Books & Books To Open New Location at Arsht Center

Categories: Books, Literary

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It's a great time to be a book lover in South Florida. Popular literary destination Books & Books will once again expand its reach when it opens another location in the former Sears Tower on the campus of the Adrienne Arsht Center.

The new location, set to open by the end of the year, will house a café open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily with seating for about 100, the Miami Herald reports. The Arsht Center spot is the latest addition to the Books & Books family, which includes outposts in Coral Gables, Miami Beach, and Bal Harbour.

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Yoga Guru Cyndi Lee on a Simple Way to Stop Hating Our Bodies

Categories: Books, Lifestyle

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Elizabeth Gilbert and Cyndi Lee
As a renowned yoga teacher and media darling, Cyndi Lee seemed like the poster child for confidence and self-acceptance. Yogis are supposed to be radiant avatars, after all. But beneath the Namastes and Lululemon she was hating her body, just like (most of) the rest of us.

This realization led her on a lengthy journey -- to India, to Japan in the midst of the 2011 earthquake, to interviewing notable women, to finally embracing a loving kindness practice that shifted her perspective. She penned the book, May I Be Happy, about her experience, and she's speaking about it at Books & Books on September 18. We spoke to Lee on self-loathing, new perspectives and how she's accepted the wrinkles on her knees.

See also: Where to Find Free Yoga Every Day of the Week

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Exile Books Pop-Up Premieres Saturday at Locust Projects

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Photo by Augusto Mendoza
Amanda Keeley has always found inspiration in artist's books. Now, the 2014 Knights Art Challenge finalist is readying her longtime project, Exile Books, for its Miami debut this weekend at Locust Projects. Exile Books is a traveling pop-up store installation dedicated to selling, supporting, and promoting publications produced by artists.

For the premiere pop-up, Keeley collaborated with New York painter Sarah Crowner, who has created a large installation that references the history of stage and set design, with Keeley sourcing materials about set design, theater, and dance performance for the location. The opening reception on Saturday also will feature the limited-edition monoprint of a theatrical playbill, created by Keeley and Crowner, that will be available for purchase. Books that inspired Crowner, like periodicals from the Art Brut movement, will be part of Exile's selection, in addition to three titles by the artist.

See also: Knights Arts Challenge Finalist Amanda Keeley Plans to Stage Pop-up Bookstores

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Trans Advocate Jazz Jennings To Appear at Books & Books

Categories: Books, LGBT

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TERFs (or trans exclusionary radical feminists) are men and women that do not consider male-to-female transexual women as victims of patriarchal society as biological women, and therefore excluded from the feminist struggle for sociopolitical equality. It's a mouthful, but it points to an important cleave that's receiving more and more public attention.

Marginalization of transexuals within the queer community is not new. For years mainstream gay lobbying groups have myopically overlooked the transexual community in pursuit of political gains for non-transitioning queers. Yet, with more transexuals coming into the public eye, America is taking a second look at this once passed-over minority.

See also: Drag #Out at Gramps Is Gender-Bending Fun for Gays and Straights Alike

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Fall Movie Preview: Seven Best Book-to-Screen Flicks

Categories: Books, Film and TV

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Dylan O'Brien stars in the popular book-to-screen adaptation, The Maze Runner, this fall
Summer is often associated with a boom in big-budget film releases -- plenty of movie choices to satisfy those lazy, hot days. When school's out, the superhero, action-heavy flicks come out swinging. And when the wind starts to cool, the movies with a little more heft and brains graze the silver screens.

In short, fall is when the good stuff hits theaters.

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Reading Queer: Poet L. Lamar Wilson on the Struggle to Love God, and Each Other, Freely

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On Saturday, Miami's first gay literary festival, Reading Queer, hosted its headlining event at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, where poet and scholar L. Lamar Wilson read selections from his award-winning collection of poems, Sacrilegion. A Marianna, Fla. native, Wilson's poems have appeared in African American Review, Callaloo, jubilat, Los Angeles Review, The 100 Best African American Poems, and other publications.

The event opened with words from founder of the series, Neil de la Flor, the director Jose A. Villar-Portella, as well as Wilson on how he came to be involved in the series. Upon discovering Wilson, they fell in love with his voice and reached out to ask if he would consider headlining the series, with a "perfect ensemble of voices," says Villar-Portella.

See also: Reading Queer: Literary Festival Explores '80s Gay Cruising Culture

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Photographer Richard Sexton Coming to Miami to Discuss Latest Work, Creole World

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Street scene near the Marché de Fer; Cap Haitien, Haiti, 2012; ©Richard Sexton, from "Creole World: Photography of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere"
The concept of "Creole" is far more complex than most people who only had a passing interest in their 8th grade history courses might recognize. To most Miamians, it's a language spoken in Haiti and among the burgeoning Haitian population of the city. That's far too much of a simplification, even if you only want to look at Creole languages, which are defined in one Wikipedia line as "a stable, full-fledged language that originated from a mixture of two or more languages." And while that's a simplification as well, it should give you a sense of the greater scope of culture and people that the term "Creole" encompasses.

From the island of Haiti, to the parishes of New Orleans, to the mountainous villages of the Central American isthmus, the roots and tendrils of Creole identity in the Americas and the Caribbean have been growing and becoming more and more a part of their respective home cultures.

That process and the results thereof have been of great interest to Richard Sexton, a photographer and resident of New Orleans for almost 25 years, whose most recent work is called Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere. Saturday night, he'll give a reading at Books and Books in Coral Gables. New Times sat down and got acquainted with Sexton in order to get you acquainted with Sexton.

See also: Little Haiti Country Club Brings Community to Growing Art Scene, Won't Last Forever

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Bookleggers Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary With Free Books, Booze, Artists' Flea Market

Categories: Books

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Book-lovers, rejoice! Bookleggers is celebrating its two-year anniversary this Saturday, and to show how much they love people who love books, they're giving everyone who goes to their birthday party two free books.

"Everyone gets two books free," says Bookleggers co-founder Nathaniel Sandler. "Free, flat out. Don't bring 'em back. Take the heavy ones."

See also: Indie Filmmaker Vincent Moon To Host Retrospective, Seek "Richness of Miami"

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Chris Colfer on His New Kids' Book, Gloria Estefan, and Rewriting History

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Like many children, when Chris Colfer was a wee lad, he would doodle silly characters and write passages to his made up stories. As he grew up, he kept adding to those stories that once helped him get through adolescence. And now as an adult, he's able to share those same stories with the world.

"I promised myself that one day I would get it done, and thanks to Glee, the opportunity came and I jumped on it," Colfer told Cultist over the phone from New York City.

What he got done - aside from a successful run on Glee, winning a Golden Globe, writing a young adult novel (Struck by Lightning), writing a screenplay and producing his first major film - was finally getting around to bringing his fairy tale scribbles to fruition. The first installment in a now-growing series, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, was published in 2012, followed by The Enchantress Returns in 2013, and keeping the steady flow, The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning was just released this week.

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Miami Beach Writer Michael Grunwald: "We Don't Educate Our People and Our Politics Suck"

Categories: Books, Culture

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Photo courtesy of Michael Grunwald
It's the Fourth of July a time to think about the economic policy of the United States and our nation's position in the world. Or you could just get really drunk, eat a pack (or five) of hotdogs and watch fireworks blow up in the sky. Yeah, everybody is probably taking the latter option.

But the economy is still not great, and people are unsettled. Local and state political leaders continue to commit unforced errors that make our state look bipolar on the national stage. Supporters of President Barack Obama are frustrated that he can't pass popular measures like increasing the minimum wage and reforming the broken immigration system. Obama's opponents, in contrast, view him as a radical failure.

With this political reality, no wonder people just want to stare up into the sky cross-eyed with a copious amount of meat in their guts.

But one Miami-based journalist and author wants you to understand that things could be worse -- much worse. And maybe, that's something to celebrate.

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