The Center for Writing & Literature at Miami Dade College
and Tate’s Comics
Chapman Conference Center, Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus
245 NE Fourth Street, Miami FL 33132
You must purcahse a voucher ($33) at Books & Books to attend this event. In exchange for your purchase of this voucher you will receive (1) one autographed copy of MAKE SOMETHING UP: STORIES YOU CAN'T UNREAD plus a signed copy of the first comic edition of FIGHT CLUB 2.
The voucher also serves as your entry for (1) one person to Chuck Palahniuk’s talk on May 26.
Make Something Up will be published on May 26, so this is the launch event! Please plan to claim your copy of the books at the event on May 26. All books will have then been pre-signed by Chuck. There will be no book signing to follow his talk.
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Representing work that spans several years, Make Something Up is a compilation of 21 stories and one novella (some previously published, some not) that will disturb and delight. The absurdity of both life and death are on full display; in "Zombies," the best and brightest of a high school prep school become tragically addicted to the latest drug craze: electric shocks from cardiac defibrillators. In "Knock, Knock," a son hopes to tell one last off-color joke to a father in his final moments, while in "Tunnel of Love," a massage therapist runs the curious practice of providing 'relief' to dying clients. And in "Expedition," fans will be thrilled to find to see a side of Tyler Durden never seen before in a precusor story to Fight Club. Funny, caustic, bizarre, poignant; these stories represent everything readers have come to love and expect from Chuck Palahniuk.
About the Author:
CHUCK PALAHNIUK is the author of fourteen novels—Beautiful You, Doomed, Damned, Tell-All, Pygmy, Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Diary, Lullaby, Choke, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, and Fight Club—which all have sold more than five million copies in the United States. He is also the author of Fugitives and Refugees, published as part of the Crown Journey Series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Juan Carlos Botero: Gabriel García Márquez ¿es el novelista más importante, en castellano, después de Cervantes?
Gisela Savdie, moderadora
A un año de la muerte de García Márquez, Premio Nobel de Literatura 1982, se lo recuerda con homenajes, lecturas, exposiciones y se renueva el debate sobre la magnitud de su legado.
Las últimas cifras del mundo editorial confirman que en el 2014, se incrementó muy significativamente la venta de sus libros. Cien años de soledad, Crónica de una muerte anunciada, El amor en tiempos del cólera, Memorias de mis putas tristes, entre otros, siguen tremendamente vivos.
El escritor y periodista colombiano Juan Carlos Botero presentará en este Encuentro, su análisis e impresiones sobre la trascendencia de la obra de Gabo.
Juan Carlos Botero es autor de nueve libros, entre ellos, El arte de Fernando Botero, Las ventanas y las voces, La sentencia, El arrecife, y Las semillas del tiempo,best seller número uno en Colombia. Sus historias cortas fueron incluidas en varias antologías. Recibió el prestigioso premio Juan Rulfo, seleccionado entre tres mil participantes, y fue ganador del Concurso Latinoamericano de cuento.
Actualmente Juan Carlos Botero escribe una columna en el diario colombiano El Espectador y trabaja sobre su nueva novela.
Este Encuentro será grabado y podrá verse en línea, en tiempo real, desde cualquier parte del mundo (Live Stream)
*7 a 7.45 Nos encontramos para conversar y tomar algo en el patio de The Café.Books and Books ofrece Happy Hour de 4 a 7 PM
8 PM Presentación y conversación con Juan Carlos Botero
¿Te imaginas vivir en un mundo donde lo sobrenatural es ordinario y Dios es prohibido? ¿Puedes imaginar una existencia común entre humanos, akuras, chamanes, hechiceros y musas, donde la avaricia, la venganza y el odio prevalecen por encima de todo? ¿Crees que puedes existir en un universo dominado por las tinieblas? Ese es el mundo en el que vive Karla Lozano, un lugar yermo de luz gobernado por almas oscuras que han esclavizado a la humanidad y que desean continuar haciéndolo. La Musa narra la historia de una chica que intenta sobrevivir en una sociedad infecta que pone a prueba su fe y su capacidad de amar. ¿Lo conseguirá? Una novela de fantasía juvenil que te hará reflexionar sobre la fuerza interior, pasión y la necesidad de amor en el mundo.
Sobre la autora:
Noemi Capotees una escritora de poemas, mensajes de luz, cuentos, y mucho más. Nacida de padres colombianos, Noemi es de Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela, y se mudó con su familia a Miami Florida, cuando era una adolescente. Cuando ella no está sumergida de manera fascinante en sus escritos, ella disfruta de su familia con su esposo y niñas: Bianca y Penelope.
Mario Cader-Frech, Simon Vega and Claire Breukel talk about the making of Y.ES Collect Contemporary El Salvador, a publication dedicated to contextualizing creative practice from El Salvador globally through a series of 28 interviews with the world top art experts, artists and art fans. They discuss how the concept for this book came about, why it is timely for contemporary art in El Salvador, and how the process (and heated debate) led to the publication of Y.ES.
About the Authors:
is a South-African-born curator and writer based in New York, Miami and San
Salvador where she works as the chief curator of MARTE Contemporary at the
Museum of Art of El Salvador. She has worked on special projects for (RED), as
curator for PUMA.Creative and was the first Executive Director of Locust
Projects in Miami. She received her BFA and English hon. at the University of
Cape Town and is currently completing her MA at Hunter College, New York. She
is the Editor of Y.ES Collect
Contemporary El Salvador.
Born in El
Salvador in 1972, Simon Vega graduated in Fine Arts at the University of
Veracruz in Mexico in 2000 and received a Master´s degree in Contemporary Arts
from the Complutense University in Madrid in 2006.He has exhibited his work extensively
in Europe, the United States and Latin America, including the 55th Venice
Biennial in Italy (2013), the IX Havana Biennial, in Cuba (2006), the Museo del
Barrio's "The S-Files" show in New York (2011) and at the Hilger BROT
Kunsthalle in Vienna, Austria (2010 & 2012) amongst others. He has
exhibited solo at Hilger Next Gallery in Vienna (Panopticams, 2011) and most
recently at Galería Sol del Río in Guatemala City (Dist(R)opías Mesoamericanas,
lives at the beach in La Libertad, El Salvador and is the Co-Editor of Y.ES Collect Contemporary El Salvador.
Mario Cader-Frech is currently the Vice
President Public Affairs & Corporate Responsibility for Viacom
International Media Networks – The Americas, and Nickelodeon International.
Cader-Frech often represents the Network at conferences and seminars, such as:
The Organization of American States Summits, Inter American Development Bank
Annual Meetings, Ibero American Presidential Summits, various United Nations
General Assemblies, and has been a TEDx Speaker. Mario graduated from
Georgetown University with a M.A. in International Affairs. He currently
serves as Honorary Consul of El Salvador in the United States and serves on
numerous boards including the OAS/PanAmerican Development Foundation, Latin
Songwriters Hall of Fame, and is Chair Emeritus of the El Salvador Art Museum
Contemporary Art Program. Cader-Frech is an avid Contemporary Art
Collector and has received prestigious awards such as Distinguished Salvadoran,
a Ten Year recognition from the National Gallery of Art, included in the 100
Success Stories of El Salvador, and 100 Latinos in Miami. Conceiving of Y.ES Collect
Contemporary El Salvador, his foundation, the Robert S Wennett and
Mario Cader-Frech foundation, served as publisher.
En Linares, al norte del país, con la Revolución mexicana como telón de fondo… Un buen día, la vieja nana de la familia Morales abandona sorpresivamente un reposo que parecía eterno para perderse en el monte. Cuando la encuentran, sostiene dos pequeños bultos, uno en cada brazo: de un lado un bebé deforme y del otro un panal de abejas. Ante la insistencia de la nana por conservar y cuidar al pequeño, la familia decide adoptarlo. Cubierto por el manto vivo de abejas que lo acompañarán y guiarán para siempre, Simonopio llega a cambiar la historia de la familia que lo acoge y la de toda una región. Para lograrlo, deberá enfrentar sus miedos, al enemigo que los acecha y las grandes amenazas de la guerra: la influenza española y los enfrentamientos entre los que sesean la tierra ajena y los que protegerán su propiedad a toda costa. El murmullo de las abejas huele a lavanda, a ropa hervida con jabón blanco, a naranjas y miel: una historia impredecible de amor y de entrega por una familia, por la vida, por la tierra y por un hermano al que ha esperado siempre, pero también la de una traición que puede acabarlo todo.
Sobre la autora:
Sofía Segovia es descrita como la promesa de la novela, ha sido comparada con
Laura Esquivel y su famoso libro Como agua para Chocolate. Nació en México en 1965, estudió
Ciencias y comunicación en la Universidad de Monterrey, ha trabajado en varias campañas políticas
como consultora de imagen. Segovia se ha desempeñado como escritora fantasma de políticos y
personalidades de la alta sociedad y también ha escrito varios guiones teatrales. En 2010 publicó su
primera novela, Noche de huracán.
In January 1976, the doorbell rings at the Palm Beach home of a man and his wife who have just returned from a dinner party. He answers and is mortally wounded by a shotgun blast.
Rodger Kriger was a prominent citizen, and pressure on law enforcement to solve the crime grows. Police settle on a charismatic karate instructor named Mitt Hecher, well-known to police for beating people up for money and sport, then have reservations about his guilt.
But Assistant State Attorney Jim Scraponia despises Hecher and charges him with murder. A jury finds him guilty, and a judge sentences him to a minimum 25 years in prison. During Hecher’s term at the brutal and anarchic state penitentiary at Raiford, an often-fatal disease strikes his loyal, loving wife. He is devastated.
Did Hecher kill Kriger? Some people, including a few criminal attorneys and private investigators, have their doubts. A number of scenarios cast suspicion on other possible perpetrators. Did the sons of a wealthy Cuban do it? Were the operators of a gambling enterprise out to get Kriger? Was a love triangle the basis for the shooting? Did a vicious underworld figure do the bidding of a criminal gang? Was a prominent politician behind the slaying?
Judges repeatedly frustrate Hecher and several attorneys working without fees to get a new trial for him. Will they ever succeed? If those who think he was innocent are correct, will the real killer ever be found? And what will happen to the politically ambitious prosecutor?
Murder in Palm Beach is the saga of a battle between a man whose swagger has sent him spiraling to the bottom and powerful, sinister forces determined to keep him there. It is a story of redemption wrapped in a mystery tale reeking with power, sex, violence, and romance.
About the Author:
Bob Brink is a freelance writer and blogger who worked at the Palm Beach Post, Associated Press in Chicago, Milwaukee Journal, Tampa Tribune, Joliet Herald-News, and Palm Beach Media Group, the flagship magazine of which was Palm Beach Illustrated. PBI was named Best Written Magazine in Florida after he became copy chief and feature writer. He learned to play the clarinet and tenor saxophone, and performed many years with a 65-piece symphonic band, tossing in a few professional big band gigs along the way. Brink was born in Michigan and grew up mainly in Iowa. He has a bachelor's in English and German, and studied journalism in graduate school at the University of Iowa.
Coral Reef High School’s Literary/Art
Magazine announces the arrival of its 2015 edition!
Join us from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31 for
a delightful afternoon of musical performances, dramatic readings, and art
talks. Our school’s magazine, Elysium, printed annually since
2005, has consistently won top national awards from CSPA and NCTE’S PRESLM
program. Last year on the magazine’s ten-year anniversary, Columbia Scholastic
Press Association awarded it the nationally coveted Gold Crown. Help us
validate young artists then join us afterwards for brunch in the courtyard. To
learn more about this publication, view past magazines, and preview past Books
& Books presentations, visit: http://crhs.dadeschools.net/elysium
Este evento es presentado en colaboración con el Cuban Research Institute de FIU
Historia mínima de la Revolución Cubana
La Revolución cubana fue un acontecimiento decisivo de la historia latinoamericana en la segunda mitad del siglo XX. Su impacto rebasa el hemisferio occidental y se constata en el impulso a los procesos de descolonización de Asia, África y el Medio Oriente y en la incorporación de la isla al bloque soviético de Europa del Este. Con la transición de Cuba al socialismo en los años sesenta, la Guerra Fría consolidó su presencia en América Latina y el Caribe, determinando buena parte de la política interna y externa de los estados y sociedades de la región.
Luego de derrocar la dictadura de Fulgencio Batista, en 1959, el gobierno revolucionario se propuso transformar el orden social, económico y político de Cuba. La isla experimentó una independencia radical de Estados Unidos y adoptó un modelo basado en la hegemonía del Estado sobre la economía, la sociedad y la cultura, y un régimen político de partido comunista único e ideología marxista-leninista. Según Rafael Rojas, la gran empresa igualitaria del socialismo cubano, por medio de la universalización de los derechos sociales básicos, tuvo como trasfondo el subsidio soviético y la restricción de derechos civiles y políticos.
Sobre el autor:
Rafael Rojases Profesor e Investigador en la División de Historia del Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) en la Ciudad de México. Fue Investigador Global en la Universidad de Princeton entre el 2011 y el 2014. Es autor de más de 15 libros sobre historia intelectual y política cubana, mexicana y latinoamericana, entre ellos La vanguardia peregrina: El escritor cubano, la tradición y el exilio (2013) y El estante vacío: Literatura y cultura en Cuba (2009).
“Properly, theJew ought hardly to be heard of; but is heard of, has always been heard of.His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicineand abstruse learning are also way out of proportion to weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it.
– Mark Twain
Even Mark Twain would be surprised that with only 0.2% of the world’s population, Jews have been awarded 25% of all Nobel Prizes in science and medicine, while Jewish Americans have received 38% of U.S. awards. This vastly disproportionate number of Nobel Prize winners highlights Jewish achievements and contributions to human well-being.
The Superachieversexplores the possible explanations for Jewish exceptionalism. It looks at prizewinners’ educational, family, national and ethnic backgrounds, as well as their discoveries. It covers such topics as Germany’s pre-World War II loss of scientists which benefited the United States. The book examines the breakdown of barriers, which opened opportunities for American Jews. Lastly, there is the outlook for the future.
Find out about these interesting Nobel Prize winners in science and medicine:
ØThe first American to receive a Nobel Prize in science – a Jewish naval officer
ØThe Jewish German chemist who discovered a way to mass produce fertilizer, a boon to world food production, but who also invented poisonous gas used in WWI and later by the Nazis in their extermination camps in WWII
ØEinstein’s Nobel Prize in physics was not for the theory of relativity
ØThe harrowing experiences of the scientists who had to flee Nazi Germany
ØThe 18-year-old Harvard student who was recruited to join the Manhattan Project to develop the atom bomb
ØWhy Jonas Salk did not receive a Nobel Prize
ØThe theoretical physicist who solved the mystery of the Challenger space shuttle disaster
ØThe physician whose death went unreported so that he could be sure to win the prize in medicine
ØThe entrepreneurial Nobel laureate who founded one of America’s leading biochemistry companies to commercialize his discoveries
Anyone who is interested in an inside look into the fascinating and rarified world of the Nobel Prizes, the lives of groundbreaking scientists, America’s preeminence in science, scientists’ view of religion, women Nobelists and much more, will find The Superachieversa concise and engaging read.
About the Author:
Ronald Gerstl has a multicultural, multilingual background. Born in
Budapest to a Hungarian mother and a father from Curacao in the Netherlands
West Indies. Shortly after his birth, his parents returned to their domicile in
Curacao where he grew up speaking Dutch, Papiamento (the local language) and
In his early teens the family moved to Caracas, Venezuela, adding
Spanish to his knowledge of language. Ron went off to prep school at The Taft
School in Connecticut. Thereafter he attended Harvard where he received his
bachelor degree. Subsequently he obtained an MBA from Columbia University.
He lived in Caracas off and on for some thirty years. His early career
experience was in marketing/advertising with leading international consumer products companies in
Venezuela and the U.S. Afterwards he
founded an executive search firm in Caracas to assist multinational corporations
in their executive personnel requirements.
In the 1980’s Ron and family moved to Miami to expand the geographic
scope of his consulting services. Now retired, he lives in Miami with his wife,
Suzanne, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. Their children, Jennifer and Stephanie,
grandchildren and mother live in nearby Palm Beach County. Ron is interested in
linguistics and is a geography whiz since childhood. He enjoys tennis, golf,
travel and reading non-fiction.
This is aticketed, lunchtime eventbut does not include lunch. Instead, youpurchase the book and get 2 ticketsto the event. If you stay for lunch to follow at the Café at Books & Books, you geta FREE glass of Spanish red or white wine with your lunch with your ticket stub.
RADIANT ANGEL by Nelson DeMille
Grand Central Publishing | Hardcover | $28.00 | May 26, 2015 | 9780446580854
The inimitable John Corey returns from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille in the highly anticipated RADIANT ANGEL.
After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey’s new assignment with the DSG—following Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission—is thought to be “a quiet end,” he’s happy to be out of the FBI. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn’t: the all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia.
When Vasily Petrov, a colonel in the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service posing as a diplomat with the Russian U.N. Mission mysteriously disappears from a Russian oligarch’s party in Southampton, it’s up to Corey to track him down. What are the Russians up to and why? Is there a possible nuclear threat, a so-called radiant angel? Will Corey find Petrov and put a stop to whatever he has planned before it’s too late? Or will Corey finally be outrun and outsmarted, with America facing the prospect of a crippling attack unlike anything it’s ever seen before?
Prescient and chilling, DeMille’s new novel takes us into the heart of a new Cold War with a clock-ticking plot that has Manhattan in its crosshairs.
About the Author:
Nelson DeMille is a former U.S. Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam and is the author of eighteen acclaimed novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House, The Lion, and The Panther. His other New York Times bestsellers include The Charm School, Word of Honor, The Gold Coast, Spencerville, The Lion’s Game, Up Country, Wild Fire, andThe General's Daughter, the last of which was a major motion picture. Visit Nelson at www.NelsonDeMille.net.