FACT & FICTION
Lizette M. Lantigua, born in Queens, NY, and raised in Miami, has covered the experiences of the Hispanic community as a newspaper reporter, writer and Emmy-nominated television producer in southern Florida. Now she's written "Mission Libertad," her first novel for young people. Fact and fiction converge in this tale of 14-year old Luisito Ramirez — a courageous boy who daringly escapes from 1970s communist Cuba — as he becomes immersed in American culture and sets out on fulfilling a secret religious mission under the eyes of spies. Based on real events, the historical, political, economical, and cultural realities of the time period are fused with the fictional story of Luisito. 7 p.m. Books & Books Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Junot Diaz, 2008 Pulitzer-Prize winning author of "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," releases "This is How You Lose Her," a book on obsessive love, illicit love, fading love and maternal love. These stories attempt to recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care. Moreover, the book attempts to remind us that the habit of passion always triumphs over experience. Author present at event. 7:30 p.m. Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables. Free tickets available at Books & Books Coral Gables, Miami Beach, and Bal Harbour Shops stores. Details: www.booksandbooks.com.
Fantasy novel "Violet in Entice," the sequel to "Embrace" by Jessica Shirvington tells of Violet Eden, who was granted powers as a half-angel. Caught in a war between Exiles and Angels, she must choose between love and using her special powers for good. 7 p.m. Books & Books Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti" by Jeb Sprague investigates right-wing paramilitarism in Haiti, asserting it has a role in undermining the democratic aspirations of the Haitian people. Sprague focuses on the period beginning in 1990 with the rise of Haiti's first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and the movements that succeeded in driving him from power. Over the ensuing two decades, paramilitary violence was largely directed against the poor and supporters of Aristide's Lavalas movement, taking the lives of thousands of Haitians. 8 p.m. Books & Books Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
UM celebrates the year of Humanities and Arts with stories and poems in multilingual form and in cross-cultural and political content in the Ibis Literary Reading and Performance Series. This year, UM has invited five writers and poets who write within and outside of the borders and expectations of contemporary American literature and is once again partnering with Books & Books to host them. The series begins with Cuban-American writer Pablo Medina, author of 13 books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and translation. His most recent books include the poetry collection "The Man Who Wrote on Water" and the novel "Cubop City Blues." 8 p.m. Books & Books Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.