Brazilian Authors Series – Vilma Arêas

Vilma Arêas

Author Vilma Arêas is the guest of this week in the Brazilian Authors Series, an initiative 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).

She started her career as a writer in 1972, but it was only in 1976 that she took her first steps in fiction with “Partidas” (Departures). In the following years she released “Na tapera de Santa Cruz: uma leitura de Martins Pena” (In Santa Cruz: a view of Martins Pena) (1987), “A terceira perna” (The third leg) (1992), “Aos trancos e relâmpagos” (Stumbles and lightning) (1998), “Clarice Lispector: com a ponta dos dedos” (Clarice Lispector: at the fingertips) (2005), and “Vento sul: ficções” (Southern wind: fiction stories) (2011), among other titles.

Vilma was born in Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro, and now, at the age of 85, she continues writing and acting as a professor of Brazilian literature at Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp). She also develops works connecting education and literature, and her research focuses on the texts by Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector.


Vilma won the Jabuti Awards three times for the books “Aos Trancos e Relâmpagos” (1998), “A Terceira Perna” (1992) and “Um Beijo por Mês” (A monthly kiss) (2018).

She also won the Alejandro José Cabassa Prize (44th anniversary of the Brazilian Writers Association) for “Trouxa Frouxa” (Loose bundle) (2000), and the Art Critics Association of São Paulo (APCA) Prize in 2005 for “Clarice Lispector: com a ponta dos dedos” (2005).

About the Series: Brazilian Authors

In order to stimulate knowledge about Brazilian contemporary literature, Brazilian Publishers, an industry project fostering exports of Brazilian editorial content through a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil), created the series “Brazilian Authors”, which brings information about current national writers.

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.