Brazil participates in the Frankfurt Book Fair 2020 with a vast online program


For years Brazil has been a constant presence in the Frankfurt Book Fair, one of the most important events in the publishing market. The participation is supported by 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).

In the 2020 edition, taking place from October 14th to 18th on the digital platform of the fair, Brazil will offer a program that addresses crucial matters for Brazilian literature, its bases and contexts. Brazilian delegation will also be present in the areas dedicated to matchmaking.

“The exchange of information and sharing of experiences among countries in international events like the Frankfurt Book Fair strengthens the market as a whole. Publishers, writers and readers have the chance of meeting and diversifying their readings, as well as learning more about other cultures in the world. Also, this is an opportunity to do business with many different countries”, says Fernanda Dantas, International Affairs Manager of CBL and Manager of Brazilian Publishers.

Live roundtables

Brazilian Publishers promotes a series of online live events about several themes. The roundtables take place from October 13th to 17th at 11:00 a.m. (Brasília time) via Zoom. See below the details and click here to register.

Webinar: São Paulo for the World Book Capital 

When: October 13th at 4h pm (GMT +2)

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The debate will address the reasons why the largest city in Latin America deserves the title conferred by UNESCO and the importance of such recognition not only to São Paulo, but also to Brazilian literature as a whole.

Participants: Luiz Alvaro Salles Aguiar de Menezes, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the City of São Paulo.

Mediation: Fernanda Garcia, Executive Director of CBL

Webinar: Comic Books, Mangas and Illustrations – books in which the text is not the star 

When: October 14th at 4h pm (GMT +2)

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Brazilian illustrators will talk about their work and the challenges of producing literature when the text is not the most important element. Also, they will analyze the growing market of comic books in Brazil.

Participants: Fido Nesti and Eloar Guazzelli, illustrators

Mediation: Rodrigo Paiva

Webinar: Machado de Assis and the several aspects of his literature

When: October 15th at 4h pm (GMT +2)

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Helio Seixas, an expert in the works of Machado de Assis, will talk with translator Flora Thomson-Deveaux, responsible for the most recent translation of “Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas”, published under the title The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas by Penguin in the USA and sold out in 24 hours after the release. The table will also address the blackness of Machado in his works, as well as the translation challenges.

Participants: Helio Seixas, expert in the works of Machado de Assis, and Flora Thomson-Deveaux, translator

Mediation: José Almeida Jr

Webinar: The Illustrator-Writer partnership in children’s books 

When: October 16th at 4h pm (GMT +2)

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Two pairs of writers and illustrators will talk about such important partnership in the universe of books for children and young readers.

Participants: Sandra Javera, Tino Freitas, Eliandro Rocha and Thiago Lopes

Mediation: Isabel Coelho

Webinar: Indigenous literature in Brazil 

When: October 17th at 4h pm (GMT +2)

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Anthropologist Tânia Lima, who studies the literature produced by indigenous people, will talk with writer Daniel Munduruku and illustrator Maurício Negro about the representativeness of Brazilian indigenous literature and its importance in the contemporary days.

Participants: Daniel Munduruku, writer, and Maurício Negro, illustrator

Mediation: Rita Carelli, actress, writer and director

Brazil at Bookfest Digital 

On October 17th, from 10h am to 10 pm (GMT+2), it’s possible to watch good talks involving Brazilian writers at Bookfest Digital. First, Paulo Scott and Jarid Arraes discuss poetry, literature and colors. On a different table, Socorro Acioli and Emilio Fraia talk about their work and address Brazilian contemporary literature. 

To close the event in Brazilian style, “Momento Caipirinha” (Caipirinha Time) brings together mixologist Paulo Ravelli and Brazilian cuisine writer Breno Lerner. Lerner talks about the history of the typical Brazilian drink and Ravelli teaches how to prepare it. To accompany the talk perfectly, musicians Gian Correa and Henrique Araújo play “Noites Cariocas” by Jacob do Bandolim.

On October 15th, at 7h pm (GMT+2), Fernanda Dantas, International Affairs Manager of the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL), participates in the Publishing Perspectives Talks panel. The discussion, which is mediated by Porter Anderson, addresses collective administration of rights in the publishing market and involves participants from countries like the United States and Italy. Click here to watch.

See the full program of the event by clicking here.

About Brazilian Publishers

Created in 2008, Brazilian Publishers is a sector project that encourages the export of content produced by Brazilian publishing houses. It is a 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 the nation’s publishing houses.

Brazilian Publishers created a special playlist to enjoy reading moments. Click here and check it out!