MaÃ±ana in Cuba Book Launch Event
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Courtyard Reception: 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Azelâ€™s presentation of MaÃ±ana in Cuba: 8:00 p.m.
Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Title explores Cuban mindset and its relevancy for the nationâ€™s future, providing creative solutions for a successful transition to democracy
Miami-based author, scholar and businessman Dr. JosÃ© Azel will host a launch event for his new book MaÃ±ana in Cuba at Books & Books in Coral Gables on Wednesday, June 2, 2010. In this title, Dr. Azel offers a comprehensive analysis of contemporary Cuba with an incisive perspective of the Cuban mindset and its implications for Cubaâ€™s future. MaÃ±ana in Cubaâ€™s release is particularly timely given the topical nature of Cuba and U.S. relations today.
While the official event begins at 8:00 p.m., guests are invited to attend a pre-reception celebration at 7:00 p.m. in the bookstoreâ€™s Mediterranean-style courtyard, with small plates and wines courtesy of The CafÃ© at Books & Books. Immediately following the outdoor soirÃ©e, Dr. Azel will discuss concepts from MaÃ±ana in Cuba. A question and answer period will follow, during which time Dr. Azel will autograph copies of his book.
Divided into two parts, MaÃ±ana in Cuba begins with the exploration of the mindset Cubans have developed living under a totalitarian system. Here, Dr. Azel explores the historic, political and economic obstacles present in modern-day Cuba and introduces the framework he believes will most effectively facilitate a democratic civil society. Part two of MaÃ±ana in Cuba discusses practical policies to work with the current disposition of the Cuban nation and lead it to a prosperous future, while maintaining the societyâ€™s culture and history.
According to Dr. Azel, â€œA unique aspect of this book lies in the fact that it does not seek to unnaturally mend a decimated civil society, but rather, it offers policy approaches anchored on current Cuban ethos and society.â€ MaÃ±ana in Cuba focuses on the means that will facilitate the Cuban transition from totalitarianism and a centrally planned economy to liberal democracy and a free-market economic system. Ultimately, Dr. Azel asserts that the alternative visions presented for Cubaâ€™s future should be met with immense consideration as one of them will inevitably crystallize into the sociopolitical and economic narrative of the country for generations to come.
Notably, 100 percent of the author proceeds from sales of MaÃ±ana in Cuba will benefit the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-America Studies at the University of Miami, where Dr. Azel is a Senior Scholar. For more information on MaÃ±ana in Cuba and its author, please visit the bookâ€™s publisher, Author House.