Ricardo Cortes, author and illustrator of A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola

I received a copy of this book before it even hit the shelves.  I was already a fan of Cortes and his artwork from the popular Go the Fu** to Sleep children’s book, but the artwork and story in Secret History is nothing short of amazing. The book “tells how one of the biggest companies in the world bypasses an international ban on coca. The book also explores histories of three of the most consumed substances on earth, revealing connections between seemingly disparate icons of modern culture: caffeine, cocaine, and Coca-Cola.”

As a D.S.G.G. (Down South Georgia Girl), I grew up on Coca-Cola, literally. Down here, Coke is king.  We would tour the bottling plants, frequent the World of Coke during summer, and it was almost always a staple in my childhood refridgerator and Secret History explains how it got there and how Coke remains the world’s most popular drink.


Events featuring Ricardo Cortes

Wed., January 9, 6:30pm Busboys & Poets 2021 14th St. NW WASHINGTON, DC *Panel discussion featuring Ricardo Cortes, Sanho Tree from the Institute for Policy Studies, and Carlotta Youngers from the Office of Latin America. http://bbpbooks.teachingforchange.org/book/9781617751349

Thurs., March 21, 2:00pm Virginia Festival of the Book CitySpace-Piedmont Council for the Arts, 100 5th Street NE CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA *A panel discussion “Creativity: What Is It?” featuring Ricardo Cortes, graphic artist Barbara Slate (You Can Do a Graphic Novel), and illustrator Brian McMullan (Hang Glider & Mud Mask). Hosted by Piedmont Council for the Arts.

Thurs., March 21, 6:00pm Virginia Festival of the Book City Council Chambers, 605 E Main St. CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA *”Political Violence and Intrigue in Latin America.” Ricardo Cortes and Stephen Ferry (Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict) will discuss Latin American issues including the role of corporations in political matters.

Sat., April 20-Sun., April 21, Time TBA LA Times Festival of Books University of Southern California–Exact location and program TBA LOS ANGELES, CA


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