Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Dave Barry at Fairchild to Discuss His New Book May 8

Monday, April 26, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Dave Barry

at Fairchild to Discuss His New Book:

I’ll Mature When I’m Dead: Dave Barry’s Amazing Tales of Adulthood

Coral Gables, FL, April 27, 2010— Join us on May 8 at 3:00 p.m. at Fairchild for a conversation with Pulitzer prize-winning columnist and bestselling author Dave Barry, discussing his new book, I’ll Mature When I’m Dead: Dave Barry’s Amazing Tales of Adulthood. This event is part of the Books & Books at Fairchild Garden Series, an ongoing seasonal partnership in collaboration with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

The $40 ticket package includes:

  • Entrance to Fairchild
  • Tram Tour of the Garden
  • Talk/Q&A/ Book signing with Dave Barry
  • A copy of I’ll Mature When I’m Dead
  • Dessert reception to follow, sponsored by Whole Foods

Tickets are required for this event and may be purchased at all Books & Books locations and at the Shop at Fairchild, while supplies last. Fairchild members will receive a $5 discount on tickets, if purchased at Fairchild Garden ONLY with their membership card. Books & Books customers will receive a 10% discount on membership to the Garden. 
Please direct all questions and information to Cristina Nosti at 786.554.1764 or cristina@booksandbooks.com 

 This event is generously sponsored by Whole Foods Market-Coral Gables.

About the Author
As a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist and the bestselling author of more than thirty books, Dave Barry has long been one of America’s favorite humorists.  But he has never been known for being the voice of maturity.  But since retiring from writing his weekly column in 2005, Dave has been through some momentous life events, including his son’s wedding, sundry medical assaults on his nether regions, and riding in a fire truck with Clarabelle the cow at Disney World.  In short, he’s had time to reflect, and he’s ready to impart his hard-won wisdom to the youth of the nation.  In his few spare moments, when he hasn’t been watching TV, drinking beer, and passing gas, he’s managed to produce I’LL MATURE WHEN I’M DEAD: Dave Barry’s Amazing Tales of Adulthood (G. P. Putnam’s Sons; Publication Date: May 4, 2010; ISBN 978-0-399-15650-2; Price: $24.95).

In seventeen brand-new essays (and one only slightly used through previous publication), Barry addresses many of the significant mileposts along the mysterious road from graduation to death known as adulthood.  He offers advice for first-time-fathers-to-be (“The Heard of Dadness”), calls a truce in the battle of the sexes (“If You Will Just Shut Up, I Can Explain”), and critiques today’s hyper-involved parenting styles (“A Festival of Grimness”).  He assesses his Hollywood career (“The Big Dumpster), submits the ultimate 24 script, and even includes a bonus vampire novel (“Fangs of Endearment”).  As for that previous published essay, “Colonoscopy” (one of the rare instances when Barry wrote something with an actual point), it got a bigger reaction than anything else he’d ever written, except the time he criticized Neil Diamond.

About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Currently Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries including support to protected areas in Madagascar and Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Middle East. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses palm and cycad collections that are nationally recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world’s greatest living collection of palms and cycads; an education program reaching more than 52,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Chocolate Festival, International Mango Festival and International Orchid Festival, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 45,000 members and benefactors. Fairchild hosts major art events such as Yayoi Kusama at Fairchild this year, Mark di Suvero, Fernando Botero, Dale Chihuly and Kris Martin at Fairchild in 2008, Botero, Lichtenstein and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2007 and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2005 and 2006. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156, just a thirty minute drive from South Beach. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit us at www.fairchildgarden.org and on Facebook and Twitter.


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