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July 26, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In-Person: An Evening with David Font-Navarrete

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Date:
July 26, 2023
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue

Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Phone:
305.442.4408

Books & Books and FIU’s Cuban Research Institute present…

AN EVENING WITH DAVID FONT-NAVARRETE

discussing

El Monte: Notes on the Religions, Magic, and Folklore of the Black and Creole People of Cuba

(Duke University Press, $36.95)

Wednesday, July 26th, 7 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables

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Books & Books and FIU’s Cuban Research Institute are thrilled to present an evening with David Font-Navarrete discussing his translation of El Monte: Notes on the Religions, Magic, and Folklore of the Black and Creole People of Cuba (Duke University Press, $36.95).

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event so make sure to stay after the talk for a book signing! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.


About the Book:

First published in Cuba in 1954 and appearing here in English for the first time, Lydia Cabrera’s El Monte is a foundational and iconic study of Afro-Cuban religious and cultural traditions. Drawing on conversations with elderly Afro-Cuban priests who were one or two generations away from the transatlantic slave trade, Cabrera combines ethnography, history, folklore, literature, and botany to provide a panoramic account of the multifaceted influence of Afro-Atlantic cultures in Cuba. Cabrera details the natural and spiritual landscape of the Cuban monte (forest, wilderness) and discusses hundreds of herbs and the constellations of deities, sacred rites, and knowledge that envelop them. The result is a complex spiritual and medicinal architecture of Afro-Cuban cultures. This new edition of what is often referred to as “the Santer a bible” includes a new foreword, introduction, and translator notes. As a seminal work in the study of the African diaspora that has profoundly impacted numerous fields, Cabrera’s magnum opus is essential for scholars, activists, and religious devotees of Afro-Cuban traditions alike.

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About the Authors:

Lydia Cabrera (1899-1991) was a renowned Cuban writer, folklorist, and artist who wrote dozens of books documenting Afro-Cuban culture and religion. David Font-Navarrete is Assistant Professor in the Department of Music, Multimedia, Theatre, and Dance at Lehman College, City University of New York.