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Best Book Club Miami 2008 - First Course at Books & Books

First Course at Books & Books

First Course at Books & Books

265 Aragon Ave.

Coral Gables, FL 33134

305-442-4408

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By now, everyone knows Books & Books is Miami's literary mecca. Famous authors flock here not only to recite their works to admiring crowds, but also to shop, read in the store's quieter nooks, and feast on offerings from the in-shop café. It's that inspired combination of reading material, social succor, and fine dining that makes this place a must-visit. It also explains why the Books & Books book club is Miami's finest. First Course is a fortnightly evening meeting held at the Coral Gables flagship store. For $40, you receive an appetizer sampler — such as ceviche, avocado salad, and hummus — and a glass of wine with which to wash it all down. Club coordinator Debra Lynn puts a lot of thought into the sessions. She takes pains to choose a mix of topics, story types, and authors, and always seeks the kind of high-quality literary fiction that would make store owner Mitchell Kaplan beam beatifically. Just a warning: This isn't the kind of book club you can just show up at without having read the book in advance. So far this year, they've discussed and dined over Dave Eggers, Anne Enright, and Ben Fountain, and at one of every four sessions, the author stops by in person to discuss his or her tome with the participants. Where else in Miami would that happen?

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Anne Smith
Anne Smith

Miami residents interested in books can tune in to WIOD 610AM on Sunday Afternoons for The Book Report. It is a fun and fast-paced weekly radio show with interesting author interviews, informative reviews and much more. Don't miss it!

See http://bookreportradio.com for other broadcasting stations and also show recordings etc.

Rose Stiffin
Rose Stiffin

Would love to have my novel, Walk in Bethel, read and critiqued. How to join? How to have this happen?

Rose Stiffin
Rose Stiffin

Woudl love to join book club. How? Would ALSO like MY novel, Walk in Bethel, CHOSEN as a book to read adn review...How can that happen???

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