Lili was about to jump off the eighth floor of her Madrid apartment. She had endured yet another night of spousal abuse and was certain the pain of the impact would be less than the agony she was experiencing.
“To be alive and to be treated as nothing of value is worse than to be dead and to be acknowledged as dead,” Lili thought.
The voice of a guardian angel caught her as she began to lose balance. It convinced Lili to consider that there might be more to life if she gained a new vision of herself in a situation where she felt happy and peaceful.
Lili is the heroine of author Mimi Lutz's fictionalized memoir, “I'm right here, with you.” On Saturday, Jan. 31, Lutz addresses life situations such as these as part of a free “Reaction or Response” workshop.
REACTION OR RESPONSE
We have the choice. How do we become more present and more deeply aware of our inner workings so we can clearly make the choice? What are the advantages of responding versus reacting? Exploring these questions, we will, through guided meditation, experience tools for embracing new inner states. You are invited to a two hour workshop at Books and Books, facilitated by Mimi Lutz, author of the new book,"I'm right here, with you".
Mimi was an instructor for The Silva Method and has been working as a clinical hypnotherapist for over twenty years.
A former Miami hypnotherapist who now resides in Groton, Mass., Lutz is trained in the Silva Method of Mind Development and Stress Control, a personal growth program designed to awaken the hidden powers of the mind and help people to make changes in their careers, finances, relationships and well-being so that they can live the lives of their dreams.
Several months ago Pigs Do Fly Productions put out an on-line call to playwrights from around the world for submissions of 10-minute contemporary comedies written to highlight “vibrant, healthy people over 50 who are doing interesting things with their lives”. Approximately 200 plays were submitted from as far away as Canada, Australia, and Israel, and a committee of 6 took on the task of reading and rating each one. The plays that will be read were rated the highest of the lot, and audiences will be asked for their opinions at the end of each reading. The top four selections, along with plays by Michael McKeever, Michael Leeds, and Marj O’Neill-Butler will form Pigs Do Fly’s next production, scheduled to take place in May.
“Our mission - to produce plays about people over 50 who are doing different things with their lives and living it to the fullest has found its wings and keeps “flying along”,” says Pigs Do Fly Productions’ founder and Executive Producer Ellen Wacher. “And our intention is to keep improving our product, the plays,” she continues. “One way is to pick some of the plays we like and have folks hear them – and then listen to the audience’s reaction - that can make a huge and important difference for our productions.”
Beverly Blanchette, will direct the January 25th readings.
She will also read, along with Todd Caster, Michael DeGrotta, and Ellen Wacher.
Carbonell Award-winning actress Karen Stephens will direct the February 1st production.
Actors participating that reading are Carol Sussman, Bonnie Robinson, Jerry Weinberg and Michael DeGrotta.
The six plays selected for the January 25th readings are:
Never on Sunday by Shirley King
Rose in a Room at the Hotel Roma by Jayne Hannah
Signals by Marv Siegel
Standing Tall by Marv Siegel
There’s Still Time by Jeffrey Strausser
Winds of Change by Hortense Gerado
The six plays selected for the February 1st readings are:
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes an unforgettable novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century.
Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine—a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love.
Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her “How did you get to be the woman you are today.” She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the naïve girl she was and a wicked sense of humor.
Written with the same attention to historical detail and emotional resonance that made Anita Diamant’s previous novels bestsellers, The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman’s complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world.
About the Author:
Anita Diamant is the bestselling author of the novels The Red Tent, Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, and Day After Night, and the collection of essays, Pitching My Tent. An award-winning journalist whose work appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine and Parenting, she is the author of six nonfiction guides to contemporary Jewish life. She lives in Massachusetts.
About the Interviewer:
Pamela Lear moved to Miami from San Diego, CA just 3 years ago with her husband, Brett. From the get-go, she has fully immersed herself in the Miami community. Pamela had a career in Marketing for Affinity Group programs she also taught elementary school and high school English. Always a voracious reader, Pamela has started a few different book clubs and has been in at least 10 different book discussion groups in the past 20 years, often acting as facilitator. She is currently the President of the Sisterhood of Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest. As Sisterhood president, with a group of over 200 members, she is very involved in programs that encourage advocacy, support social action, and facilitate involvement in cultural program opportunities. A primary focus of the Sisterhood is leadership training and empowerment of women, causes that she is devoted to. Pamela intends to continue finding ways to make a meaningful difference in all that she does! She proud to be living in a city that appreciates literature, with a bookstore like Books & Books, and she is honored to be interviewing Anita Diamant.
The famed—some would say notorious—author of Trainspotting and many other brilliant offenses against common literary decency comes at last to America, with a dark and twisted tale of personal training and abject codependency in the fading glitter of Miami's South Beach, with a novel that asks the provocative question: Why would you want to be "the Biggest Loser" anyway?
When Lucy Brennan, a Miami Beach personal-fitness trainer, disarms an apparently crazed gunman chasing two frightened homeless men along a deserted causeway at night, the police and the breaking-news cameras are not far behind. Within hours, Lucy becomes a hero. Her celebrity is short-lived, though: the "crazed gunman," turns out to be a victim of child sexual abuse and the two men are serial pedophiles. The solitary eye-witness, the depressed and overweight Lena Sorenson, thrilled by Lucy's heroism and decisiveness, becomes obsessed with the trainer and enrolls as a client at her Bodysculpt gym. It quickly becomes clear that Lena is more interested in Lucy's body than her own. Then, when one of the pedophiles she allowed to escape carries out a heinous sex attack, Lucy's transition from hero to villain is complete. When Lucy imprisons Lena, and can't stop thinking about the sex lives of Siamese twins, the real problems start. In Lucy and Lena, Irvine Welsh has created two of his most memorable female protagonists, and one of the most bizarre, sadomasochistic folie à deux in contemporary fiction. The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins taps into two great obsessions of our time—how we look and where we live—and tells a story so subversive and dark it blacks out the Florida sun.
About the Author:
Irvine Welsh is the author of Trainspotting, Ecstasy, Glue, Porno, Filth, Marabou Stork Nightmares, The Acid House, If You Liked School, You'll Love Work, The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs and Reheated Cabbage. He divides his time between Florida, Ireland, and Scotland.
Facundo Cabral: Crónica de sus últimos días es un libro testimonial narrado en primera persona por Percy Llanos, amigo y acompañante de la última gira del cantautor argentino, testigo fundamental de aquella fatídica madrugada del 9 de julio de 2011 en la Avenida Liberación de Guatemala, cuando Facundo Cabral fue injustamente asesinado. Una narración lineal, que comienza y termina en el Range Rover blanco al que nunca debieron subir. Siete días en Centroamérica, un concierto en Nicaragua, dos en Guatemala y un millón de recuerdos con los personajes que tanto influyeron en la vida de Cabral: Jorge Luis Borges, la Madre Teresa de Calcuta, Eva Perón, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Mercedes Sosa, Marcel Marceau, Astor Piazolla. Un relato testimonial, emotivo, imprescindible para los muchos admiradores de Facundo Cabral, cargado de ese humor cáustico y brillante que lo distinguía; reivindicando el mensaje positivo y la paz que procuraba transmitir al subir a un escenario.
Sobre los autores:
Percy Llanos (Argentina) es periodista y un reconocido hombre de radio. Fue director de Radio Universidad de Córdoba (Argentina) y del mítico programa “El Discotecario de la Noche”. Desde hace tres décadas es presidente de la empresa Contemporánea Producción Artística, que produce espectáculos y artistas de renombre internacional.
Gabriela Llanos (Argentina) es periodista y escritora. Actualmente trabaja en la Wradio, la emisora internacional del Grupo Prisa, y en la Cadena SER (España). Ha publicado relatos en las antologías Mareas y Laberintos, Festín de amotinados, Ruido de fondo y Huellas en el mar, e imparte clases de literatura creativa en la Universidad Francisco de Vitoria de Madrid.
Big Read Kick Off! Visiting Author, Historian and Activist Dr. Peniel E. Joseph on Why #BlackLivesStillMatter: Reimagining the Civil Rights Movement in the Age of Obama and Ferguson
Join us for a conversation on Why #BlackLivesStillMatter: Reimagining the Civil Rights Movement in the Age of Obama and Ferguson with celebrated civil rights chronicler, Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, as we delve into the moral and ethical issues of our day. Dr. Joseph is Professor of History at Tufts University and the author of the award-winning Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America. He is a frequent national commentator on issues of race, democracy and civil rights who appears on C-SPAN's Book TV, NPR, and PBS's NewsHour. During the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, Dr. Joseph provided historical commentary for the PBS NewsHour. His most recent book is Stokely: A Life.
The co-host of ESPN’s Mike and Mike follows up his New York Times bestseller All You Could Ask For with this poignant story of one man’s search to understand himself, his marriage, and his father.
Jonathan Sweetwater has been blessed with money, a fulfilling career, great kids and Claire, his smart, gorgeous, sophisticated wife. But there is one thing Jonathan never had: a relationship with his father.
Percival Sweetwater III has been absent from his son’s life since Jonathan was nine years old. A five-term U.S. senator, now dead, Percy was beloved by presidents, his constituents, and women alike, especially the five women who married him after Jonathan’s mother.
Jonathan hasn’t thought about Percy or the hole he left in his life for years. Dedicated to Claire and his family, he’s nothing like his serial monogamist father. But then Jonathan discovers evidence that everything in his marriage may not be as perfect as he thought. Hurt and uncertain what to do, he knows that the only way to move forward is to go back.
On this quest for understanding—about himself, about manhood, about marriage—Jonathan decides to track down his father’s five ex-wives. His journey will take him from cosmopolitan cities to the mile-high mountains to a tropical island—and ultimately back to confront the one thing Jonathan has that his father never did: home.
BASELGEDDON: A Novela. A full color 8.5x11" 64 page soft cover art book which chronicles the 2013 Art Basel Wynwood Street Scene. This photo-journal was exclusively photographed and written by Andrew Kaufman. The edition is limited to 500 signed and numbered copies that will have a silk screened translucent vellum dust jacket. Available now for pre-order. Reserve your copy now. Artists included: A SQUID CALLED SEBASTIAN, REST, JAZ, MURO ONE, MAKATRON, TXEMY, INO, BEN EINE, FIVE8, OMEN, VOGUE, ESTRIA, JASE, SP1, POGO, TIMMY DUB, IVAN ROQUE, LINZ, GNS, KOMIK, ATOMIK, DVS, MIRO, SMELLS, THOR, FIB, KASHINK, ALEXIS DIAZ, AUBS, KAZILLA, NOAH LEVY, TUBS, BHAKTI BAXTER, NYCHOS, ROB FOGLE, FREEK, PIXELPANCHO, JEREMY SHANTZ, CHRISTOPHER MASLOW, MR. D, DEITY, SONNI, GOOD AND SHIDDY, EOIN, TOO FLY, LEZA, INTERESNI KAZKI, GARBAGE BEAUTY, GG, ZIP ART, SHERYO, THE YOK and OLIVER CLEGG.
historia autobiográfica sobre las experiencias paranormales desde el nacimiento
del autor, quien ha colaborado con miembros del FBI resolviendo casos difíciles
de personas desaparecidas, y es reconocido por sus impresionantes aciertos en programas
de radio y televisión.
Este libro recoge las primeras premoniciones del autor que se sirve de sus dones
de clarividencia de manera constructiva poniendo en practica sus
extraordinarios poderes en función de quien lo necesite.
Sobre el autor:
“Para el mundo seremos algo, pero para Dios somos el mundo.”
Alain Pupo nació en una modesta familia de La Habana, Cuba. Minutos después de que nació, en noviembre de 1971, su corta vida estuvo en riesgo luego de sufrir una caída que lo dejó al borde de la muerte. La enfermera que lo llevaba en sus brazos tropezó con unos cables, y el pequeño Alain cayó al suelo. Alain fue llevado de inmediato a cuidado intensivo donde le ataron las manos para que sus clavículas salidas regresaran a su posición. Pero a pesar de los esfuerzos de los médicos, el corazón del pequeño cesó de latir.
La gente cuenta que esa noche en el hospital Vedado ocurrió un milagro a las cinco de la mañana cuando todas las luces de pronto se encendieron, el sonido de los tambores que retumbaba como un corazón llenó los pasillos y el llanto fuerte de un niño regresando de la muerte se escuchó. Todos fueron a ver lo que pasaba, y encontraron al pequeño Alain con sus clavículas en posición normal y sus brazos desatados con las manos abiertas a su lado.
Habiendo tenido su primera visión a los seis años, Alain supo que podía conectarse con los espíritus. Por el hecho de reconocer su don a una temprana edad, el pequeño Alain vivió una etapa difícil, pero a través de los años aprendió a controlar la situación. Alain recuerda a su padre diciéndole “no se que pasa con Alaincito… es el niño que más llora y también el que más ríe”. Las tristezas de estos espíritus lo hacían llorar y las alegrías reír. Con el tiempo Alain aprendió a manejar este don, ya que estaba fuertemente influenciado por las emociones de los espíritus.
Mientras seguía en Cuba, Alain se dedicó a aconsejar a las personas. Ayudó a muchos a decidir si debían salir de Cuba en balsa. Estas personas queriendo salir de la isla, pasaban a recibir su consejo sintiéndose más seguros cuando Alain les confirmaba que llegarían con vida a la tierra de libertad, los Estados Unidos de América.
Poco después comenzaron los problemas entre Alain y el gobierno de Cuba, ya que en varias ocasiones intento utilizarlo para sus intereses. Al no recibir dicha ayuda, el gobierno de Cuba empezó a cerrarle los caminos. Esto hizo que Alain decidiera salir de Cuba.
En el año 1995 Alain sale de Cuba bajo la ley de reunificación familiar reclamado por su padre, que ya se encontraba en Miami por asilo político desde 1980. Se mudó a Miami para iniciar una nueva etapa, adaptándose rápidamente a su nueva vida. En Miami, siguió su trabajo de lectura espiritual y en el 2007 dirigió una sesión de clarividencia para un miembro del FBI. Desde ese entonces supo que tenía que emplear esa habilidad para ayudar a los necesitados.
Alain, Una Mano Amiga es un programa televisivo de MEGA TV en donde Alain Pupo consulta espiritualmente a figuras públicas al igual que a personas de la audiencia y a televidentes que se comunican por medio de correos electrónicos. A todos les deja saber sobre los espíritus que los acompañan y los mensajes que le dan para cada uno de ellos, permitiéndoles vivir momentos impactantes en cada uno de los casos.