“It’s a compilation of cartoons I made while I was in prison,” Hernández, right, said at the book launching ceremony at the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP). Kenia Serrano, center, president of ICAP, presided.
Manuel López, left, coordinator of the Committee for the Freedom of the Five in Ukraine, the organization that prepared and paid for the printing, said the text was prepared in Kiev by Ukrainians, Argentines, Venezuelans and others, and published in October 2014, two months before Hernández, Antonio Guerrero and Ramón Labañino were released to return to Cuba. René González and Fernando González, the other two of the Five, had been released in 2013 and 2014. The Five and their families attended the launch.
During the discussion Guerrero held up a copy of Absolved by Solidarity, 16 Watercolors for 16 Years of Unjust Imprisonment of the Cuban Five, a new book featuring recent artwork Guerrero painted in prison. The bilingual Spanish-English book, published by Pathfinder Press, will be presented at the 24th Havana International Book Fair Feb. 17. The book fair, attended each year by hundreds of thousands, will run from Feb. 12 through Feb. 22, then travel across the rest of the island.
Humor From My Pen can be purchased at amazon.com. Absolved by Solidarity is available at pathfinderpress.com.
Vol. 79/No. 6 February 23, 2015