Major papers today lead with news that Cuba’s National Assembly has selected Raúl Castro as the country’s new president. All the papers agree that not much is expected to change in Cuba over the next few years. Bad news for Cubans, but it does mean that all the great Duke Press books on Cuba are still great resources for better understanding the island nation. For a wide view of the politics, history, and culture of Cuba, try The Cuba Reader, a great collection of fiction, poetry, primary documents, art, and scholarship. For a journalistic look at life in Cuba as it entered the 21st
Century, check out Capitalism, God, and a Good Cigar, edited by Lydia Chávez. To learn more about religion and spirituality in Cuba, and to see some fabulous photojournalism, turn to Crosssing the Water: A Photographic Path to the Afro-Cuban Spirit World by Claire Garoutte and Anneke Wambaugh. For books exploring the arts in Cuba, we offer Sujatha Fernandes’s Cuba Represent! Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures and Helio Orovio’s encyclopedic Cuban Music from A to Z.