As the snow flies and the bitter winds blow, more and more Canadians are escaping winter by flocking to the glorious beaches of Cuba. And, as Cuba opens up, increasing numbers of Canadians are venturing beyond the resort boundaries to experience firsthand the cultural lifeblood of this beautiful island. Award-winning Star writer Oakland Ross has explored, reported on, and celebrated Cuba and its people for more than three decades. In Cuba Libre, he takes readers on an intimate tour of the Cuba that dwells beyond the tourist brochures - from the long shadow cast by Fidel Castro to the amazing resiliency of the island’s people, from the ubiquitous pulse of their music to the Cuban passion for beisbol. Full of insight and local colour, this ode to an amazing land is the perfect antidote to your winter blues.
Oakland Ross is a feature writer for the Toronto Star. During the 1980s, he spent five years covering Latin America as a newspaper correspondent, based in Mexico City. He visited Cuba frequently in those days and has traveled to the island many times since. The winner of two National Newspaper Awards, Ross has written four books, including a collection of short stories, a travel memoir, and two novels, the second of which will be published in April 2013 by HarperCollins Canada. It’s called The Empire of Yearning.