Cuba, Sí: An Evening of Music and Conversation
With Elaine Díaz Rodríguez, Pedrito Martinez, and Yoss
Performances by Descemer Bueno and the Pedrito Martinez Group
Moderated by Jon Lee Anderson
A New Yorker Festival 2015 Event
Elaine Díaz Rodríguez is a Cuban journalist and blogger, and a former professor at the University of Havana. She is currently the editor in chief of Periodismo de Barrio, an online news source focussed on natural disasters. She received a Nieman Fellowship in 2015.
Pedrito Martinez is a Cuban percussionist and vocalist who has recorded or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, Eddie Palmieri, and Bruce Springsteen, among others. A founding member of the Afro-Cuban band Yerba Buena, he now fronts the Pedrito Martinez Group, whose self-titled 2013 album received a Grammy nomination. In 2000, he won the Thelonius Monk International Afro-Latin Jazz Hand Drum Competition, in 2014 he received the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, and in 2014 and 2015 he received the Jazz Journalists Association’s award for Percussionist of the Year.
Yoss, the pen name of José Miguel Sánchez Gómez, is a Cuban science-fiction writer and the vocalist for the heavy-metal band Tenaz. He has written more than twenty books, including A Planet for Rent, which was published in the U.S. this year by Restless Books.
Descemer Bueno is a singer, composer, and producer born and raised in Cuba. He has produced, written, and recorded music for more than twenty years, including recent popular collaborations with the Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias. In 2014, Bueno won three Latin Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year, for “Bailando,” which was written and performed together with Iglesias. He is currently working on a new solo album.
Jon Lee Anderson, a staff writer, began contributing to The New Yorker in 1998. Since then, he has covered numerous conflicts for the magazine, including those in Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Sudan, among others. He is the author of several books, including The Lion’s Grave: Dispatches from Afghanistan, Guerrillas: Journeys in the Insurgent World, and The Fall of Baghdad. Anderson conducted research in Cuba for three years for his book Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, and returns there frequently to report for the magazine. In 2013, he received a Maria Moors Cabot Prize for outstanding reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean.
Translated from the Spanish by David Frye
“A Planet for Rent is the English-language debut of Yoss, one of Cuba's most lauded writers of science fiction. Translated by David Frye, these linked stories craft a picture of a dystopian future: Aliens called xenoids have invaded planet Earth, and people are looking to flee the economically and socially bankrupt remains of human civilization. Yoss' smart and entertaining novel tackles themes like prostitution, immigration and political corruption. Ultimately, it serves as an empathetic yet impassioned metaphor for modern-day Cuba, where the struggle for power has complicated every facet of society”
—NPR, Best Books of 2015
Paperback List Price: $15.99 • ISBN: 9781632060365 • Publication: 6/2/15 • 5.5” x 8.25” • 272 pages • Science Fiction / Cuban Literature • Territory: World English • eBook List Price: $14.99