On Thursday, March 23, the Montclair Public Library and its Foundation will present “Cuba, Past and Present,” the latest in the Open Book/Open Mind series of author events. Mark Kurlansky will talk about his new book “Havana: A Subtropical Delirium.” Kurlansky is a New York Times best-selling author and a James A. Beard award winner. The new book is described as “a cultural history of Havana.”

The Cuban-born novelist Alexis Romay (“La apertura cubana” or “The Cuban Opening;” “Salidas de emergencia”or “Emergency Exits”) will talk with Kurlansky about five centuries of Cuban culture. Kurlansky is the author of the nonfiction book “Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World.” He first visited Cuba in the 1980s. After the talk, the authors will sign their books, which will be available for purchase from Watchung Booksellers.
Open Book/Open Mind takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; reservations are suggested; call 973-744-0500, ext. 2235.