The Center for Writing and Literature @ Miami Dade College (MDC) welcomes U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who will present his new book,American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone (Sentinel) at the Wolfson Campus Auditorium, 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees must RSVP for tickets.
Author of the newly acclaimed book, Finding Florida: The True History of the  Sunshine State,TD Allman presents his thought-provoking examination of Florida’s role in the Civil War, at Tropic Cinema. Champagne reception at the Tropic at 6:00PM followed by the lecture.
Pioneering Journalists. In our interview below with Ravi Howard, author of Driving the King, he mentions journalist Almena Lomax, an intriguing real-life figure in the novel who founded the Los Angeles Tribune in 1941. In Howard's story, narrator Nat Weary first meets her in that city as she's bicycling by his porch, delivering her weekly paper, the "third Negro newspaper in this town. Small family operation."
Sometimes, a book doesn't lend itself to an "elevator pitch"--it can't be adequately described without an extensive quote. That's the case with Ben Metcalf's debut novel, Against the Country (Random House), a tale told by a droll, misanthropic narrator. He begins with his childhood, his family having left town life for the country, namely, Goochland County, Va.
The Seven Mostly Awful Titles I Nearly Used for My First Book. I had done what I'd always assumed was the hard part. I'd not only written a book, but had actually sold it. All that I had to do now was come up with a title and then get ready to pose for the photo for the back cover. I was thinking of wearing a tweed jacket. Something with elbow patches perhaps.