Reading and Learning about Contemporary Cuba
Last week, we had a party celebrating our new Cuban science fiction series, which will launch this fall. Since then, we've been excited to discover an abundance of work from contemporary Cuban and Cuba-centric authors—several of whom were in attendance on Friday evening. To accompany this week's sunshine, we thought we'd share some favorites from and about the island, both new and old:
Cuban-American writer and composer Daniel José Older's debut collection of ghost noir, Salsa Nocturna, juxtaposes supernatural themes with a gritty, urban New York City landscape.
Julia Cooke, who writes for Virginia Quarterly Review, The Atlantic, and Condé Nast Traveler, just released a book about Cuban youth culture, entitled The Other Side of Paradise.
Author, filmmaker and journalist Brin-Jonathan Butler's biography on Guillermo Rigondeaux, A Cuban Boxer's Journey, is forthcoming in June. Brin-Jonathan is no stranger to boxing legends, having conducted a rather emotional interview with Mike Tyson in 2012.