Cuban cigar maker fights labor strife and vigilante violence in new book

This little-known slice of American history is a story that has rarely been told. But now, Minneapolis-based award-winning Cuban-Irish author Mark Carlos McGinty brings you the complete tale in a fictionalized story of the turbulent cigar industry and the volatile Cigar City.

The Cigar Maker is the story of a Cuban rebel who battles labor strife and vigilante violence in the Cigar Capital of the World, Tampa’s Ybor City in the early 1900s. Based on true events and his family’s history, McGinty’s second novel celebrates family and culture in a city made famous by hand-rolled cigars and their connection to organized crime, violence and racism.

The Cigar Maker
By Mark Carlos McGinty
List $19.95
464 Pages / 6×9 trade soft cover
Seventh Avenue Productions

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