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2018-2019 EVENTS ~ 

We meet at Temple Israel of Greater Miami; please click here to find Temple Israel on the map.

Each author event carries a per-person charge to cover lunch, a signed copy of the speaker’s book, and parking; for Couples and Individuals, the fee is $50, and for Young Professionals, the fee is $30.

Upcoming events

    • September 26, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Temple Israel | 137 NE 19 Street | Miami, FL 33132
    • 175
    Registration is closed

    Gary Shteyngart

    The New York Times best-selling author, Gary Shteyngart, returns with a biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times.  Lake Success is the funniest book you’ll read all year.  But the surprise here is the novel’s epic sweep, its melancholy resonance.  What begins as a rollicking and zinger-filled road trip sneakily deepens into a poignant tale of a man trying to outrace his problems. 

    Mr. Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. He has won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction, and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Travel + Leisure, Esquire, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications, and has been translated into twenty-six languages.

    Lake Success

    Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his three-year-old son’s diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his super-smart wife, Seema—a driven first-generation American who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealth—has her own demons to face. How these two flawed characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is at the heart of this piercing exploration of the 0.1 Percent, a poignant tale of familial longing and an unsentimental ode to what really makes America great.

    *** Registration closes September 21, 2018. ***

    Publisher: Random House

    Photo credit:  GaryShteyngart.com

    • October 31, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Temple Israel | 137 NE 19 Street | Miami, FL 33132
    • 274

    Alexander Chee

    Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, and the essay collection How To Write An Autobiographical Novel.

    He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, T Magazine, Tin House, Slate, and Guernica, among others.

    He is winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri, and Amtrak.

    He is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College.

    How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

    From the author of The Queen of the Night, an essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, and activist—and how we form our identities in life and in art

    As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as “masterful” by Roxane Gay, and “incendiary” by The New York Times. With How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, his first collection of nonfiction, he’s sure to secure his place as one of the finest essayists of his generation as well.  

    How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is the author’s manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics. In these essays, he grows from student to teacher, reader to writer, and reckons with his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend. He examines some of the most formative experiences of his life and the nation’s history, including his father’s death, the AIDS crisis, his adult reckoning with childhood sexual trauma, the jobs that supported him as he wrote his debut, Edinburgh (from Tarot-reading to bookselling to cater-waiting for William F. Buckley), and the election of Donald Trump. 

    By turns commanding, heartbreaking, and wry, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel asks questions about how we create ourselves in life and in art, and how to fight when our dearest truths are under attack.

    *** Registration closes October 24, 2018. ***

    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Photo credit: M. Sharkey

    • November 14, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Temple Israel | 137 NE 19 Street | Miami, FL 33132
    • 273
    Registration has been temporarily closed as the luncheon date may change. Please stay tuned.
    ~ September 19, 2018

    Tayari Jones

    New York Times best-selling author Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and Callaloo.  A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship, and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. Silver Sparrow was added to the NEA Big Read Library of classics in 2016. Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at Emory University.

    An American Marriage

    Newlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

    This stirring love story is a deeply insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward -with hope and pain- into the future.

    *** Registration closes November 7, 2018. ***

    Publisher: Algonquin Books

    Photo credit: Nina Subin

    • December 18, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Temple Israel | 137 NE 19 Street | Miami, FL 33132
    • 276

    Sloane Crosley

    Sloane Crosley is the author of The New York Times bestselling essay collections, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, a finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, and How Did You Get This Number, as well as Look Alive Out There, and the bestselling novel, The Clasp. She served as editor of The Best American Travel Writing series and is featured in The Library of America's 50 Funniest American Writers, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and others. She also co-authored the novel Read Bottom Up using the pen name Skye Chatham.

    Her work has appeared in Esquire, ElleGQ, Vogue, The New York Times MagazineThe New York Times Book Review, The GuardianNew York MagazineThe Believer, Vice, and on National Public Radio.  She was the inaugural columnist for The New York Times Op-Ed "Townies" series, a contributing editor at Interview Magazine, and a columnist for The Village Voice and The New York Observer. She is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. In 2011, she created sadstuffonthestreet.com. The Sad Stuff on The Street book is published in partnership with Todd Oldham and Ammo Books with 100% of proceeds going to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She lives in Manhattan.

    Look Alive Out There: Essays

    From New York Times–bestselling author Sloane Crosley comes Look Alive Out There—a brand-new collection of essays filled with her trademark hilarity, wit, and charm. The characteristic heart and punch-packing observations are back, but with a newfound coat of maturity. A thin coat. More of a blazer, really.

    Fans of I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number know Sloane Crosley’s life as a series of relatable but madcap misadventures. In Look Alive Out There, whether it’s scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas, befriending swingers, or squinting down the barrel of the fertility gun, Crosley continues to rise to the occasion with unmatchable nerve and electric one-liners. And as her subjects become more serious, her essays deliver not just laughs but lasting emotional heft and insight. Crosley has taken up the gauntlets thrown by her predecessors—Dorothy Parker, Nora Ephron, David Sedaris—and crafted something rare, affecting, and true.

    *** Registration closes December 11, 2018. ***

    Publisher: MCD

    Photo credit: Ungano + Agriodimas


    • January 01, 2019

    Luncheons scheduled for September through December are open for registration; luncheons scheduled for January through April will open soon. In the meantime, please save the following spring luncheon dates and plan to attend (Temple Israel in Miami) --

    Friday, January 18, 2019: Min Jin Lee, Pachinko

    Thursday, February 14, 2019: Ayad Akhtar, Junk (THIS IS A NEW DATE)

    Thursday, March 21, 2019: Elliot Ackerman, Waiting for Eden

    Thursday, April 18, 2019: John Burhman Schwartz, The Red Daughter

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