books

Publishing
8:28 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Why Bookstores Don't Reflect Miami's Literary Health

The recently closed Barnes & Noble in Aventura.
Credit Broward Palm Beach New Times

Many have taken the recent closing of Barnes and Noble in Aventura and the general dearth of bookstores in Miami as an omen, a portentous sign that the city is somehow culturally headed in the wrong direction.

And the easy takedown of South Florida, both nationally and from locals, is that a lack of bookstores is representative of a stupid populace, or an uncultured mass mostly focused on booze and partying.

But bemoaning the death of the bookstore is missing the point. It’s happening everywhere. And it’s not just a South Florida issue.

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Ariel Gonzalez
1:30 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

The Fifth Assassin

Brad Meltzer
http://bradmeltzer.com/

05/14/13 - In the second half of the program, Ariel Gonzalez with South Florida author Brad Meltzer and his book, The Fifth Assassin. Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and seven other bestsellers. The Fifth Assassin is out now.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Ariel Gonzalez speaks with author Michael Chabon

Telegraph Road

04/30/13 - Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez speaks with author Michael Chabon about his latest novel, “Telegraph Road” which follows the co-owners of a vintage record store in Oakland who struggle to stay open in the face of black/white tensions, gentrification, and the ghosts of their past.  

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Arts
1:00 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Flying Under The Radar With Six Hip South Florida Writers

Edwidge Danticat
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Last month, we introduced you to nine acclaimed authors who call South Florida their home, at least part-time. But that was just a small sampling. South Florida boats a tribe of critically acclaimed scribes living anywhere from the Florida Keys to Palm Beach County. Below are seven folks who are building on the tradition of hometown heroes like Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen (who actually now lives just a little bit further north in Vero Beach.)

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Nerddom
10:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Miami Gets Street Cred As One Of The Top 10 Nerdiest Cities In America

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Behind the allure of bikinis and board shorts, Miami residents possess a sea of Star Trek costumes.

At least that's one conclusion you might draw from a recent article in Movodo, a real estate website.  The criteria used to determine the winners, while not scientific, is telling of the "nerd demographic" that our city has nurtured over the years.  Here is a quick rundown of the data used to determine the winners:

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Ariel Gonzalez
1:30 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Judge A Book By Its Cover

Chip Kidd
www.chipkidd.com

04/09/13 - Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez with noted book jacket designer Chip Kidd.  Many DO judge a book by its cover. Mr. Kidd's book is "Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design."

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Arts
12:01 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

As E-Books Dominate Printing, Collectors Gather To Trade Rare Finds

The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair
Credit Nathaniel Sandler

Going to an antiquarian book fair with a university’s special collections librarian is similar to walking around Central Park with a leaky bag of bread crumbs. Or if you prefer a local metaphor, like a chum brick floating in Government Cut, with sharks coming for miles bumping their noses against the boat to test the edibility of the situation. Watching the dealers shout down a respected and well-known book buyer is a sight to be seen.

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Arts
4:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Book Your Calendars For Booklegger's 'Library On The Run'

The Broken Shaker, a cocktail bar tucked in the art deco Freehand Miami, will host a book-trading event Thursday.
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Miami Beach is going literary, literally.

Thursday, local book enthusiasts can sit around, handcrafted cocktail in hand, and talk literature. Better yet, they can leave with a free book.

The event is put on by Bookleggers, a community mobile library often referred to as “a library on the run.”

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Best Books of 2012
12:33 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Now You're Talking! The Year's Best Book Club Reads

Nishant Choksi

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 11:04 am

A young boy seeks justice. A young woman wants to stay alive. A friendship is tested. The child of a commune comes of age. A solitary man gives himself over to love. These are the bare actions underpinning the novels that I'm suggesting for book clubs this year. Some are first novels; others the work of well-known writers. Some might touch your heart; others might challenge the way you think. At least one will make you laugh — and a couple might make you cry. They are all good reads. And they are, above all, books you'll want to talk about with your friends.

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Author Interviews
3:09 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Tom Wolfe Takes Miami's Pulse In 'Back To Blood'

Author and journalist Tom Wolfe's books include The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Bonfire of the Vanities and I Am Charlotte Simmons, among others.
Jim Cooper AP

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 9:37 am

Tom Wolfe wrote his new novel, Back to Blood, entirely by hand. But the author of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Bonfire of the Vanities also says that wasn't entirely by choice — he'd rather have used a typewriter.

"Unfortunately, you can't keep typewriters going today — you have to take the ribbons back to be re-inked," Wolfe tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "There's a horrible search to try to find missing parts."

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Art Basel
11:29 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Excerpt: Tom Wolfe and Art Basel on Miami Beach

Can you feel that change in the air?  Never mind the fact that the seasons in Miami are mostly a social construct, the art season is upon us.

While we remain hopeful for a significant temperature drop in mid-October, novelist Tom Wolfe is forecasted to drop his latest work Back to Blood on October 23rd.  Set in Miami, the novel explores the multi-ethnic urban jungle of South Florida - and all the perceived class struggles that entails.

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Under the Sun
12:43 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Diana Abu-Jaber On Sharing The Table During The Holidays

Diana Abu-Jaber serves herself stuffed grape leaves. Her father, Gus, joins her at the table.
Diana Abu-Jaber

For many of us, cooking for a holiday feast or making preparations for a party are well worn and beloved holiday routines.  All of that hosting can also be exhausting!  Listen to author Diana Abu-Jaber read her essay on her family’s heritage of hosting guests during the holidays.

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Under the Sun
4:11 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Confessions Of A Refugee Boy

Simon & Schuster

Learning to Die in Miami is author Carlos Eire’s follow-up to his 2003 memoir, Waiting for Snow in Havana. In his first book, Eire wrote about his childhood in Cuba before and during the Castro revolution.

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