Between the Lines, University of Toronto Press and McGill Queen’s University Press invite you to a launch of three great books: Cuba Beyond the Beach: Stories of Life in Havana by Karen Dubinsky; A Place in the Sun: Haiti, Haitians and the Remaking of Quebec (MQUP) by Sean Mills; and Canada and the Third World: Overlapping Histories by Karen Dubinsky, Sean Mills and Scott Rutherford (eds)
Special Guests: Chiki Friky, playing the sounds of Canadian/CostaRican/Cuban/Portuguese psychedelic tropicalia
Cuba Beyond the Beach: Havana is Cuba’s soul: a mix of Third World, First World, and Other World. Spanning a decade of visits as a teacher, researcher, and friend, Karen Dubinsky looks past political slogans and tourist postcards to the streets, neighbourhoods, and personalities of a complicated and contradictory city. Affectionate, humorous vignettes illustrate how Havana’s residents—old Communist ladies, their sceptical offspring, underground vendors, entrepreneurial landlords, and poverty-stricken professors—go about their daily lives. This book is a compendium of conversations with Cuban people rather than politicians. As Cuba undergoes dramatic change, there is much to appreciate and learn from in the unlikely world Cubans have collectively built for themselves.
What is the relationship between migration and politics in Quebec? _A Place in the Sun _demonstrates the ways in which Haitian migrants opened new debates, exposed new tensions, and forever altered Quebec society.
Even though they are aware of the Third World in relation to their daily lives, most Canadians know little about the history of their country’s entanglements with non-Western societies. Canada and the Third World provides a long overdue introduction to Canada’s historical relationship with the Third World. Ten original essays explore the roots of hot button topics such as Canadian mining companies, military involvement, development aid and immigration policies, to name a few.