Mary is back in Miami and back in the arms of Carlos, the hot Latin boyfriend she almost jettisoned. Now she must rebuild her lagging law practice. The first client to walk in the door is Jay Lincoln, the first Black quarterback at the University of Miami. He is facing a charge of raping an underage high school girl. Mary's loyal paralegal, Catherine, is involved in her own troubles. Her deadbeat abusive ex-spouse surfaces and a few days later turns up dead at her front door. Naturally, one of Carlos's many cousins is arrested for the murder. Meanwhile, Carlos's father is facing a federal grand jury investigating the bank where he's a vice-president. As if that isn't enough, Mary's mother is suffering from a midlife crisis of her own. Rape, bank fraud, and murder. it's enough to make any lawyer neurotic. Mary's days in court are making her totally neurotic as a momentous thanksgiving approaches followed by a heart stopping wedding. If you want to find out who is getting married, better read Neurotic November, and as a bonus you'll get some Magruder-Katz family Thanksgiving recipes.
About the Author:
Barbara Levenson has spent much of her life in the criminal justice building in Miami, Florida. She began her legal career as a prosecutor. Later she headed her own law office handling criminal defense and civil rights cases. She was elected to serve as a circuit court judge in Miami-Dade County. She recently retired as a senior judge. Barbara has lived in Miami for 37 years and now spends summer in Quechee, Vermont. She was raised in Central Ohio and in a former career, was the first woman elected to the Columbus, Ohio Board of Education and served as its first woman president. She and her husband bred and showed German shepherd dogs and finished eleven cahmpions in the show ring. The sheperd, Sam, in the Mary Magruder Katz mystery series is based on the mischievous dogs that live with the Levensons.
Much like life, the stage changes even when our vantage point doesn't. And so it is with the rising and setting sun, no two are ever the same.
Every picture tells another color, shape and shadow story . . . whatever unfolds each day reveals the diversity and beauty of life. Birds, insects, reptiles, trees, sandy shores—all thrive under the majesty of the sun.
Weiss offers all of this as a show of gratitude, a tribute to the awe of each new day. Sunrise Sunset is replete with glorious photographs of different days and different suns captured from the very same vantage point, the very same terrace.
Complementing her photographs are meditations, passages, poetry, reflections and contemplations from some of the bestknown and loved inspirational leaders of our time: Jack Canfield, Marci Shimoff, M.J. Rose, Arielle Ford, Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr., Richard Bandler, Lisa McCourt, Betsey Chasse and many more.
This is the ultimate gift book for saying 'thank you', sharing a blessing or offering an oasis for spiritual awakening. From sunrise to sunset, this will be a perennial bestseller.
About the Photographer:
Kim Weiss has been a publicist in the book industry for over two decades and coaches other writers aspiring to be bestselling authors.
Her love of nature and the arts began when she was just a little girl and bloomed into the writer and photographer she is today. From her 14th floor terrace she witnesses the beauty of nature and captures it through the lens of her camera.
As a storyteller, Kim has contributed to the hugely popular Chicken Soup for the Soulseries and The Ultimate Bird Lover with “America’s Vet” Marty Becker. You can also find Kim’s stories and photos in Arielle Ford’s acclaimed book Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Soul.
When she’s not working with authors, Kim is studying opera, playing guitar, being entertained by her birds and cats, or taking photos from her terrace at sunrise and sunset.
Gean Moreno will talk about the genesis and trajectory of [NAME] Publications, a non-profit press based in Miami. [NAME], established in 2009, began as an organization dedicated to producing artists’ books and has in time expanded into the field of contemporary theory. It’s first half dozen titles were dedicated to Miami artists, who were given carte blanche to develop their own book concepts. Nicolas Lobo, one of the artists who has produced a book for [NAME], will accompany Moreno and talk about his own experience working with the press.
The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
Ruin and Rising is the thrilling final installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.
About the Author:
Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she’s lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. Her new book, The Dregs, arrives fall 2015.
Look – being boring was definitely not my scene. I was ready for gulp, ciggies, and cutting class – any day of the week.
And I was fine. Totally fine.
Until I met him.
The tattoo artist.
He told me life as I knew it would forever change….
Of course, I didn't believe his ridiculous statement for one second…until I found both my parents dead.
And suddenly, all these insane family secrets and lies begin to surface – and I am left with no choice but to run the streets of San Francisco’s seedy side to find out the truth about my parent’s death...
...And I feel like I am going crazy….
But the truth of it all... is that I can make you crazy… because you see…I must steal the sanity of mortals for my own survival.
My name is Myla Su Blackbird and we are... The Lunatics.
About the Author:
When she was four, she was convinced she was Pinocchio. She collects wigs just for fun. Fun-yelling, going to grungy carnivals all dolled-up, the verb juxtapose, and random photo shoots are among some of her favorite things. She graduated from San Francisco State with a BA in Creative Writing, and her short-shorts have been published in the San Francisco Anthology of Poetry. The Lunatics is her debut novel. www.sevennblue.com #Sevennblue @sevennblue https://www.facebook.com/sevennblue #Thelunatics
In partnership with FIU's Creative Writing Department:
A poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet, which explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities.
Richard Blanco’s childhood and adolescence were experienced between two imaginary worlds: his parents’ nostalgic world of 1950s Cuba and his imagined America, the country he saw on reruns of The Brady Bunch and Leave it to Beaver—an “exotic” life he yearned for as much as he yearned to see “la patria.”
Navigating these worlds eventually led Blanco to question his cultural identity through words; in turn, his vision as a writer—as an artist—prompted the courage to accept himself as a gay man. In this moving, contemplative memoir, the 2013 inaugural poet traces his poignant, often hilarious, and quintessentially American coming-of-age and the people who influenced him.
A prismatic and lyrical narrative rich with the colors, sounds, smells, and textures of Miami, Richard Blanco’s personal narrative is a resonant account of how he discovered his authentic self and ultimately, a deeper understanding of what it means to be American. His is a singular yet universal story that beautifully illuminates the experience of “becoming;” how we are shaped by experiences, memories, and our complex stories: the humor, love, yearning, and tenderness that define a life.
About the Author:
Richard Blanco is one of the most beloved and influential poets and storytellers writing today. As a historic inaugural poet, public speaker, teacher and memoirist, he continues to invite audiences to reconnect to the heart of the human experience and all of its beautiful diversity. Through the power of his words and presence, Blanco taps into out unspoken dreams, hopes and frustrations. He captures the human spirit and condition, in all of its complexities, opening up our minds and encouraging us to see beyond our differences to share in the universal experience of our humanity. Just as Carl Sagan brought cosmology into our living rooms, Blanco is appealing to audiences everywhere and inspiring a new way to think and feel about the poetry of our day, making it an accessible, inclusive and transformative part of our everyday lives.
Blanco was born in Madrid in 1968, immigrating as an infant with his Cuban-exile family to the United States. He was raised and educated in Miami, earning a B.S. in civil engineering and a M.F.A. in creative writing from Florida International University. Blanco has been a practicing engineer, writer and poet since 1991. He has traveled extensively in his adult life, living and working throughout Europe and South America. He has taught at Georgetown University, American University, Writer's Center and Central Connecticut State University. Blanco currently resides in the tranquil mountains of Bethel, Maine.
conjunction with the production, MTC will host a free panel discussion, entitled
HEDDA GABLER- VILLAIN, VICTIM, OR
Written by legendary Norwegian
playwright Henrik Ibsen, “HEDDA GABLER”
is the timeless masterpiece of the archetypal caged woman in the late 19th
century, which explores the title character’s tormented desire for escape and
her yearning for individual and spiritual freedom. Newly married Hedda is
struggling with the prospect of a lifetime with her reliable but unexciting
husband. Under the constraints of polite society her behavior becomes increasingly
manipulative and erratic, with disastrous consequences that affect the lives of
everyone around her. The play is set in Hedda and George Tesman’s new house,
and follows 36 hours of their lives there
Stan DeHart, PhD, President, Theatre House
Stan DeHart has been
in educational, professional and community theater for over fifty years as a
teacher, director, actor and designer, and he has directed over 250 plays. In
addition to his PhD in Theatre Arts from Florida State University, he studied
at Actor’s Studio and New York University. He was the co-founder of the Florida
Association of Theatre Educators (FATE) and is also responsible for starting
the theater component of the Florida Community Colleges Activities Association
(FCCAA) where he served as FCCAA President, Chair of Theater, and Distinguished
Adjudicator. Dr. DeHart founded, and for eight years managed, the Playwright’s Conference in Tallahassee,
Florida which resulted in sending several of the participants on to
professional writing careers. In
addition to teaching, he has won many awards for both his directing and acting.
After retiring from full-time teaching, he continues to operate Theatre House,
his arts consulting firm. In this
capacity, he works as a guest lecturer, director and designer, and is currently
presenting a series of Theater History lectures for selected schools.
Carolyn R. Leavitt, MD, Psychoanalyst and Psychiatrist
Dr. Leavitt is an experienced, board certified
psychoanalyst and psychiatrist. She earned her medical degree from the University
of Miami School of Medicine in 1991, and completed a Residency in Adult
Psychiatry and a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Jackson
Memorial Hospital in 1996. Later she completed post-graduate training in Psychoanalysis
at the Florida Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Leavitt worked as an Associate
Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Jackson
Memorial Hospital from 1996-98 during which time she served as Medical Director
of Children’s Crisis Center. She began her private practice in Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis
in 1998, working with children, adolescents, and adults. Presently, she is a
voluntary faculty member at the University of Miami, Department of Psychiatry
and serves as a psychiatric consultant at the University Counseling Center. She
also teaches at the Florida Psychoanalytic Institute, and has held the position
of Secretary to the Education Committee, and Co-Chair of the Program Committee
at the Institute.
Valencia, DFA Candidate, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Yale University
School of Drama; Lecturer, University of Miami’s Department of Theatre Arts
Valencia is Lecturer of Dramaturgy, Theory, and Criticism in the
Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Miami. He is additionally a
Doctor of Fine Arts candidate in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the
Yale University School of Drama, where his dissertation considers the rise
and proliferation of musical dramatic forms in 18th- and 19th-century
America and their prefatory contributions to later musical
dramaturgies. As a composer, lyricist, musical director, dramaturg,
and performer, Brian has collaborated on numerous theatrical works seen
and heard in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Miami; New Haven,
Connecticut; and Seoul, South Korea. His scholarly writing has appeared in Common-place, Theater magazine, The
Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, and on the New York Public Library blog.
He also holds an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from New York University’s
Tisch School of the Arts as well as a BS in Chemical Engineering from
Betsy Wise, Owner and Chief Creative Officer, Wise
professional path has been an unconventional one. She trained as an actor at
Circle in the Square in New York, and later toured as a stand-up comedian for
ten years after realizing she wasn’t passionate about her initial chosen
profession as a commercial litigator. These experiences, coupled with the fact
that she was raised by an adolescent psychiatrist and LCSW, PhD, will serve
Betsy well as she and the panelists explore the complexities of Hedda
Gabler. Additional career highlights
include working as Vice President of Creative Services at Viacom and as
Director of Brand Voice and Messaging at Interbrand as well as managing
recruitment efforts for all of Verizon Communications’ businesses. In
2013, Betsy moved back to her native Miami and launched her latest venture,
Wise Branding Group.
ABOUT MTC’S CREATIVE TEAM
“HEDDA GABLER” is the sixth MTC production by the stellar,
local creative team comprised of writer-director STEPHANIE ANSIN, writer-designer FERNANDO CALZADILLA, composer-sound designer LUCIANO STAZZONE. They have become renowned for creating original
productions that have earned MTC its status as a leader in producing
sophisticated, visually stunning, innovative theatre with an international
focus that is relevant to South Florida’s multicultural community. The creative
team astonished critics and audiences alike with their adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters (2012). They have also
worked together to adapt Alice’s
Adventures in Wonderland (2008) and to create the world premieres Everybody Drinks the Same Water (2014), The Red Thread (2011) and Inanna and the Huluppu Tree (2009). MTC’s
significant contributions to South Florida’s cultural legacy are evidenced by
having received two highly competitive awards from the Miami New Times, including a “Best of Miami” Award in 2013, and
“Best New Theater” and “Best Production for a New Company” for its adaptation
of Chekhov’s Three Sisters.
A native of Miami, STEPHANIE
ANSIN (co-adapted and director) spent 14 years studying, acting, and
directing in New York and Boston before returning to South Florida where she
founded Miami Theater Center (formerly The PlayGround Theatre) in 2005. She has
served as Assistant Director for three off-Broadway productions: The It
Girl (The York Theatre); Hard Feelings (Women’s
Theatre Project); and Creation of the World and Other Business (Stari
Repertory Theatre). New York City directing credits include: The Seven
Year Itch, Abingdon Square, and Twelfth Night (Columbia
University); Taylor Mac’s Okay (Spring Theatreworks); and
scripts by emerging writers at Fordham University. Ansin holds a BA in Theatre
Arts from Brown University and an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University.Ansin’s professional career in South Florida began with directing Matterhorn for
City Theatre’s Summer Shorts 1999 (Carbonell Award for Best Ensemble). Her
credits at Miami Theater Center (2005-present) include: co-writer/director
of Inanna and the Huluppu Tree and The Red Thread, and Everybody Drinks the Same Water; adapter/director of The
Love of Three Oranges; co-adapter/director of Alice’s
Adventures in Wonderland and Three
Sisters (2013 Silver Palm Award for Outstanding Creative
Staging and Production); and director of A Very Old Man with
Enormous Wings, by Gabriel García Márquez, adapted by Nilo Cruz. In
recognition of her impact on the arts in South Florida, Ansin was selected for The Miami Herald’s “20 Under 40” feature
story in 2010, and she was chosen as one of nine finalists for the Miami New Times 2014 MasterMind Awards.In April 2014,
Stephanie Ansin was featured as a Miami cultural leader by the Miami Design
District Ambassador program.
Learning of Darren Rainey's death over two years ago, late June 2012, George Mallinckrodt authored Getting Away With Murder in frustration over the many dead-ends he encountered while trying to bring his killers to justice. The narrative follows George's progression from an idealistic psychotherapist to a prison hardened case manager in the Transitional Care Unit where Darren Rainey would be housed.
Refusing to let go of the notion he could make a difference, George encountered inmates with deep rooted pathologies he had only read about in psychology journals. Undaunted, he steadily set about helping those capable of benefitting from his nearly 20 years of counseling experience.
Behind the scenes, rumors began to circulate regarding inmate abuse. Guards cleverly masked their behavior by choosing the weak and mentally ill. They abused inmates at night when mental health staffers were not around.
Overly confident their misdeeds would go unpunished, guards made the mistake of beating an inmate during the day as an eye-witness looked on. That was the day that changed everything…
About the Author:
Author: Getting Away With Murder was a two year project I started in September of 2012 in frustration over the many dead ends I encountered while trying to get Darren Rainey justice.
Psychotherapist: I've been in practice for 20 years in the Miami area. Aside from my experience in the state prison psychiatric ward, I worked for the Bertha Abess Children's Center counseling Emotionally Handicapped and Severely Emotionally Disturbed middle school children for the Dade County Public School System. I had many years in private practice as well.
Artist: I paint abstract and modern art on unusually large canvases measuring 6 by 9 feet. Before I became deeply involved in writing the book, I expressed ideas using an original technique on smaller canvases.
Miami Beach Resident: My family moved from St. Louis when I was very young making me a fifty-year resident.
Barry University: Graduated in 1995 with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling
World Ranked Professional Tennis Player: I achieved world rankings in both singles and doubles. I teach select clients at homes on Miami Beach.
University of Miami: Graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology in 1985. Lettered for the tennis team that was ranked 6th in the nation in 1983. Played at the number three position in singles and two in doubles.