Today is World Book and Copyright Day. It was first organized and celebrated by UNESCO in 1995. The date April 23 was selected to coincide with a Spanish festival honoring legendary author Miguel de Cervantes and also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Today, more than 100 countries commemorate the occasion.
South Florida has plenty of independent bookstores and cafés that are perfect for paying homage to one of our favorite pastimes. No battery required.
It's time to cozy up with a book at one of these local haunts.
With one bustling location on Lincoln Road and another quieter home in Coral Gables, Books & Books is a locally owned shop that not only brings great authors to our city but also boasts a café that draws in a crowd. Today in the Gables, you can hear Samuel Clarke Jr. talk about his new book, The Rise of Man, followed by novelist and journalist Marie Arana discussing her work, Bolivar: American Liberator. Afterward, try chef Allen Susser's mac 'n' cheese washed down with a $5 craft beer. Return Friday or Saturday for live music on the secluded patio. What the SoBe location lacks in similar serenity is made up for with prime people-watching.
This independent bookstore has been a mainstay in Coconut Grove for years. After moving down the block to a bigger and better space in early 2013, it now boasts more bookshelves, a much larger café, and ample seating both indoors and out. Try one of the homemade empanadas, sweet baked goods, or gourmet sandwiches. There's also a wide selection of made-to-order coffees, as well as daily happy hours with discounted beer and wine.
Pasion del Cielo is what we wish every Starbucks could be. First, decide what kind of java drink you're in the mood for. Second, pick which country you want your beans from. You can sip on joe from all around the world -- from Colombia and Costa Rica to the Blue Mountains of Jamaica and Kona farms of Hawaii. On top of its undeniable coffee smarts, Pasion del Cielo also serves locally sourced snacks and provides comfy couches to hang out on for awhile.
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Part Cuban café and part trendy coffee shop, Tinta y Café has earned a loyal following of Brickellites who stop by la ventanita daily for their cortadito on the fly, or journey inside for one of the best sandwiches around and friendly conversation. Though there aren't any books for sale, take a close look at the shelves lining the walls and you just might find a unique gem to dive into while enjoying your meal.
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