Oceanos Awards announces semifinalists and Brazilian writers compose over 50% of the list
Oceanos Awards 2019 just announced its 54 semifinalists, and 34 of them are Brazilian writers. Among the selected books, five were published by Companhia das Letras and two by Alfaguara, and both of the publishing houses are members of Brazilian Publishers — an industry project fostering the exports of Brazilian editorial content by means of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil).
Created in 2013 and organized by Itaú Cultural, such award is the recognition of works of poetry, novels, short stories, chronicles and drama in Portuguese Language published from January 1st to December 31st in the previous year.
From Companhia das Letras, the books “A cidade dorme” (The city is still asleep) (Luiz Ruffato), “Cloro” (Chlorine) (Alexandre Vidal Porto), “Com armas sonolentas” (With Sleepy Weapons) (Carola Saavedra), “O imortal” (The Immortal) (Mauricio Lyrio) and “Enterre seus mortos” (Bury Your Dead) (Ana Paula Maia) were selected, while from Alfaguara the titles “De espaços abandonados” (Abandoned Places) (Luisa Geisler) and “Sebastopol” (Sebastopol) (Emilio Fraia) were chosen.
This year 1,467 books published by 314 publishing houses from 10 different countries were registered to compete for the prize. The books were chosen by a jury composed of 72 members from five countries where the Portuguese language is spoken. Thirty-four semifinalists are from Brazil, eighteen from Portugal and two from Angola.
Unlike the previous editions – which had four winners each, the prize will be awarded to three books in this year’s edition. The first place will get BRL 120,000, the second place BRL 80,000 and the third place BRL 50,000. In November the 10 finalists list will be disclosed.
Last year, Brazilian poet Marília Garcia was the winner of Oceanos Awards for the publication of “Câmera Lenta” (Slow Motion), a work written in nine years that brings a reflection on the poetic process by means of poetry.
About Brazilian Publishers
Created in 2008, Brazilian Publishers is a sector project that encourages the export of content produced by Brazil’s publishing houses. It is the result of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil). This initiative aims to promote the Brazilian publishing industry in the global market in an articulate and targeted manner, contributing to the professionalization of the nation’s publishing houses.
The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) works to promote Brazilian products and services abroad, and to attract foreign investment to strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy.
Apex-Brasil organizes several initiatives aiming to promote Brazilian exports abroad. The Agency´s efforts comprise trade and prospective missions, business rounds, support for the participation of Brazilian companies in major international trade fairs, arrangement of technical visits of foreign buyers and opinion makers to learn about the Brazilian productive structure, and other select activities designed to strengthen the country’s branding abroad.
Apex-Brasil also plays a leading role in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) to Brazil, by working to identify business opportunities, promoting strategic events and lending support to foreign investors willing to allocate resources in Brazil.