You have two choices this Monday. Stay home and listen to Ron Jaworski vocally fellate mediocre Denver Broncos QB Kyle Orton and his horrendous neck-beard, or brave the 85-degree weather and venture out to Miami-Dade College (300 NE 2nd Ave.) for one of the greatest author combinations the Miami Book Fair has ever assembled for an Evenings With event.
At 6 p.m., former Gourmet magazine editor Ruth Reichl dishes out a reading from her newest tome, Gourmet Today: More than 1000 All-New Recipes for the Contemporary Kitchen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $40). Since shes won four James Beard awards and made and broken the reputations of more restaurants than we can count, its probably safe to assume the book is incredible.
After Reichl comes the literary fiction giant Barbara Kingsolver, whom you may have mistaken for someone who lives inside the New York Times building because she spends so much time on their bestseller list. Her first hit, 1998s The Poisonwood Bible, was like The White Album of Oprahs Book Club, and its gargantuan success led President Bill Clinton to award her a National Humanities Medal in 2000. Shell be reading at 8 p.m. from her new novel The Lacuna (Harper, $26.99), the kind of sweeping historical work that gets instantly canonized.
Tickets are ten dollars for each reading. Park for free at Building 7, then head to Chapman. Call 305-237-3258 or visit miamibookfair.com for a map.
Mon., Nov. 9, 6 p.m., 2009