Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Existence, The Field Party Series, and The Boys South of the Mason Dixon. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.
A writer and artist, Alberto received his degree in Literature from the University of São Paulo (USP) in 1981. That same year, he began studying engraving at USP’s School of Communication and Arts. In 1985 he headed to Pratt Graphics Center in New York on a CAPES/Fulbright scholarship. He has since participated in many different exhibits in Brazil and around the world, displaying his engravings, sculptures and reliefs. He is an accomplished author, having published several books such as Goeldi: história de horizonte (History of Horizon, 1995), which received the Jabuti Award; Cais (Editora 34 Publishing, 2002), illustrated with his own wood engravings; A história dos ossos (The History of Bones, Editora 34 Publishing, 2005), second prize in the Prêmio Telecom de Literatura (Telecom Literature Prize); as well as the play Uma noite em cinco atos (A Night in Five Acts, Editora 34 Publishing, 2009) and the poem collection, Em trânsito (In Transit, Companhia das Letras Publishing, 2010). In 2013, he published Lívia e o cemitério africano, (Livia and the African Cemetery) which received the APCA (São Paulo Association of Art Critics) Award for Best Novel of the Year. In 2016, together with Fabricio Corsaletti, he published Caderno americano (American Notebook, Luna Parque Publishing), a collection of prose poems about Latin America. In addition, his book Lascas (Slices) was part of the exhibit by the same name at Galeria Raquel Arnaud, in São Paulo.
Alberto Mussa was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1961. He has a degree in Literature from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and has become known as a short story writer and novelist. One of his most distinguished works is “Compêndio Mítico do Rio de Janeiro” (A Mythical Comendium of Rio de Janeiro), a series of five crime novelas each set in a different century of Rio de Janeiro history. He has recreated the mythology of the tupinambá natives; translated pre-islamic arabic poetry; and has written the history of the samba storylines with Luiz Antônio Simas. He’s been listed as the “year’s best” by several magazines and newspapers, including Veja, O Globo and Folha, and has won several awards, including: Casa de Las Américas; Academia Brasileira de Letras (Brazilian Academy of Letters); Oceanos; Machado de Assis, from the National Library ; and the APCA (São Paulo Association of Art Critics). His work has been published in 14 languages across 17 countries and is studied in Europe, the United States and the Arab world.
Alcio Braz Eido Soho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1956, started practicing Zen Buddism in 1992 at the Rinzai Temple of Sounin-ji, Ueno, in Tokyo, Japan, under the guidance of Bunkei Yamamoto Sensei. Mr. Yamamoto then sent Alcio to practice under the supervision of Eido Shimano Roshi, at the Zen Studies Society in New York, from 1993 -1994. In 1995, he came under the guidance of Marcos Ryokyu and Master Tokuda Igarashi Roshi, who ordained him as a lay practitioner that year; Alcio would later take his vows as a full soto zen monk before Master Tokuda and the Sanga on October 12th, 2001. The ceremony took place in Pirenópolis, Goiás, at the future location of the Eisho-ji Monastery would be built. Since 1995, Alcio has been guiding the Sanga Zen of Rio de Janeiro, beginning in a room in Leblon (1995-2000), and later at Eininji - Templo do Cuidado Amoroso Eterno (Temple of Eternal Caring Love), a name given by Tokuda Roshi, who authorized the sharing of the darma. Eininji has been operating in Rio since 2001 - first in the neighborhood of Jardim Botânico, and later in Copacabana starting 2012. At that time, Alcio Sensei took over the space left by Master Tokuda Roshi (and where he had founded the Zem Temple of Copacabana). Alcio is a psychiatric doctor, with a degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ-Institute of Psychiatry). He is also a psychoanalyst (a graduate of the SPCRJ-Psychoanalytic Society of Rio de Janeiro) and holds a Master’s degree in Social Antropology (from the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology at the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro - PPGAS-MN-UFRJ). He is a widower, the father of three daughters and grandfather to a young girl. In addition, he has written "O Grande Silêncio" (The Great Silence), published by Gryphus Editora in 2016.
Alessandro Molon is a lawyer and Law professor at PUC-Rio, and holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in history from the Federal Fluminense University (UFF). He is currently in his second term as a Federal Deputy, and helped to write the Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet. Mr. Molon also became known for his role in the arguments for suspending the term of Eduardo Cunha, former leader of the Brazilian Lower House of Parliament. The effort was successful and subsequently led to Cunha’s imprisonment. Mr. Molon hopes to increase citizen representation through participation and transparency. Prior to his current roles, he completed two terms at the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro (Alerj).
Alexandre Marques Rodrigues was born in 1979, in Santos, on the coast of São Paulo, and has a degree in psychology. His debut work, Parafilias (2014), was published by Record and won the 2014 SESC Prize for Literature in the short story category; the work made the list of finalists for the Jabuti Award and semifinalists for the Oceanos Prize. In 2016, Record also published his novel Entropia, which was also launched in Portugal by the publishing house Teodolito this year.
Alexei Bueno, born in 1963, is a poet, translator, critic and editor from Rio de Janeiro. He’s written and organized over 100 published works, and has received numerous literary awards, including: the Jabuti, the APCA (São Paulo Association of Art Critics), the National Library, the Brazilian Academy of Letters, Fernando Pessoa, etc.
Ana Maria Machado is the former President of the Brazilian Academy of Letters (ABL). She is the author of 10 novels, 8 critical essays and dozens of works for children and young adults. She has garnered 3 Jabuti awards, as well as other national and international prizes, including: the Casa de Las Américas (Cuba), and Hans Christian Andersen Awards (2000), the Machado de Assis Prize given by the ABL (2001), the Cultura RJ prize, the IberianAmerican Award for Children’s Literature, and the Prince Claus Award (Holland). She holds a degree in literature from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and did graduate work in Paris with Roland Barthes. She’s worked as a journalist in major Brazilian media outlets as well as the BBC London. Maria has taught at Sorbonne, Berkeley (California) and Oxford. Ninety of her works have been translated internationally, with over 20 million books sold.
Ana Paula Maia is a novelist and screenwriter. She’s published six novels, including “Assim na terra como embaixo da terra” (In Earth as it is below the Earth), her most recent, and "De gados e homens" (Of Cattle and Men) and “Entre rinhas de cachorros e porcos abatidos” (Between Fighting Dogs and Slaughtered Pigs). She’s published books in Serbia, Germany, Argentina, France, Italy, the United States and Spain. Her debut as a screenwriter came in the film Deserto, directed by Guilherme Weber, which won the Best Director award at the 2016 Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival. The film is set for release this year. Ana also takes part in multiple literary events in Brazil and around the world.
Ana Paula Pedro, 43, is an actress, poet and psychologist. She is the author of “Primeira Chuva no Deserto” (First Rain in the Desert, Íbis Libris publishing, 2008) and “A menina que fazia tic-tac” (The girl who went Tic Tac), Lazuli publishing, 2011. She wrote the script for the “Conjuntura Brasil” show. The Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Getulio Vargas Foundation) published the translation and adaptation of her work “O Pequeno Príncipe para crianças” (The Little Prince for Children), in partnership with Geraldo Carneiro. She organized the book “Subúrbios da Galáxia” (Galaxy Suburbs), and “O Discurso do Amor Rasgado”, ( the Discourse of Ravaged Love), Geraldo Carneiro’s translations of poems, fragments and scenes by William Shakepheare, both published by Nova Fronteira . She was the winner of the “Poesia Simplesmente” (Simply Poetry) Award at the 2002 Rio de Janeiro Poetry Festival. She contributed to and organized “Poemas Reunidos” (Collected Poems) by Geraldo Carneiro, a National Library and Nova Fronteira co-publication. Her own poems are also part of numerous anthologies. She has degrees in scenic arts from the Célia Helena School of Theater and in psychology from the University of São Paulo (USP; she has tought body language and drama, and has worked with group dynamics. She has produced and acted in the weekly reading session: “Tudo é Teatro” (Everything is Theater) in partnership with actress Giulia Gam, from 2002 - 2005. As an actress, she’s taken part in “Shakespeare: Sound and Fury”, 2016; “Forcas Caudinas” (Caudine Forces)- Directed by Silvia Eleutério, 2016; “Shakespeare Night at Poeira” – Directed by Aderbal Freire Filho; “O Califa da Rua do Sabão” (The Caliph of Sabão Street), 2014; “Primeira Chuva no Deserto” (First Rain in the Desert)- Directed by Camilla Amado, 2008; “The Third Generation” (Fassbinder) – Directed by Ole Erdmann – 2004; “O Clube dos Feios” (The Ugly People Club) – Directed by Adriano Garib - 2000; “Alice Through the looking Glass” with the Armazém Companhia de Teatro Theatre Company from 1999 -2001 – Directed by Paulo de Moraes, among others. She starred in the movie “Olga”, directed by Jayme Monjardim, 2003; and in the short feature films “Miragem em Abismo”, (Mirage in the Abyss) directed by Erick Rocha, 2008; “Castanho”, directed by Eduardo Valente, 2002 and “Âmago”, directed by Ana Paula Nunes, 2001. She took part in Globo TV’s Actor’s Workshop in 1997, and starred in several soap operas and TV shows, such as : “Sangue bom”, (Good Blood) 2012; “Tititi”, 2010; “Faça sua história”, (Create your own Story) 2008 e 2009; “Pé na Jaca”, (Binging) 2007; “Minha Nada Mole Vida”, (My Life Easy Life) 2007; “Linha Direta” (Direct Line), 2006; “Belíssima”, (Beautiful) 2006; “Malhação”, (Workout) 2005; “A Turma do Didi”, (Didi’s Gang) 2005; “Zorra Total”, (Total Mess) 1999; “Torre de Babel”, (Babel Tower) 1998; “A Indomada”, (The Untamed) 1997.
André Diniz is an historian, writer and professor. He has written extensively about popular music, and his works include the “Almanaque do Samba” (Samba Almanaque - Zahar Publishing) and “Noel Rosa, o poeta do samba e da cidade” (Noel Rosa, the poet of samba and the city” - Casa da palavra publishing). André is currently the President of the Niterói Foundation for the Arts.
Andre Trigueiro is a journalist with a graduate degree in Environmental Management from the COPPE- the Luiz Coimbra Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), where he teaches “Environmental Geopolitics”. He created the Enviromental Journalism course at PUC-Rio, which he also teaches, and is editor-in -chief of the Cities and Solutions show for the Globo News cable channel. He is also a reporter with Globo TV, a columnist for the Folha de São Paulo newspaper and G1 portal, and a radio commentator for the CBN, Boa Nova and Rio de Janeiro stations, as well as lecturer and author of several books on the environment.
Antonia is the author of "Cem ideias que deram em nada" (100 Ideas that resulted in nothing), Foz Publishing. She is also a contributor to several anthologies as well as magazines, such as Ilustríssima, Vogue, 451 and Piauí; she was a columnist for TPM (2004 – 2017) and Serafina (Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, 2011 – 2012). Antonia also co-wrote five soap operas and five TV series, including "Oscar Freire 279". She wrote the scripts for the films "Bruna Surfistinha" and "Tim Maia", for which she received awards for best adapted screenplay from the Brazilian Academy of Cinema and the Brazilian Academy of Letters, respectively. Both movies were seen by over 4 million people. Antonia holds a master’s degree in Literature from PUC-Rio and is a feminist activist, helping to organize the #AgoraÉQueSãoElas (Now Her), movement in November 2015. Today she edits the blog by the same name at the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper. She is the writer, director and producer of the documentary film #PrimaveraDasMulheres (Women’s Spring).
Antonio is the professor emeritus of Brazilian Literature at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), where he also received his PhD in Literature. He is a poet and author of six books, including Todos os ventos (All the winds—collected poems) and winner of three awards for best book in its category published in 2002. He is an essayist, and wrote João Cabral: a poesia do menos (Poetry of Less-1985), Poesia e desordem (Poetry and Disorder-1996), Escritos sobre poesia & alguma ficção (Writings on Poetry and some Fiction-2003), Memórias de um leitor de poesia (Memories of a Poetry Reader-2010), Papéis de poesia (The Roles of Poetry-2014) and João Cabral: uma fala só lâmina (A Word is a Blade- 2014). He’s given 485 lectures throughout Brazil and the world, and has been guest professor at the Universities of Barcelona, Bordeaux, California, Lisbon, Merida, Mexico, Los Angeles, Naples, Paris (Sorbonne), Rennes and Rome. He has written over 500 works (poems, short stories, essays) published in major national and international literary journals. In 2013, the UFRJ Press published Secchin: uma vida em letras, (A Life in Words) with 88 articles, essays and testimonials on Antonio’s contribution to poetry, essay writing, teaching and love of books.
Artur Xexéo started his journalistic career in 1975 as an intern at the Jornal do Brasil (JB) newspaper’s general news desk. He’s worked at Veja and Isto É magazines in São Paulo. He returned to JB in 1985, as a subeditor for the Culture section, and later went on to become editor of the Sunday Magazine, as well as the B and City sections, He was promoted to the newsroom subdepartment, while maintaining his role as columnist for the paper. Today he is a columnist for O Globo newspaper (Rio de Janeiro), where he was editor of the Segundo Caderno culture section for many years. Artur also contributes to the paper’s online edition with his Xexéo’s blog. He is also a commentator for the CBN radio station and the Estúdio i show on the Globo News cable channel ( both in Rio de Janeiro). He’s written “Janete Clair- A usineira dos sonhos” (The Dream Worker-Relume Dumará, 1996) and “O torcedor acidental” (The Accidental Sports Fan-Rocco, 2010). Artur’s work extends to theater, where he translated the musical "Xanadu", directed by Miguel Falabella, and wrote the plays “A Garota do Biquini Vermelho” (The Girl in the Red Bikini), directed by Marilia Pera; and “Nós sempre teremos Paris” (We’ll Always Have Paris), with Françoise Forton and Tadeu Aguiar, directed by Jaqueline Laurance. In 2016, he translated "Love Story, the Musical", directed by Tadeu Aguiar and wrote his own musical "Cartola - o mundo é um moinho" (The World is a Windmill).
Babi Dewet has always put music at the center of her work. She published the trilogy Sábado à Noite (Saturday Night – by Generale), the short story collection, Turma da Mônica Jovem: Uma Viagem Inesperada (Monica’s Gang Teen: An Unexpected Journey – by Nemo) and Um Ano Inesquecível (An Unforgettable Year – by Gutenberg), as well as the series Cidade da Música (City of Music – by Gutenberg). She hosts the Ponto Kpop show on PlayTV, and works on pop culture events, managing the Dramafever channel, a portal for Korean dramas in addition to her own Youtube channel on K-Pop. She’s considered a pioneer on the subject of South Korean pop music in Brazil, and makes a point of referencing Korean culture in her books, influencing her readers with a touch of her passion.
Bruna Beber was born in 1984, in Duque de Caxias (Rio de Janeiro), and currently resides in São Paulo. She is a poet and translator; her poetry debut came with a fila sem fim dos demônios descontentes (The endless line of unhappy demons, 7Letras, 2006), and was followed by balés (Língua Geral, 2009), rapapés & apupos (7Letras, 2012) Rua da Padaria (Padaria Street, Record, 2013) and Ladainha (Record, 2017). She also wrote the children’s book Zebrosinha (Galerinha, Record, 2013), in partnerhsip with Beta Maya. Her poems have been published in anthologies and online in Germany, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Mexico and Portugal. She has been a guest author at many events in Brazil and around the world, including FLIP (Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty-The Paraty International Literary Festival), in 2013, and the Göteborg Book Fair in Sweden, the following year, where she was part of the official delegation of Braziian writers. She is also a visual artist , and in February 2016 launched her first individual show – Brinquedos Espalhados (Spread out Toys)– at the Oi Futuro (Ipanema, RJ) Cultural Center, as part of the project Programa Poesia Visual (Visual Poetry Program) showcasing more than 30 works produced over the last 10 years—including audios, videos, drawings, sculptures, books, paintings, photography and objects. Bruna’s website: http://brunabeber.com.br/
Carini Rissi always reads the last page of a book before she buys it and has an inexplicable fascination for “star-crossed love”. Her source of inspiration is Jane Austen. When she’s away from her books — the ones she reads and writes-, Carina enjoys watching romantic comedies with her family and planning trips to places she’ll probably never see, due to her fear of airplanes. The author was born in Ariranha, in the countryside of São Paulo, where she lives with her husband and daughter, after having spent a long period in the state capital. Her works include “Procura-se um marido” (Looking for a Husband), “Perdida” (Lost) and “Encontrada” (Found), all published by Verus. She also participated in the project “O livro dos vilões” (The book of villains), with a short story revisiting the Evil Queen. The project was published by Galera, the teen & young adult division of Record Publishing. “Quando a noite cai” (When Night Falls), Carina’s chick lit novel, topped the general lists of Publish News, Nielsen and Veja.
Carl Hart is a psychology and psychiatry professor at Columbia University. Hart is known for his research in drug abuse and drug addiction. He was the first tenured African American professor of sciences at Columbia University.
Carol Christo has a passion for games, comics, movies… basically everything to do with pop culture. She has degrees in both Advertising & Market and Scriptwriting for TV and Cinema (graduate level). She lives in Belo Horizonte and currently works as an editorial assistant in the publishing market. Her 2016 book, O último mestre Pokémon (The Last Pokémon Master), was published in 7 countries.
Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter. He is also the author of Smarter Faster Better, a book on the science of productivity, and The Power of Habit, about how habits are formed in our lives, companies and societies.
Daiana Garbin is a journalist with a degree from the Caxias do Sul University. At 18, she began her career as a radio broadcaster. When she was 24, she began her career in television, as a reporter, editor, producer and host. She spent 8 years working as a reporter for Globo TV in São Paulo. In 2016, she quit to start her own Youtube channel, Eu Vejo (I See), where she discusses issues related to the body, self image, health and nutrition. Her website is www.euvejo.vc.
Daniel Aarão Reis was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1946, the son and grandson of Cariocas. During the 60s he was a revolutionary activist, which resulted in his persecution and imprisonment by the Braziian military dicatorship. His activist friends saved him in the nick of time, however, and allowed him to go free in 1970. With his project defeated at home, Daniel remained in exile for over 9 years; during this period, he attended the University of Paris VII, obtaining both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in History. He spent time in Mocambique, from 1976 - 1979, where he taught Contemporary History at the new Eduardo Mondlane University, becoming an expert in the adventures and misadventures of the 19th and 20st century socialist revolutions. Upon returning to Brazil, Daniel joined the History Department at the Federal Fluminense University. He earned a PhD from the University of São Paulo with an autobiographical Doctoral thesis on the revolutionary organizations of the 60s in Brazil. He later became Full Professor of Contemporary History, presenting another thesis on the European and Soviet socialist projects. His recently published a biography of the Brazilian socialist leader Luis Carlos Prestes, for which he won the 2014 Jabuti Award in the biography category. For as long as possible, Daniel will continue to reflect upon and debate his favorite themes: the evolution of the Brazilian Left and contemporary socialism. Despite or even because of his defeats, he continues his commitment to the reinvention of democratic socialism in the 21st century.
Daniel Martins de Barros is a visiting professor at the Psychiatry Department of the University of São Paulo’s Medical School. He is also a doctor at the Psychiatry Institute for Hospital das Clínicas in São Paulo. He holds a PhD in Science and a BA in Philosophy from the University of São Paulo. He is also a columnist for the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo and has a blog on the paper’s portal. In addition, Dr. Barros is a consultant for Globo TV’s Bem estar (Well-Being) show and a guest on Band News FM radio station, where he talks about the mind and brain in the interview show Humanamente. He also writes a column called “Isso é coisa da sua cabeça” (It’s all in your head), as well as monthly articles on science and behavior for Galileu Magazine. Besides his technical books, Dr. Barros has also written works such as Viagem por dentro do cérebro, (A Voyage through the Brain), which was nominated for a Jabuti Award in 2014, and O caso da menina sonhadora (The Case of the Dreaming Girl) – both published by Panda Books; other works include Machado de Assis: a loucura e as leis (Machado de Assis: Madness and Laws published by Brasiliense) and O preço do prazer (The Price of Pleasure, published by Manole).
Daniel is an expert on the publications market and digital books. He is a partner-director at Contexto Publishing and Founder of Labrador Press. He has a degree in Administration from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Getulio Vargas Foundation), an MBA in retail from the FIA Business School and a Master’s in Administration from the School of Economics and Business Administration of the University of São Paulo.
Daniela Pinheiro is the editor for digital strategies and new projects at Piauí magazine, where she’s been working since 2007. She is also the co-author of “Vultos da República” (Bodies of the Republic) and “Tempos Instáveis“ (Unstable Times), both published by Companhia das Letras. She has also worked at Veja magazine and Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, and is a four-time winner of the Troféu Mulher IMPRENSA (prize for women in the press) and two-time winner of the Comunique-se Award for best print media reporter. From 2015-16, she studied at Stanford University on a John S. Knight Journalist Fellowship.
Deltan Dallagnol is responsible for one of the biggest anti-corruption operations in the history of Brazil. Since 2014, he has coordinated the task force of federal prosecutors working on the Car Wash case in Curitiba. Deltan has acknowledged that the fight against corruption must reach beyond Car Wash to include significant reform. This has motivated him to become a leader of the Campaign for 10 Anti-Corruption Measures, which has attracted the support of over 2 million Brazilians. Since joining the Federal Public Ministry in 2003, he has tackled major investigations such as the Banestado case. Deltan has a Master’s in Law from Harvard University; he is a professor and author of many technical books and articles. He also lectures and conducts training on subjects such as corruption, compliance, money laundering and plea bargaining.
Eduardo Spohr was born in June 1976 in Rio de Janeiro. As the son of a pilot and a stewardess, he had the opportunity to travel around the world and got to know different cultures and peoples. His passion for literature and fascination with history led him to study Social Communication in college. He started working at advertising agencies, but eventually gravitated towards journalism. He graduated from PUC-Rio university in 2001, and specialized in digital media. He worked as a reporter for Cadê Noticias, StarMedia and iG; he was also a content analyst for iBest and later became an editor for the Click21 portal. Today, besides creating graphic projects, he is a script consultant and a lecturer in the course “Literary Structure: the Hero’s Journey in Literature and Cinema”, for the Hélio Alonso Colleges universty (Facha), in Rio de Janeiro. He is the author of a mega best seller A Batalha do Apocalipse (The Battle of the Apocalypse) and the Filhos do Éden (Children of Eden) Triology.
Fabiano is a writer and story-teller, author of the novel “O lume e o agreste” (The Glow and the Wild), published by Confraria do Vento, and the short story collection “Minha mãe e outras mulheres” (My Mother and Other Women), to be launched this year by the same publisher. A native of Pernambuco, Fabiano is currently settled in Rio de Janeiro. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of São Paulo, and was named after a character in the classic novel “Barren Lives”, by Graciliano Ramos.
Editorial Director for Carambaia Publishing Fabiano worked as a journalist and university professor before founding Carambaia Publishing. His academic background includes Master’s degrees in Communication from the University of Westminster, in London, and both a Master’s and a PhD in Literary Theory and History from the University of Campinas, in São Paulo.
Fabrício was born in 1972, in the town of Caxias do Sul in the state of Rio Grande do Sul; he later settled in Porto Alegre and published 40 books, including poetry, chronicles, children’s and teen literature and non-fiction, winning over twenty literary awards . He is a commentator for the Encontro (Meeting) show hosted by Fátima Bernardes on Globo TV as well as a columnist for the Zero Hora and O Globo newspapers. Fabrício is currently on tour with the romantic stand-up "O Amor não é para os Fracos" (Love isn’t for the weak).
Fabrício was born in Santo Anastácio, in the western part of São Paulo, in 1978. He has been living in the city of São Paulo since 1997, and has published over ten books, including: Estudos para o seu corpo (Studies for your Body, poetry, Companhia das Letras, 2007), King Kong e cervejas (King Kong and beers, short stories, Companhia das Letras press, 2008), Golpe de ar ( A Blow from the Air, novela, Editora 34 press, 2009), Esquimó (poetry, Companhia das Letras press, 2010, Bravo! Award) and Ela me dá capim e eu zurro (She gives me grass and I bray, chronicles, Editora 34 press, 2014). He also co-translated, with Samuel Titan Jr., 20 poemas para ler no bonde (20 poems to read on the trolley car) by the Argentine poet Oliverio Girondo (Editora 34 press, 2014). Since 2010, he has been a columnist for São Paulo magazine and the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper, publishing chronicles and poetry on a bi-weekly basis.
Fernando Gabeira began his career in journalism as a reporter for the Jornal do Brasil newspaper. In 1970, he was imprisoned by the military dictatorship and later exiled, passing through many countries such as Chile, Sweden, and Italy. Upon his return to Brazil in 1979, he went back to writing and journalism, launching the classic O que é isso, companheiro? (What is this, Comrade?) currenty published by Estação Brasil Press. In 1986, he was a candidate for governor of Rio de Janeiro, and in 1996, was elected Federal Deputy, winning re-election in 1998 and 2002. Gabeira has dedicated himself intensely to literature, constructing the first critical analyses of armed struggle and promoting debates on topics such as individual liberties and ecology. With books such as O crepúsculo do macho, (Twilight of the Macho) Entradas e bandeiras, (Entrances and Flags) Hóspede da utopia (Host to Utopia) Nós que amávamos tanto a revolução (We who so loved the revolution) and Vida alternativa (Alternative Life) he opened up new ways of thinking and challenged traditional concepts of Brazilian life. He currently writes for O Globo and O Estado de S. Paulo newspapers and has hiw own show on the GloboNews cable channel.
Flavio is editor of Todavia Press, having previously been at the Companhia das Letras publishing company (2012-2017) and curator of the the Paraty Literary Festival Flip (2008-2010).
Frei Betto was born in Belo Horizonte in the state of Minas Gerais. He studied journalism, antrhopology, philosophy and theology. He is a Dominican frian and writer, who won the 1985 Jabuti Award for his memoir Batismo de Sangue (Baptism by Blood); the Jabuti is the most important literary prize in Brazil and is given by the Brazilian Book Chamber. In 1986, he was chosen as Intelectual do Ano (Intellectual of the Year) by the Brazilian Union of Writers who awarded him the Juca Pato Prize. In 2009, he received the Alba Literary Award for the totality of his work. In 1987, he received the Human Rights award from the Bruno Kreisky Foundation in Vienna. From 1991-1996, he was a council member at the Swedish Foundation Council for Human Rights. In Italy, May 1998, he was the first Brazilian to receive the Paolo E. Borsellino award for his work on human rights. That same year, he was awarded the Crea Environment Prize given by the Regional Council on Engineering and Architecture of Rio de Janeiro. Also in 1998, the São Paulo Association of Art Critics awarded him the prize for his work A noite em que Jesus nasceu ( The night Jesus was born, Vozes press), considered the best children’s book of that year. He is a lecturer and teacher, having taught pastoral studies throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia. He was previously a member of the Institute for Critical Research (Amsterdam), director of the Latin American magazine "America Libre", and special assistant to President Lula for Social Mobilization in the Zero Hunger Program (2003-2004). He contributes to various magazines and newspapers in Brazil and around the world. Frei Betto has written 62 books, published in many countries. Among his most well known fiction works are: Aldeia do silêncio (Village of Silence), Minas do ouro (Mines of Gold), Hotel Brasil and Um homem chamado Jesus (A Man Called Jesus), all published by Rocco Press. His critical essays include: Fidel e a religião (Fidel and Religion), Batismo de sangu (Baptism by Blood), Cartas da prisão (Letters from a Brazilian Jail), Essa escola chamada vida (This School called Life, co-authored with the educator Paulo Freire and the journalist Ricardo Kotscho), Mística e espiritualidade (Mysticism and Spirituality, co-authored with Leonardo Boff), O Paraíso perdido – viagens ao mundo socialista (Lost Paradise—journeys to the socialist world) Sinfonia Universal - a cosmovisão de Teilhard de Chardin (Universal Symphony – the cosmovision of Teilhard de Chardin), Oficio de escrever (The Craft of Writing) and A obra do Artista - uma visão holística do Universo (The work of the Artist- a holistic view of the Universe).
Gayle Forman is a young adult fiction author, known for novels such as If I Stay, which was made into a film, as well as a journalist with articles published in several magazines such as Seventeen, Cosmopolitan and Elle. She traveled to many countries and wrote her impressions in the book You Can’t Get There from Here. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two daughters.
The poet Geraldo Carneiro has published 9 poetry books, which were compiled into Poesia Reunida ( Collected Poems-Nova Fronteira press, 2010). In 1988 he received the Prêmio Lei Sarney, the award for best poetry book of the year. His other published works include a biography of Vinicius de Moraes and several chronicle collections. Geraldo is also a translator, and his most recent work in this field, O Discurso do Amor Rasgado (The Discourse of Ravaged Love) featuring poems and fragments by William Shakespeare, was published by Nova Fronteira press in 2013. He is a lyricist, having written over two-hundred songs in partnership with Egberto Gismonti, Astor Piazzolla, John Neschling, Francis Hime and Wagner Tiso - among others - recorded by many different artists. His theater work includes his own writings as well as translations of The Tempest, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear and Antony and Cleopatra. Geraldo also works in television. He was both writer and script supervisor for the series Você Decide (You Decide), and has adapted several literary works for the small screen. He co-wrote, with Alcides Nogueira, the miniseries O Astro based on the 1970’s soap opera by Janete Clair. The series received the International Emmy Award for 2012. In 2016 he became a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters.
Giovanna was born in Curitiba in 1975, and currently lives in São Paulo. She has a degree in journalism from the Federal University of Paraná, and writes screenplays as well as novels, such as A Teta Racional (The Rational Nipple).
Gisele is a journalist and translator who’s worked at newspapers and magazines in her home state of Paraná. In 2012 she started her own Youtube channel, Vamos falar sobre livros? (Let’s Talk About Books?), and is also a monthly contributor to the Rascunho literary journal.
Gustavo is a 25 year-old Gaucho, or native of Porto Alegre, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. He has a degree in Administration from that state’s Federal University. In 2013, what had basically been a hobby became his full-time focus: books. Together with two other friends, he founded TAG - Experiências Literárias (Literary Experiences), which has attracted over twenty thousand members.
Heloisa, a carioca native of Rio de Janeiro, has written over twenty books, including novels, short stories, chronicles, children’s literature, as well as plays. She was a four-time finalist for the Jabuti Award with her books Pente de Vênus (The Venus Comb), A porta (The Door), Pérolas absolutas (Absolute Pearls) and O oitavo selo (The Eigth Seal); the latter also made the list of finalists for the São Paulo Prize for Literature and semi-finalists for the Oceanos Prize. She has also written a non-fiction work, O lugar escuro (A Dark Place) on Alzheimers Disease. Her most recent book, Agora e na hora (Now and On Time), was launched in April of this year by the Companhia das Letras publishing company.
Ilona is an expert in public safety and drug policy and the co-founder and executive director of the Igarapé Institute. She was previously executive-secretary for the Global Commission on Drug Policy from 2011-16. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, a Master’s in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University in Sweden, and a degree in International Development from the University of Oslo. Ilona is an internationally renowned social entrepreneur who has helped to create new leadership networks, such as Pense Livre (Think Freely) and the Agora! (Now!) movement. In 2015, she was named Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum, having lectured at TEDGlobal the previous year. In addition, she is the researcher and co-writer of the documentary on drug policy, Quebrando o Tabu (Breaking the Taboo), seen by millions of people around the world. This year, Zahar press published her book, Drogas: as histórias que não te contaram ( Drugs: the stories they never told you).
Jairo Nicolau is a political scientist and full professor in the Department of Political Science at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He is also a researcher with the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the author of História do voto no Brasil (History of the Vote in Brazil -Zahar, 2002) and Sistemas eleitorais (Electoral Systems- FGV press, 2012).
Jenny Han was born in Virginia, United States. She has worked as a bookseller, has got masters in creative writing from New School and is the author of books for children and youth - including To All the Boys I´ve Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean, published by Intrínseca (in Brazil). He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Joaquim Ferreira dos Santos is a journalist who’s written for Veja magazine as well as O Globo, Jornal do Brasil and O Dia newspapers. He is also a biographer, with works on Brazilian personalisties such as Zózimo Barrozo do Amaral ("Enquanto houver champanhe, há esperança"- As Long as there’s Champagne, there’s hope, Intrínseca publishing), Leila Diniz ("Revolução na praia", Revolution on the beach, Companhia das Letras publishing) and Antônio Maria ("Um homem chamado Maria", A man called Maria, Objetiva press). Joaquim has also published several chronicle collections, such as "Em busca do borogodó perdido", (In search of the lost borogodó, Objetiva press) and "O que as mulheres carregam na bolsa", (What’s in a woman’s purse, Record publishing). He was the organizer of "As cem melhores crônicas brasileiras" (The hundred best Brazilian chronicles, Objetiva press), as well as the curator for the 100 years of Rubem Braga Exhibit, celebrating the famous Brazilian chronicle writer.
Joca Reiners Terron is a writer, born in Cuiabá, the capital of the midwestern state of Mato Grosso. in 1968. He has written both poetry and prose, including the novels "Não Há Nada Lá" (There’s nothing there), "A tristeza extraordinária do leopardo-das-neves" (The extraordinary sadness of the snow leopard) and and "Do fundo do poço se vê a lua" (From the deepest pit you can see the moon), which received the 2010 Machado de Assis Award from the National Library. All these books were published by Companhia das Letras. He has also translated works by Enrique Vila-Matas, Richard Brautigan, Mario Levrero and Roberto Bolaño. His latest novel is "Noite dentro da noite" (Night within the night), published this year, also by Companhia das Letras.
Karin Slaughter is one of the world is most popular and acclaimed storytellers, having made it to number 1 in bestseller lists in several countries. She has published 15 novels, which have been translated into more than 30 languages, sold over 35 million copies, and her first psychological thriller, Pretty Girls, was published last year. Born in Georgia, USA, she currently lives in Atlanta.
Karla Andrea de Melo Costa Coelho was born in 1965 in Recife, the capital of the northeastern state of Pernambuco. She is editor and partner at the Confraria dos Ventos publishing house, with a background in psychology and philosophy. For over a decade, she worked in the art world, focusing on the structure of art exhibits and developing concepts and an esthetic outlook based on her theoretical-philosophical foundations. Since 2002, she has organized meetings on Literature and Art, and in 2004, became partner at the Caliban press. She later moved to Confraria dos Ventos, a small publishing house which has gained increasing recognition for its role in discovering new writers and promoting established authors, its award-winning publications and well-designed, high quality printing. At Confraria dos Ventos, Karla is the editorial coordinator as well as the general manager, a role she shares with Vitor Paes, himself an editor and author.
Leandro is a historian and professor at the University of Campinas, with a PhD in Social history from the University of São Paulo. He Is a frequent guest on the TV cultura channel, appearing on its news broadcast and the Café Filosófico (Philosophy Café) show. He has authored and co-authored more than ten books, including best-sellers such as “Verdades e Mentiras” (Secrets and Lies) ; “Felicidade ou Morte” (Happiness or Death); “Pecar e Perdoar” (Sin and Forgiveness); “Detração – breve ensaio sobre o maldizer” (Defamation-A Brief History of Badmouthing); “História dos Estados Unidos “ (The History of the United States) and “Conversas com um jovem professor” (Conversations with a Young Professor). He is a member of the editorial board of many scientific publications in Brazil and a regular columnist at the Estadão newspaper. Leandro is also a frequent guest on the radio and TV stations of the Bandeirantes Broadcasting Co, and his videos and quotes are very popular on the internet.
When Leisa Raven started drama school she wrote her first plays. Leisa dedicated herself to playwriting and several of her plays were produced in Australia. The novel took the place of theater when Leisa began writing fan fiction and she attracted readers on the internet. The online success inspired her to write her first novel, Bad Romeo, and her sequel Broken Juliet. Leisa currently lives in Australia with her husband, two children, three cats and a kangaroo named Howard.
Leusa Araujo is a journalist, writer and researcher with the Globo TV Drama Center. Her first book was published in 1994, and she has just released her new short story collection: Senão eu atiro e outras histórias verídicas (If not I’ll shoot and other true stories, Quelônio – printed edition and Estratosfera –e-book). She has written several fiction and non-fiction works, such as Livro do Cabelo ( The Book of Hair, Leya, 2015), and Tatuagem, Piercing e Outras Mensagens do Corpo ( Tattoos, Piercing and other Body Messages, Cosac Naify 2016). Her book Convivendo em Grupo – almanaque de sobrevivência em sociedade (Living in Groups—an almanaque for surviving in society, Editora Moderna publishing) received the Jabuti Award for 2nd place in the category of didactic literature
Lícia Loltran was born in 1992, in the town of Juazeiro, Bahia. She majored in journalism at the State University of Bahia (UNEB) and has a Law degree from the College of Applied and Social Sciences of Petrolina (FACAPE). The Idea of writing about LGBT families sprang from Lícia’s need to understand how these types of families emerged and interacted in a society marked by prejudice and preconceptions.
Lili Schwartz was born in São Paulo in 1957. She is a full professor in the Antropology Department at the University of São Paulo, a Global Scholar at Princeton University, and adjunct curator for the São Paulo Museum of Art. Her book The Emperor’s Beard: D. Pedro II and his tropical monarchy in Brazil won the Jabuti Award for Book of the Year in 1999. She was director for the collection The History of Brazil Nation in 6 volumes (Objetiva/ Fundação Mapfre publishers), three of which were nominated for a Jabuti Award. She was curator for a series of exhibits, including Um Olhar sobre o Brasil (A Look at Brazil, 2012, with Boris Kossoy) and Histórias Mestiças (Mestiça Stories, 2014, with Adriano Pedrosa), both at the Tomie Ohtake Institute.
Luiz Antonio Simas is a historian and writer. He co-autored, with Alberto Mussa, the critical essay Samba de Enredo, História e arte, (Samba Storylines , History and Art), published in 2010. In 2012, he published Portela – tantas páginas belas (Portela – so many beautiful pages). The next year he launched Pedrinhas Miudinhas: ensaios sobre ruas, aldeias e terreiros (Tiny pebbles: essays on streets, villages and terreiros) compiling 41 articles on popular culture originally published in O Globo newspaper. He is a contributor to the book “A Roda dos Saberes do Cais do Valongo” (The Wheel of Knowledge in Valongo Harbor), about the Afro-Braziian cultures that mingled at the main gateway into Brazil during the period of slavery. Luiz has published hundreds of articles on popular culture and the city of Rio de Janeiro in various newspapers and magazines. He has also been a juror for the Estandarte de Ouro, the biggest prize of the Carioca Carnaval. In 2016, together with Nei Lopes, Luiz received the Jabuti, the most important literary award in Brazil, for the non-fiction work Dictionary of Samba Social History.
Luiz Schwarcz was born in 1956 and majored in Business Administration at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Getulio Vargas Foundation). After a period at Brasiliense press, he founded the Companhia das Letras publishing company in 1986 with his wife Lilia Moritz Schwarcz. In over three decades, the company has published more than 3 thousand titles. Luiz is also the author of two short story collections and a children’s book.
Born in 1967, MARCELINO FREIRE is a writer and native of Sertânia, in the northeastern state of Pernambuco. He lived in the state capital of Recife, and has been settled in São Paulo since 1991. He has written many books, including “Angu de Sangue” ( Blood Angu-Ateliê Editorial Publishing) and “Contos Negreiros” (Slave Stories- Record Press– Jabuti Award 2006). In 2004, he created and organized the micro-short story anthology “Os Cem Menores Contos Brasileiros do Século” (The 100 shortest stories of the century-Ateliê Press). Some of his stories have been adapted into plays, and he has contributed to various anthologies in Brazil and around the world. Marcelino’s “Slave Stories” has been published in both Argentina and Mexico, with translations by Lucia Tennina (Argentina, for Santiago Arcos press) and Armando Escobar (Mexico, for Librosampleados press). He is also the creator and host of Balada Literária (Literary Ballad), a gathering of national and international writers in Vila Madalena, a São Paulo neighborhood, which has been taking place since 2006. Luiz is also a member of the collective EDITH, through which he published his short story book, “Amar É Crime” (Loving is a Crime) in July 2011. At the end of 2013, he published his first novel“Nossos Ossos” (Our Bones-Record press), which was also launched in Argentina by the Adriana Hidalgo press, France by Anacaona, and Portugal by Nova Delphi. The book received the 2014 Machado de Assis Award for Best Novel from the National Library.
MARCELO MOUTINHO is the author of "Ferrugem" ( Rust - Record, 2017), "Na dobra do dia" (At the turn of the Day - Rocco, 2015), "A palavra ausente" (The Missing Word - Rocco, 2011), "Somos todos iguais nesta noite" (We are all equal tonight - Rocco, 2006) and "Memória dos barcos (The memory of boats - 7Letras, 2001)"; he also wrote the children’s book "A menina que perdeu as cores" (The girl who lost the colors - Pallas, 2013). He has organized several anthologies, including "Conversas de botequim - 20 contos inspirados em canções de Noel Rosa" (Conversations at a bar-20 short stories inspired by Noel Rosa songs, with Henrique Rodrigues, Mórula, 2017), "O meu lugar" ( My Place, with Luiz Antonio Simas, Mórula, 2015), "Dicionário Amoroso da Língua Portuguesa" (Portuguese Love Dictionary, with Jorge Reis-Sá, Casa da Palavra, 2009), "Prosas cariocas - Uma nova cartografia do Rio" (Carioca Stories – a New Cartography of Rio, with Flávio Izhaki, Casa da Palavra, 2004), and the essay collection "Canções do Rio - A cidade em letra e música" (Rio songs—the city in music & lyrics, Casa da Palavra, 2009) as well as the special edition of "Bravo! Literatura & Futebol" (Bravo! Magazine Literature and Soccer, April, 2010). His short stories have been published in France, England, Germany, Portugal and Argentina.
Marcia Tiburi studied philosophy and the arts. She is the author of several philosophical essays, including Filosofia em comum, (Philosphy in common) Filosofia prática (Practical Philosophy) and Como conversar com um fascista, (How to talk to a fascist); she has also written the novels Magnólia, Era meu esse rosto, (This used to be my face) Uma fuga perfeita é sem volta (A perfect escape has no return) and Ridículo político, (The politically ridiculous) all published by the Record Publishing Company.
Marco Antonio Torres was a capuchinho friar for two decades, and holds a Bachelor’s (1999), Master’s (2005) and a PhD (2012) in Psychology from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). He has trained seminarians and Catholic activist groups from the perspective of social psychology, and is currently Adjunct Professor at the Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), where he trains professors in the Graduate Program in Education and in the Caleidoscópio Research Center; he is also active in the Center for LGBT Citizenship and Human Rights at UFMG. Since 2003, his main focus has been on Human Rights Education, Gender, Sexuality, Social Participation and Secularism. His Master’s research was on homosexual priests in the Catholic Church; for his PhD thesis, he established a dialogue with transgender and transexual professors in public education, always focused on how subjects are formed in environments characterized by homo-trans-lesbo-phobia. In 2011 he served as a consultant for the series Education and Sexual Diversity on the Salto para o Futuro (A Leap to the Future) show, broadcast on TV ESCOLA. He’s published both scientific and more general work on his research topics, including the book “A diversidade sexual na educação e os direitos de cidadania LGBT na Escola” (Sexual diversity in Education and LGBT Citizen Rights in School); published in 2010, the work continues to generate both favorable and unfavorable reactions. He was co-editor of the Psychology & Society magazine, published by the National Association of Social Psychology (ABRAPSO), of which he is a currently a board member. From 2009-2010, he participated in the Ministry of Education’s Work Group responsible for implementing the Brazil without Homophobia Program and the National Plan for the Promotion of LGBT Human Rights and Citizenship. He has received the following awards: 2013 Best Thesis –Graduate Program in Psychology- UFMG Thesis Award, UFMG. 2013 – Prêmio Educando para o Respeito à Diversidade Sexual – Educating for Sexual Diversity Award; 2013 – Best Thesis, (GALE - Global Alliance for LGBT Education; The Brazilian Institute for Sexual Diversity Award). 2010 O 6th Award--Building Gender Equality- Construindo a Igualdade de Gênero (Honorary mention, scientific article, Doctoral student), CNPq/MCT, SPM/PR, MEC and UNIFEM (National Council on Scientific and Technological Development/Ministry of Science and Technology, Special Secretariat for Women’s Policies/Office of the Presidency, Ministry of Education and the United Nations Development
Maria Cristina Fernandes has been a journalist since 1988. She’s been with the periodical Valor Econômico since its founding in 2000, as a politics editor for 15 years and now a columnist. She has also been a contributor to “Época” and “Veja” magazines, as well as the periodicals “Gazeta Mercantil” and “Jornal do Commercio”. Maria has degrees in journalism from the Catholic University of Pernambuco and History from the Federal University of that state. She also holds Master’s degrees in Comparative Politics (University of Paris Paris I) and Latin-American Politics (London University).
Martinho is a cultural activist and a former member of the State Council for Culture and the Cultural Support Commission of the Ministry of Education. He was responsible for the Project O Canto Livre de Angola (Singing Freely in Angola), which brought the first African artists to Brazil in 1982. Martinho also led the Kizomba Group, which pioneered the first international meetings dedicated to African art. He received the honorary title of Cultural Ambassador to Angola and CPLP (Community of Portuguese Language Countries) Good Will Ambassador for his work in promoting the linguistic relations of the Portuguese language and as a disseminator of lusophilia. Martinho is also responsible for the Martinho da Vila Cultural Institute – ICMV, a non-profit entity located in the Cedro Grande Farm in Duas Barras, established on November 20th, 2003. The institute’s mission is to value and strengthen the rich popular culture of the region, promoting soical inclusion through art and culture; it offers courses in drama and adult literacy, as well as classes in guitar, cavaquinho, percussion and arts & crafts. Martinho published his 15 th book in May of this year, entitled Conversas Cariocas (Carioca Conversations).
Mary Del Priori has written 47 books on Brazilian history and has won over 20 national and international awards, including three Jabutis. She is a former professor of History at the University of São Paulo and PUC-Rio. Mary currently teaches at the graduate level for Salgado Oliveira University. She is a contributor to various scientific and non-scientific periodicals and magazines, and a member of both the Brazilian and Rio de Janeiro Historical and Geographical Institutes, as well as the PEN CLUB of Brazil and the Carioca Academy of Letters, among other international academies such as the Royal Academy of History (Spain).
Mauricio is a documentary photographer and independent journalist dedicated to telling stories about Brazilian culture, focusing on human interactions. His work is visually anthropological, aiming for a rigorous informative and esthetic content in addressing subjects such as socio environmentalism, extraction and sports, as well as scientific areas like bioanthropology, history, the environment, and, primarily, the archeology of the surrounding communities of the Amazon Basin’s indigenous peoples. He is also active in a Human Rights project, Memory and Dictatorship, with the Perus Working Group.
Mauricio de Sousa started his career as an illustrator in the Mogi das Cruzes region, near Santa Isabel, where he was born. At 19, he moved to São Paulo and spent five years at the Jornal Folha da Manhã newspaper (currently Folha de São Paulo) on the crime beat. In 1959, he created his first character, Blu, the dog. Others followed, such as Jack, Charlie, Kate, and many more. In 1970, he launched the Kate comic book. After contracts with companies such as Abril and Globo Publishing, he moved to Panini, an Italian multinational. Around 150 national and international companies are licensed to produce three thousand items featuring Mauricio’s characters. His creations have reached almost 30 countries.
Melina Souza is the editor of the Serendipity blog, that has attracted thousands of followers. Her Youtube channel, where she discusses fashion, books and travel, has over 145 thousand subscribers. Her first book, O guia para ser você mesma (A Guide to Being Yourself - by Galera Record), written with her fellow blogger Lia Camargo, was published in 2016.
Miriam Leitão is a native of Caratinga, Minas Gerais, and a graduate of the University of Brasilia (UNB). She has been a daily columnist for O Globo newspaper since 1991, as well as an economic analyst for Globo TV, CBN, the Globo News cable channel and Globo Online. During the military dicatorship, she was arrested and imprisoned under the National Security Law. Miriam has won many awards, including the “Maria Moors Cabot Award” from Columbia University. She has published nine books: “Convém Sonhar” (We Should Dream) and “Saga Brasileira” (Brazilian Saga) both by Record Publishing. “Saga” won the Jabuti Award for Non-Fiction and Non-Fiction Book of the Year from the Brazilian Book Chamber in 2012. In 2013, she published the children’s book “A Perigosa Vida dos Passarinhos Pequenos” (The Dangerous Lives of Little Birds), which received the “Highly Recommended” seal from the National Foundation of Children’s Books; this work was followed others in the genre: “A menina do nome enfeitado” (The Girl with the Fancy Name”, in 2014); Flavia e o Bolo de Chocolate (“Flavia and the Chocolate Cake”, in 2015) , which received the Award for the 30 Top Children’s Books of the Year in the 2016 edition of Crescer (Grow) Magazine; and “O Estranho Caso do Sono Perdido”(“The Strange Case of Lost Sleep” in 2016.) The last two works were published by Rocco. She has also written fiction, “Tempos Extremos” (“Extreme Times”) and non-fiction, “História do Futuro – O Horizonte do Brasil no Século XXI (“History of the Future –Brazil’s Horizon in the 21st Century”), and “A verdade é teimosa” (“Reality is Stubborn”), all published by Intrínseca press. Vladmir Netto and Matheus Leitão, a stepson, the designer Rodrigo Sanches, and four grandchildren. She is married to the political scientist Sergio Abranches.
Muniz Sodré received his Law degree from the Federal University of Bahia in 1964. He also studied Sociology of Communication and Information at the Sorbonne (1967) and received his PhD in Literature from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in 1978. From 2005-2011, he directed the National Library Foundation, and coordinated the construction of 1,850 libraries in Brazil. He is one of the few communications theorists with international recognition, and has been a guest lecturer in Sweden, France, the U.S., Spain, Portugal, Colômbia, Bolivia, Uruguay, Peru, and many other countries.
Dr. Murillo de Aragão is one of the most highly-regarded political analysts in Brazil, an expert on the Parliament and public policy. He has a Law Degree from the University Center of Brasilia, a Master’s in political science and a PhD in sociology, both from the University of Brasília. Dr. Aragão is founder and president of Arko Advice, a leader in public relations and public policy analysis in Latin America. He is also the founder of the Murillo Aragão Law firm, headquartered in Brasília. In 2016, the National Parliament elected Dr. Aragão to the Council on Social and Economic Develpement (CDES) and in 2017, he was redirected to the Council on Social Communication (CCS). He is a prolific writer and regular columnist for multiple national and international periodicals and websites, including O Estado de São Paulo newspaper, Istoé magazine, and the Noblat Blog on O Globo Online. He has written two books: Grupos de Pressão no Congresso Nacional (Pressure Groups in the National Parliament—Maltês publishing, 1992) and Reforma Política (Political Reform—Civilização Brasileira Press, 2014).
Nuccio Ordine is an Italian professor, literary critic, philosopher and one of the world is top experts on the Renaissance and philosopher Giordano Bruno.
Pam Gonçalves was born in 1990, lives in Santa Catarina, and is a Scorpio with a degree in Advertising and Marketing. Since 2009, she’s been creating content on pop culture with a focus on literature for teens and young adults. She conceived and has edited the Garota it blog for five years, which talked about books aimed at the teen & young adult market. She currently dedicates herself exclusively to her Youtube channel, which has 208 thousand subscribers. In 2016, she published her book, Boa Noite (Good Night – by Galera Record).
Patrícia Kogut is from Rio de Janeiro and studied Literature and Social Communication at the Pontificate Catholic University in Rio. She was an English and French teacher before beginning her career as a journalist in 1985 at Bloch Editores, where she worked at “Fatos, Pais & Filhos” and “Parade” magazines. In 1995, she became a television reporter for O Globo newspaper and later editor of "Revista da TV". Since 1998, she has been a daily columnist and TV critic for O Globo ’s “Segundo Caderno” cultural section. Her website covering TV news has a record-breaking number of followers. Patricia has been at her job longer than anyone in her sector; she was a pioneer in pay-TV coverage in Brazil, and wrote a weekly column on the subject. She has witnessed the birth of the so-called Golden Age of American television: TV series have become so sophisticated that they now attract movie stars. Patricia has interviewed great TV professionals from Brazil and around the world, and throughout all these years, she has been a privileged eyewitness to the revolutions of the medium all over the globe. Her first book is a fruit of this very respected perspective.
Paula Hawkins is a British author born in Zimbabwe. Her best-seller The Girl on the Train sold over 20 million copies, of which 250,000 in Brazil, and it was adapted to a film. She has just published the thriller Into the Water, whose movie rights have also been sold. The novel delves into how blurry memories of the past can influence and misconstrue the present. In addition to touching on the issue of memory, Hawkins once again tells a story about women. She deftly joins highly commercially successful suspense plots with discussions on important and contemporary issues. While Girl on the Train deals with abusive relationships and the nuances of motherhood, Into the Water deals with sexism and misogyny in many forms and expressions.
Paula Pimenta graduated with a degree in Advertising, but – our luck- she found out her real passion was writing books. She has the soul of a princess, who believes in her dreams, loves animals and teaches music. I tend to think of Paula as a character in a fairy tale who’s escaped into the world compelled to tell stories. I don’t know if that’s because of her friendly nature, or her other wordliness and faith in the idea of “happily ever after”. But she’s not just a writer, at least not for me. I met her through her books, but have considered her a friend for a long time. A friend I admire enormously, and to whom I wish the greatest success, every day.
PAULO VIEIRA is a writer, lecturer, and master coach who created the revolutionary Method CIS® as well as the Methodology for Systemic Integral Coaching, which have both impacted more than 250 thousand people in three continents. He has a PhD in Coaching from the Florida Christian University in Orlando, Florida, and has been active in the sector for more than 18 years. He is one of the most well-regarded coaches in Brazil, having accumulated more than 10,700 hours in individual coaching sessions.
Pedro Bandeira was born in Santos in 1942 and has been living in the city of São Paulo since 1961. He studied social sciences and worked in acting, journalism, and advertising. Since 1983, he’s been dedicating himself exclusively to children’s literature. He’s sold over 25 million books, and his most well known works are “A droga da obediência” (Darned Obedience), “A marca de uma lágrima” (The Mark of a Tear) and “O fantástico mistério de Feiurinha” (Feiurinha’s Fantastic Mystery).
Pedro Gabriel was born in the heart of the world - more precisely, in N’Djamena, the capital and largest city of Chad, in 1984. He spent the best part of his childhood in Africa, alternating between the capital of Chad and the Cape Verde archipelago. He is the son of a Brazilian mother and a Swiss father, but learned how to read and write in French. Unable to speak Portuguese correctly, he arrived in Brazil in 1996 with a suitcase full of toys and souvenirs. His difficulty in adapting to the language led him to pay more attention to the spelling and sound of words, to play with them, and try to understand them. He turned this 12-year gap into poetry. In October 2012, he started an internet page called "My name is Antonio" to share his watercolor drawings created on napkins during nights spent at Café Lamas, one of the most traditional bars in Rio de Janeiro. He is the author of 3 books: “My name is Antônio” (2013), “Segundo - My name is Antônio” (2014) and “Ilustre Poesia” (2016) - all published by Editora Intrínseca Publishing.
Pepetela won the Camões Prize for his body of work on Angolan contemporary history. Among the titles published in Brazil are the novel "Mayombe", which portrays the thoughts of a guerrilla group. In "Yaka", he follows the life of a colonial family in the city of Benguela over the course of a century, while in "A Geração da Utopia"(The Utopia Generation) he portrays the disillusionment of post-independence Angola. This event will include the launch of his new novel by Editora LeYa, "Se o passado não tivesse asas" (If the Past Did Not Have Wings), in which he writes about life in the streets of Luanda following the Angolan civil war.
Raphael Montes was born in 1990, in Rio de Janeiro. He wrote the novels “Suicidas” (“Suicides”), “Dias Perfeito” (“Perfect Days”), “O Vilarejo” (“The Village”), and “Jantar Secreto” (“Secret Dinner”), all of them critical and commercial successes. His works have been translated in more than 20 countries, and some have been sold to movie rights. Currently, Raphael writes a weekly column in O GLOBO, presents a literature program on TV Brasil, “The Trail of Letters”, and writes screenplays for movies and TV.
Ronaldo Bressane studied communication at the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation (Faap) and literature at the University of São Paulo (USP). He began publishing in 1996 in Revista A - one of the pioneering sites dedicated to literature in Brazil. He released his first book in 1999: “The Possible Hell” (Com-Arte / USP). The book includes a trilogy of 49 short stories. His poetry work includes “The Impostor” (2002, Science of the Accident), “Every Time She Says X” (2007, Yiyi Jambo) and “Practical Metaphysics” (2017, Eight and Half). He started in journalism in 2000, when he joined Trip Magazine as editor and editor-in-chief; he then contributed to Alfa, Editora Abril, Select, Editora Três magazines and customized publications. As a freelancer he wrote assiduously for such varied publications as Bravo!, Piauí, Estadão and Folha de S.Paulo, as well as Cult, Super, Vogue, Pernambuco, Power, Simple Life, Economic Brazil and two dozen other titles - always writing in the culture, behavior and sports sections. Because of his profile, he was a ghostwriter for many personalities - almost all still alive. At Pessoa magazine, where he is a columnist, he presents the interview program “Stream of Consciousness”.
Ruy Castro  began as a reporter in the "Correio da Manhã" in 1967, and for the next 20 years he passed through all of the main press vehicles: "Manchete", "Pasquim", "Jornal do Brasil", TV Globo, "IstoÉ", "Playboy", "Folha de S. Paulo", "Veja", "O Estado de S. Paulo" and others. In 1989, be began writing books. He wrote the biographies "The Pornographic angel", about Nelson Rodrigues; "Lonely Star", about Garrincha; "Carmen --- A Biography," about Carmen Miranda; and historical books such as "Chega de Saudade", on Bossa Nova; "She is Carioca", on Ipanema; "Carnival in the fire", on Rio de Janeiro; And "The night of my love", about the samba-song. All works were published by Companhia das Letras. He took advantage of a distraction in the market by publishing fiction: "Bilac Sees Stars" and "Era in the Time of the King".
Samir Machado de Machado was born in 1981 in Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul). A writer and graphic designer, he was one of the creators of Não Editora press, and organized the Pulp Fiction collection (2007-2012). His historical novels “Four Soldiers” and “Stylish Men”, both published by Rocco, were sold to movie rights.
SANTIAGO NAZARIAN (São Paulo, 1977) is the author of several novels, among them “Biophobia”, “Chewing Humans”, “Holiday by Myself” and the “Pornofantasma” short story collection. He describes his literary project as "bizarre existentialism," in which he mixes timeless issues of existentialist literature with pop culture, trash, black humor, and horror. His works have been published throughout Latin America and Europe and sold to movie and theater rights. In 2003, he won the Conrado Wessel Foundation Literature Award with his debut novel. In 2007, he was elected one of the most important young writers in Latin America by the jury of Hay Festival in Bogotá, World Book Capital. In 2017, he’ll release his ninth work, “Neve Negra”, by Companhia das Letras. Besides being a writer, he is a translator, screenwriter and contributor to several periodicals.
Sérgio Abranches is a sociologist (MA, University of Brasilia), political scientist (PhD, Cornell University), commentator on CBN radio’s Ecopolitica, a political and international politics analyst, and writer. He has published four books, including his most recent: “The Age of the Unpredicted - The Great Transition of the 21st Century”, Companhia das Letras, 2017.
Sofia Silva is a 29-year-old Portuguese writer who has become a self-publishing phenomenon with more than 1 million views on Wattpad and 700,000 readings on Amazon Kindle Unlimited service. She will have her book, Sorrisos Quebrados (Broken Smiles), published by Editora Valentina . Domestic violence, depression, physical disability and sexual abuse are themes in the writer`s novels, who always seeks to show how these situations affect the social and loving life of her characters.
Tatiana Kely worked for 10 years as a bookseller and passed through small and medium-sized publishers in various industries. Today she is a publisher of Rio de Janeiro’s Eight and Half.
V.E. Schwab is the author of best-seller Vicious, which won the Publishers Weekly Best Book and Amazon Best Book of the Month. It was also a semi-finalist in the Goodreads Choice 2013 Book Awards, and the ALA (American Library Association) awarded it the top fantasy book in its 2014 Reading List. Her work is at the top of reading lists of several authors, from Laini Taylor to Chuck Wendig. She is also the author of The Archived and The Near Witch.
Walter Casagrande is a former soccer player and the author of the best-sellers Casagrande e seus demônios (Casagrande and his Demons) and Sócrates & Casagrande. He is currently a sports commentator for Globo TV.
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