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EVENTS

= event conducted in Spanish.


January 2015

Wednesday, January 14
6 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Chapman (Bldg. 3, 2nd floor), Downtown Miami
Miguel "Mike" Fernandez, author of Humbled by the Journey: Lessons for My Family and Yours, in conversation with friend and business partner, NBA legend Magic Johnson
Co-presented with Books & Books.

Sunday, January 18
4 p.m. | Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
A reading by Sean Strub on Body Counts: A Memoir of Activism, Sex, and Survival.
Co-presented with Books & Books.

Monday, January 26
Daytime: Various Campuses, Miami Dade College
Visiting Author: Poet Laura McCullough
McCullough, author of Rigger Death & Hoist Another (poems), will work with students at various MDC campuses. Free books will be distributed to the students.
Presented in partnership with Florida Literary Arts Coalition (FLAC)

Thursday, January 29
8 p.m. | Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
A reading by Joshua Davis on Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream.
Co-presented with Books & Books.

February 2015

Monday, February 2
10 a.m. | MDC North Campus, 11380 NW 27 Ave., Lehman Theatre, Miami
African American Read-In with Visiting Author and Entrepreneur Felecia Hatcher
Hatcher will discuss How to Start a Business on a Ramen Noodle Budget with students and community leaders as part of the ninth annual African American Read-In @ MDC. The goal of the African American Read-In is to help make literacy, education and community a significant part of Black History Month. The Center will distribute free copies of How to Start a Business on a Ramen Noodle Budget to event participants.

Monday, February 2
8 p.m. | Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
A reading by Anita Diamant on The Boston Girl.
Co-presented with Books & Books.

Wednesday, February 4
11 a.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Downtown Miami
Visiting Author and Entrepreneur Felecia Hatcher on the Business of Start-ups
Hatcher will speak to MDC students at Wolfson Campus about entrepreneurship and discuss her book How to Start a Business on a Ramen Noodle Budget. Free copies of her book will be distributed to participating students.

Wednesday, February 4
8 p.m. | Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
A reading by Irvine Welsh from his latest novel, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins.
Co-presented with Books & Books.

Thursday, February 5 (through March 5)
The Big Read: A Community Shared Reading Program Powered by the National Endowment for the Arts
The Center celebrates reading February 5-March 5, 2015, with The Big Read, featuring events and activities inspired by the novel, When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka. Events will include a visit to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, book discussions, author lectures, haiku poetry workshops for teens, and a discussion about the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII and how that historical moment relates to other civil rights violations, past and present.

Thursday, February 5
7 p.m. | Lyric Theater, 819 NW Second Ave., Miami
The Big Read Kick Off:
Visiting Author, Historian and Activist Dr. Peniel E. Joseph
Dr. Joseph will deliver a public lecture on civil rights, Why #BlackLivesMatter: Reimagining the Civil Rights Movement in the Age of Obama. He will also work with students at MDC Kendall and Wolfson campuses.
Peniel E. Joseph is Professor of History at Tufts University and the author of various books. He is a frequent national commentator on issues of race, democracy, and civil rights who appears on C-SPAN's Book TV, NPR, and PBS's NewsHour.

Thursday, February 12
6 – 8 p.m. | MDC Museum of Art + Design, Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Downtown Miami
A reading by visiting author and artist Bernard Cooper on his new memoir, My Avant-Garde Education, to celebrate the opening of the exhibition of his digital images, Fountains & Galaxies. A reception will follow the reading.
Free for invited guests, Friends of the Miami Book Fair and MOA+D members. $5 suggested donation for public at the door.
Presented in partnership with MDC MOA+D.

Friday, February 13
6 – 9 p.m. | MDC Museum of Art + Design, Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Downtown Miami
Master Writing Workshop with Bernard Cooper
Registration $50. To register and for more information: thecenteratmdc.org or 305.237.3940 Presented in partnership with MDC MOA+D.

Saturday, February 14
12 – 4 p.m. | MDC Museum of Art + Design, Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Downtown Miami
The Big Read's Big Knit!
Knit for Me, Haiku for You with Mixed Media Artist Carlos Alejandro
Write haikus or very short poems or sentences about "hope" on strips of fabric. Keep a strip for yourself and weave the other one into to the community chain, knit by Alejandro to form a chain of collective well-wishing. Participants will learn simple knitting techniques. Knit for Me, Haiku for You is inspired by 90 Miles: A Project by Carlos Alejandro.
Presented in partnership with MDC MOA+D and WAIL (Word And Image Lab)

Wednesday, February 18
8 p.m. | Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
A reading by Sara Blaedel on The Forgotten Girls.
Co-presented with Books & Books.

Thursday, February 19
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Books & Books Bookstore and Cafe at Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Downtown Miami
First Draft: A Literary Social
Write a story. Have a drink. Write a better story. This is how it goes: participants are led in a short, themed writing prompt, then everyone gets some time to write their stories. Those who want to will read their work aloud. We'll take a break to drink and socialize (your first drink is on the house!), then we start the whole process over again. Theme: Obsessions: Love, Lust or Louis Vuitton — everybody has one. Come write about (and drink to) yours!
Free. RSVP required

Tuesday, February 24 (through March 31)
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Downtown Miami
6-week Creative Writing Course: Writing About Work with Roxanna Elden
"People love to read about work. God knows why, but they do." - Stephen King, On Writing. Jobs are often fertile ground for writing material, and those who write about work frequently find loyal audiences. We will examine a variety of work writing done well, including career confessionals such as Waiting, worksite-based novels such as The Firm, popular work-related blogs, and even work humor, such as Dilbert. The course will include in-class writing exercises as well as instructor and peer coaching for ongoing projects.
Registration $125.

Thursday, February 26 (through March 19)
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Downtown Miami
Exquisite Writing: Poets Write Memoir with Neil de la Flor
In this poetry workshop, participants will be guided in using surrealist techniques to unearth ideas, images, textures and colors in order to revive memories in vivid detail. These techniques will be used to enrich our writing and make our personal stories come to life. This workshop is recommended for writers who enjoy word-play and are not afraid of experimentation. Format will include individual and collaborative work.
Registration $100.

Saturday, February 28 (through May 2)
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Downtown Miami
10 Creative Writing Labs (a.k.a Get that Project Written!) with Anjanette Delgado
If you've taken writing courses, but find that inspiration to put things into practice wanes faster than you can get back to your laptop, then this course might be for you. Participants read work specific to the day's session, then work on short, directed writing assignments, followed by opportunities to share their work and receive feedback during the course. Registration is $20 per session (one week) or $160 for all 10 sessions.

March 2015

Tuesday, March 3
8 p.m. | Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
A reading by Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo on Speak Up!: Finding My Voice Through Hope, Strength, and Determination.
Co-presented with Books & Books.

Thursday, March 5
8 p.m. | Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
A reading by Phil Klay on Redeployment.
Co-presented with Books & Books.

Wednesday, March 11
A Reading by Visiting Author and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Kate DiCamillo, from Flora and Ulysses.
As part of the Read to Learn Books for Free program of The Center and The Children's Trust, Dicamillo will participate in a special event for children at a bookshelf site. For more information about Read to Learn Books for Free, visit thecenteratmdc.org/readtolearn. Co-presented with Books & Books.

Tuesday, March 17
8 p.m. | Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
A reading by Kent Russell on I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son.
Co-presented with Books & Books.

Wednesday, March 18
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | The Butcher Shop, 165 N.W. 23rd St., Wynwood, Miami
First Draft: A Literary Social
Write a story. Have a drink. Write a better story. This is how it goes: participants are led in a short, themed writing prompt, then everyone gets some time to write their stories. Those who want to, will read their work aloud. We'll take a break to drink and socialize (your first drink is on the house!), then we start the whole process over again. Theme: Murder (mystery + mayhem)
Free. RSVP required

Thursday, March 19
8 p.m. | Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
A reading by Tom McGuane on Crow Fair.
Co-presented with Books & Books.

April 2015

Friday, April 3
8 p.m. | Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
A reading by Les Standiford on Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles.
Co-presented with Books & Books.

Thursday, April 9
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Location TBD
First Draft: A Literary Social
Write a story. Have a drink. Write a better story. This is how it goes: participants are led in a short, themed writing prompt, then everyone gets some time to write their stories. Those who want to, will read their work aloud. We'll take a break to drink and socialize (your first drink is on the house!), then we start the whole process over again. Theme: Poetry
Free. RSVP required

Thursday, April 16
8 p.m. | Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
A reading by Chantel Acevedo on The Distant Marvels.
Co-presented with Books & Books.

Friday, April 17
9 p.m. | The Stage Miami, 170 NE 38th Street, Miami
The Working Poet Radio Show brings you a live-recorded talk show centered around the poetry that powers the working lives of creative people.

Monday, April 27
8 p.m. | Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
A reading by Norah Vincent on Adeline: A Novel of Virginia Woolf.
Co-presented with Books & Books.

Thursday, April 30
6:30 p.m. | Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Chapman Conference Center
Join us for an evening with New York Times Columnist David Brooks as he presents his new book The Road to Character. Co-presented with Books & Books.

May 2015

Wednesday, May 6 (through May 9)
MDC Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami
Miami Writers Institute
Creative writing and publishing workshops over four days with renowned authors and publishing professionals Kate Christensen, Rachel Deahl, Andy Kifer and others.
Registration and complete information available February 1.

Thursday, May 7
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | The Democratic Republic of Beer/180 Bistro, 501 N.E. 1st Ave., Downtown Miami
First Draft: A Literary Social
Write a story. Have a drink. Write a better story. This is how it goes: participants are led in a short, themed writing prompt, then everyone gets some time to write their stories. Those who want to will read their work aloud. We'll take a break to drink and socialize (your first drink is on the house!), then we start the whole process over again. Theme: Changes Free. RSVP required

Monday, May 18
8 p.m. | Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
A reading by David Downie on A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light.
Co-presented with Books & Books.

Wednesday, May 20
8 p.m. | Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables
Marlon James presents A Brief History of Seven Killings. Co-presented with Books & Books.

Tuesday, May 26
6:30 p.m. | YoungArts Campus, 2100 Biscayne Blvd.
YoungArts Salon Series with Edwidge Danticat. Moderatred by Carla Hill, 1990 YoungArts Winner, Theatre

Tuesday, May 26
7:30 p.m. | Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Chapman Conference Center
Chuck Palahniuk presents his new book, Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread. Co-presented with Books & Books.

Thursday, May 28
7 p.m. | Miami Dade College's Koubek Center
Rafael Acosta de Arriba presents La seducción de la mirada (in Spanish). Un recorrido a través de la historia del desnudo en la fotografía cubana desde el siglo XIX hasta nuestros días.

July 2015

Tuesday, July 7 (through August 11)
6 – 9 p.m.
MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Downtown Miami
Writing Improv with Dan Grech


Tuesday, July 7 (through August 11)
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Downtown Miami
Creative Nonfiction with Michael Deibert

 

Saturday, July 11 (through August 1)
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Downtown Miami
Creative Writing Workshops for TEENS: The FUNdamentals of Writing Fiction with Kristi Cook

 

Saturday, July 11 (through August 15)
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Downtown Miami
Finish Your Novel- the TV way! with Anjanette Delgado