Author of viral murder thriller at Books & Books 8/17/15

Author of viral murder thriller at Books & Books
Monday, 08/17/2015 – 08:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Famous-After-Death-cover-1Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave.,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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Cost: Free

Social media has changed us, for the better and the very worst. Brian Bandell will discuss his novel “Famous After Death”, about three Miami teenagers that seek to glorify murders by taking them viral. You might know him as the senior reporter at the South Florida Business Journal. Hear Bandell read an exciting chapter from the book and talk about real examples of crimes that became online sensations.

Fresh Kid Ice from 2 Live Crew “My Rise 2 Fame” Book Release 8/4/15

Fresh Kid Ice from 2 Live Crew “My Rise 2 Fame” Book Release
Tuesday, 08/04/2015 – 05:30 pm – 08:30 pm
freshkidicemyrise2fameStreets of Wynwood
NW 2nd Ave at 23rd St,
Miami, Florida 33127
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Cost: Free

“My Rise 2 Fame” is the autobiography and explicit untold story of Christopher “Fresh Kid Ice” Wong Won, the historic co-founder of hip hop’s most infamous group “THE 2 LIVE CREW.” Chris is a first amendment freedom fighter, Supreme Court Victor, independent music pioneer, and hip hop icon. This book features his all true stories of sex, more sex, and the music business, making gold and platinum albums, and a legendary lawsuit from Florida’s governor, who tried to ban the group and take away their first amendment right to free speech. It’s a historic ride through one of the world’s favorite cult genres: “Miami Bass,” and a thrilling memoir that also features the Top 10 Strip Club Cities in America, what happens at a freakshow, and how to pull a caper. The past, present, and future collide in dramatic fashion as the rollercoaster highs and lows of a life on the road bestow their pleasures and take their tolls. Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and raised in Brooklyn, Christopher Wong Won’s journey through life as a Chinese Afro-Caribbean immigrants reflects the hopes and dreams of America today. From overcoming the adversity of a life altering injury, introducing Southern hip hop to the world, bringing sex and rap together in songs that are still played and imitated today, selling platinum, shocking and offending, and then watching an empire come crashing down around him in a hail of lawsuits through graft, mismanagement, greed, and thievery, Fresh Kid Ice has seen it all. Learn about the man and the group, whose music is featured in the movies Boyz N The Hood, Friday, Twins, New Jack City, Project X, and the videogame Grand Theft Auto in a deeply graphic book that reveals never before told stories that will leave you breathless and amazed. In “MY RISE 2 FAME” you will discover that Fresh Kid Ice and the crew inspired legendary Rap acts such as NWA, Cash Money Records, and so many more.

A History of Little Havana – Book Signing with Co-Authors Guillermo Grenier and Corinna Moebius 5/15/15

A History of Little Havana – Book Signing with Co-Authors Guillermo Grenier and Corinna Moebius
littlehavanaFriday, 05/15/2015 – 06:30 pm – 09:00 pm
CubaOcho Art & Research Center
1465 SW 8th Street, Suite 106,
Miami, Florida 33135
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Cost: Free

Meet the authors of the recently released “A History of Little Havana,” a book which focuses on the development of Little Havana as a Cuban enclave in the 1960s and its transformation into the diverse Latino neighborhood it is today. The book also delves into the political role of the neighborhood as a stage for protests and debates related to Cuba. Co-authors Dr. Guillermo Grenier and Corinna Moebius will read selections from the book and sign copies at CubaOcho Art & Research Center, which is mentioned in the book along with many other familiar landmarks. (Live music will take place later on in the evening, and the center has a full bar with a wide selection of drinks including many varieties of rum.)

Each chapter of the book focuses on a different decade, with vignettes on particular places (Cuban Memorial Park, Flagler Street, Orange Bowl, Tent City), traditions and events (baseball, cafecitos, Calle Ocho Festival, La Griteria, cigar manufacturing), arts (murals, hip-hop, dance) and people/ways of life (Central Americans, Afro-Cuban spiritual traditions, the mounted patrol, vianderos).

Copies of the book will be available for sale for $17 (cash or credit card, but cash is preferred because it will take less time).

ABOUT DR. GUILLERMO GRENIER: Grenier is professor of sociology and graduate program director in the department of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University. Born in Havana, Cuba, Dr. Grenier is one of the founders of the Miami School of social analysis and has authored or co-authored six books and dozens of articles on labor, migration, immigrant incorporation and Cuban-American ideological profiles, particularly in the Greater Miami area.

ABOUT CORINNA MOEBIUS: Moebius is a cultural anthropologist earning her PhD at Florida International University. Moebius lives in Little Havana and leads walking tours of the neighborhood (www.littlehavanatours.com). She is former director of Viernes Culturales / Cultural Fridays, the neighborhood’s monthly arts festival.

Rachel Deahl Publishing 101 5/6/15

Rachel Deahl Publishing 101
Wednesday, 05/06/2015 – 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
MDC-Logo3Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 NE Secon Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Course will take place at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
Writing is solitary work – publishing takes a team. This crash-course aims to shed light on the ABC’s of publishing, both via traditional houses and self-publishing. The first half will focus on navigating the realms of traditional publishing, starting with an explanation of the Big 5 houses, mid-size players and independents, and how they all tend to operate. We’ll explore fundamentals such as what is covered in your contract, how to get an agent and what to expect of them, how the buying of rights works, and what to expect from a publisher once you land a deal.
The second half of the course will be dedicated to the basics of self-publishing. We’ll discuss the biggest self-publishing platforms and how to choose the right one for your work, how and when to consult outside professionals before you self-publish, how to monetize your self-published work, and finally, the importance of branding and how to market your work.
Rachel Deahl is a writer and editor with more than ten years of experience covering book publishing. As news director at Publishers Weekly she writes about business trends, technology, self-publishing and rights. She also writes a weekly column about book deals (called Deals), that details the hottest projects being acquired at the major publishers. She is the author of the Publishers Weekly original e-book, Publishing 101, and has been a speaker at various conferences, including SXSW, BookExpo America, Miami Book Fair International and The Frankfurt Book Fair.

George O’Connor The Art of Graphic Storytelling 5/6/15

George O’Connor The Art of Graphic Storytelling
Wednesday, 05/06/2015 – 05/08/2015 02:00 pm – 05:00 pm
MDC-Logo2Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave (Bldg. 1, 2nd Floor),
Miami, Florida 33132
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Course will take place at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus

Comics and graphic novels have become a medium that allows for all manner of storytelling options and varieties.
In this workshop, we will explore the art of graphic storytelling, and the various techniques employed in telling a visual story. We’ll examine various tools of the trade, and combine all these lessons into creating a short comics story of your own devising, in the subject and format of your choice.
Artists of all levels are welcome — cartooning is not about being able to make a beautiful illustration — cartooning is the art of communicating ideas through your drawings. Think of your drawing style as your handwriting—maybe it’s simple block letters, perhaps it’s a flowery cursive, as long as it can clearly convey your ideas.
Register before April 15 and receive a signed limited edition print from George’s upcoming book, Apollo:The Brilliant God
George O’Connor is the author and illustrator of The New York Times bestselling graphic novel series, Olympians – a projected twelve volume series retelling classical Greek mythology in comics form, one god at a time. The most recent volume, Ares: Bringer of War, is an all-ages comics distillation of The Iliad in 66 pages. In addition to Olympians, George adapted the 1634 journal of Dutch explorer Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert into the graphic novel Journey into Mohawk Country, and was the illustrator of acclaimed playwright Adam Rapp’s first graphic novel Ball Peen Hammer. George is also the author and illustrator of several picture books.

Lynne Barrett Crossing Paths: Plot & Structure 5/6/15

Lynne Barrett Crossing Paths: Plot & Structure
Wednesday, 05/06/2015 – 02:00 pm – 05:00 pm
MDC-Logo1Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 NE Second Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Course will take place at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
In this workshop we will explore the elements of plot and structure and how they interrelate. Topics covered will include conflict, complication, active characters, resolution, how movement and mapping create coherence, scenic structure, presentation of time and use of the past, and the relationship of point of view and plot to create tension, suspense, and surprise. Through examples, discussion, and exercises, participants will learn strategies for assessing drafts and revising productively.

Note: This class serves fiction writers and those working on memoirs, narrative nonfiction, or any dramatic form.
Lynne Barrett’s third story collection is Magpies (Gold Medal, Florida Book Awards). Her fiction and nonfiction can be found in Trouble in the Heartland: Stories Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen, Fifteen Views of Miami, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, Wraparound South, The Southern Women’s Review, and One Year to a Writing Life. She has received the Edgar Award for best mystery story. Barrett teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University and edits The Florida Book Review.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil Bringing the Outside In: Poetry and Wonder 5/6/15

Aimee Nezhukumatathil Bringing the Outside In: Poetry and Wonder
Sunday, 05/06/2015 – 09:00 am – 12:00 pm
MDC-LogoMiam Dade College – Wolfson Campus
300 NE Second Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Course will take place at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
Lony Haley-Nelson notes: “Wonder is valuable… because it leads us to learn and remember.” Using the language and vocabulary of myth, folklore, science, and natural history as inspiration, this generative workshop will help you jump-start the blank page in front of you. We’ll participate in several immersion ideas for poems and journaling (some outdoors, weather permitting) to help you find new ways to revitalize your writing. Our time will be divided into composing drafts; chatting about various myths, articles, essays, and poems; and sharing your own poems in a workshop format. This class is ideal for both the beginner and someone wanting to refresh their poetry-writing strategies.
Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three books of poetry: Lucky Fish, winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano; and Miracle Fruit. Her poems and essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, Quarterly West, New England Review, Ploughshares, FIELD, Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, Slate, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, and Tin House. She has been awarded an NEA Fellowship in poetry, the Glenna Luschia Prize from Prairie Schooner, and the Angoff Award from The Literary Review.

Amy D. Ronner Author Event 4/23/15

Amy D. Ronner Author Event
Thursday, 04/23/2015 – 08:00 pm –
Screen-Shot-2015-04-03-at-5.29.26-PMBooks & Books
265 Aragon Ave,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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Cost: Free

An evening with Author and Professor of Law, Amy D. Ronner, as she discusses her newest release, Dostoevsky and the Law, based on the great Russian novelist, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and his timeless masterpieces. By earning her place on the prestigious Author Event calendar at Books & Books Coral Gables, she joins the ranks of 200 other acclaimed authors including Hillary Clinton, who have had their In-store Reading at the same location. Through a legal lens, this book examines several of Dostoevsky’s works, including Crime and Punishment, The Double, Notes from the House of the Dead, Demons, and Brothers Karamazov, to show how they transmit relevant and timely messages about our mental capacity doctrine, confessions, legal system, and prisons.

Amy D. Ronner, PhD, JD, is a Professor of Law at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida, where she teaches Constitutional Law, Wills and Trusts, and Criminal Procedure. In addition to her law degree from the University of Miami, she has a PhD and an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. Ronner is also the author of several books on topics like law, literature and therapeutic jurisprudence, appellate practice, LGBT rights, and English literature. One of her books, Homophobia and the Law (American Psychological Association Books, 2005), was the recipient of an academic book award. Dr. Ronner has also published more than forty articles dealing with Dostoevsky, literature, law, therapeutic jurisprudence, criminal procedure, human rights, constitutional rights, and LGBT rights. Dr. Ronner has been a guest lecturer at Dostoevsky, Russian literature, law, mental health, and therapeutic jurisprudence conferences all over the world.

Books and BBQ 3/28/15

Books and BBQ
Saturday, 03/28/2015 – 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm
BOOKS-BBQ-v2Magnolia North Community Park
2123 Ali Baba Avenue,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
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Cost: Free

OLCDC & Bookleggers Library are hosting a fun-filled, family-friendly afternoon at the park, complete with FREE books and $5 BBQ plates! Everyone’s invited!

Bookleggers is a community mobile library based out of South Florida, setting up at rotating venues once a month and giving away free books to the public. As of 2015, Bookleggers Library operates with the generous funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
For those who are new to Bookleggers, the rules are simple:
1) Everyone gets one book for free;
2) We accept trades, a book for a book;
3) Each additional book is $2.

USHMM: Some Were Wives, Some Were Mothers: Female Perpetrators during the Holocaust 3/21/15

USHMM: Some Were Wives, Some Were Mothers: Female Perpetrators during the Holocaust
Thursday, 03/19/2015 – 03/19/2015 07:00 pm –
Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center
20400 NE 30th Ave,
Aventura, Florida 33180
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Cost: Free

Former Museum fellow Wendy Lower challenges the traditional picture of Germany’s women holding down the home front. In her compelling book, “Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields,” she reveals new evidence that places them directly in the maelstrom of war: looting, plundering and even killing.

Learn about a generation of women swept up in the feverish nationalism of the Nazi party, many of whom traveled east with the expanding “frontier” –where they witnessed and participated in exploitation, persecution and murder.

City Theatre presents a free ‘Taste of Summer Shorts’ in the Lobby Lounge of Olympia Theater 3/4/15

City Theatre presents a free ‘Taste of Summer Shorts’ in the Lobby Lounge of Olympia Theater
Wednesday, 03/04/2015 – 06:30 pm –
suspicious2-1Olympia Theater at Gusman Center
174 E Flagler Street,
Miami, Florida 33131
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Cost: Free

City Theatre continues its 20th anniversary celebration with In the Lobby Lounge . . . City Theatre!, a special program presented by City Theatre and the Olympia Theater that features six directed readings of short plays that are in consideration for future production and/or are part of the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest. This one-night-only free event takes place on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in the Lobby Lounge of the Olympia Theater at Gusman Center.

Directed by City Theatre Producing Artistic Director John Manzelli, In the Lobby Lounge . . . City Theatre! will give audiences a first-hand role in the process that scripts go through on their way from page to stage. Audiences serve as critic and supporter, or even as actor, while also having a peek at what makes City Theatre a center for fresh, new works.

This year’s winning play of the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwrighting Contest is guaranteed a production in the 20th annual Summer Shorts Festival that will take place from June 4 – 28, 2015 at The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, along with an incredible line-up of scripts penned by the country’s best writers. The playwright will also receive a $1,000 cash prize, royalties, and an invitation to Miami for the festival and to take part in the Citywrights: Professional Weekend for Playwrights from June 25 – 28, 2015.

The Olympia Theater’s “In the Lobby Lounge” series is sponsored by the Miami Downtown Development Authority, with grant funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

In the Lobby Lounge…City Theatre! is a free event that is open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the readings will start at 6:30 p.m. Cocktails will be available at the cash bar. Attendees are invited to enjoy a guided tour of the historic Olympia Theater during intermission.
For more information on City Theatre, call (305) 755-9401 or visit www.citytheatre.com.

The Big Read: Book Discussions 2/5/15 – 3/5/15

The Big Read: Book Discussions
Thursday, 02/05/2015 – 03/05/2015 10:00 pm –
center-facebook-header-851x3152Miami Dade Public Library
Miami Dade Public Library,
Miami, Florida 33137
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Cost: Free

The Big Read: Book Discussions
Discussions on When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka will take place at various branches of the Miami-Dade Public Library System. Visit www.thecenteratmdc.org or www.mdpls.org for exact information.

Follow The Center on Pinterest and check out the Big Read boards! They will be celebrating all things Japanese and much more. On Twitter you can also be a part of Big Read Twitter chats and get up-to-date info on all upcoming events. You can also join in on the fun on Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr too! Hashtag #NEABigRead

Big Read Keynote Author David Mura on Japanese American Internment During WWII 2/25/15

Big Read Keynote Author David Mura on Japanese American Internment During WWII
Wednesday, 02/25/2015 – 06:30 pm –
center-facebook-header-851x3151Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33134
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Cost: Free

6:30 p.m. l Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables
Big Read Keynote
Author David Mura on Japanese American Internment During WWII
David Mura is a writer, memoirist, poet and performance artist who brings a unique perspective to our multi-racial and multi-cultural society. A Sansei or third generation Japanese American, Mura has written two memoirs: Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, which won a 1991 Josephine Miles Book Award from the Oakland PEN and was listed in the New York Times Notable Books of Year, and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity. Mura’s second book of poetry The Colors of Desire, won the Carl Sandburg Literary Award from the Friends of the Chicago Public Library.
Mura’s memoirs, poems essays, plays and performances have won wide critical praise and numerous awards. Their topics range from contemporary Japan to the legacy of the internment camps and the history of Japanese Americans, to critical explorations of an increasingly diverse America.

Road Trip To Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens 2/21/15

Road Trip To Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Saturday, 02/21/2015 – 02/21/2015 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
center-facebook-header-851x315Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Rd,
Delrey Beach, Florida 33446
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Cost: $8.00

Road Trip To Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Hop on the bus with fellow Big Readers for a trip to Delray Beach and a day of learning about Japanese culture and the history of the 100-year-old connection between Japan and South Florida, including an event related to the subject of this year’s Big Read title, When The Emperor Was Divine. In May of 1942, during World War II, farmland in the Yamato area still owned by Japanese settlers was confiscated by the U. S. government for a military installation.
Take a guided tour and experience the splendor of the Morikami’s six distinct gardens and the museum that complements them. The gardens, named Roji-en: Garden of the Drops of Dew, were designed to be a living exhibit with abundant viewpoints that give you a chance to stop and enjoy your surroundings. The museum’s galleries play host to several exhibitions of Japanese art and artifacts throughout the year featuring different aspects of Japan’s rich and diverse culture. To learn more about the museum, visit www.morikami.org.

The Center will rent a motorcoach to provide FREE transportation, and will subsidize admission to the Morikami. All participants will receive a free copy of When the Emperor Was Divine.
Museum entry is $8 (Regular price of museum entry $15) l Space is limited to 38 people on a first-come, first-served basis.
Meet at MDC Wolfson Campus at 9:00 a.m. l Bus leaves at 9:30 a.m.
For more information, please call 305-237-3258.

Senator Marco Rubio presents his new book at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus 2/20/15

Senator Marco Rubio presents his new book at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus
Friday, 02/20/2015 – 06:30 pm – 08:30 pm
rubio-social-mediaMiami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: Free

Senator Marco Rubio presents his new book at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus
American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone
When: Friday, February 20, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus Auditorium
300 N.E. Second Ave (Bldg. 1, 2nd Floor)
Please RVSP at thecenteratmdc.org or (305)237-3940 https://mdcmarketing.wufoo.com/forms/s19ykjka0lgnb5j/

Exquisite Writing: Poets Write Memoir with Neil de la Flor 2/26/15

Exquisite Writing: Poets Write Memoir with Neil de la Flor
Thursday, 02/26/2015 – 03/19/2015 06:30 pm – 08:30 pm
center-facebook-header-851x3152MDC Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: $100.00

In this poetry workshop, participants will be guided in using surrealist techniques to unearth ideas, images, textures and colors in order to revive memories in vivid detail. These techniques will be used to enrich our writing and make our personal stories come to life. This workshop is recommended for writers who enjoy word-play and are not afraid of experimentation. Format will include individual and collaborative work.

Miami, January 2015 –The Center for Writing and Literature Miami Dade College (The Center @ MDC), announced their spring 2015 creative writing course offerings. The Center’s non-Credit creative writing courses are offered throughout the year, giving aspiring writers the opportunity to receive critique and encouragement from published authors with extensive teaching experience.

The intensive workshops on fiction, nonfiction and poetry, as well as lunchtime readings and manuscript consultations. All workshops will be offered at MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave and the MDC Museum of Art + Design, Freedom Tower both in downtown Miami.
Also, stay tune for the news on The Writer’s Institute. From May 6 through the 9, 2015, The Center for Writing and Literature will offer four days of intensive workshops on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and publishing at Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College.
Space is limited. Register as soon as possible to secure your space. Payment must be received at time of registration and must have cleared at least five business days prior to the first day of class. Please note registration deadlines for each course.
To register and for complete details on the 2015 Spring Writing Courses, please visit http://www.flcenterlitarts.com/site/programs/writing/creative-writing.html

Writing about Work with Roxanna Elden 2/24/2015

Writing about Work with Roxanna Elden
Tuesday, 02/24/2015 – 03/31/2015 06:30 pm – 08:30 pm
center-facebook-header-851x3151MDC Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: 125.00

Writing about Work with Roxanna Elden
Tuesdays: February 24 – March 31, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Registration $125
MDC Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami Dade College

“People love to read about work. God knows why, but they do.” – Stephen King, On Writing. Jobs are often fertile ground for writing material, and those who write about work frequently find loyal audiences. We will examine a variety of work writing done well, including career confessionals such as Waiting, worksite-based novels such as The Firm, popular work-related blogs, and even work humor, such as Dilbert. The course will include in-class writing exercises as well as instructor and peer coaching for ongoing projects.

More Information:
The Center @ Miami Dade College Announces 2015 Creative Writing Courses
Miami, January 2015 –The Center for Writing and Literature Miami Dade College (The Center @ MDC), announced their spring 2015 creative writing course offerings. The Center’s non-Credit creative writing courses are offered throughout the year, giving aspiring writers the opportunity to receive critique and encouragement from published authors with extensive teaching experience.

The intensive workshops on fiction, nonfiction and poetry, as well as lunchtime readings and manuscript consultations. All workshops will be offered at MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave and the MDC Museum of Art + Design, Freedom Tower both in downtown Miami.

Also, stay tune for the news on The Writer’s Institute. From May 6 through the 9, 2015, The Center for Writing and Literature will offer four days of intensive workshops on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and publishing at Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College.

Space is limited. Register as soon as possible to secure your space. Payment must be received at time of registration and must have cleared at least five business days prior to the first day of class. Please note registration deadlines for each course.

To register and for complete details on the 2015 Spring Writing Courses, please visit http://www.flcenterlitarts.com/site/programs/writing/creative-writing.html

The Art of the Memoir: Autobiography into Literature with Bernard Cooper 2/13/15

The Art of the Memoir: Autobiography into Literature with Bernard Cooper
Friday, 02/13/2015 – 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
center-facebook-header-851x315Freedom Tower – MDC
600 Biscayne Blvd,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: $50.00

The Memoir is one of the most popular and exciting genres in contemporary literature. But how does one begin to translate personal experience and shape it into a work of art that is accessible to readers whose experiences and concerns may be vastly different from our own? How can we begin to harness our autobiographical impulses and create stories that rival the best fiction and theater? How does one begin to shape the often amorphous sprawl of memory and contain it in the unified and emotionally stirring form we call a memoir? Given the fallibility of memory, why endeavor to write a memoir rather than a work of fiction? What are the emotional consequences and responsibilities of writing about people we know or have known? Is it permissible for the non-fiction writer to exaggerate, or even lie? This class will be a forum in which to discuss these and other pertinent questions.

More Information:
The Center @ Miami Dade College Announces 2015 Creative Writing Courses
Miami, January 2015 –The Center for Writing and Literature Miami Dade College (The Center @ MDC), announced their spring 2015 creative writing course offerings. The Center’s non-Credit creative writing courses are offered throughout the year, giving aspiring writers the opportunity to receive critique and encouragement from published authors with extensive teaching experience.

The intensive workshops on fiction, nonfiction and poetry, as well as lunchtime readings and manuscript consultations. All workshops will be offered at MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave and the MDC Museum of Art + Design, Freedom Tower both in downtown Miami.
Also, stay tune for the news on The Writer’s Institute. From May 6 through the 9, 2015, The Center for Writing and Literature will offer four days of intensive workshops on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and publishing at Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College.

Space is limited. Register as soon as possible to secure your space. Payment must be received at time of registration and must have cleared at least five business days prior to the first day of class. Please note registration deadlines for each course.

To register and for complete details on the 2015 Spring Writing Courses, please visit http://www.flcenterlitarts.com/site/programs/writing/creative-writing.html

The Big Read’s Big Knit! Knit for Me, Haiku for You with Mixed Media Artist Carlos Alejandro 2/14/15

The Big Read’s Big Knit! Knit for Me, Haiku for You with Mixed Media Artist Carlos Alejandro
Saturday, 02/14/2015 – 12:00 pm – 04:00 pm
when-the-emperor-was-divine-21MDC Museum of Art + Design, Freedom Tower
600 Biscayne Blvd,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: Free

Write haikus or very short poems or sentences about “hope” on strips of fabric. Keep a strip for yourself and weave the other one into to the community chain knit by Alejandro to form a chain of collective well-wishing. Participants will learn simple knitting techniques.
Free copies of The Big Read 2015 official title, When the Emperor Was Divine will be given to participants.
Knit for Me, Haiku for You is inspired by 90 Miles: A Project by Carlos Alejandro
Free. Presented in partnership with MOA+D and WAIL (Word And Image Lab)

Date: Saturday, February 14
Time: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Place: MDC Museum of Art + Design, Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Downtown Miami 33132

In all the listings please include this line: All participants will receive a copy of When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka.

Big Read Keynote: Author David Mura on Japanese American Internment During WWII 2/25/15

Big Read Keynote: Author David Mura on Japanese American Internment During WWII
Wednesday, 02/25/2015 – 06:30 pm – 09:00 pm
DavidMura-4Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

David Mura is a writer, memoirist, poet and performance artist who brings a unique perspective to our multi-racial and multi-cultural society. A Sansei or third generation Japanese American, Mura has written two memoirs: Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, which won a 1991 Josephine Miles Book Award from the Oakland PEN and was listed in the New York Times Notable Books of Year, and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity. Mura’s second book of poetry The Colors of Desire, won the Carl Sandburg Literary Award from the Friends of the Chicago Public Library.
Mura’s memoirs, poems essays, plays and performances have won wide critical praise and numerous awards. Their topics range from contemporary Japan to the legacy of the internment camps and the history of Japanese Americans, to critical explorations of an increasingly diverse America.
Date: Wednesday, February 25
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables

In all the listings please include this line: All participants will receive a copy of When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka.

The Big Read featuring events inspired by the novel When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka 2/5/15

The Big Read featuring events inspired by the novel When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Thursday, 02/05/2015 – 03/05/2015 09:00 am –
when-the-emperor-was-divine-2Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

The time has come again to celebrate one of Miami’s most beloved literary events: The Big Read. Powered by the National Endowment for the Arts, this community shared reading program will feature events inspired by the novel When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka. The Center for Writing and Literature @ Miami Dade College (The Center @ MDC) is kicking off The Big Read.

In When the Emperor Was Divine, Otsuka addresses themes of race, identity, loyalty and patriotism. In her sparse, beautiful prose she quietly reveals the ugly underbelly of being “other” in a country which both embraces and rejects its immigrant self.

All participants will receive a copy of When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka.

Free Reading of Juan C. Sanchez’s Dead By Night at Miami-Dade County Auditorium 1/12/15

Free Reading of Juan C. Sanchez’s Dead By Night at Miami-Dade County Auditorium
Monday, 01/12/2015 – 08:00 pm –
Microsoft Word - Dead by Night_Flyer_B&W_blackboard.docxMiami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 West Flagler Street,
Miami, Florida 33135
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Cost: Free

Playwright Juan C. Sanchez (Paradise Motel, Property Line) will present a free reading of his latest work Dead By Night in the Miami-Dade County Auditorium’s On Stage Black Box Theater on Monday, January 12 at 8 p.m. A female crime novelist is lured into a warehouse under false pretenses. There, she finds two young, adoring fans ready to battle for her love and attention. Dead By Night is inspired by the intriguingly complex life and work of crime novelist Patricia Highsmith, who wrote Strangers on a Train, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and others. Actresses Barbara Sloan, Michelle L. Antelo and Andrea Bovino will bring this new script to life, under the direction of Michael Yawney. Sanchez’s plays have been produced in Miami, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and New York.

Jessie Trice Community Health Center 11th Annual Santa’s Workshop Event 12/19/14

Jessie Trice Community Health Center 11th Annual Santa’s Workshop Event
Friday, 12/19/2014 – 12/19/2014 03:00 pm – 05:00 pm
flyerJTCHC Main Center
5361 N. W. 22nd Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33142
More Info Link
Cost: Free

Take part in a special celebration as hundreds of children and families get in the holiday spirit. It takes place this Friday, December 19th from 3 – 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public!

There will be bouncy houses, face painting, balloon animals, vendor tables, gift distribution and entertainment!

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Radiografia del idiota iberoamericano 11/21/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Radiografia del idiota iberoamericano
Friday, 11/21/2014 – 08:00 pm – 09:00 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster11Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

(Bldg. 1, 1st Floor)
Auditorium, Wolfson Campus (Bldg. 1, 2nd Floor)

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Ultimas noticias del nuevo idiota iberoamericano. 11/21/2014

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Ultimas noticias del nuevo idiota iberoamericano.
Friday, 11/21/2014 – 08:00 pm – 09:00 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster12Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

(Bldg. 1, 2nd Floor)
Journalists Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza and Carlos Alberto Mendoza

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents : Koubek Theater, Koubek Center 11/20/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents : Koubek Theater, Koubek Center
Thursday, 11/20/2014 – 07:00 pm – 08:00 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster7Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

(Bldg. 1, 1st Floor)
The Life, Work, and Legacy of Julio Cortazar (Argentina), with Miami’s Consul General of Argentina, Miguel Talento, and authors Ana Maria Shua, Maria Teresa Andruetto, and Guillermo Martinez.

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Teatro Prometeo 11/20/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Teatro Prometeo
Thursday, 11/20/2014 – 08:00 pm – 09:00 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster8Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

(Bldg. 1, 1st Floor)
Appointment with Latin Theatre
Latin Theater in the United States – featuring the literary magazine Tramoya, with Beatriz J. Rizk, Nilo Cruz, Cristina Rebull, and Joann Yarro

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Starring el Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2014 11/22/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Starring el Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2014
Saturday, 11/22/2014 – 05:15 pm – 06:15 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster19Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 3209 (Bldg. 3, Second Floor)
With Jorge Franco

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Tres voces, tres maneras de narrar 11/22/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Tres voces, tres maneras de narrar
Saturday, 11/22/2014 – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster20Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 3314 (Bldg. 3, 3rd Floor)
With Guillermo Ferrara, William Navarrete y José Ignacio Valenzuela.

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: La historia y el ensayo desde la perspectiva femenina 11/22/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: La historia y el ensayo desde la perspectiva femenina
Saturday, 11/22/2014 – 01:00 pm – 02:00 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster21Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 3314 (Bldg. 3, 3rd Floor)

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Discucssion with Madeline Cámara, Teresa Fernández Soneira y Yara González-Montes. 11/22/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Discucssion with Madeline Cámara, Teresa Fernández Soneira y Yara González-Montes.
Saturday, 11/17/2014 – 01:00 pm – 02:00 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster22Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 3314 (Bldg. 3, 3rd Floor)

Conversaciones trasatlánticas (I): The writer, his play and the society we live in. 11/22/14

Conversaciones trasatlánticas (I): The writer, his play and the society we live in.
Saturday, 11/22/2014 – 02:30 pm – 03:30 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster23Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 3314 (Bldg. 3, 3rd Floor)
Roberto Ampuero, Fermín Goñi y J. J. Armas Marcelo conversation with Pablo Barrios.

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Ultimas noticias del nuevo idiota iberoamericano. 11/21/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Ultimas noticias del nuevo idiota iberoamericano.
Friday, 11/21/2014 – 08:00 pm – 09:00 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster13Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

(Bldg. 1, 2nd Floor)
Journalists Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza and Carlos Alberto Mendoza

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Encounter with Ismael Cala. 11/22/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Encounter with Ismael Cala.
Saturday, 11/22/2014 – 04:00 pm – 05:00 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster24Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 3314 (Bldg. 3, 3rd Floor)

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Palabras de mujer 11/22/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Palabras de mujer
Saturday, 11/22/2014 – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster14Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 3209 (Bldg. 3, Second Floor)
With Estrella Flores-Carretero y Gloria Leal.

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: An afternoon with Clara Sánchez. 11/22/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: An afternoon with Clara Sánchez.
Saturday, 11/22/2014 – 05:00 pm – 06:00 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster25Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 3314 (Bldg. 3, 3rd Floor)
Premio Planeta 2013.

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: ¡A leer en español! 11/22/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: ¡A leer en español!
Saturday, 11/22/2014 – 01:30 pm – 02:30 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster26Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 6100 (Bldg. 6, 1st Floor)
A seminar for parents and educators in regards to infant literacy and reading. Presented by Fundación Cuatrogatos y The Center for Literature and Theatre @ MDC.

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Ficciones en torno a la felicidad 11/22/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Ficciones en torno a la felicidad
Saturday, 11/22/2014 – 01:45 pm – 02:45 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster16Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 3209 (Bldg. 3, Second Floor)
With Guillermo Martínez y Pablo Simonetti.

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: La poesía nuestra de cada día 11/22/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: La poesía nuestra de cada día
Saturday, 11/22/2014 – 03:00 pm – 04:00 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster17Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 3209 (Bldg. 3, Second Floor)
With Jordi Doce y Julio Trujillo.

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: An afternoon with Julia Navarro. 11/22/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: An afternoon with Julia Navarro.
Saturday, 11/22/2014 – 04:15 pm – 05:15 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster18Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 3209 (Bldg. 3, Second Floor)

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Realidad y fantasía en la literatura 11/22/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Realidad y fantasía en la literatura
Saturday, 11/22/2014 – 02:45 pm – 03:45 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster27Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 6100 (Bldg. 6, 1st Floor)
Realidad y fantasía en la literatura. María Teresa Andruetto y Verónica Murguía conversan con Antonio Orlando Rodríguez.

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Una mirada a la novela para jóvenes en Latinoamérica. 11/22/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Una mirada a la novela para jóvenes en Latinoamérica.
Saturday, 11/22/2014 – 04:00 pm – 05:00 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster28Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 6100 (Bldg. 6, 1st Floor)
Charla de Fanuel Hanán Díaz. Presentación: Sergio Andricaín

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Escribir para niños: ¿cómo, sobre qué, para qué? 11/22/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Escribir para niños: ¿cómo, sobre qué, para qué?
Saturday, 11/22/2014 – 04:00 pm – 05:00 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster29Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 6100 (Bldg. 6, 1st Floor)
Eddy Díaz Souza, Jorge Galán, Ana María Shua y David Unger conversan con Chely Lima.

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: La más reciente narrativa centroamericana, 11/23/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: La más reciente narrativa centroamericana,
Sunday, 11/23/2014 – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster30Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 3209 (Bldg. 3, 2nd Floor)
with Jorge Galán y David Unger.

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Novelistas de hoy 11/23/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Novelistas de hoy
Sunday, 11/23/2014 – 12:45 pm – 01:45 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster31Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 3209 (Bldg. 3, 2nd Floor)
With Roberto Ampuero y J.J. Armas Marcelo.

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Rumbos de la literatura vasca. 11/23/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Rumbos de la literatura vasca.
Sunday, 11/23/2014 – 02:00 pm – 03:00 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster32Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 3209 (Bldg. 3, 2nd Floor)
Harkaitz Cano and Mari José Olaziregi conversan con Pablo Barrios.

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Geografías fantásticas 11/23/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Geografías fantásticas
Sunday, 11/23/2014 – 03:15 pm – 04:15 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster33Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 3209 (Bldg. 3, 2nd Floor)
with Daína Chaviano y Verónica Murguía.

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Afternoon with Carlos Alberto Montaner. 11/23/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Afternoon with Carlos Alberto Montaner.
Sunday, 11/23/2014 – 04:30 pm – 05:30 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster34Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 3209 (Bldg. 3, 2nd Floor)

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Conversaciones trasatlánticas (II): Los retos del escritor en tiempos de crisis editorial. 11/23/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Conversaciones trasatlánticas (II): Los retos del escritor en tiempos de crisis editorial.
Sunday, 11/23/2014 – 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster36Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 3314 (Bldg. 3, 3rd Floor)
Jorge Franco, Clara Sánchez, Pablo Simonetti y Jorge Zepeda Patterson conversation con Pablo Barrios.

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Novelas Iberoamericanas 11/22/14

Miami Book Fair International 2014 Presents: Novelas Iberoamericanas
Saturday, 11/22/2014 – 12:15 pm – 01:15 pm
2014-miami-book-fair-poster15Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Downtown Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Room 3209 (Bldg. 3, Second Floor)
Revisar el pasado, descubrir el presente: novelas iberoamericanas, with Carlos Mesa Gisbert, Fermín Goñi y Jorge Zepeda Patterson.