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June 21, 2022 @ 6:30 pm

In-Person | Tales of Al: An Evening with Lynne Cox


June 21, 2022
6:30 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books, Miami Book Fair, The Betsy Hotel and FOMA present…

An Evening with Lynne Cox


Tales of Al: The Water Rescue Dog

(Knopf, $27)

Tuesday, June 21, 6:30 PM | LIVE & IN-PERSON at Books & Books, Coral Gables

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Join us in-person at Books & Books as Lynne Cox discusses TALES OF AL.

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event so make sure to stay after the talk for a book signing! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

The moving, inspiring story of Al, the ungainly, unruly, irresistible Newfoundland puppy who grows up to become a daring rescue dog and super athlete—part of Italy’s elite, highly specialized corps of water rescue dogs who swoop out of helicopters and save lives.

Lynne Cox—acclaimed best-selling author of Swimming to Antarctica—is internationally famous for swimming the world’s most difficult waterways without a wet suit, and able to endure water temperatures so cold that they would kill anyone else, recognizes and celebrates all forms of athleticism in others, human or otherwise. And when she saw a video of a Newfoundland dog leaping from an airborne helicopter into Italian waters to save someone from drowning, Cox was transfixed by the rescue, and captivated by the magnificence, physicality, and daring of the dog.

Tales of Al is the moving, inspiring story of Cox’s adventures on Italy’s picturesque Lake Idroscalo, as witness to the rigorous training of  one of these spectacular dogs at SICS, the famed school that has taught hundreds of dog owners how to train their dogs—Newfoundlands, German shepherds, and golden retrievers—for this rescue operation. Cox writes about coming to know the dog at the book’s center, Al herself, from puppyhood, an adorable but untrainable chocolate Newfoundland—about the dreams, expectations, disappointments, and vision of her trainer and about realizing the dog’s full potential; striving with all of her canine might to become an expertly trained, highly specialized water rescue dog.


About the Author:

LYNNE COX was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Los Alamitos, California. She set open-water swimming records all over the world, swimming without a wet suit. She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Her articles have appeared in many publications, among them The New Yorker, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Cox lives in Long Beach, California.

About The Betsy Hotel:

Independently owned and operated, The Betsy- South Beach is the only Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond rated boutique hotel in Greater Miami. Located in the heart of the Art Deco District on Ocean Drive, The Betsy’s unique hospitality model champions the power of community through its dedicated arts, culture, and community program by weaving those brand pillars into the guest experience.

The former 61-key hotel completed a groundbreaking expansion, led by architect Allan T. Shulman and designers Diamante Perdersoli and Carmelina Santoro, merging with the (former) historic Carlton Hotel to become a single unified 130 key property in December 2016. The completed property includes the original Ocean Drive building now known as the “Colonial” wing and the fully renovated Collins Avenue building now known as the “Art Deco” wing.

Known widely as one of the world’s great literary arts hotels, a poetic line from Pulitzer Prize finalist Hyam Plutzik (The Betsy-South Beach owner’s father) describes the experience and serves as its tag line: Expect no more. This is happiness.

About FOMA:

Since 2016, Friends of Miami Animals Foundation has been a leader in animal welfare issues. We help build effective programs, establishing meaningful collaborations and engaging leaders and the community to save and improve the lives of homeless pets.