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June 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An Evening With Eric Weiner and Dan Grech

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Event Category:

Books & Books

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Date:
June 26
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue

Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Phone:
305.442.4408

The Books & Books Literary Foundation presents…

AN EVENING WITH ERIC WEINER

in conversation with

Pulitzer Prize-winner Dan Grech

discussing

Ben & Me: In Search of a Founder’s Formula for a Long and Useful Life 

(Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster, $29.99)

Wednesday, June 26th, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables

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The Books & Books Literary Foundation is proud to present an evening with bestselling author Eric Weiner discussing hew new book: Ben & Me: In Search of a Founder’s Formula for a Long and Useful Life (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster, $29.99). He will be in conversation with Dan Grech. New York Times bestselling author Eric Weiner follows in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin, mining his life for inspiring and practical lessons in a book that’s part biography, part travelogue, part personal prescription.

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.


About the Book:

New York Times bestselling author Eric Weiner follows in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin, mining his life for inspiring and practical lessons in a book that’s part biography, part travelogue, part personal prescription.

Ben Franklin lingers in our lives and in our imaginations. One of only two non-presidents to appear on US currency, Franklin was a founder, statesman, scientist, inventor, diplomat, publisher, humorist, and philosopher. He believed in the American experiment, but Ben Franklin’s greatest experiment was…Ben Franklin. In that spirit of betterment, Eric Weiner embarks on an ambitious quest to live the way Ben lived.

Not a conventional biography, Ben & Me is a guide to living and thinking well, as Ben Franklin did. It is also about curiosity, diligence, and, most of all, the elusive goal of self-improvement. As Weiner follows Franklin from Philadelphia to Paris, Boston to London, he attempts to uncover Ben’s life lessons, large and small. We learn how to improve a relationship with someone by inducing them to do a favor for you—a psychological phenomenon now known as The Ben Franklin Effect. We learn about the printing press (the Internet of its day), early medicine, diplomatic intrigue and, of course, electricity. And we learn about ethics, persuasion, humor, regret, appetite, and so much more.

At a time when history is either neglected or contested, Weiner argues we have much to learn from the past and that we’d all be better off if we acted and thought a bit more like Ben did, even if he didn’t always live up to his own high ideals. Engaging, smart, moving, quirky, Ben & Me distills the essence of Franklin’s ideas into grounded, practical wisdom for all of us.

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About the Author:

Eric Weiner is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Geography of Bliss (now a docu-series featuring Rainn Wilson) and The Geography of Genius, as well as the critically acclaimed Man Seeks God and The Socrates Express. A former international correspondent for NPR, his work has appeared in The Atlantic, National Geographic, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and the anthology Best American Travel Writing. He lives with his family and a menagerie of animals in the Washington, D.C. area. For more information, visit: EricWeinerBooks.com.

About the Moderator:

Dan Grech is the Founder and CEO of BizHack. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former NPR journalist turned marketer and educator. Past career highlights include as the head of growth at two software startups and the nation’s largest Hispanic-owned energy company. He helped take OfferCraft, a gamification SaaS company in the hospitality industry, from pre-venue to a $2.5 million run rate in two years, culminating in an acquisition. During his career as a journalist, he was a correspondent for NPR’s Marketplace and PBS’s Nightly Business Report, the News Director at WLRN (Miami’s NPR station), and was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team at The Miami Herald. He co-hosted Miami’s first podcast, Under the Sun. Dan is an active member of the South Florida startup ecosystem, where he’s mentored companies at the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program, Babson College’s WIN Lab, StartUP FIU, The Idea Center at Miami Dade College, the Watson Institute at Lynn University and the Inter American Development Bank. And he’s taught at top universities including Princeton, Columbia and University of Miami. Dan is a graduate of Princeton University and has a Masters degree in storytelling from FIU.