What started as an online diary about her daily life in Cuba inadvertently turned Yoani Sánchez into one of Cuba’s most prominent dissidents, its most popular Twitter account and earned her a spot on Time’s “100 Most Influential People in The World.” She doesn’t provoke the masses to turn out in the streets to protest, rather she paints a picture of the struggle of daily life in Cuba, the beaurocratic complications, the difficulty of living on government rations, the things ordinary Cubans do to survive.
Her book, Havana Real: One Woman’s Fight to Tell the Truth about Cuba Today, is a collection of some of her most poignant posts, each only a few paragraphs long, but insightful and honest enough to pose a threat to the regime.
Ted Henken, a Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies at Baruch College, City University of New York, will host a discussion of the book . Henken recently returned from Cuba where he conducted interviews with a cross-section of the island’s burgeoning blogger and twitter community, about which he is writing a book.
The event will include a video of Yoani Sánchez reading from her book and special guests include Miami Herald columnist Carlos Alberto Montaner and blogger Ernesto Morales Licea.
Saturday, August 6, 5 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305.442.4408