Destinação Brasil: João Anzanello Carrascoza and Luize Valente participate at the Guadalajara International Book Fair


The Guadalajara International Book Fair takes place from November 24th to December 2nd and counts on the participation of 12 Brazilian authors in the project Destinação Brasil. Among them, João Anzanello Carrascoza and Luize Valente, which participates in the event with the support of the Brazilian Publishers – an industry project fostering exports of Brazilian editorial content carried out through a partnership between Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil). The event also receives 15 Brazilian publishing houses, learn more here.

The Destinação Brasil is a project in which national authors are invited to present the diversity of the Country during the debates in the programming of the fair.  The program is carried out since 2012 through a partnership among the organizers, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazilian Publishers, and the São Paulo Literature Award.

“There would be no books if there were no writers. The Destinação Brasil is very special for us, because Brazil will be represented by our authors, who are the people responsible for our unique, multicultural and talented literature”, says Luiz Alvaro Salles Aguiar de Menezes, International Affairs Manager of the Brazilian Book Chamber and Manager of Brazilian Publishers.

Author of four books, Luize Valente brings historical themes in his narratives, such as the history of Jews converted to Christianity, World War II, and the rise of Nazism in Germany.  His first novel “O Segredo do Oratório” (The Secret of the Oratory) (2012) was translated and published in the Netherlands by Nieuw Amsterdam, entitled “De sleutel tot het familiegeheim”. In 2015, the author published “Uma Praça em Antuérpia” (A Square in Antwerp) that was released in Portugal by the publishing house Saída de Emergência.

His most recent work is the book “Sonata em Auschwitz” (Sonata at Auschwitz) (2017), which was published in Portugal, France, Italy, and Albania. The book reached the 1st position in the top sales of Portuguese-language books in the FNAC Portugal network, and 2nd position in the top sales of fiction books in Portugal in the network of Bertrand bookstores – the oldest bookstore in the world.

“The Destinação Brasil is a great space for the exchange among authors, dissemination of the Portuguese language and presentation of the diversity of Brazilian literature. The production of the Brazilian publishing market consists of works from all areas and literary genres, such as historical novels”, said Luize.

One of the most expressive authors of contemporary Brazilian literature, João Anzanello Carrascoza has several books published in the genres romance, short stories, children’s, and non-fiction. The writer made his debut in literature with “Hotel Solidão” (Hotel Solitude) (1994) and was contemplated with several awards during his career, such as the Jabuti Award for the publication of “O Volume do Silêncio” (The Volume of Silence) (2006) and “Aquela Água Toda” (All That Water) (2012); the National Library Foundation Award with the book “A Vida Naquela Hora” (The Life In That Hour) (2011); the National Library Literary Award with the book “Tempo Justo” (Fair Time) (2016), the National Foundation of Children and Youth Book Award with the titles “Trilogia do Adeus” (Trilogy of Farewell) (2017), “A Estação das Pequenas Coisas” (The Station of Small Things) (2017), “Caixa de Brinquedos” (Toy Box) (2017), among others.

His most recent work is the book “Catálogo de Perdas” (Catalogue of Losses) (2017), which brings several stories about losses and is inspired by the collection of the Museum of Broken Relationships, located in Croatia, which gathers objects of loving relationships that were donated after the end of those relationships. The work was nominated for the Jabuti Award in the category “Short Stories” and won the National Foundation of Children and Youth Book Award.

Check the complete list of authors invited to the Destinação Brasil program 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.