Coral Gables

Authors of a book about the Mariel Boatlift will hold presentation, reception at UM

The authors and editor of “Florida and the Mariel Boatlift of 1980:The First Twenty Days” will discuss the book Thursday at the University of Miami.

The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by a presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. at UM’s Casa Bacardi/Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, 1531 Brescia Ave., in Coral Gables.

The book, written by Kate Dupes Hawk, Ron Villella and Adolfo Leyva de Varona and edited by Kristen Cifers, takes a look at the first 20 days of the boatlift when more than 30,000 Cubans arrived in Key West. Using insights from experts along with first hand accounts and interviews, the authors explore the Mariel Boatlift and its longlasting influence on Florida, the United States and Cuba. The forward is written by former Governor Bob Graham.

To RSVP call the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies 305-284-CUBA (2822.)