Yeager grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Miami Shores during her last year of high school. Her career as a photographer actually started on the opposite side of the camera, as a model.
I started taking pictures of myself and seeing my mistakes, and seeing what I could correct so I could be really good at modeling, she said.
Turns out, she was as good at snapping photos as she was posing for them, and earned herself the nickname the prettiest photographer.
In particular, her photos of Betty Page, the iconic pinup girl, made both womens careers.
Yeager, 83, still lives and shoots in Miami Shores.
Yeager and Petra talk about the book and photography at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 in room 2106.
Raquel Roque, 57, has spent her life around books.
Her family came to Miami from Cuba in 1965 when Roque was just 11 years old. They set up a wholesale book company in Downtown Miami. Forty-seven years later, The Downtown Book Center is still in business.
Now, Roque can put her own title on book store shelves. Shes woven her Cuban heritage with her love of books to produce two cookbooks: Cocina Cubana (Cuban Kitchen), and her latest, Cocina Latina: El sabor del mundo latino (Latin Kitchen: The taste of the Latin world.)
In Miami, we eat Cuban 24/7. Its become part of our culture, she said.
The book started with the need to preserve the recipes that have become the citys staple.
Im Cuban and all the recipes, I think, were getting not necessarily lost, but not recorded either, Roque said.
Thats no longer the case: Roque collected 500 recipes in her book, saying she wanted it to be encyclopedic. Eager chefs can learn how to make cafe con leche, croquetas, shakes, desserts and even baby foods with the help of her book.
Her new cookbook, due out in April 2013, features recipes from 20 Spanish-speaking countries. She decided to expand on her first book because Miamis cooking has come to include flavors from all over the Spanish-speaking world, she said.
Im a Miami woman, and Ive tasted all these recipes. There are so many connections to all of these countries in our city, she said.
Roque lives in Westchester with her husband, daughter and son.
Roque is reading with Maricel Presilla at 12:30 p.m. on Nov 17 in Room 6100 and will take part in a cooking demonstration at 4 p.m. on Nov 17 at Wine Theater.
It took a 2004 photo of a python splitting open while trying to devour an alligator for the world to take notice of a creeping problem: the invasion of Burmese pythons into the Florida Everglades.
But, inside Everglades National Park, scientists have known the non-native, predatory snake has not only made the park home, but its breeding grounds, since at least 2000 when the first peer-reviewed study to that effect came out, said park ranger Larry Perez.
Perez has seen the invasion from up close, and said he wanted to put the research coming from Everglades scientists into the hands of the public. So he wrote a book titled: Snake in the grass: an Everglades invasion.
Its sort of a worst case scenario, because its established itself into an area that is recognized as an international treasure, Perez said. We have no idea of what the future will be of pythons in the area. The only thing we can be certain of is that they are going to be here for a very, very long time.
He added: Were going to have to sort of come to grips with living with large predatory reptiles.
The snake issue is surprisingly contentious, Perez said, with differing opinions on the need and ways to curtail ownership of the exotic pets.
His goal, Perez said: Let the readers draw their own conclusion.
Though hes made the Glades his life work, Perez wasnt always a naturalist. He grew up in the suburbs of Kendall and spent many afternoons at his grandmothers Little Havana home.
I was raised pretty much like a veal, never really left the house, he joked.
It wasnt until Perez took an ecology class at Florida International University, which required him to dive into Coral Reefs and wade through the Everglades, that he got in touch with Floridas wild side.
These were very liberating and different experiences for me in South Florida, and I knew almost instantly that I wanted to make this my lifes work, he said.
Perez, 38, lives in Country Walk with his wife two children.
Perez will be on a panel at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 18 in room 2106. Hell be alongside Craig Pittman, (The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the Worlds Most Beautiful Orchid), Jose Castro (The Sharks of North America), and Jessica Speart (Winged Obsession: The Pursuit of the Worlds Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler).