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September 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An Evening with Juan Vidal and Andrew Boryga


Books & Books


September 4
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books presents…


in conversation with

Andrew Boryga


A Second Chance on Earth 

(Holiday House, $18.99)

Wednesday, September 4th, 7 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is proud to present an evening with Juan Vidal discussing A Second Chance on Earth (Holiday House, $18.99). He will be in conversation with Andrew Boryga. A father, a friend, and a favorite book help a teen boy understand love and loss in this moving and vivid YA novel in verse.

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:

A father, a friend, and a favorite book help a teen boy understand love and loss in this moving and vivid YA novel in verse.

Have you ever encountered a book that KO’d you, Iron Mike Tyson style? One that hit you square in the face and heart like some abracadabra casting a hex from an unknown planet?

For sixteen-year-old poet and b-baller Marcos Cadena, that book is the beat-up copy of One Hundred Years of Solitude he finds among his late father’s possessions after Papi is killed in an accident.

Marcos’ papi has always loomed large in his eyes. So, when Marcos travels to his parents’ childhood home of Cartagena, Colombia to spread Papi’s ashes, he brings his father’s book with him, convinced that Gabriel García Márquez’s masterpiece holds the key to understanding Papi’s life and accepting his death.

In Cartagena, Marcos befriends eighteen-year-old Camilo, a taxi driver and fellow García Márquez fan who appoints himself Marcos’ unofficial tour guide. Together, the two boys explore the landscape of Cartagena, from the picturesque streets of Old Town to the poor neighborhood where Camilo grew up. But when Camilo reveals a troubling secret from his past, Marcos must ask himself whether everyone deserves a second chance.

Woven through with themes of friendship, family, and forgiveness, this poignant novel in verse is also a love letter to Colombia and to the books of Gabriel García Márquez.


About the Author:

Juan Vidal is the author of the memoir Rap Dad, which explores father-son dynamics and latino masculinity through the lens of hip-hop culture. A Second Chance on Earth is his YA debut.X and Instagram – itsjuanlove

About the Moderator:

Andrew Boryga grew up in the Bronx and now lives in Miami with his wife and two children. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe New Yorker, and The Atlantic, and been awarded prizes by Cornell University, The University of Miami, The Susquehanna Review, and The Michener Foundation. He is an alumni of the University of Miami MFA program, attended the Tin House Writer’s Workshop, and has taught writing to college students, elementary students, and incarcerated adults. His debut novel Victim came out in early 2024.