Remembering Enrique Fernandez
Enrique Fernandez 1943-2018
Join us for a joyful memorial celebration of his indomitable spirit – and everything he loved – at 4pm on Sunday, March 3 at Books & Books, Coral Gables.
Journalist, music-lover. Raconteur, bon vivant. Incorrigibly Cuban, incurably honest. Enrique Fernandez, who passed away on Dec. 29th, spent most of his life charming the world into sharing his love for music, film, literature, food and life. As a columnist and critic for the Village Voice and the New York Daily News, Latin Music Editor for Billboard, Executive Features Editor and columnist at the Miami Herald, executive director of the Latin Recording Academy, and a contributor to many other publications, Enrique invoked streetwise intuition and erudite analysis (from a previous life as a college professor) to celebrate Latin music and Latin culture as a vital, integral part of the United States. Long before the mainstream accepted it as such.
Late in life, he went deeper, in his books Pretty to Think So (Books & Books Press, $14.95), a lyrical meditation on post-cancer sexuality, identity and mortality; and Cortadito: Wanderings through Cuban Cuisine (Books & Books Press, $12), on growing up in pre-Revolutionary Cuba, food and cultural roots.
For those who knew him in New York, Miami, Cuba and beyond, Enrique was a singularly wonderful friend, companion, and colleague.
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