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.
Cristina Saralegui, hailed as the queen of Latin media, is a beloved television personality, the former host and executive producer of the Emmy-Award winning talk show The Cristina Show, a savvy businesswoman, one of the most influential Hispanics in America, and a loving wife and mother.
But “having it all” hasn’t always come easy for Cristina. In Rise Up and Shine!, Cristina doesn’t just reveal the secrets behind her success. She also shares personal, hard-won lessons that have helped her through life’s most difficult moments, like the cancellation of her Univision talk show after twenty-one years of dedicated work and her son’s life-threatening battle with bipolar disorder.
Cristina knows what true struggle feels like and the tremendous willpower it takes to get through challenges, persevere and triumph. With Cristina’s straight-shooting, tell-it-like-it-is approach and the wisdom that comes from life’s highs and lows, Rise Up and Shine! is an empowering guide to finding your passions and achieving your dreams.
About the Author:
Cristina Saralegui, chosen by Time magazine as one of the “25 Most Influential Hispanics in America,” was the host and executive producer of The Cristina Show during its twenty-one-year-long run. Her show won twelve Emmys and she has become the voice and platform for millions of Hispanics around the country.
Allen Salkin, From Scratch: Inside the Food Network
Carole Kotkin, Co-Host and Co-producer of Food and Wine Talk and cooking school owner, introduces the author
In October 1993, a tiny start-up called the Food Network debuted to little notice. Twenty years later, it is in over 100 million homes and features a galaxy of stars. Journalist Allen Salkin’s book From Scratch, takes one inside conference rooms, studios, homes, restaurants, and after-hour meetings, and illuminates the people we thought we knew. This is an irresistible story of the intersection between business, television, pop culture, food and the American audience.
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Kaplan, a Miami Beach native, founded Books & Books in 1982. Located in Coral Gables, Florida, Books &
Books expanded to its present location in December of 2000. Housed in a Mediterranean-styled building,
the bookstore hosts over sixty events a month, consisting of author readings
and signings, demonstrations and workshops, live music, reading and discussion
groups, programming for children and families, and a variety of other
community-based events. All of this is
achieved in an old world setting of floor-to-ceiling wood bookshelves, wood
floors, and a courtyard café-restaurant, managed by James Beard-award winning
Chef Allen Susser.
1989, Books & Books opened a second location on Lincoln Road, which
continues to serve the Miami Beach community today, and includes a Zagat-rated,
full-service restaurant - The Café at Books & Books - featuring new South
April 2005, Books & Books opened a third location inside the ultra-chic Bal
Harbour Shops Mall, specializing in high end art and design books and continues
the tradition of the Coral Gables and Miami Beach bookstores with a full
schedule of author events and programs.
December 2007, Books & Books went international with the opening of a
fourth location in The Cayman Islands.
Located in a new multi-million dollar development, Camana Bay – Books
& Books/Grand Cayman serves both the visiting and local population of the
island with visiting international author events.
& Books is also conveniently located at Miami’s International Airport.
July 2010, Books & Books opened a new store in Westhampton Beach, Long
Island. He’s partnered with Jack
McKeown and Denise
Berthiaume -- two of the publishing industry’s most respected and
innovative veterans -- to create this affiliate store.
is also a co-founder of Miami Book Fair International and serves as the
Chairperson of its Board of Directors.
The Book Fair, sponsored and supported by Miami-Dade College, brings
over 300 authors and exhibitors to a weeklong celebration of all things
literary into the heart of downtown Miami and onto the College's Wolfson
Campus. Mitchell also serves on the
steering committee of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, Miami-Dade
College's literary center.
is the former President of the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and also
served on the Board of ABFFE, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free
Expression. In 2011, Mitchell received
the National Book Foundation’s prestigious “Literarian Award for Outstanding
Service to the American Literary Community”. The Literarian Award is presented
to an individual for outstanding service to the American literary community,
whose life and work exemplify the goals of the National Book Foundation to
expand the audience for literature and to enhance the cultural value of
literature in America. Past winners include poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, NPR’s
Terry Gross and Ira Glass, and writer Dave Eggers.
lives in Miami with his wife, Rachelle, and their twin sons, Jonah and Daniel,
and their daughter, Anya.
From the self-proclaimed heavyweight champ of Italian American cooking and owner of four incredibly popular restaurants in Florida and Las Vegas--a cookbook that includes all the staples of delicious Philly-style comfort food served up in the author's deliciously flamboyant style.
Has cooking ever saved a life? It definitely rescued Steve Martorano: from the streets of south Philadelphia and an almost certain end in jail or worse. And, 18 years after opening the original Café Martorano in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, he has two restaurants in Las Vegas, another in Hollywood, Florida, and a devoted and ever growing clientele (including a bevy of celebrities) who are more than willing to wait hours for a table. Now, in this personal, funny, delectable cookbook, Martorano offers us a wide range of the dishes that have made his restaurants so popular: along with his classic tried-and-true favorites like meatballs and gravy, fresh mozzarella stuffed hot peppers, and fried calamari, here is newer fare like grilled octopus with Meyer lemons, Sicilian rice balls with prosciutto di parma, buffalo mozzarella and braised pig's feet. And don't worry: he doesn't skip the cocktails or dessert!
About the Author:
STEVE MARTORANO is the owner of Cafe Martorano in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, Florida, and two Martorano's locations in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has also launched a Martorano wine label, pasta sauces, and a line of clothing. He currently resides in Fort Lauderdale.
21 historias de innovación Israelí que inspirarán a los emprendedores latinos a pensar creativamente y a tener éxito al convertir sus ideas en realidad. En El pequeño dínamo, Rosen nos presenta 21 invenciones Israelíes que han mejorado el mundo, incluyendo la memoria Flash, la desalinización que crea agua potable, un aparato que le pone un alto a la muerte súbita infantil, y Mobileye, la cámara que ha revolucionado la seguridad al conducir.
Los latinos de los EE. UU. se sorprenderán al descubrir inventos que mejoran la salud - desapareciendo tumores de seno, curando la apnea del sueño, reduciendo la ceguera parcial - la riqueza y el bienestar.
"Rosen ilustra a Israel como el epicentro de la innovación y el avance tecnológico... una lectura obligada para empresarios emprendedores." Dra. Laura Murillo, presidenta y directora general de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Houston
"Marcella Rosen trae a la vida, en este breve pero vibrante libro, a notables ciudadanos israelíes cuyos inventos están transformando industrias, naciones e incluso potencialmente salvando millones de vidas. Como empresario latino apadrinado por mujeres judías, me encantó leer El pequeño dínamo ya que sus historias me dieron una apreciación aún más profunda de la dedicación y mentalidad industriosa que fortalece a los genios de Israel y por los logros mundialmente conocido." Manny Ruiz, fundador, de la empresa Hispanicize
"Los empresarios latinos va a ganar algo de la fascinante ingenio de Israel, en la medida en que es un ejemplo de las grandes riquezas de cualquier determinada inmigrante - la pasión de pensar de manera creativa y convertir los sueños en el éxito. El pequeño dínamo realmente nos muestra todo lo que los seres humanos pueden realizar frente a la adversidad".
Raymond Garcia, Fundador, Celebra
, Random House
Sobre la autora:
En el 2010,Marcella Rosen fundó UNTOLD NEWS para informar a los estadounidenses sobre el innovador trabajo que cambia la vida, que se estaba llevando a cabo en Israel. Disruptora del ‘status quo’, ha sido directora de medios a nivel mundial y vicepresidente ejecutiva de NW Ayer, Inc., una prominente agencia publicitaria. Actualmente vive en la ciudad de Nueva York.
Sobre el presentador:
Manny Ruiz es periodista y un pionero en medios, galardonado por su experiencia en multimedia. Es el fundador y director creativo de Hispanicize, la conferencia anual de Miami para trendsetters latinos en los medios sociales, el entretenimiento y la innovación.
El alcalde de Miami Tomás Regalado le otorgó las Llaves de la Ciudad, en 2014, por su servicio en la promoción de la iniciativa empresarial latina.
“The ordinary tortilla was an extraordinary bond between the human and divine. . . . From birthdays to religious ceremonies, the people of Mesoamerica commemorated important events with tortillas. One Maya tribe even buried their dead with tortillas so that the dogs eaten as dinner during life would not bite the deceased in revenge.”—from Tortillas: A Cultural History
For centuries tortillas have remained a staple of the Mexican diet, but the rich significance of this unleavened flatbread stretches far beyond food. Today the tortilla crosses cultures and borders as part of an international network of people, customs, and culinary traditions.
In this entertaining and informative account Paula E. Morton surveys the history of the tortilla from its roots in ancient Mesoamerica to the cross-cultural global tortilla. Morton tells the story of tortillas and the people who make and eat them—from the Mexican woman rolling the mano over the metate to grind corn, to the enormous wheat tortillas made in northern Mexico, to twenty-first-century elaborations like the stuffed burrito. This study—the first to extensively present the tortilla’s history, symbolism, and impact—shows how the tortilla has changed our understanding of home cooking, industrialized food, healthy cuisine, and the people who live across borders.
About the Author:
Paula E. Morton is a journalist in St. Augustine, Florida. She is also the author of Tabloid Valley: Supermarket News and American Culture.