Junot Diaz talks new book, disses Mitt Romney, has a tyrant in his head

By | September 21st, 2012 | 3 Comments
'This Is How You Lose Her' by Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz’s new book, This Is How You Lose Her, continues the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s exploration of Yunior de las Casas.

Yunior de las Casas, that fast-talking, philandering Dominican Jersey boy, is the one addiction that author Junot Díaz just can’t quit. Díaz’s first book, Drown, was technically a short-story collection, but one that largely chronicled de las Casas’ stumbling towards maturity. The follow-up to that, the novel The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, focused largely on the title character — but even then, his story unfurled mostly as narrated by Yunior.

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Patti Smith ‘Woolgathering’ signing at Books and Books

By | January 2nd, 2012 | No Comments
Patti Smith

Now in her 60s, Patti Smith commemorates earlier days in Woolgathering.

On Sunday afternoon, head over to Books and Books in Coral Gables to meet punk priestess Patti Smith, who will be autographing copies of her new book, Woolgathering (New Directions, 80 pages, hardcover, $18.95). If you were lucky enough to catch Smith at the 2010 Miami Book Fair, where she read from Just Kids a day or so after it won the National Book Award and performed several songs, including a soul-rocking a capella version of “Because The Night” — then you should probably lower your expectations. The upcoming event is billed as a signing, not a reading or a performance. Nonetheless, the opportunity to chat up Smith, at 65 years old possibly the coolest person over the age of three on Planet Earth, is definitely an opportunity worth seizing.

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