Anita’s Revolution is Cuba bound
December 22nd, 2015
Having lived and worked in Cuba for five years in the mid 1960s, Shirley Langer has a deep and abiding knowledge of Cuba that resulted in a marvelous young adult novel, Anita’s Revolution (Shirleez Books $15.95), recalling Castro’s literacy campaign of the early 1960s when school children were sent into the countryside to teach one million illiterate Cubans how to read and write. Some were killed by counter-revolutionaries. Cuba’s literacy rate later rose to almost 100%. Anita’s Revolution has been translated into Spanish for launching in February of 2016 at Cuba’s 25th annual Internacional Feria del Libro, the International Book Fair.
Langer will attend Cuba’s Book Fair from February 11-21. The principal venue in Havana is the grounds and buildings of the historic Fortification of San Carlos, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. In addition to the hundreds of publishers and book exhibits, there will be book and author related presentations as well as artistic events. One of those presentations will honour the 130th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Cuba.