires and to get involved in the Television and Fashion Industries. So in 2002, she gave up her position in the bank and moved to the big city and started modeling. Within the first 6 months in Buenos Aires, she won modeling campaigns for "Pierre Cardin", "Sheraton Hotels" and for the largest paint manufacturing company in Mexico, "Berel". Her big break came in 2003 when she won a major roll on the "Susana Giminez Show". She is the longest running model with Pierre Cardin and Sheraton Hotels, having worked with both of these great companies for 5 years. She spends much of her time in Miami and Los Angeles doing art projects.
A handbook for unlocking the soul's purpose and manifesting a fulfilling life - Reinterprets the traditional Dharma system of ancient India as a map for revealing one's true purpose - Provides tests for determining one's Dharma type - Explains the benefits, challenges, and social, interpersonal, and health dynamics associated with each of the 5 Dharma types. Have you ever wondered why, despite great obstacles, some people achieve success, while others, though given everything, seem to squander it away? Or why some people, despite having very little, radiate joy, while others appear miserable though surrounded by opulence? The answer is Dharma: knowing your soul's purpose and living it is the key to creating a fulfilling life. Built on a deep body of Vedic knowledge, the ancient system of social structure and spiritual duty known as Dharma has modern applications for people seeking their life's purpose. Author Simon Chokoisky explains the five Dharma archetypes--Warrior, Educator, Merchant, Laborer, and Outsider--and how your life's purpose goes hand-in-hand with your Dharma type. Providing tests to determine your type, he outlines the benefits, challenges, emotional and learning styles, and social, interpersonal, and health dynamics associated with each type.
Chokoisky reveals how the Dharma types function as an operating system for your identity, helping you map your life and play to your innate strengths, whether in choosing a prosperous career or field of study or in facing health challenges and meeting fitness goals. By accepting and understanding the nature of your type, you begin to align with your true purpose and, regardless of fate, find joy and meaning in life.
About the Author:
Simon Chokoisky teaches Sanskrit and Medical Astrology at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also runs a private consulting business based on his trainings in Vedic life mapping and Vedic astrology. The creator of the Decoding Your Life Map with Vedic Astrology DVD series, he travels widely giving seminars. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Workshops hosted by:
DECODING YOUR LIFE MAP WITH VEDIC ASTROLOGY
Imagine you’re on a quest to discover a sacred treasure… the map of your life. You find it, only to learn it’s in a script you can’t understand. This is the horoscope, and it’s written in enigmatic symbols up to now accessible only to trained astrologers. Now, with Decoding Your Life Map, you can discover the mysteries of YOUR Vedic Horoscope. In this class, you will learn how to read:
*Your Soul Purpose
*Your Blind Spots and Obsessions… and their Antidotes!
*Your Special Talents
*How to Channel Your Energy
*How to time anything in your day for Success!
*Your Sacred Sound (based on your horoscope)
*And Much, Much, More… Includes a FREE copy of your
Horoscope, and class materials.
DHARMA TYPE: Find Your Type, Transform Your Life!
Based on Simon’s new book, The 5 Dharma Types: Vedic Wisdom for Discovering Your Purpose & Destiny, this seminar zeros in on ages-old techniques refined for modern-day seekers to help you:
*Find your Dharma (your Purpose) and how to use it to direct your life for optimal fulfillment in personal, professional, and spiritual spheres.
*Understand your Integration and Disintegration points, and how to use them in daily life
*See who you are compatible with, and with whom compatibility is blocked, and how to unblock it with specific strategies.
*Obtain optimal health using the Dharma Type model,
*Specific interpretations for the Warrior, Educator, Laborer, Outsider, and Merchant types
**Special Event**Celebrating the Publication by ABC-CLIO of CUBA IN FOCUS A New Cuba Reader of Independent Voices Desde Adentro Edited by ASCE President Ted A. HenkenTogether with Cuban co-editors Miriam Celaya and Dimas CastellanosThe editors will all be present along with book contributors Miriam Leiva, Armando Chaguaceda, and Orlando Luis Pardo LazoArchibald Ritter, the Canadian specialist on the Cuban Economy will host. The volume also includes original essays by the late economist Óscar Espinosa Chepe,blogger Yoani Sánchez, independent journalist Reinaldo Escobar,and independent lawyer Wilfredo Vallín. *Note: The event will take place in both Spanish and English.
Native South Floridian and award-winning poet Sam Taylor returns to Miami for the book launch of his new book of poems, Nude Descending an Empire(Pitt Poetry Series). Taylor will read from this collection that has been hailed as an important addition to contemporary poetry that engages imaginatively with the social, political, and ecological issues of our time. The poet Chase Twichell said "Once in a while a book appears that seems forged from the truth. This is one." He will be joined by special guest, award-winning poet and University of Miami creative writing professor Jaswinder Bolina. Readers accustomed to the distant obscurity of some poetry these days will find in these two poets voices that are urgently alive and accessible, yet still mysterious.
About the Poets:
Sam Taylor is the author of two books of poems, Nude Descending an Empireand Body of the World (Ausable / Copper Canyon Press), and the recipient of the 2014-2015 Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship. He is a creative writing professor in the MFA program at Wichita State University, and his website is <www.samtaylor.us>.
Jaswinder Bolina is
the author of Phantom Camera, winner of the 2012 Green Rose Prize in Poetry from New Issues Press,
and Carrier Wave, winner of the 2006 Colorado Prize for Poetry. His latest collection is a digital chapbook, The Tallest Building in America,
now available online at floatingwolfquarterly.com.
He teaches on the faculty of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Miami.