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October 26, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In-Person: An Evening with Michele Oka Doner and Mera Rubell


October 26, 2023
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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


in conversation with

Mera Rubell


A Seed Takes Root

(Tra Publishing, $24.99)

Thursday, October 26th, 8:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is absolutely thrilled to host the esteemed poet and guardian of the ninety-five-year-old banyan tree in Miami Beach, Michele Oka Doner, for an enchanting evening. She will discuss her multi-faceted book: A Seed Takes Root (Tra Publishing, $24.99). Doner will be in conversation with Mera Rubell.

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

About the Book:

A Seed Takes Root: A True Story, by acclaimed artist Michele Oka Doner, is an homage to the natural world and to one very special banyan tree in particular.

A Seed Takes Root describes a decades-long relationship between the author and a banyan tree that begins when the author is a young girl. For her, the tree is a place for play, for refuge, and also a source of inspiration. While this is a true story of one tree and one girl/woman/artist that celebrates a particular banyan tree, it is also a testament to the quiet power shared by all trees. Further, this beautifully told story is not only of the relationship between an artist and a tree, but is a strong environmental statement made more effective by being non-polemical.

The banyan tree featured in the book is in the process of being designated a City of Miami Beach heritage tree. In 2021, Michele Oka Doner was officially proclaimed guardian of the ninety-five-year-old banyan tree by the City of Miami Beach. A book and work of art that defies classification, A Seed Takes Root is simultaneously an art book, a poetic meditation, a memoir, a fable, and a tale suitable for children and for readers of all ages.


About the Author:

Michele Oka Doner is an internationally renowned artist whose artistic production encompasses sculpture, prints, drawings, furniture, jewelry, public art, functional objects, video, costume and set design, and artist’s books. She is well known for such permanent art installations as Flight at Reagan International Airport, Radiant Site at the Herald Square 34th Street Subway Station, and A Walk on the Beach, the mile-and-a-quarter-long bronze terrazzo concourse at Miami International Airport. Oka Doner’s work is found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the art museums at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Michigan, where she received her BSD and MFA art degrees and was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts.

About the Moderator:

Art world icon and co-founder of The Rubell Museum, Mera Rubell started collecting art in 1965 on a budget of $25 a week when Mera was a schoolteacher and her husband Donald was a medical student. Over the years, the Rubell Collection has garnered over 7,400 pieces.Their modest resources compelled them to focus on obscure, emerging artists, a tradition they continue to this day.