Cathryn Griffith, the author of “Havana Revisited,” will give a talk, book signing and short video presentation at the downtown Camden Public Library Thursday, Aug. 26 at 6:30 pm.

“Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage” was published by W. W. Norton earlier this year. In it, eleven renowned architects, historians, scholars, preservationists and urban planners in Cuba and the United States provide an examination of Havana, old and new, that provokes exploration of the ways we look at all cities. These authoritative policy makers and thinkers raise issues of how the most important city in Spanish colonial America developed and changed over several centuries; and the extent to which it is being restored and preserved today.

The lavishly illustrated book, with a foreword by Eusebio Leal Spengler, Historian of the City of Havana, beautifully documents the history, preservation and present uses of Havana’s most important buildings and urban spaces. More than 350 illustrations juxtapose historical colored postcard images of Havana with recent digital color photographs of the same views. The imagery, based on years of research and investigation, draws from Griffith’s collection of more than 600 postcards of Havana from 1900 to 1930; more than 3,000 photographs made there during multiple trips since 2003; and interviews with a broad range of outstanding scholars and historians in both Cuba and the United States.

Griffith graduated from Wellesley College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she lives. An enthusiastic sailor and frequent visitor to Midcoast Maine, Griffith also develops and manages industrial real estate in the Boston area. Her work has been exhibited at the Havana Bienal 2009; Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in Cambridge, Mass; Cambridge Art Association; and in Boston at the CyberArts Festival, Museum of Fine Arts and the Photographic Resource Center.

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