Brazilian Publishers participates in a panel about the Portuguese language at FLIP

Brazilian Publishers participa de mesa sobre língua portuguesa na FLIP

The Commission for the Promotion of Portuguese Language Content (CPCLP) of the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) will participate in the next edition of Flip (Paraty International Literary Festival) through the International Promotion of the Portuguese Language panel, held on July 29th, at 11:00 A.M., at Casa Edições SESC, in Paraty, Rio de Janeiro.  The panel aims to discuss the dissemination of Portuguese language abroad within the economic, literary and cultural fields.

The debate is supported by Brazilian Publishers, an internationalization project of Brazilian editorial content carried out through a partnership between CBL and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil).

With the mediation of Francis Manzoni, coordinator of CPCLP, the panel counts with the participation of Paula Alves Souza, representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and director of the Itamaraty Cultural Department, the literary agent Lúcia Riff, from the publisher of Capulana Rosana Weg and the literary agent, researcher and professor of the Sorbonne Université (Sorbonne University), Leonardo Tonus.

According to Francis, the objective of the meeting is to transmit knowledge about the market and create a movement among several agents of the Portuguese language in Brazil and abroad. “We want to talk to these agents, know what they do and what are the contacts they have to develop these events out there. We understand that if there is no divulgation of our authors, there will be no consumption of books”, he affirmed.

In addition to being a teacher and researcher, Leonardo Tonus is also the founder of the Printemps Littéraire Brésilien (Brazilian Literary Spring), which takes place since 2013 and leads national authors to participate in debates with readers and students of Brazilian literature abroad. Tonus explains that spaces like this are important to discuss the presence of the Portuguese language in several countries. “What I would like to bring to this debate is to think of Lusophony beyond the spaces that have Portuguese as the official language. The language is the official language of nine countries and the fifth most spoken in the world. So, I think it’s important to think about this issue of Lusophone and its penetration in places where the language is not official”, explained the researcher.

Currently, the Portuguese language is spoken by more than 260 million people in the world. For Francis, there is plenty of room for doing business using the language. “It is not only for buying literature books, there are people learning Portuguese with the objective of doing business around the world: Europe, Asia, Brazil, Angola, Portugal, Mozambique, among others. China also has many universities that teach the language. So, there is an economic dimension to our language that is important and we are articulating and bringing together various agents that work in the field, “he details.

The 16th edition of the International Literary Festival of Paraty takes place from July 25th to 29th in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

About the Commission for the Promotion of Portuguese Language Content

In order to bring the editorial sector closer to the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) and support the diffusion of the Portuguese Language in the world, the Brazilian Book Chamber created the Commission for the Promotion of Portuguese Language Content (CPCLP).

Coordinated by Francis Manzoni, the CPCLP focuses its work on raising awareness of the importance of the Portuguese language and encouraging the distribution of books in Portuguese. Formed by editors, academics, and specialists in the theme, the group has as one of its work fronts, the mapping of institutions that teach, diffuse and distribute, or that have an interest in the Portuguese Language for the realization of partnerships and covenants.

About Brazilian Publishers

Created in 2008, Brazilian Publishers is a project to foster exports of Brazilian editorial content promoted by the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil). The purpose is to promote Brazil’s publishing industry in the global market in a targeted and articulated manner, contributing to the professionalization of publishing houses.