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Editor of Penguin Books USA comes to Brazil for the 60th Jabuti Award

Editor of Penguin Books USA comes to Brazil for the 60th Jabuti Award

The 60th Jabuti Award takes place this Thursday (8th) and counts on the international participation of Christopher Richards, editor of Penguin Books USA, one of the finalists publishing houses of the category “Brazilian Book Published Abroad”. Organized by the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL), the event will be held at the Ibirapuera Auditorium, in São Paulo. In total, the award had 1963 works enrolled into 18 categories.

The category “Brazilian Book Published Abroad” was inserted in the award in 2017 and is part of an export work of the Brazilian editorial content carried out by the Brazilian Publisher – an industry project to promote exports of Brazilian editorial content. It was created through a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil).

“I was quite moved by ‘Mãos de Cavalo’ (The Shape of Bones), it is a book that talks to the heart, and like other novels ofDaniel, it brings an ancient wisdom. Penguin Press is known for promoting voices and ideas that have a chance to shape our culture and opening new paths of thought for our readers. I am pleased to see the recognition of Daniel Galera and his translator Allison Entrekin. Publishing it is a work of love and I will be happy if this attracts more attention to the exciting culture of Brazil”, says Christopher Richards, editor of Penguin Books USA.

Penguin Books USA was classified for the Jabuti Award by the international publication of “Mãos de Cavalo” (The Shape of Bones), by Daniel Galera. The novel presents the protagonist in three phases of his life: at the ten years of age, at fifteen and already adult, experiencing a conjugal crisis. With sensitivity and pungency of reports, Daniel builds a beautiful story about loss and guilt in the formation of an identity.

“I am very happy that the foreign edition is a finalist of the Jabuti. “Mãos de Cavalo” (The Shape of Bones) is a book that combines many things. One part of the narrative is inspired by the neighborhoods where I grew up, and the other involves matters of identity. It was born of a desire to reconstitute”, explained Daniel.

Besides participating in the event, Christopher will take the opportunity of his visit to Brazil to hold meetings with professionals from the Brazilian Book Chamber and Companhia das Letras, a publishing house that has published “Mãos de Cavalo” (The Shape of Bones).

Category “Brazilian Book Published Abroad”

In addition to Penguin Books USA, seven other international publishing houses compete for the award: Anacaona Éditions, Editions Buchet/Chastel, Éditions Sarbacane, Kafka Kitap, Restless Books, and Tilbury House Editores. Learn more about them here.

In 2017, the big winner of this category was the Penguin Random House UK edition of “Um Copo de Cólera” (A Cup of Rage) by the author Raduan Nassar. In second place was “Enigmas da Primavera” (Enigmas of Spring) published by Dalkey Archive Press publishing house, written by João Almino, and, in third, “O Irmão Alemão” (My German Brother) by Chico Buarque, published by Penguin Random House UK, of the Dutch company De Bezige Bij.

About Brazilian Publishers

Created in 2008, Brazilian Publishers is a trade sector project that promotes the exports of content produced by Brazilian publishing houses. It is the result of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and Apex-Brasil (Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency). This initiative aims to promote the Brazilian publishing industry in the global market, contributing to the professionalization of Brazil’s publishing houses.