Author Event, A Secret History of Coffee, Coca, and Cola
14th & V | Langston Room | January 09,2013 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Teaching for Change's Busboys and Poets Bookstore welcomes Ricardo Cortes to discuss and sign his new book, The Secret History of Coffee, Coca, and Cola.

Cortes will be joined by SanhoTree of IPS and Coletta Youngers of WOLA

"This book is an incredible work of artistic journalism. Armed with color pencils and an eye for detail, Cortés has produced a beautiful and subversive history of how that bottle of Coke ended up in your fridge. Cortés weaves his people's history with meticulously and gorgeously crafted drawings--many of them recreations of the primary documents he uses to tell his story. The end product is a damning, epic tale of hypocrisy: while the US government leads the charge to criminalize the 10 million people who chew coca, it has simultaneously conspired with a multinational beverage giant to ensure an endless supply of coca to fuel its profits." —Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

Ricardo Cortés is best known for illustrating the number one New York Times best-selling Go the Fuck to Sleepand the G-rated follow-up Seriously, Just Go to Sleep. Cortés first gained notoriety after his debut It's Just a Plant: A Children's Book about Marijuana sparked controversy from The O'Reilly Factor to Capitol Hill. He has illustrated books about electricity, the Jamaican bobsled team, and jury nullification; his work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, New York Post, The Village Voice, San Francisco Chronicle, and on CNN and FOX News. He lives in Brooklyn, New York 

Sponsors:

Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) 

Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) 

Teaching for Change 

Busboys and Poets


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