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An Interview with Mark Kurlansky
authorIn his new book Havana, A Subtropical Delirium, Longtime Caribbean correspondent and award-winning author Mark Kurlansky mixes history, travelogue, recipes and hand-drawn illustrations for a unique, insider's view of Havana. He takes us to the city’s colorful streets and mojito swilling bars in this interview.
  Longitude. You describe change as one of Havana’s fundamental characteristics and predict more transformation to come. What are some specific changes you have witnessed in the city over the past few years? Kurlansky. Contrary to what most Americans imagine there have not been huge changes in the last few years.
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authorDue to recent changes in relations between Cuba and the United States, many books have been published about the island nation, but few have centered on its capital with the kaleidoscopic focus of award-winning author Mark Kurlansky’s Havana, A Subtropical Delirium. In accessible prose worthy of the elegant metropolis itself, Kurlansky, a longtime Caribbean correspondent, profiles Cuban music, literature, food and, of course, baseball. Kurlansky uses literary references to add color and context to his own experiences in Havana.

An Interview with Marius Jovaisa
CBA303Cuba is back on everyone’s map. But while the country has opened to more visitors, few have been privy to the insider’s glimpse Marius Jovaisa enjoyed when he finally obtained permission to photograph the country from above. Here he shares some of that insider knowledge as well as a few of the spectacular views he captured in flight over the island nation—many more of these stunning vistas are collected in his new book Unseen Cuba.
  Longitude. What first sparked your passion for Cuba? Jovaisa. I came to like aerial photography as a genre some 12 years ago.
Unseen Cuba
CBA303Because of its unique political history, Cuba’s airspace has been subject to uncommon restrictions. Fueled by a passion for the country’s unique beauty, Lithuanian photographer Marius Jovaisa persevered through years of bureaucratic obstacles to receive permission to photograph the island nation from above. The result of his persistence is Unseen Cuba: over 400 pages of never before photographed vistas, from the misty mountains of the Sierra Cristal range to the sandbars, reefs and turquoise waters of the north coast to Baracoa, Cuba’s oldest city, and beyond.
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CBA261Kindly contributed by award-winning photographer Lorne Resnick, who in his new book Cuba, This Moment, Exactly So  presents passionate and heartwarming moments from the "Pearl of the Antilles." His 250 black-and-white photographs are organized around 30 micro-stories and include a foreword by the great travel writer Pico Iyer.
  I first visited Cuba in the summer of '95. It was, as most summers are when I have been in Cuba, searingly, intensely, wonderfully hot. I planned to stay for two weeks and stayed for two months. I fell in love with the country.
Trinidad, Cuba
Kindly contributed by Michal McClure, whose photography book Cuba Awakening focuses on the close relationship between Cuba and the Soviet Union. McClure includes over 50 photographs (Henri Cartier-Bresson, Burt Glinn, Perfecto Romero, Seymour Raskin and more) that compare life in Soviet Russia with life in Fidel Castro's Cuba.
  If you are visiting Cuba, I hope you see this city with its Spanish colonial architecture and people living in a time of many years ago. Cubans love colors and with Trinidad they have created one of the most colorful towns I have seen in the world.
Cuba, This Moment, Exactly So
Cuba, This Moment, Exactly So is exactly the right book for travelers in this moment. The immersive coffee table book drops its readers right into the heart and soul of Cuba, the next best thing to traveling there in person. Drawing on more than 50 trips to the island over the past 20 years, award-winning photographer Lorne Resnick presents over 250 passionate and heartwarming black-and-white and color photographs vividly depicting Cuba, the "Pearl of the Antilles." Interleaved with Resnick’s photos are 30 poignant micro-stories by Brian Andreas. Pico Iyer, who has written a novel about Cuba, introduces the book.
Top Ten Fall Travel Titles
Autumn is the perfect time for reflection, as we return from our summer travels and begin to dream up new destinations. To help inspire you, we've culled a list of the top ten new travel books we're excited to see published this fall. It's your season, armchair travelers, so curl up with some hot cider and prepare to be taken to new places. For more forthcoming travel books, click here. Plotted, A Literary Atlas.
Passage to Cuba
As relations between the United State and Cuba continue to soften, travelers are eager to glimpse the island nation for the first time -- and before the country changes too quickly. Cuba's isolation meant certain elements of its culture remained frozen in time, allowing the visitor to feel themselves transported back to a different era, in which the automobiles, music and dance of previous days are preserved.
An Interview with Stephan Van Dam
Map maker, designer and entrepreneur Stephan Van Dam shares the vision and inspiration behind his unique maps, from sexy packaging to the “art of ellipses.”
  Longitude. How and when did VanDam Maps begin? Van Dam. While studying environmental design at Parsons I invented an origami design which refolded automatically. It craved cartographic uses. So I sought out a group of European cartographers to show me the ropes and became a map maker. I also patented the fold and built a machine to fold the maps. When American Express agreed to offer The World Unfolds to card members I was in business and a publisher.