Photo: Ismael Batista

After almost two months of school holidays, the range of summer activities across the capital will come to an end this Friday, September 1, with a series of events along the central 23rd Street, from 12th Street to the Malecón, including book launches, music and art.

A total of 35 stands will be set up across the capital where residents will be able to purchase the publications of more than 40 publishing houses.

In the central El Quijote park, a children’s activity will be held from the morning, organized by the Provincial Book and Literature Center, with performances by the projects “Litemuñe” and “Cuenta conmigo,” starring children with Down syndrome. In addition, new children’s literature will be presented, including the books La pícara piedra, by Gisela de la Torre, and Patricia quiere atrapar la luna, by Yeny Borrego, both published by Editorial Extramuros. In addition, Ramón Bermúdez will lead the “Ciudad Letrada” literary circle, featuring community poets. Other noted writers, such as Lina de Feria, Marilyn Bobes, Víctor Fowler, Edel Morales, Teresa Fornaris and Milho Montenegro, will also participate in a space for book lovers of all ages.

On the corners of 23rd and H streets, Luciano Castillo will present a talk on literature and film in the morning. Among other titles, the afternoon will see the presentation of Poesía Completa de Georgina Herrera, published byEditorial Letras Cubanas, and La industria de la vagina. La práctica de la comercialización global del sexo, by Sheila Jeffreys, published by Editorial Nuevo Milenio. Later, the “Aire de Luz” circle will invite poets of different ages to read their works.

Meanwhile, the Riviera cinema will see book launches by Ediciones Unión, and the Fresa y Chocolate cultural center will host the “Tertulia del Sur” literary circle, with poets Domingo Alfonso, Alberto Marrero, Roberto Manzano, Reyna Esperanza Cruz, Yanelys Encinosa and Elaine Vilar.

On 23rd Street, between N and O streets, the National Organization of Collective Law Offices will present its books and raffle copies of the Constitution and Spanish dictionaries. Meanwhile, the Artex store located on L and 23rd streets will be selling school supplies, as will the Pabellón Cuba and Fresa y Chocolate center, to ensure students are ready to head back to the classroom.

The Mariana Grajales park will see further activities for children, with the Editorial Gente Nueva publishing house offering story-telling by Yumié Rodríguez, director of the Sueños para contar project, and the results of the Cien años con Platero competition will be announced.

The publishing house will also be offering several new titles including: Cuando mi niña duerme, by Alma Flor Ada; Cuando sea grande, by Álvaro Yunque; Palomita en la playa, Anonymous; among others, and will launch the books Amor apretado en un puño, by Nelson Simón, and Mago, by Daniel Sené.

Alongside these literary offerings, other artistic performances will take place. The evening will see trovadors take to their guitars in El Quijote park; the Banda de Música de Concierto de Regla and the group Moncada will perform on 23rd and G streets, while a selection of jazz groups will play in the areas surrounding the Yara cinema. The summer activities will come to a close on Saturday night, with a concert by La Charanga Habanera in the Anti-imperialist Tribune.