"Collision of Destinies" by Steve Benson tells of his loss of his first professional teaching assignment in Minneapolis. Faced with an uncertain future, he puts his teaching career on hold and hits the road. The trip takes him to Ft. Lauderdale, where he discovers an ad asking for "men with mechanical ability to work on ship." Although the Miami-based renovation process is fraught with conflict and deception, Steve and 10 other crewmen survive the hostile work environment long enough to take on passengers for a visit to the Galapagos Islands, where iguanas spit, whales calve and seals dance. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
IN THE WAKE
In "Politics of Disaster," David Twigg uses newspaper stories, scholarly articles, and first-person interviews to explore the impact of Hurricane Andrew on local and state political incumbents; claiming to reveal how elected officials adjusted their strategies and activities in the wake of the disaster. This case study attempts to demonstrate why natural disasters often privilege incumbents. Presented in collaboration with Florida International University's School of International and Public Affairs. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.