"Beads on a String" by Rhea Powers is the first book in a series that shows the development of a group of souls as they move through various lifetimes and claims to help readers use their subconscious in their lives. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Presidential Perks Gone Royal" by Robert Keith Gray claims to delve into the many hidden indulgences that have accrued to the office of President of the United States. Mr. Gray, a Washington DC public affairs activist and political insider who worked in the White House under three presidents and enjoyed close ties with two more, has studied this troubling issue through research and investigation. 6:30 p.m. Books & Books Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Free. Details: (305) 864-4241 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the US Department of Agriculture, Frederick Pfaeffle discusses "Civil Rights and Social Justice in the Obama Era Discussion." Known for his efforts to establish a Latino claims process for women and Latino ranchers and farmers who were discriminated against by the USDA, Mr. Pfaeffle also discusses other ways in which the Obama administration has advanced civil rights issues, including health care and immigration reform. In his official capacity, Mr. Pfaeffle is responsible for the investigation and adjudication of hundreds of civil rights complaints. 7 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Dominic Perenzin's "Voices from Beyond Autumn" contains the life profiles of 24 men and women, ages 85 to 100, who reside at a local independent living facility. The narratives are the result of Mr. Perenzin's conversations with them over a two-year period, among them is an opera singer, a ballerina of the London Ballet, a Tai chi master, a Georgetown medical School professor, an editor of Women's Wear Daily, and a biology teacher. 2 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Panel discussion "To Woody Allen with Love" includes panelist Mitchell Kaplan from Books & Books, and other guests, discussing filmmaker and actor Woody Allen. Event coincides with the South Florida first-run of his newest film, "To Rome with Love" at the Coral Gables Art Cinema. 6:30 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
DUST TO DUST
Memoir "Dust to Dust" tells of Benjamin Busch, a decorated US Marine Corps infantry officer who served two combat tours in Iraq, an actor on "The Wire" and the son of novelist Frederick Busch. Mr. Busch presents a record of his pastoral childhood in rural New York, marine training and deployment during the worst of the war in Iraq. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
The "University of Wynwood" nonprofit unveils the latest issue of "Jai-Alai Magazine," a journal of black and white art, short fiction and poetry. It features work by locals Jim Drain, J. David Gonzalez, Matthew Gajewski, Victor Santiago, Tom Healy, Gilbert Wesley Purdy, Siri Kusch, Felicia Carlisle, Odalis Valdieso and Kyle Trowbridge. Select work from out-of-towners will also be read, including pieces by Raul Zurita, Adrian Matejka, Jill McDonough, Matthew Dickman and Victoria Ford. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Gorgeous Gallery" is a collection of artworks, ambitiously compiled by David Leddick. In this 160-page, coffee-table-size book, you will find everything from pop art to photo-realism, a unique overview of the works of contemporary gay artists. 7 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.