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Posted January 29, 2005 by publisher in Cuban Music

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Associated Press

Cuban authorities organizing Havana’s annual international book fair declined to invite, for the first time, a Puerto Rican publishing company owned by the daughter of a moderate Cuban dissident.

Maria Mederos, the director of the organizing committee, confirmed that Plaza Mayor, owned by Patricia Gutierrez-Menoyo, would not be attending this year’s event, despite participation in several previous fairs.

In an e-mail response to a query by The Associated Press, Gutierrez-Menoyo said organizers told her she was not welcome due to her activities at last year’s fair, when she read statements - some of which were critical of the island’s communist government - from Cuban authors not allowed to attend.

“It’s not my place to censor,” she said. “My place is to bring together quality works by Cuban authors in one collection.”

Plaza Mayor, based in San Juan, publishes a broad variety of books, including several works written by Cuban authors living both on the island and abroad.

Gutierrez-Menoyo is the daughter of Eloy Gutierrez-Menoyo, a former rebel commander who fought in the Cuban revolution before falling out with Fidel Castro and spending 22 years in prison. After a long exile, the elder Gutierrez-Menoyo returned to Cuba in 2003 without government approval and remains here.

About 500 publishing companies from some 30 countries plan to participate in the book fair, to take place Feb. 3 to 13.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on January 29, 2005 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    The original title of this story is:

    Publishing company owned by dissident’ daughter pushed out of Cuba book fair

    Well, this statement: “Gutierrez-Menoyo said organizers told her she was not welcome due to her activities at last year’ fair, when she read statements - some of which were critical of the island’ communist government - from Cuban authors not allowed to attend.” sounds to me like she was not welcome back for bad behavior. Her being a dissident’ daughter and being “pushed” out of the book fair are inaccurate and inflamatory statements by the Associated Press.

    Also, I found no author on this article. Why not? Because someone had something to say and worked the story to the author’ advantage.

    Call to the Associated Press…Who wrote this article?

    Cuba consulting services

  2. Follow up post #2 added on January 30, 2005 by jesusp with 246 total posts

    In my opinion an International Book Fair should not exclude peaceful dissent or censore a different point of view to the ideology of the host country. The Gutierrez-Menoyo family is certainly not one that would return Cuba to a pre 1959 way of life, I believe they are much more independent thinkers than that, particulary Eloy.

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