Maya is an accomplished psychiatry resident with a good boyfriend, loving family and bustling New York social life. When her grandmother dies in India, a family squabble over property results in a curse that drifts across continents and threatens Maya's life. When her father suffers a heart attack, her sister miscarries and her career and relationship both start to falter, Maya starts to worry. A trip back to India with her best friend Heidi will be just what's needed to remove the curse, save her family and put her life back in order. Thus begins a journey into Maya's parallel world. Discover what happens to Maya in "Other Waters" by Eleni N. Gage. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Rina Jakubowicz, author of "Choose Peace: A Practical Guide into Consciousness" discusses the layers of how our behaviors and thoughts contribute to our daily struggles with a spouse, a significant other or even with yourself. Rina's own challenges with her relationships led her to draw upon the principles of Patanjali 's Yoga Sutras, the original teachings of yoga, as a her source of strength and fulfillment. This self-transformation inspired her to create a modern-day guide for others to discover the potential to live a life of happiness. 7 p.m. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Details: www.booksandbooks.com.
"Abandoned Hat Factories: Setting & Atmosphere in Fiction" with Peter Selgin is a reading and discussion with the author on his newest work, and specifically on the roles of atmosphere and setting in fiction. Mr. Selgin reads from various works, including his yet-to-be-published "The Water Master," set in a dying hat factory town in 1963, as well as from "179 Ways to Save a Novel," his book on the craft of fiction writing. The reading is followed by a question and answer session with the author. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Green Card Stories" features dramatic narratives of 50 recent immigrants, each with permanent residence or citizenship, by journalist Saundra Amrhein, with portraits by photographer Ariana Lindquist. Created and produced in collaboration with immigration lawyers and scholars Laura Danielson and Stephen Yale-Loehr. 5 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
BOOK OF POEMS
Miami native Matt Kramer releases his second poetry book, "A Book of Poems from the Smallest of Towns." Mr. Kramer began in the music scene as the lead singer of Saigon Kick in the early '90s. This collection of poems is focused on the simplicity and charm of rural living and American traditions. He starts the evening with a 40-minute musical set in the courtyard. Directly after, the author reads selected poems and answers audience questions followed by a book signing of both of his poetry releases. 6 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Rachel Simon's "The Story of Beautiful Girl" tells of Lynnie, a white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man. Both are left to languish in the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded. They escape and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired teacher and widow. The authorities catch up to them on the same night that Lynnie gives birth to a girl. Homan escapes and Lynnie is caught. However, before she is forced back into the institution, she manages to whisper to Martha to hide her baby. A 40-year epic ensues as the lives of Lynnie, Homan, Martha and baby Julia face obstacles and encounter love. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
In "Woman Meets Jesus" author Ruth Vander Zee retells biblical stories of Jesus' encounters with women and how these life-changing encounters deepened her personal walk with Jesus; and how women today can experience spiritual renewal as they personally meet the Jesus who demonstrated compassion for women who were lonely, beaten down, discouraged, marginalized and perfectionistic. Includes notes and illustrations along with group or personal discussion questions. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Rocky McGiboney shares stories from his newly released "The International Safe Cracker." Mr. McGiboney is the Deering Estate at Cutler's own safe-cracker: he opened the Prohibition-era wine cellar safe in the summer of 1985 after it had been sealed for decades. A book signing and a tour of the wine cellar follow the author's presentation. 7 p.m. The Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. $7 for children ages 4-14. $12 others. Details: (305) 235-1668 or www.deeringestate.org.
"Éminence" is the biography of Cardinal Richelieu, chief minister to King Louis XIII and architect of a new France, a France with a strong centralized power. Richelieu's often cruel and dark politics are revealed to have been forever serving the interest of the monarchy. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.