Author of Quando Me Descobri Negra (When I Found Myself Black), Bianca Santana participates in the Frankfurt Book Fair


The next edition of the Frankfurt Book Fair takes place from October 10th and 14th and counts on the presence of three Brazilian authors. Among them, the journalist and writer Bianca Santana, who participates on the event through the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, the Ministry of Culture and the Brazilian Publishers, an industry project to promote exports of Brazilian editorial content carried out through a partnership between CBL and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil).

“Quando Me Descobri Negra” (When I Found Myself Black) (2015) is the most prominent publication in Bianca’s career and brings chronicles and reports on racism, gender, and race.  “The repercussion has been very good. Readers tell me that the book is important for both non-black people to understand what racism is and the experiences that black people experience, and for black people, who identify with the narratives in the book”, Bianca explained. The work was translated into English and will be published in Nigeria.

During the event, the writer will participate in a debate with the subject “Diverse Voices – Female authors from Latin America”, which happens on October 14th, at 3:00 pm (Frankfurt time), and intends to contribute to the expansion of Brazilian editorial content. “As a guest author, I want to play the role of helping to bring Brazilian production to other countries: not only what I write, but also other authors, especially books produced by black women that many times do not circulate in the international literary market”, she said. The roundtable will have a presentation by Silke Kleemann and the presence of the authors Mercedes Rosende (Uruguay) and Gabriela Cabezón (Argentina).

Bianca also wrote “Recursos Educacionais Abertos: práticas colaborativas e políticas públicas” (Open Educational Resources: Collaborative Practices and Public Policies)” (2012) and “Aprender Para Contar”: livro de alfabetização para jovens e adultos” (Learning to Tell: literacy book for young people and adults). Currently, the author is working on the production of the biography of Sueli Carneiro, a philosopher, writer, and anti-racism activist of the Brazilian black social movement. In 1988, Sueli founded the Geledés – Instituto da Mulher Negra (Geledés – Institute of the Black Woman), one of the largest black feminist NGOs in Brazil.

In addition to Bianca, the authors Geovani Martins and João Paulo Cuenca are part of the Brazilian delegation in Frankfurt. Geovani will participate in the roundtable “The New Latin American Literature” on October 13th, at 2:00 pm (Frankfurt time), and João Paulo will participate in two debates: “Political Literature”, which will take place on October 11th at 2:00 p.m. (Frankfurt Time) and “Portuguese Language”, which happens on October 13th at 10:30 am (Frankfurt time). Learn more about João Paulo and Giovani here.

Frankfurt Fair 2018 has the participation of Brazilian publishing houses
Brazilian Publishers organizes the participation of 23 national publishing houses during the 70th edition of the Frankfurt Book Fair. In 2017, the Brazilian delegation traded US$ 680,000 during the event and in business expectations closed for the following 12 months. This amount was 9.67% higher compared to the 2016 event. This year, business expectations are for US$ 650,000 in the sale of copyrights and physical books. Learn more about the Brazilian participation here.

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.