THE first Guyana Book Exhibition was declared open Saturday last at the Jose Marti National Library in Havana, Cuba.
Speaking at the opening ceremony was the Director of the Library, Omar Valino Cedre, also a Member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba.
He welcomed the exposition and hoped the Library would become a repository for Guyana’s historical documents, rare books, and publications from both contemporary and earlier authors.
Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed, pointed out that it was remarkable that the Exhibition took place in the year of the 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Guyana and Cuba.
He expressed gratitude to the Director and assured him that Guyana would continue to make available, on an ongoing basis, more and more publications for the Guyana Section of the Library since the scope for research in various academic disciplines has widened in recent times.
Among the publications on display were Dr Cheddi Jagan’s classic, The West On Trial, and seven volumes of Dr. Jagan’s Addresses in the Parliament of Guyana; Sir Shridath Ramphal’s Glimpses of a Global Life and Guyana in the World: The First Fifty Years and The Predatory Challenge; two publications by the Guyana Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The New Conquistadores and Imperial Ambition: Venezuela’s Threat to Guyana; several volumes of THINKER (donated by former Guyana President Donald Ramotar); several foreign policy Monographs by Guyana’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rashleigh Jackson and 90 other titles.
The Guyana Classics Library, which comprised re-published works by Edgar Mittleholzer, Martin Carter, Jan Carew and A.J. Seymour, among others, generated significant interest.