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Miami's Best Book Club Since 1988

    • October 26, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Temple Israel - Wolfson Auditorium, 137 NE 19 Street Miami FL 33132
    • 187

    About Dani

    Dani Shapiro is a best-selling novelist and memoirist and host of the podcast Family Secrets (now in its seventh season). Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vogue, and Time. She has taught at Columbia and New York University and is the co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference. She lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut..

    About the Book

    Signal Fires opens on a summer night in 1985. Three teenagers have been drinking. One of them gets behind the wheel of a car, and, in an instant, everything on Division Street changes. Each of their lives, and that of Ben Wilf, a young doctor who arrives on the scene, is shattered. For the Wilf family, the circumstances of that fatal accident will become the deepest kind of secret, one so dangerous it can never be spoken.

    On Division Street, time has moved on. When the Shenkmans arrive—a young couple expecting a baby boy—it is as if the accident never happened. But when Waldo, the Shenkmans’ brilliant, lonely son who marvels at the beauty of the world and has a native ability to find connections in everything, befriends Dr. Wilf, now retired and struggling with his wife’s decline, past events come hurtling back in ways no one could ever have foreseen.

    In Dani Shapiro’s first work of fiction in fifteen years, she returns to the form that launched her career, with a riveting, deeply felt novel that examines the ties that bind families together—and the secrets that can break them apart. Signal Fires is a work of haunting beauty by a masterly storyteller.


    Publisher: Knopf

    Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

    About the Luncheon

    • Books: Registrants will pick up their books at the luncheon.
    • Guests: Non-members are welcome to attend up to two luncheons per season. Members may bring with them an unlimited number of non-member guests, as long as the guests, individually, abide by the above Non-member Guest policy.
    • Registration: Pre-registration is required. Registration closes October 24, 2022.
    • Payment: Pre-payment is required.
    • Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be allowed for cancellations received after registration closes, and no-shows.

    Updated 9/14/2022


    • November 01, 2022
    Registration will open soon for:

    November 10 

    Elizabeth Strout - LUCY BY THE SEA

    December 8 


    January 18 or 19 Pending final confirmation

    Emma Straub - THIS TIME TOMORROW

    February 16 


    March 15 

    Hernan Diaz - TRUST

    April 26 

    Leila Mottley - NIGHTCRAWLING

    Updated 9/2/2022

Past events

September 19, 2022 Lunch with Jonathan Escoffery, "If I Survive You"
April 25, 2022 Lunch with Douglas Stuart
April 12, 2022 Lunch with Diana Abu-Jaber
March 29, 2022 Lunch with Gish Jen
March 21, 2022 Lunch with Reyna Grande
February 11, 2022 BERNARDINE EVARISTO "Manifesto"
December 10, 2021 NEEL PATEL "Tell Me How to Be"
November 10, 2021 GARY SHTEYNGART "Our Country Friends"
October 27, 2021 COLM TOIBIN "The Magician"
September 23, 2021 LAUREN GROFF "Matrix"
January 01, 2021 Spring 2021 Events (January through May)
August 01, 2020 Fall 2020 Events (September through December)
April 27, 2020 *CANCELED* Lunch with Julia Alvarez
March 18, 2020 *CANCELED* Lunch with James McBride
February 10, 2020 Lunch with Julia Phillips
February 10, 2020 (Canceled) Lunch with Jeanine Cummins
January 16, 2020 Lunch with Jaquira Diaz
December 18, 2019 Lunch with Mamta Chaudhry
November 22, 2019 Lunch with Richard Russo
October 18, 2019 Lunch with Jeanette Winterson
September 26, 2019 Lunch with Salman Rushdie
May 02, 2019 Lunch with John Burnham Schwartz
March 21, 2019 Lunch with Elliot Ackerman
February 14, 2019 Lunch with Madeline Miller
January 18, 2019 Lunch with Min Jin Lee
December 18, 2018 Lunch with Sloane Crosley
November 13, 2018 Lunch with Tayari Jones
October 31, 2018 Lunch with Alexander Chee
September 26, 2018 Lunch with Gary Shteyngart
April 25, 2018 Lunch with Aminatta Forna
April 25, 2018 CANCELED | Lunch with Martha Grimes
March 22, 2018 CANCELED | Lunch with Ayad Akhtar
March 07, 2018 A Conversation About Books & Film with Mitchell Kaplan & Dennis Scholl
February 16, 2018 Lunch with Amor Towles
January 18, 2018 Lunch with Dani Shapiro
December 14, 2017 Lunch with Kevin Young
November 16, 2017 Lunch with Edwidge Danticat
October 26, 2017 Lunch with Andre Aciman
September 27, 2017 Lunch with Alice McDermott
April 19, 2017 Lunch with David Rieff
March 16, 2017 Lunch with Chitra Divakaruni
February 16, 2017 Lunch with Maureen Corrigan
January 19, 2017 Lunch with Aaron Thier
December 12, 2016 Lunch with Michael Chabon
November 04, 2016 Lunch with Alexander Maksik
October 21, 2016 Lunch with Patricia Engel
September 15, 2016 Lunch with Jonathan Safran Foer
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