After a lecture at Temple Israel in downtown, Thomas Friedman will cross Biscayne Bay and attend a private reception and question and answer session at the Betsy Hotel's B Bar. Friedman is guy who tells much of the country how they should feel about global goings on. He's been doing his thing on the printed page for decades and doesn't look like he'll be stopping anytime soon. As well as his two columns per week for the times, he has written a series of non-fiction books that try to break down what the hell is going on in places like the Middle East. Beirut to Jerusalemis practically a textbook for anybody trying to get a handle on that part of the world. Good luck. He likes to joke that he is considering releasing a second edition of the book, with a one-line introduction--"Nothing has changed." Check out his website or Times columns. And though he has a cushy job, he still flexes his travel and reporting boots often, saying that "If you don't go, you don't know." Same goes for his Miami appearances. Autographed books will be available for purchase at both events, though we think they should be giving them away with those covers.
Sun., Jan. 16, 7 p.m., 2011