55. Cuba!

Sunday, June 4 | 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Current Affairs
  • History
  • Literary

Cristina Garcia, Rachel Kushner, and Achy Obejas, moderated by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

For decades Cuba has been an American obsession, a political flashpoint, and a forbidden paradise of run-down charm, aromatic rum, cigars, and long hot nights filled with music. After Fidel Castro’s Revolution in 1959, the U.S. and Cuba became estranged. Tens of thousands fled, and Americans were shut out. The Cuban economy crumbled. Then came change: in 2014, Obama declared détente with Havana; in 2016, Fidel Castro died; and now a hundred flights a day from the U.S. are toting both yanqui tourists and Cuban exiles back to Havana, even as Raul Castro’s government seeks, through halting but major reforms, to maintain control. Four writers—two from Cuba and two other experts for whom Cuba is passionate muse—gather to explore Cuba today and tomorrow.

BAMPFA - Barbro Osher Theater

Book signing information: Barbara and Gerson Bakar Atrium, right outside the theater