New Books Network

Martín Prechtel, “The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun” (North Atlantic Books, 2005)
Today I interview Martín Prechtel, whose work ranges from painting and drawing to overlooked histories and living languages to farming and blacksmithing and cooking to the six books he’s written, which cover topics so vast in genres so varied that all the short descriptions I’ve tried to give of them... Read More
Roberto Strongman, “Queering Black Atlantic Religions: Transcorporeality in Candomblé, Santería, and Vodou” (Duke UP, 2019)
In Queering Black Atlantic Religions: Transcorporeality in Candomblé, Santería, and Vodou (Duke University Press, 2019), Roberto Strongman reveals  the many non-heteronormative texts, practices and beliefs though which Black Atlantic religious practices in Haiti, Cuba and Brazil  were constituted.  Strongman examines Haitian Vodou, Cuban Lucumí/Santería, and Brazilian Candomblé to demonstrate how... Read More
Salvador Salinas, “Land, Liberty, and Water: Morelos After Zapata, 1920-1940” (U Arizona Press, 2018)
In Land, Liberty, and Water: Morelos After Zapata, 1920-1940 (University of Arizona Press, 2018), Salvador Salinas fills an important gap in the history of the Zapatista Revolution in Morelos – namely, what happened after 1920.  In this meticulously researched account of everyday life between 1920 and 1940, Salinas shows that... Read More
Lindsay Mayka, “Building Participatory Institutions in Latin America: Reform Coalitions and Institutional Change” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Lindsay Mayka’s new book examines the idea and implementation of participatory institutions, asking the question about when they actually work, and when they do not work, and why this is the case, especially in Latin America. Building Participatory Institutions in Latin America: Reform Coalitions and Institutional Change (Cambridge University Press,... Read More
Ariel Mae Lambe, “No Barrier Can Contain It: Cuban Antifascism and the Spanish Civil War” (UNC Press, 2019)
Ariel Mae Lambe’s new book No Barrier Can Contain It: Cuban Antifascism and the Spanish Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) is a history of transnational Cuban activists who mobilized in the mid-1930s to fight fascism both in Cuba and beyond. A wide variety of civic and political... Read More
Benjamin Dangl, “The Five Hundred Year Rebellion: Indigenous Movements and the Decolonization of History in Bolivia” (AK Press, 2019)
Moments before his death at the hands of Spanish colonial officials on November 15, 1781, Aymaran leader Túpac Katari assured his apostles as well as his adversaries that he would “return as millions.” As promised, Katari’s presence in Bolivia did not end with his life. In the centuries since his... Read More
Gonzalo Lamana, “How ‘Indians’ Think: Colonial Indigenous Intellectuals and the Question of Critical Race Theory” (U Arizona Press, 2019)
In his new book, How “Indians” Think: Colonial Indigenous Intellectuals and the Question of Critical Race Theory (University of Arizona Press, 2019), Dr. Gonzalo Lamana carefully investigates the writings of Indigenous intellectuals of the Andean region during Spanish colonialism. By delving into and reinterpreting the work of Guaman Poma de... Read More