It has been three months since I visited Cuba, and so much has happened there and here to mark the changes taking place between our two countries. Most important for readers, and especially readers of Spanish, is that the book distributor IPG will soon begin to import Cuban books to the U.S. They will import them via a Peruvian distributor, all apparently legal because of the indirect route via South America (not a new concept in U.S.-Cuban relations). I cannot wait to see what is being written by Cuban authors! Will it be controversial, like Yoani Sanchez, who lives in Havana and tries “every day, to help build a plural and inclusive Cuba with room for all Cubans,” or popular and successful like SciFi writer Daina Chaviano? Probably both, and with a lot in between. There is a rich literary gold mine waiting to be discovered by readers in the U.S., and libraries will be a part of the new wave of literature covering the ninety mile distance between us.
Locally, my Westchester Library System colleague Nancy Coradin and I have been talking to many people about our journey. We have made presentations at the Westchester Library Association Annual Conference and at the Greenburgh Library. In June we’ll present in Philadelphia at the Northeast REFORMA librarians’ conference, and on June 16 at the Dobbs Ferry Library. If you read Spanish, check out the April-May issue of Kaffury Magazine to read my tourism article “Isla de Encantos.” We hope to chat with you in person about this “Island of Contrasts and Delights”!
Enjoy a few more of my photos, and start planning your adventure in Cuba!