Florida is renowned for its beautiful beaches, natural springs, and subtropical wilderness, but it is widely joked that the official bird should be the construction crane. Dredge-and-fill projects, air pollution, and pesticides spread so uncontrollably during the twentieth century that they sparked an environmental movement within the state, and those who led the fight were very often women. Saving Florida reveals how women’s clubs prompted legislation to establish Florida’s first state park, which became the core of Everglades National Park, in 1916—before women even had the right to vote. It tells the story of Doris Leeper, who convinced her community and local government to protect a 24-mile stretch of sandy beach that is now the breathtaking Canaveral National Seashore. It remembers Clara Dommerich, who summoned the “Who’s Who” of Central Florida to her living room for the first meeting of the Florida Audubon Society. And it celebrates the towering environmental legacy of the three “Marjories”: author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, scientist Marjorie Harris Carr, and journalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
These and many other women led the fight for unprecedented changes in how the Sunshine State reveres its unique natural resources. They set the foundation for this century’s environmental agenda, which came to include the idea of sustainable development. As a collective force they forever altered how others saw women’s roles in society.
About the Author:
Leslie Kemp Poole is an award-winning writer and historian. A fourth-generation Floridian, Poole has long been interested in the role of women in the state's environmental movement and how they were saving the state's important natural resources long before they were able to vote. Poole is an adjunct professor of environmental studies and history at Rollins College. She received her PhD in History from the University of Florida in 2012. She lives in Winter Park, Florida.
The Boston Marathon isn’t just an athletic event – it’s a citywide celebration and a rite of spring. Begun in 1897, it is the world's oldest annual marathon, run every Patriots’ Day. The course winds its way through eight cities and towns, 26.2 miles that lead from suburban Hopkinton to the Boston's Back Bay. For Bostonians, the race marks the end of winter, a time to pull out lawn chairs, sit at the side of the course and cheer a global contingent of runners. In 2013, the event changed irrevocably when two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. A manhunt ensued that paralyzed the city. At its end, Tamerlan Tsarnaev lay dead and his brother, Dzhokhar, critically wounded, was in law enforcement hands. Convicted and sentenced, Dzhokhar now faces the consequences of American justice. AP Editions takes a behind-the-scenes look at the case and the journalists who covered it, from the start of the race through the death penalty hearing.
About the Editors
Terry Spencer is the Florida news editor for The Associated Press, a position he has held for nine years. Before becoming news editor, Spencer spent six years at AP as an editor and reporter, covering such stories as the Elian Gonzalez raid, the 2000 presidential recount, the attempt to blow up an airliner on a Paris-to-Miami flight and many, many hurricanes. Before AP, Spencer spent five years as a reporter at the News Journal in Wilmington, Del., covering crime, courts and county government; five years at the Los Angeles Times covering Anaheim; and two years at The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., covering education. Spencer is a 1987 graduate of Cal State Fullerton, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and lives in Plantation with his wife and teenage son.
Jim Baltzelle is the Florida Chief of Bureau for The Associated Press, where he works with news organizations in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. He also helps AP develop new revenue streams on a national scale with sales strategy oversight of AP’s college and Spanish-language services; as well as other niche publication and digital market segments, such as travel, religion and business publications. Baltzelle previously oversaw news operations in Florida from 2006-2012, along with business oversight in the Caribbean, where he created the Americas Report, which helped stabilize AP’s revenue in the region during the recession. Jim was AP’s interim bureau chief in New Orleans during Katrina in 2005 and began his career with AP in Dallas as an assistant bureau chief in 2004, where award-winning projects included one coordinated with Texas newspapers on the power of the liquor lobby. Earlier stints included editorships at two Florida dailies, the Palatka Daily News, 1994-1996, and St. Augustine Record, 2000-2004; as well as state, Metro and local news editing positions at the Florida Times-Union and the Ocala Star-Banner. In high school, he worked as a copy boy at the Fort Lauderdale News, then owned by the Gore family. A Florida native, he graduated from UF with a degree in English in 1980. He was a Punch Sulzberger Fellow at Columbia Journalism School in 2010-2011, sponsored by AP. He and the CEO of Mango Media, a Miami book publisher, recently developed the framework for AP Editions, a book publishing brand (ebooks, apps, Print on Demand) with international sales being announced in March. Jim is married to his college sweetheart, Rebecca, also a UF graduate. They raised three daughters – Annie, Katie and Molly May -- and have two granddaughters. Jim is an accomplished drummer and loves to attend bluegrass music festivals.
Carlos Pintado (Cuba, 1974). Poeta y escritor. Entre otros libros, ha publicado La Seducción del Minotauro (cuentos, 2000), Los bosques de Mortefontaine (poesía, 2007), Habitación a oscuras (poesía, 2007), Los Nombres de la noche (antología de poesía, 2008) y Taubenschlag (Editorial Capiro, Cuba, 2015). Recibió el premio Paz de poesía (2014), otorgado por The National Poetry Series, por el libro Nueve Monedas y el Premio Internacional de Poesía Sant Jordi (2006) por Habitación a oscuras. Sus poemas han servido como base de composiciones musicales, entre las que destacan el “Quinteto sobre los Poemas de Carlos Pintado", estrenado por el South Beach Music Ensemble bajo la dirección de la compositora norteamericana Pamela Marshall, así como sus “Ídolos del sueño”, que fueron convertidos en una pieza para soprano, clarinete, violín, chelo y piano, y estrenados en el 2011 por CONTINUUM, en el Kaufman Center de Nueva York.
On a dark Kentucky night in 1952 exactly halfway between her fifteenth and sixteenth birthdays, Annie Holleran crosses into forbidden territory. Everyone knows Hollerans don’t go near Baines, not since Joseph Carl was buried two decades before, but, armed with a silver-handled flashlight, Annie runs through her family’s lavender fields toward the well on the Baines’ place. At the stroke of midnight, she gazes into the water in search of her future. Not finding what she had hoped for, she turns from the well and when the body she sees there in the moonlight is discovered come morning, Annie will have much to explain and a past to account for.
It was 1936, and there were seven Baine boys. That year, Annie’s aunt, Juna Crowley, with her black eyes and her long blond hair, came of age. Before Juna, Joseph Carl had been the best of all the Baine brothers. But then he looked into Juna’s eyes and they made him do things that cost innocent people their lives. Sheriff Irlene Fulkerson saw justice served—or did she?
As the lavender harvest approaches and she comes of age as Aunt Juna did in her own time, Annie’s dread mounts. Juna will come home now, to finish what she started. If Annie is to save herself, her family, and this small Kentucky town, she must prepare for Juna’s return, and the revelation of what really happened all those years ago.
About the Author:
Lori Roy was born and raised in the Midwest where she attended and graduated from Kansas State University. Her work has appeared in the Chattahoochee Review. She currently lives with her family in west central Florida. Bent Road is her first novel.
The Weight of Sin By Simon Vincent Written in a highly visual style, The Weight of Sin is the story of four people. A man and woman from totally different countries and cultures, a jilted wife who refuses to forgive and becomes an FBI agent, and a priest with a sinful past who brings faith and healing to those in need. A disillusioned young man, Alexander Garcia begins a life of crime after his beloved father is murdered and his mother kills herself. Years later, he visits their family home, terrorizes the new occupants, and leaves his wife, disappearing into a world of conspiracy and terrorism. Illapa (in the mold of Lisbeth Salander) a young Peruvian woman, marches through the Andes with a group of “Shining Path” guerrillas. She excels as a crack terrorist. She finds and comforts her dying father. Her story is revealed in the words of her father. He is an army colonel who fell in love with an Incan princess and kidnaps her, ultimately marrying her. Politics and realities of power force him to abandon his family in the Andes. The abandoned mother and daughter languish in despair and poverty, drawing the young girl into the peasants’ struggle for a better life. A visit to her dying grandfather and the ancient city of Machu Picchu connects her to her past answers many questions about her family and her race and who she is. Meanwhile back in America Alexander joins a terrorist revolutionary group and becomes involved in horrific acts: bombing the Disney Castle, sinking an oil freighter in Venezuela and an assassination attempt on the President. Guilt weighs heavily on his mind as he struggles with his new life; he saves the life of the President. His life is a constant struggle to do right and still fight for a cause. Ultimately he must flee to save his life. He faces the consequences of his brutal past, a harrowing secret is revealed and he begins a new journey of awareness, faith, and love in the mountains of South America. In this journey he is joined by Illapa, who is also forced to flee for her life. In the highlands they find each other and redemption with the help of a Priest. Fr. Crewes’ painful and sinful past lead him to this place and time for the purpose of saving his fellow man, as he was saved. Linda Garcia-Vitale, abandoned wife and newly-minted FBI agent, pursues her target zealously. When she finds him a totally different person, she has to make a difficult decision. The story and the lives of the four people come into final focus in the Epilogue.
About the Author:
Simon Vincent is the pen name of Angel Vicente Fernandez, Jr. who was born in Cuba in 1951. He is the author of “Waypoint 90-In the Chambers of The Sea” his first novel published in 2003. He edited and published, “Memorias De Un Taquigrafo”, his late fathers memoirs, in 1993. Following his family’s exile from Cuba in 1960, Angel lived in New York City, Austin, Texas and Miami, Florida. Angel attended the University of Texas at Austin earning a B.A. in Government in 1973. For over twenty five years he was devoted to a career in International Banking and Finance. At present he is finished with another novel “The Weight of Sin” and seeking a publisher for it as well as for “Sea Lust”, a collection of poetry exploring the deeply felt emotions of a heart that is searching, seeking its own unique way through the labyrinth of human emotions and experiences that make up a life. Currently, he lives in Key Largo where he fishes and writes, not always in that order.
Para comerte mejor - Entre ataúdes, vómito, ratas y desazón, Giovanna Rivero compone una constelación de relatos siniestros. La inmundicia de los recovecos abandonados constituye la materia de un entramado narrativo intempestivo, que golpea y confronta, y que sin embargo, entre la vorágine de lo ominoso, hace surgir una delicada melancolía. Para comerte mejor constituye una valiosa contribución a esa literatura de lo extraño que tanto cultivaron escritores como Poe, Piñera o Landolfi.
Hormigas en la lengua - Expuesta como un collage literario compuesto por cartas, poemas, narraciones quebradas y anécdotas familiares, Hormigas en la lengua se adentra en los juegos, las heridas, las cavilaciones, los placeres y temores de la infancia. La particularidad de este retrato se encuentra en la decisión narrativa por la que ha optado Yau: relatar desde lo gastronómico. Desde y a través de la comida se dibujan, con pluma ágil, graciosa y sin adornos, las transformaciones de cada uno de sus personajes. Esta primera novela revela una de las más prometedoras voces de la narrativa venezolana.
Sobre las autoras:
Giovanna Rivero (Bolivia, 1972). Ha publicado los libros de cuentos: Contraluna (2005), Sangre Dulce (2006) y Niñas y detectives (2009); los libros de cuentos para niños: La dueña de nuestros sueños (2002, 2010) y Lo más oscuro del bosque (2015); y las novelas Las camaleonas (2001), Tukzon (2008), y 98 segundos sin sombra (Caballo de Troya, 2014). Sus cuentos han sido incluidos en numerosas antologías en diversos idiomas. Participó del Iowa Writing Program en 2004. En 2011 fue seleccionada por la Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara como uno de “Los 25 Secretos Literarios Mejor Guardados de América Latina”. Obtuvo un doctorado en literatura latinoamericana en University of Florida, en 2014. También es cronista.
Lena Yau (Caracas, 1968). Narradora, poeta, periodista e investigadora.Especialista en el vínculo entre literatura e ingesta.Licenciada en Letras y Master en Comunicación Social por la Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. Asesora literaria de El sabor de la eñe. Glosario de literatura y gastronomía publicado por el Instituto Cervantes en Madrid. Autora del poemario Del hambre (Gravitaciones, 2014). Columnista en el diario El Nacional. Cuentos, poemas y artículos suyos han aparecido en publicaciones periódicas. Reside en Madrid. Hormigas en la lengua es su primera novela.
Elizabeth Semmelhack — Balancing Act: The History of High Heels — Books & Books Bal Harbour Shops
Common sense suggests that footwear should protect our feet and aid our mobility but the high heel challenges this—it is not a sensible shoe. How did such an impractical shoe come to be a potent signifier of status and, more importantly, gender? Who invented the high heel and how did it become an item of fashion? Why did men abandon the high heel after 130 years and how did the high heel then come to be emblematic of femininity? Elizabeth Semmelhack, senior curator of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, addresses these questions by engaging with a wide range of subjects: East-West trade and the lure of the exotic; the expression of socio-economic status through impractical dress; and gender politics and the construction of eroticized femininity. The discussion explores the long and fascinating history of one of the most complex forms of footwear worn today. This talk is followed by a reception at Roger Vivier and is presented in collaboration with Fashion Project at Bal Harbour Shops & Roger Vivier, with Criseld Breene and John Lin.
About the Speaker:
Elizabeth Semmelhack is the senior curator of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. Her work focuses on the construction of gender in relation to dress with a particular interest in the history of footwear. She has curated numerous exhibitions with her many publications include:Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels (Bata Shoe Museum, 2015);Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture (Rizzoli and AFA, 2015); Fashion Victims: The Perils and Pleasures of Dress in the 19th Century (Bata Shoe Museum, 2014); Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection (Bata Shoe Museum, 2012); On a Pedestal: Renaissance Chopines and Baroque Heels (Bata Shoe Museum, 2009); andHeights of Fashion: A History of the Elevated Shoe (Periscope Press, 2008). Semmelhack has consulted for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, frequently speaks internationally, and is an adjunct professor at the Ryerson University School of Fashion.
In a city known for its never-ending parties, Miami socialite Leigh Anatole White hosts the most extravagant party of them all. Her annual Charity Ball, a star-studded benefit for troubled teens, is the most highly anticipated event of the season, and Leigh pulls out all the stops to ensure it doesn’t disappoint.
This year―the tenth anniversary of the Ball―Leigh has decided to give Miami one last blowout before relinquishing her title as hostess. Suffice it to say, the pressure is on: this year’s Charity Ball simply must be the best yet. With help from her committee, a few close friends, a masterful personal assistant and her supportive husband, Leigh is poised to deliver. Even the dirty secrets and entanglements of her friends and pseudo-friends―the good-hearted, hard-drinking gossip queen Dixie Johnson; drag queen extraordinaire Diva Elaine Manchester; and bronzed, botoxed and backstabbing Katie Parker, to name a few―can’t slow her down.
When an influential art dealer shows up, offering to provide high-end artwork for the Charity Ball’s auction, Leigh is thrilled. This is just what the gala needs to set it apart from previous years’, and after all of Leigh’s hard work, it looks as though the last Charity Ball may just live up to the hype. But as always in the world of Miami’s rich and shameless, a scandal is never far off…and this one hits everyone close to home.
About the Author:
Mother, wife, philanthropist, author, television personality, political activist and entrepreneur are all titles that can be claimed by Lea Black, a Texas native who moved to Miami in the late 1980s and quickly rose to the heights of Miami society. In addition to having played a prominent role on The Real Housewives of Miami, Lea also blogs regularly for outlets such as The Huffington Post and E! Online, has founded and co-founded several health and beauty lines, and hosts an annual gala that wrangles in Miami’s considerable wealth and talent in order to raise money for charity. Lea is also president and CEO of a multi-brand company she created and founded, The World of Lea Black. She is married to renowned trial attorney Roy Black, with whom she has a thirteen-year-old son, RJ.
A powerful and lively work of immersive journalism, Brin-Jonathan Butler's story of his time chasing the American dream through Cuba
Whether he's hustling his way into Mike Tyson's mansion for an interview, betting his life savings on a boxing match, becoming romantically entangled with one of Fidel Castro's granddaughters, or simply manufacturing press credentials to go where he wants-Brin-Jonathan Butler has always been the "act first, ask permission later" kind of journalist.
This book is the culmination of Butler's decade spent in the trenches of Havana, trying to understand a culture perplexing to Westerners: one whose elite athletes regularly forgo multimillion-dollar opportunities to stay in Cuba and box for their country, while living in penury. Butler's fascination with this distinctly Cuban idealism sets him off on a remarkable journey, training with, befriending, and interviewing the champion boxers that Cuba seems to produce more than any other country.
In the process, though, Butler gets to know the landscape of the exhilaratingly warm Cuban culture-and starts to question where he feels most at home. In the tradition of Michael Lewis and John Jeremiah Sullivan, Butler is a keen and humane storyteller, and the perfect guide for this riotous tour through the streets of Havana.
About the Author:
BRIN-JONATHAN BUTLER is a writer and filmmaker. His work has appeared in ESPN Magazine, Vice, Deadspin, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, and The New York Times. Butler's documentary, Split Decision, is Butler's examination of Cuban-American relations and the economic and cultural paradoxes that have shaped them since Castro's revolution, through the lens of elite Cuban boxers forced to choose between remaining in Cuba or defecting to America.
Presentación de nuevos libros de Antonio Orlando Rodríguez
Un evento en colaboración con la Fundación Cuatrogatos y The Center @ Miami Dade College
personas se niegan a decirle adiós a la infancia y conservan dentro de sí lo
mejor de esa etapa de la vida. Se trata de los “niños
mayores de edad”. No te dejes engañar si algunos hasta peinan canas: ellos
continúan disfrutando de la imaginación, la poesía y el humor con la misma
pasión de cuando eran chicos.
12 de junio de 2015, Books and Books invita a una singular noche para niños mayores de edad en la que el destacado escritor
cubano Antonio Orlando Rodríguez (Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2008) presentará
cuatro libros suyos de reciente publicación.
autor estará acompañado por la primera actriz Teresa María Rojas. Juntos leerán
cuentos y poemas provenientes de los libros Los
helados invisibles y otras rarezas (Ediciones SM, México), El rock de la momia y otros versos diversos
(Santillana, USA), Conoce a José Martí
(Santillana, USA) y Abuelita Milagro
(Panamericana Editorial, Colombia), en una noche que promete ser muy especial.
Antonio Orlando Rodríguez:
de narrativa, poesía y teatro para grandes y chicos, ha ganado importantes
premios nacionales e internacionales en sus cuatro décadas de carrera
literaria, entre ellos el Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2008 por su obra Chiquita. Nacido en Cuba, entre 1991 y
1999 vivió en Costa Rica y en Colombia y actualmente reside en Miami. Ha impartido
talleres de escritura creativa en diversos países. Entre sus libros se destacan
Striptease, Querido Drácula, Aprendices
de brujo y El León y la Domadora.
Creador, junto a Sergio Andricaín, de la Fundación Cuatrogatos, dedicada a
desarrollar proyectos culturales y educativos.
Teresa María Rojas:
actriz, pedagoga y poeta. Ha incursionado en el teatro, la televisión y el
cine. Fue fundadora y directora del Teatro Prometeo de Miami Dade College. A lo
largo de su trayectoria ha protagonizado obras de Jean Anouilh, Ugo Betti,
Virgilio Piñera y Nilo Cruz, entre otros muchos autores. Profesora emérita del
Miami Dade College. Premio Vida de Dedicación a las Artes Escénicas en el XXVII Festival Internacional de Teatro Hispano de