cuba - authors guild

February 10-17, 2018
The International Book Fair of Havana

Join us on a literary journey to Cuba. Meet Cuban writers and visit the beautiful country! The Authors Guild Foundation offers a winter getaway to the International Book Fair of Havana and other cultural destinations in Cuba.

This may be your last chance to visit Cuba before further regulations prevent American travel. We planned this trip before the new regulations affecting travel to Cuba took effect and so this trip is grandfathered in.

Here is what other travelers have said about the Authors Guild Cuba trips:

"The Authors Guild Tour to Cuba was very good. The sights seen and the cultural presentations were engrossing, and I came out of it knowing concretely what I'd known only abstractly beforehand—that Cuba is not just another pretty Caribbean island, not just another neighbor, not just another Latin American nation but a unique country with a unique culture and (especially recent) history. Generally, I'm not a fan of group tours, but this one was handled expertly and flexibly--sometimes even improvisationally." —Daniel Menaker, author of seven books, former editor at The New Yorker, former Editor-in-Chief of Random House

"What a fantastic trip, beyond all expectations. Loved meeting with Cuban writers/artists/dancers, and getting to know sister/fellow authors in our group. The B&B stay with a family was lovely! In all, the week-long trip provided the depth and breadth of insights into Cuba and its people that I could not have gleaned in a month on my own." —Terri Brooks, freelance writer and author of three works of nonfiction

"An absolutely excellent trip! The Cuban people are great, the landscape is beautiful, the architecture often extraordinary. The talks organized by the Authors Guild were particularly outstanding—a collection of wonderfully intelligent professionals from all walks of Cuban life spoke to us. Importantly, the group was very compatible, highly intelligent, curious, and friendly—all of them. I would like to take more trips like this with the Guild."  —Dinitia Smith, author of four novels and former culture reporter at The New York Times for 11 years.

"The Authors Guild trip to Cuba was an outstanding intellectual experience. The lectures and entertainers were virtually uniformly superb. Our Cuban guide, Rocio, was knowledgeable and responsive to all our inquiries. There is much to see and do. The people are energetic, friendly, curious, inventive and talented. Its brilliant writers, artists, and musicians are puzzled by our nation’s attitude, but still wanting to be one with us. Cuba’s a trip you shouldn’t pass up." —Neal Gillen, attorney and author of nine novels, two memoirs, and book on publishing.

Former Guild President Roxana Robinson participated in the inaugural trip last fall. She wrote a wonderful piece for The New Yorker about visiting Ernest Hemingway’s home which you can read here.

Your journey will be hosted by Charles Bittner, an expert on travel to Cuba and a professor of sociology at St. John’s University. Charles is administering The Authors Guild Foundation’s new global outreach program, which offers specially curated trips to our members and supporters.

The all-inclusive cost of this February 10-17, 2018, tour is $5,465 per person for double occupancy and $5,985 per person for single occupancy. It includes seven nights total: five nights at the four-star NH Capri Hotel de Habana and two evenings at a private guesthouse in Trinidad, Cuba, plus all ground transportation within Cuba, guided tours, seminars, lectures, entrance to Cuba’s preeminent museums and attractions, several private music concerts and dance performances, almost all meals, including libations, and other captivating activities and events. Airfare is not included.


Please note that recent sanctions on travel to Cuba prohibit individual travel; however, it is legal to visit Cuba with a group led by a licensed educational organization. The Authors Guild Foundation trip qualifies under the new restrictions.

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Once you've submitted your registration form, you can submit your payment HERE.


For further information or to register, contact Charles Bittner at

Travel to Cuba is authorized under The Authors Guild Foundation general people-to-people license.

A portion of the proceeds will help the Authors Guild Foundation advocate for the rights of writers by supporting free speech, fair contracts, and copyright.


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