WHEN IN PARIS
In 2009, author Eloisa James sold her house, took a sabbatical from her job as a Shakespeare professor and moved her family to Paris. "Paris in Love: A Memoir" chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With no classes to teach, no committee meetings to attend, no lawn to mow or cars to park, Eloisa revels in the ordinary pleasures of life — discovering corner museums that tourists overlook, chronicling Frenchwomen's sartorial triumphs, walking from one end of Paris to another. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Emmy Award-winning journalist Cindy Roesel gives readers a glimpse at what goes on internally at broadcast news stations in her novel, "Viewer Discretion Advised." After being fired from her job in Los Angeles, Charlene "Charley" Thomas moves to Miami and begins working as a news director at a local station. Charley finds herself overseeing an investigation that could shine light on the guilt of a dirty cop. Real life begins to mimic the drama of broadcast news when station personalities face life and death, all for ratings and Emmys. 7:30 p.m. Books & Books, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour. Details: (305) 864-4241 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Karen Gravano, cast member of the VH1 reality show "Mob Wives," releases a memoir of a mafia childhood — she's the daughter of Sammy "the Bull" Gravano, once one of the mafia's hit men. "Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, and Me" is the story of a daughter's struggle to reconcile the image of her loving father with that of a murdering Mafioso, and how, in healing the rift between the two, she was able to forge a new life. 6:30 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
ART OF THRIFT
"Good Morning America" correspondent Lara Spencer has a passion for shopping at yard sales, thrift shops and estate sales, and for decorating her home and friends' homes with her finds. In "I Brake for Yard Sales" Lara shares her secrets for bargain hunting and tells you where to shop, what to look for, how to pay for it, how to restore it, and finally, where to put it in your house. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
In "Drawing Dead" by Bennett Shelfer, FBI special agent Jason Lancer is obsessed with horoscopes and tarot cards after losing his mother in a plane crash. She had ignored the warnings of the stars and the cards. Lancer is pursuing terrorist hijackers and is ordered to take a plane to St. Louis but faces the same warnings that spelled doom for his mother. He resigns and moves to Las Vegas. A sexy poker professional persuades him to ignore the stars and the cards and teaches him to read people. Lancer confronts his obsessions and the terrorists at Hoover Dam using his newly acquired skills. 6 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
WRITING A NOVEL
The Center at MDC presents "Writing your Novel the TV Way" at Books & Books. Taught by Anjanette Delgado, an Emmy award-winning journalist, writer and producer. Learn to think like the TV executive who sees it, feels it and believes in it, and get your novel written. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19 and 26. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $200 Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
In 1995, Selena was a popular Tejano. After years of traveling the country in a bus, struggling to make a name for herself, Selena had finally found success: a number-one single, a Grammy Award, an upcoming English language album and a husband she loved. But in a flash, it was all taken away. After her murder, husband Chris Perez was left to pick up the pieces of his life and find a way to move forward. He tells his story in "To Selena, With Love." This event includes autographing. You must buy a copy of the book, either in English or Spanish, in order to enter the signing line. 7 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Journalist and documentary-maker Ben Anderson shows how bad Helmand Province was in "No Worse Enemy." Detailing battles that last for days, only to be fought again weeks later, Anderson survives IED explosions and sniper fire, and witnesses the disturbing incompetence among the Afghan army and police. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
BORDERS OF TIME
"Crossing the Borders of Time" by Leslie Maitland tells of one family's escape from the turmoil of war-torn Europe and the intimate and personal story of Maitland's mother's passionate romance with a Catholic Frenchman. Separated by war and her family's disapproval, the young lovers lose each other for 50 years. 6:30 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"A Different Light" by Parvati Nair studies the work of Sebastiao Salgado, considered one of the greatest documentary photographers of our time. Parvati Nair offers detailed analyses of Salgado's best-known photo-essays, including "Workers, Migrations and Genesis." Nair engages broad questions about aesthetics, history, ethics, and politics in documentary photography. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
In "Night Swim" by Jessica Keener, 16-year-old Sarah Kunitz lives in a posh, suburban world of 1970 Boston. From the outside, her parents' lifestyle appears enviable, but inside their five-bedroom house, all is not well for the Kunitz family. Coming home from school, Sarah finds her well-dressed, pill-popping mother lying disheveled on their living room couch. At night, to escape their parents' arguments, Sarah and her oldest brother, Peter, find solace in music, while her two younger brothers retreat to their rooms and imaginary lives. 7 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Lillian Hellman was a 20th century female playwright on Broadway. Yet the author of "The Little Foxes" and "Toys in the Attic" is today remembered more as a toxic, bitter survivor and literary fabulist. In "A Difficult Woman," historian Alice Kessler-Harris presents a reclamation of a combative, controversial woman who straddled so many political and cultural fault lines of her time. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.