New Books on Cuba

Special Event Book Party

The Cuba Futures: Past and Present international symposium invites authors who have published New Books on Cuba to be a part of the special event Book Party.

The Book Party has experienced much success at past conferences, and will return in 2011. Interested participants will be part of the special event panel, in which

(1) new books are presented (not by the author, but rather by a third party presenter), (2) audience members will discuss and post questions on the new works, and

(3) the published volumes will be available for purchase.

The time and day of the New Books Panel is to be announced.

IMPORTANT: The author and the presenter must be conference participants (no exceptions).


If you are the author, co-author, or publisher of a book that was or will be published between April 2008 and March 2011, and are interested in participating in the 2011 Cuba Future's Book Party, please contact Prof. Araceli Tinajero (City College and the Graduate Center, CUNY).

Proposals should consist of a 1-2 page abstract, with a cover letter indicating the author's professional affiliation and title, biographical sketch and contact information, as well as appropriate publishing information. Also, please include the name and contact information of the person/presenter who will introduce the new book.

Submission: Please send proposals by email to atinajero@ccny.cuny.edu, attention to Prof. Araceli Tinajero, and CC to cubaproject@gc.cuny.edu.

Deadline: We strongly encourage early submission. We will accept proposals starting: September 15, 2009.

 

Hard Light: The Work of Emilio Sánchez

John Angeline, Rudi C. Bleys, and Rafael Diazcasas. Ann Koll, ed.

Hard Light: The Work of Emilio Sanchez attempts to bring to light a fuller understanding of Sanchez’s prolific career as an artist and presents his coming-of-age in the hybrid worlds of Cuba, Mexico, and the United States, and his coming-to-life in the international artistic environs of post-1940s New York City. (New York/London: Prestel, 2011)

Ediciones El Puente en La Habana de los Años 60: Lecturas Críticas y Libros de Poesía

Dr. Jesús J. Barquet

Leer ahora, en un solo volumen, todos los poemarios que Ediciones El Puente publicó de manera independiente en La Habana entre 1961 y 1965 nos revela que aquellos jovencísimos poetas no buscaban enclaustrarse en una estética, sino abrirse hacia lo otro, novedoso, que irrumpiera indicando el futuro: incluir en vez de excluir fue la mayor utopía que entrevió su director José Mario. El cuidadoso rescate arqueológico y los excelentes estudios introductorios de Sílvia C. Miskulin, María I. Alfonso y el editor Jesús J. Barquet que conforman esta valiosa y necesaria compilación crítica contribuyen no sólo a la divulgación de los logros de Ediciones El Puente, sino también a la reflexión documentada sobre nuestra poesía del primer lustro posrevolucionario en toda su saludable diversidad. Es así como Barquet decidió celebrar aquí los cincuenta años de fundación de aquella utopía literaria sólo parcialmente malograda o irrealizada. (Chihuahua, México: Ediciones del Azar, 2011)

Fidel Castro: Arrêts sur Images

Nancy Berthier

Cet ouvrage, unique en son genre, se propose de comprendre l'image du leader de la Révolution cubaine au cours des cinquante dernières années, à l'échelle nationale et internationale, sous la forme d'«arrêts sur images», à travers une douzaine d'études (cinéma, télévision, photographie, internet), regroupées en quatre grands volets: la période «pré-iconique», la «cristallisation iconique», «les ambivalences de l'icône» et le «crépuscule de l'icône». Honni ou adulé, Fidel Castro est l'une des figures de chef d'État du XX' siècle qui a cristallisé nombre d'enjeux propres au monde contemporain. (Paris, Ophrys, coll. Imagen, 2010)

The Quality of Home Runs: The Passion, Politics, and Language of Cuban Baseball

T. F. Carter

In parks and cafes, homes and stadium stands, Cubans talk baseball. Thomas F. Carter contends that when they are analyzing and debating plays, games, teams, and athletes, Cubans are exchanging ideas not just about baseball but also about Cuba and cubanidad, or what it means to be Cuban. The Quality of Home Runs is Carter’s lively ethnographic exploration of the interconnections between baseball and Cuban identity. (Duke University Press Books, 2008))

La Campana Vibrante. Intelectuales, Esfera Pública y Poder en Cuba: Balance y Perspectivas de un Trienio (2007-2010)

Armando Chaguaceda Noriega

En La campana vibrante, y tras definir ciertas nociones básicas (intelectual, esfera pública, Revolución, Régimen, etc.) se explora la problemática del accionar de un sector de los intelectuales públicos dentro de la Cuba actual. A partir del análisis de abundante información bibliográfica y empírica se caracteriza el contexto nacional y se toma nota de los vínculos y reclamos de los creadores hacia las instituciones, durante el trienio que se abre de enero de 2007 a enero de 2010, así como del contraste entre acciones y declaraciones dentro del campo cultural. (Xalapa, Veracruz: Cuadernos de Trabajo Instituto de Investigaciones Histórico-Sociales U. Veracruzana, 2010)

Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints/ Libros y Grabados de Artistas Cubanos: 1985-2008

Linda S. Howe ed.

This book/exhibition catalogue includes Sandra Ramos, Rocío García, Sandra Ceballos, Ibrahim Miranda, Olympya Ortiz, René Peña, Iván Capote, Yoan Capote, Carlos Estévez, Danilo Moreno, Jose Ángel Vincench, René Bravo Quintana, and Antonio Eligio (Tonel), the book-making collective Ediciones Vigía, and the print collective, The Multiple Imprint. The book gathers over 120 books, maquettes, prints, and art objects. Many of the books were designed by Ediciones Vigía, a collaborative artisans' press founded in 1985 in Matanzas. Its limited editions of works by leading Cuban and foreign authors, like García Lorca, Szymborska, Rilke, Dickinson, and Rimbaud, are designed and illustrated primarily by Rolando Estévez. Many are collaged with cloth, leaves, or wood scraps, making them unique.(Xalapa, Veracruz: Cuadernos de Trabajo Instituto de Investigaciones Histórico-Sociales U. Veracruzana, 2010)

Anacaona: The Amazing Story of Cuba's Forgotten Girl Band [DVD]

Ingrid Kummels

Two-part DVD. The first is called “Havana Girl Orchestra - A Cuban family chronicle” which is a documentary film that runs 45 minutes. The second part is called “Ten Sisters of Rhythm” which is 40 minutes of band music by Anacaona. Havana 1932. In the open-air cafes, the aires libres, seven female musicians caused an utter furor. With their enchanting smiles the girls, some still under age, charmed their audience with son music, whilst ten year old Millo passionately beat the bongos. What a scandal! But the music, which the bourgeois society of Cuba had long viewed as primitive and vulgar due to its African roots, enthralled the audience. That was the beginning of son's path to worldwide success. ANACAONA was to go down in history as the first female Cuban son septet.

El viejo, el Asesino, Yo y Otros Cuentos

Iraida H. López ed.

El viejo, el asesino, yo y otros cuentos reúne nueve cuentos y un testimonio de Ena Lucía Portela, quien se diera a conocer a principios de la década del noventa junto a otros narradores cubanos conocidos como los «novísimos». Los textos incluidos en la presente compilación, la primera que aparece de los cuentos de Portela, fueron publicados previamente en dos colecciones y algunas revistas, todos ellos dados a conocer entre 1993 y 2008. El volumen cierra con un testimonio, Alas rotas, publicado por primera vez en 2008. (Stockcero, 2009)

Cien Botellas en una Pared

Iraida H. López ed.

En lenguaje coloquial cubano, con una gran dosis de humor, Cien botellas en una pared (2002), anatomía de un doble homicidio, nos sitúa en La Habana de los años 90, en medio de la crisis desatada por el derrumbre del bloque socialista. Traducida al inglés, francés, portugués, neerlandés, polaco, italiano, griego y turco, esta novela es la más conocida de Ena Lucía Portela, escritora que ocupa un lugar prominente en el panorama literario cubano actual. (Stockcero, 2010)

 

La Revolución Cubana: Propuestas, Escenarios y Alternativas

Francisco López Segrera

The new stage of the Cuban Revolution that began with the presidency of Raúl Castro has seen consultation with the masses about what kind of socialism they want to build, a return to some aspects of the economic reform abandoned in 2000, a key role in the economy for the armed forces, the dismantling of certain programs of the Battle of Ideas that have proved economically unsound, the elimination of certain subsidies and free food for workers, and the reduction of the state through the fusion of ministries and the reduction of the labor force. A series of policy alternatives is suggested here that might make a transformation toward a twenty-first-century socialism consistent with the historical roots of the Cuban Revolution possible. (Barcelona:Editorial El Viejo Topo, 2010)

Community Health Care in Cuba

Susan E. Mason, David L. Strug, and Joan Beder

Interest in the Cuban health care model has grown over the years and despite ongoing changes in Cuban society, the pride and satisfaction Cuban citizens take in their health care system suggest that it will likely prevail in post-Castro Cuba. Susan E. Mason, David L. Strug, and Joan Beder have edited this collection of essays by contributors who are respected professionals in Cuba and the United States. Community Health Care in Cuba examines this closely integrated system in which community representatives, nurses, doctors, social workers, and other health care specialists work together to meet the health care needs of all Cuba's citizens. (Lyceum Books, 2010)

Imaginarios al ruedo: Cuba y los Estados Unidos en las exposiciones internacionales (1876-1904)

Dr. Ricardo Elias Quiza Moreno

Imaginarios al ruedo… se acerca desde el ángulo de los estudios culturales a los nexos establecidos entre Cuba y los Estados Unidos durante la segunda mitad del siglo XIX y los albores de la pasada centuria, tomando como referencia la inserción de ambos territorios y de sus respectivas entidades políticas en esa suerte de espacios consagratorios de la modernidad que fueran las exposiciones.

Buena Vista Social Blog: Internet y la Libertad de Expresión en Cuba

Beatriz Calvo Peña

Aproximación al fenómeno de la blogosfera cubana desde una perspectiva analítica y creativa. El volumen incluye tanto análisis de expertos y estudiosos del fenómeno de Internet y de las redes sociales, como testimonios y colaboraciones de numerosos bloggers, así como una interesante selección de posts que abarcan los temas más disímiles. (Aduana Vieja, Valencia, 2010)El Lector: A History of the Cigar Factory Reader

Cooperativas y Socialismo: Una Mirada desde Cuba

Camila Piñeiro Harnecker

Este libro está motivado por nuestra necesidad de contribuir modestamente al surgimiento del nuevo cooperativismo en nuestro país, que se avizora como uno de los rasgos de la actualización del modelo económico cubano. A los autores de esta compilación nos mueve la certeza de que la cooperativa de producción es una forma de organización del trabajo adecuada para una sociedad como la nuestra comprometida con el horizonte socialista.

The Cubans of Union City: Immigrants and Exiles in a New Jersey  Community

Yolanda Prieto

As a result of the conflicts between Cuba and the United States, especially after 1959, Cubans emigrated in great numbers. Most stayed in Miami, but many headed north to Union City, New Jersey, making it the second largest concentration of Cubans in the United States after Miami's Dade County. This work discusses why Cubans were drawn to this particular area of New Jersey. Central aspects of this story include the development of a Cuban economic enclave between the 1960s and the 1980s, the role of women, religion and exiles, and Cuban political culture. The book also discusses how immigration policy combined with entrepreneurial zeal helped Union City Cubans succeed in their new environment. (Philadelphia: Temple University Press)

Sub-versions of the Archive: Manuel Puig's and Severo Sarduy's Alternative Identities

Carlos Riobó

This work analyzes recent theories of the archive to examine how Manuel Puig and Severo Sarduy reformulate the Latin American literary tradition. This study focuses on eclectic theories of the archive as both repository and danger, drawing from an array of sources both within and outside the Hispanic literary tradition: from Borges, Foucault, Arrom, Derrida, Gonzáles Echevarría, and Guillory to digital media and biotechnology. This book also applies theories of cultural contamination (Maria Lugones) and symbolic capital (Pierre Bourdieu) to the novels of Puig and Sarduy to explore the representation of marginal cultures within a body of literature that previously altered or elided these subaltern cultures from tradition. (Bucknell University Press, 2011)

Misa Para un Angel

Tomas Fernandez Robaina

(La Habana: Ediciones Union, 2010)

Las Repúblicas del Aire: Utopía y Desencanto en la Revolución de Hispanoamérica

Rafael Rojas

Rafael Rojas propone una aproximación de conjunto a los fundadores de las nacientes repúblicas hispanoamericanas desde la perspectiva de la historia intelectual. A través de ocho ejemplos de letrados y estadistas que intervinieron de manera protagónica -los caraqueños Simón Bolívar y Andrés Bello, los mexicanos fray Servando Teresa de Mier y Lorenzo de Zavala, los cubanos Félix Varela y José María Heredia, el peruano Manuel Lorenzo de Vidaurre y el guayaquileño Vicente Rocafuerte-, aborda aspectos como el discurso sobre la comunidad antes de los nacionalismos, la escritura y la enseñanza de la historia, las narrativas fronterizas de hispanoamericanos sobre Estados Unidos y de estadounidenses sobre Hispanoamérica, el papel comunicador de ciudades portuarias como Filadelfia y Nueva Orleans, los reflujos de la Ilustración, el cesarismo constitucional y la melancolía de los caudillos. (México: Taurus, 2009)

The Maids of Havana

Pedro Pérez Sarduy

The Maids of Havana is a novel whose point of departure is the oral history of a domestic worker in pre-revolutionary Havana. Marta, the unschooled black woman who is the central character, is ideally placed to observe the disparate worlds she connects: that of the wealthy white families and that of the poor black women in their service. These were years of great upheaval: The social landscape was shifting. Set in Cuba and in the USA, from the 1940s to the 1990s, the book contrasts the fortunes of Afro-Cuban women of two different generations. Drawing on the experiences of his mother – in her youth a maid in pre-revolutionary Havana - Pedro Pérez Sarduy gives an unprecedented insight into Black Cuban family life, illuminating with dignity and poignancy the unchronicled psychology of women such as Marta. (AuthorHouse, 2010)

Cuban Landscapes: Heritage, Memory, and Place

Joseph L. Scarpaci and Armando H. Portela

This accessible book offers a vivid geographic portrait of Cuba, exploring the island’s streetscapes, sugar cane fields, beaches, and rural settlements; its billboards, government buildings, and national landmarks. The authors illuminate how natural and build landscapes have shaped Cuban identity (cubanidad), and vice versa. They provide a unique perspective on Cuba’s distinct historical periods and political economies, from the colonial period through republicanism and today’s socialist era. Compelling topics include the legacies of slavery and the sugar industry, the past and future of urban development, and the impact of “islandness” on sociocultural processes. (New York: Guilford, 2009)

Development Tourism. Lessons from Cuba

Rochelle Spencer

Tourism in Cuba – described by Fidel Castro as ‘the evil we have to have’ – has been regarded both with ambivalence, and as a crucial aspect of development and poverty alleviation. The result is a
remarkable approach to tourism, one which often compels tourists to become agents of development through solidarity. Drawing on her experiences of working in an NGO in Cuba, the author uses a multi-sited ethnographic approach to investigate tourism motivations and experiences, and to examine the very nature of development. Her analysis covers a wide range of issues including social change, globalization, social theory, and sustainability. Also discussed is the way in which tourism in Cuba relates to broader
debates surrounding transformation, capacity building, social action and solidarity. (UK: Ashgate, 2010)

The Leasing of Guantanamo Bay

Michael J. Strauss

Post-9/11 events at the U.S. naval facility at Guantanamo Bay have generated a spate of books on its use as a detention center in the U.S. fight against terrorism. Yet the crucial enabling factor - the lease that gave the U.S. control over the territory in Cuba - has until now escaped any but cursory consideration. The Leasing of Guantanamo Bay explains how Guantanamo Bay came to be a leased territory where the U.S. has no sovereignty and Cuba has no jurisdiction. This is the first definitive account of the details and workings of the unusual and problematic state-to-state leasing arrangement that is the essential but murky foundation for all the ongoing controversies about Guantanamo Bay’s role in U.S. anti-terrorism efforts, charges of U.S. human rights violations, and U.S.-Cuban relations. (Praeger Security International, 2009)

Cultura y letras cubanas en el siglo XXI

Araceli Tinajero, Ed.

Después del colapso de la Unión Soviética en 1989, se abrió un nuevo debate sobre los procesos que transformarían la situación de Cuba. Desde entonces, ha habido una serie de discusiones e interrogantes que giran en torno a los cambios que se están llevando a cabo en los ámbitos culturales, artísticos, económicos, sociales, demográficos, políticos y estructurales de ese país. Intelectuales de diferentes disciplinas académicas desarrollan tales ideas en los ensayos que integran este libro, los cuales abarcan temas de variada índole que van desde las tiras cómicas, el arte cubano ante la globalización, la fotografía, la trova, el cine, el rock, las polémicas historiográficas o la presencia de la ex Unión Soviética, así como diversas aproximaciones a la actualidad de la producción literaria en la isla. (Madrid: Iberoamericana, 2010)

El Lector: A History of the Cigar Factory Reader

Araceli Tinajero

The practice of reading aloud has a long history, and the tradition still survives in Cuba as a hard-won right deeply embedded in cigar factory workers' culture. In El Lector, Araceli Tinajero deftly traces the evolution of the reader from nineteenth-century Cuba to the present and its eventual dissemination to Tampa, Key West, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. In interviews with present-day and retired readers, she records testimonies that otherwise would have been lost forever, creating a valuable archive for future historians. (Austin, TX: U of TXP, 2010)

International Journal of Cuban Studies

Stephen Wilkinson, ed.

The International Journal of Cuban Studies is a quarterly, peer-reviewed academic journal published by Pluto Journals providing a publication opportunity for scholarly work on Cuba and related topics. It encourages submissions from the whole range of disciplines and from multi-disciplinary perspectives. It is published in English (Spanish articles will be translated) by Pluto Journals on behalf of the International Institute for the Study of Cuba. The IJCS aims to provide a forum for objective investigation and informed debate on the nature of the Cuban experience: its historical context; its international image and relationships; its scientific, cultural and social achievements; and its future orientation.