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The Boloña Publishing House,  will be present at the International Book Fair 2008.
It publishes texts of historical value, especially those related to Havana, combining diverse disciplines, genres and authors.

Boloña Publications has to its credit several reprints, new editions and joint publications with important Cuban and foreign publishers, disseminating the work of young researchers and those of important Cuban artists.

It has published more than 80 titles, including books, serial publications, CDs and multimedias, aimed at disseminating the richness and great depth of Cubas intellectual heritage.

During a press conference, Eusebio Leal Spengler, PhD, who serves as Historian of Havana, explained that the publishing house bears the name of a notorious Havana family of printers, who took their first steps in this activity at the height of the 18th century, in 1776 to be more exact.

The prestigious intellectual went on to say that young typographer Esteban José Boloña bought his printer from ship-owner Azpeitía and requested a license from the town council to operate it. Just four years later, several important documents saw the light there, including some belonging to that government body.

"Following Boloñas death, his son and heir José Severino carried on his fathers work and by the early 19th century he was considered the best printer in Cuba," said the Havana historian.

On this occasion, and following the principles it is based on, Boloña Publications will present eight new titles and two multimedias at the fair, always at 3:00 p.m. in its pavilion at the San Carlos de la Cabaña fortress. At the same time, the publishing house will carry out other activities at different locations in Old Havana - a World Cultural Heritage site.

On Thursday, the 14th, Boloñas first proposal, the book "El Palacio de Aldama", was launched. It is an essay, very well documented and illustrated, by renowned Cuban historian Pedro Herrera.

The following day, art critic and journalist Alejandro Alonso presented an analysis on the painting and ceramics of one of the most outstanding figures in the vanguard of Cuban fine arts, Amelia Peláez, whose name is also the title of the book. Together with the book, Alonso, National Cultural Journalism Laureate, will also present his multimedia "Museo Nacional de la Cerámica Contemporánea Cubana", which offers a general view of the development of handicraft on the island.

The book "Historia de la Iglesia Católica en Cuba. La iglesia en las patrias de los criollos (1516-1789)", by Eduardo Torres Cueva, National Social Science Laureate, and Edelberto Leiva Lajara, will be presented on Saturday, the 16th. The volume is a thorough study of the Catholic Churchs performance on the island. It earned Torres Cueva the above mentioned prize.

On Sunday, February 17th, Havana Historian Eusebio Leal will present his book "Fiñes", which earned Raúl Martínez the Annual Book Design Prize in 2007. In the book, Leal recalls his first years in this environment, which he loves very much.

On Tuesday, the 19th, the sixth edition of the Archaeology Bulletin will see the light, followed by the book "La orden Dominica en La Habana: convento y sociedad" by Edelberto Leiva Lajara, PhD, on Wednesday 20. The text analyzes the presence of the Order of Preachers in the city, from their arrival in Cuba in the 16th century and their subsequent years, thanks to the good relations they maintained with the Spanish Crown and wealthy families.

On Thursday, February 21st, the book "Los árabes en Cuba" (Arabs in Cuba) by Rigoberto Menéndez Paredes, PhD. will be launched. It drives us closer to the Arab community in Cuba and their everlasting relations with the host country that they have passed on to their descendants.

"Museo Casa Natal José Martí", based on texts by Historian Armando Caballero and published by Boloña Publications itself in 2003 -- quickly sold out -- is the proposal for Friday, February 22nd.

Closing its presence at the International Book Fair in its main venue in Havana, Boloña Publications will present the multimedia "Para no olvidar", a compilation of old images, as graphic testimony of the restoration works carried out by the Havana Historians Office in Old Havana -- one of the most important patrimonial works in the Americas.


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