"Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti" by Jeb Sprague investigates right-wing paramilitarism in Haiti and claims 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 right-wing 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.
BEATING A BULLY
"Beanie and the Bully" by Deon Davis is a book for elementary school age children on safe ways of solving confrontations with a bully. In this book Beanie presents herself as a powerful young girl giving tips and advice on how to handle a bullying situation. 8 p.m. Books & Books Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
There is a book signing reception for "It's Not It: The Miracles of Mind" by Antonio Almeida. 3-6 p.m. Artrageous Gallery at Village of Merrick Park, 330 San Lorenzo Ave., #2305, Coral Gables. Free. Details: http://www.facebook.com/pages/artrageous-gallery/208365312534941.
Dr. Brian Weiss' new book "Miracles Happen" examines the physical, emotional and spiritual healing he claims is possible when accepting the reality of reincarnation. Trained as a traditional psychotherapist, Dr. Weiss began to explore how reincarnation and past life regression can lead to recovery. Now a leading proponent of past-life therapy, Dr. Weiss, along with his daughter Amy, tell seemingly incredible but true stories that claim to demonstrate how one can improve the present through life regression. 7:30 p.m. Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables. $10 tickets. Details: www.booksandbooks.com.
OFF THE RADAR
"The Poetry of the Possible" by Joel Nickels claims to challenge the conventional image of modernism as a socially phobic formation, arguing that modernism's abstractions and difficulties are ways of imagining unrealized powers of collective self-organization. Nickels further attempts to retell the story of modernism as the struggle to represent powers of collective self-organization that lie outside established regimes of political representation. 8 p.m. Books & Books Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Harvey Simon's "The Madman Theory" tells the fictional story of young Richard Nixon winning the 1960 election. The novel claims to illustrate how easily events could have turned out differently with the shift of a few votes and a different president managing nuclear power during the Cuban Missile Crisis. 6:30 p.m. Books & Books Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Several Short Sentences about Writing" by Verlyn Klinkenborg is a book of first steps and experiments; claiming to be a useful tool for writers to learn and become better at their work. 8 p.m. Books & Books Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.