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    • May 21, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd. Coral Gables, 33134

    A Prologue-Members Only invitation from Mitchell Kaplan of Books & Books...



    Tuesday, May 21st, 7:00 PM

    Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ

    3010 De Soto Boulevard Coral Gables, FL 33134

    Current members of The Prologue Society are invited to attend this event at no charge.

    Note: there will be a charge for anyone who wishes to pre-purchase a copy of the book, to be picked up at the event.


    Before 10:00 AM on Tuesday, 5/21, please select the correct registration option:

    1. Prologue members who wish to attend this event have two options --
      • DO NOT PRE-PURCHASE a copy of the book: please register with us online here or by emailing Debbie at (include the names of the members in your party)
      • PRE-PURCHASE the book: you must pre-register & pay online HERE via Books & Books
    2. Non-members must pre-register & pay via Books & Books' event pageHERE

    About the Book:

    We are more than the circumstances of our lives, and what we do matters. In We Are the Leaders We Have Been Looking For, one of the nation’s preeminent scholars and a New York Times bestselling author, Eddie S. Glaude Jr., makes the case that the hard work of becoming a better person should be a critical feature of Black politics. Through virtuoso interpretations of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Ella Baker, Glaude shows how ordinary people have the capacity to be the heroes that our democracy so desperately requires, rather than outsourcing their needs to leaders who purportedly represent them.

    The book begins with Glaude’s unease with the Obama years. He felt then, and does even more urgently now, that the excitement around the Obama presidency had become a disciplining tool to narrow legitimate forms of Black political dissent. This narrowing continues to undermine the well-being of Black communities. In response, Glaude guides us away from the Scylla of enthusiastic reliance on elected leaders and the Charybdis of full surrender to a belief in unchanging political structures. Glaude weaves anecdotes about his own evolving views on Black politics together with the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Dewey, Sheldon Wolin, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, and Ralph Ellison.

    Narrated with passion and philosophical intensity, this book is a powerful reminder that if American democracy is to survive, we must build a better society that derives its strength from the pew, not the pulpit.

    About the Author:

    Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the author of several books, including Democracy in Black and the New York Times bestseller Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, winner of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Book Prize. He frequently appears in the media as an MSNBC contributor on programs like Morning Joe and Deadline: White House. A native of Moss Point, Mississippi, Glaude is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University

    About the Moderator:

    David Lawrence Jr. retired in 1999 as publisher of The Miami Herald to work in the area of early childhood development and readiness. He chairs The Children’s Movement of Florida, aimed at making children the state’s top priority for investment. In 2002 and 2008 he led successful campaigns for The Children’s Trust, a dedicated source of early intervention and prevention funding for children in Miami-Dade. An endowed chair in early childhood studies is established in his name at the University of Florida. His memoir, A Dedicated Life: Journalism, Justice and a Chance for Every Child, was published in 2018. In his memoir, David Lawrence chronicles what soon came to be a life mission: “that every child have a real chance to succeed”.


May 13, 2024 An Evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin, "An Unfinished Love Story"
May 08, 2024 Lunch with Hampton Sides, 'The Wide Wide Sea"
March 04, 2024 Lunch with Carlos Lozada, "The Washington Book"
February 22, 2024 *Canceled* Lunch with Vicki Sokolik, "If You See Them"
January 18, 2024 Lunch with Phillip A. Hubbart, "From Death Row to Freedom"
December 06, 2023 Lunch with Michael Gross, "Flight of the Wasp"
November 02, 2023 An Evening with Mary Beard, "Emperor of Rome"
October 22, 2023 An Evening with Walter Isaacson, "Elon Musk"
September 20, 2023 Lunch with Jill Lepore, "The Deadline: Essays"
June 01, 2023 Summer Hiatus
May 25, 2023 Lunch with Simon Sebag Montefiore, "The World: A Family History of Humanity"
May 18, 2023 Lunch with Simon Winchester, "Knowing What We Know: The Transmission of Knowledge, From Ancient Wisdom to Modern Magic"
April 25, 2023 Lunch with Peter Cozzens, "A Brutal Reckoning: Andrew Jackson, the Creek Indians, and the Epic War for the American South"
April 20, 2023 An Evening with David Grann: A Books & Books and The Prologue Society Event
March 09, 2023 Lunch with Richard Cohen, "Making History: The Storytellers Who Shaped the Past"
February 23, 2023 Lunch with Rachel Abrams, "Unscripted: The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy"
January 30, 2023 Lunch with Tracy Kidder, "Rough Sleepers: Dr. Jim O'Connell's urgent mission to bring healing to homeless people"
December 15, 2022 Lunch with Ada Ferrer, "Cuba: An American History"
November 21, 2022 Lunch with Stacy Schiff, "The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams"
October 18, 2022 Lunch with David Maraniss, "Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe"
April 07, 2022 Helen Rappaport, "After the Romanovs"
March 14, 2022 Imani Perry, "South to America"
February 22, 2022 Carl Bernstein, "Chasing History"
January 28, 2022 Scott Eyman, "20th Century-Fox"
December 06, 2021 Andrew Roberts, "The Last King of America"
November 09, 2021 H.W. Brands, "Our First Civil War"
October 19, 2021 Nancy Goldstone, "In the Shadow of the Empress"
September 24, 2021 Anderson Cooper, "Vanderbilt"
January 01, 2021 Spring 2021 Events
September 01, 2020 Fall 2020 Events
April 03, 2020 *CANCELED* Lunch with Esther Safran Foer, "I Want You to Know We're Still Here"
March 06, 2020 Lunch with Erik Larson, "The Splendid and the Vile"
February 27, 2020 Lunch with Marilyn Holifield, "Seven Sisters and a Brother"
January 24, 2020 Lunch with Andrew Bacevich, Jr., "The Age of Illusions"
December 17, 2019 Lunch with Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), "Sailing True North"
November 22, 2019 Lunch with Marie Arana, in Conversation with Dabney Park
October 15, 2019 Lunch with Victoria Riskin, "Fay Wray and Robert Riskin"
April 25, 2019 Lunch with Andrew S. Curran, "Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely"
March 27, 2019 Lunch with William Middleton, "Double Vision"
February 12, 2019 Lunch with Doug Bradburn, and "Washington: A Life" by Ron Chernow
January 31, 2019 Lunch with Andrew Roberts, "Churchill: Walking with Destiny"
December 05, 2018 Lunch with Antony Beevor, "The Battle of Arnhem"
November 16, 2018 Lunch with Doris Kearns Goodwin, "Leadership"
October 04, 2018 Lunch with Jack E. Davis, "The Gulf"
August 24, 2018 An Evening with David Lawrence, Jr. (A Dedicated Life)
May 11, 2018 An evening with Les Standiford (Center of Dreams) in conversation with Stuart Blumberg
April 18, 2018 Lunch with David Grann (Killers of the Flower Moon)
March 08, 2018 Lunch with Giles Milton (Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare)
February 22, 2018 Lunch with Bijan Omrani (Caesar's Footprints)
January 17, 2018 Lunch with Simon Sebag Montefiore (Red Sky at Noon)
December 05, 2017 Lunch with Arlo Haskell (The Jews of Key West)
November 17, 2017 An evening with Walter Isaacson and Leonard Da Vinci (cocktails and hors d'oeuvres)
October 10, 2017 Lunch with James Holland (The Allies Strike Back)
April 06, 2017 Lunch with Annie Jacobsen (Phenomena)
March 15, 2017 Lunch with Caitlin Fitz (Our Sister Republics)
February 15, 2017 Lunch with Gregory W. Bush (White Sand Black Beach)
January 26, 2017 Lunch with David Oshinsky (Bellevue)
December 08, 2016 Lunch with David France (How to Survive a Plague)
November 17, 2016 Lunch with Ross King (Mad Enchantment)
October 21, 2016 Lunch with Jon Meacham (Destiny and Power)
September 22, 2016 Lunch with Catherine Fletcher (The Black Prince of Florence)
August 31, 2016 2016-2017 Fall Season Preview (September through December)
May 13, 2016 Lunch with Simon Sebag Montefiore (The Romanovs)
April 14, 2016 Lunch with Janice Nimura (Daughters of the Samurai)
March 17, 2016 Lunch with Les Standiford (Water to the Angels)
February 24, 2016 Lunch with Fergus Bordewich (The First Congress)
January 20, 2016 Lunch with Arva Moore Parks (George Merrick, Son of the South Wind)
December 10, 2015 Lunch with Sean McMeekin (The Ottoman Endgame)
November 30, 2015 Lunch with Karl Rove (The Triumph of William McKinley)
November 20, 2015 Lunch with Stacy Schiff (The Witches)
October 27, 2015 Lunch with Tim Weiner (One Man Against the World)
October 07, 2015 Arva Moore Parks | Special Event
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