In Peter Moruzzi's new book, Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground, the historian explores the legendary city's past with more than 500 images. Once known as the "Paris of the Caribbean," beautiful, alluring Havana has been shrouded in secrecy and political turmoil for half a century. The former haunt of Hemingway, Sinatra and numerous seedy characters, this capital city gave rise to the daiquiri cocktail and popularized those infamous Cuban cigars. Moruzzi appears at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse for a discussion and signing of his book. Free. 7:30 p.m. 991 Piedmont Ave. 404-607-0082. www.outwritebooks.com.