Author Philip Smith grew up in a world most Americans cant understand: Miami, specifically 1960s Miami, a time of heightened racial tension and bad city planning. Even weirder, one day Smiths dad, a decorator (its Miami!), realized he had a gift for healing the sick and communicating with the dead. Not your typical midlife crisis, but again, its Miami.
Smiths debut memoir about the experience, Walking Through Walls (Atria, $24), has been described as Running With Scissors meets Bewitched, but for those who live here, its much more a love letter to the crazy/beautiful city we call home. Smith will read at Books & Books on South Beach this Wednesday at 7 p.m. The event is free, but get there early because seating is limited.
Wed., Nov. 4, 7 p.m., 2009