Jabuti Award announces winners of its 63rd edition


On November 25th, the most awaited award ceremony in the Brazilian publishing market took place: the 63rd edition of the Jabuti Award, promoted by the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL). For the second time in a fully digital format, the award included works in 20 categories divided into 4 Axiss: Literature, Non-Fiction, Editorial Production and Innovation.

The French edition of the title “Tupinilândia” (Tupiniland) took home the statuette in the Brazilian Book Published Abroad category. The title, released in Brazil by the Todavia publisher , and in France by Editions Métailié, was written by Samir Machado and tells the story of a secret and nationalist amusement park.

The category, which has the support of the Brazilian Publishers project —  a partnership between CBL and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) —, from this edition onwards, will include the Brazilian publishing house with a Support Grant to Translation in the amount of BRL5,000, if the publisher is a participant in the Brazilian Publishers. If the publishing house is not part of the project, it receives full membership for 12 months. National and international publishers take home the Jabuti Award  statuette.

“It is with great satisfaction that we see the  Brazilian Book Published Abroad category grow and reward another international edition of a book written by a Brazilian”, says Fernanda Dantas, executive manager of the Program.

The children’s book  “Sagatrissuinorana”, written by João Luiz Guimarães and Nelson Cruz,  was the big winner of the 2021 Book of the Year. In addition to the golden statuette, the authors will share the amount of BRL 100 thousand. The book published by ÔZé Editora is a tribute to the great João Guimarães Rosa. The story recounts the fable of The Three Little Pigs against the backdrop of the collapse of the Mariana and Brumadinho dams. According to the synopsis, “the text follows the Rosean syntax, while not shying away from critically recording two of the greatest socio-environmental tragedies in the country —  and which had Minas Gerais as a stage”.

For Vitor Tavares, president of CBL, this result marks the strength of one of the greatest engines of national literature: children. “It is by training young readers that we are able to spread the books in all spheres of Brazilian society. That’s why it’s so important to have a relevant production to offer to the little ones. This award shows that we are on the right path”, he comments.

In addition to the Yearbook, the Jabuti announced winners in each of the 20 categories. The authors are awarded the statuette and the prize of BRL5,000.  The competing works were evaluated by expert jurors in different areas. The names were nominated by readers and members of the publishing market, validated and complemented by the Jabuti Award Curator Council, composed of Ana Elisa Ribeiro, Bel Santos Mayer, Camile Mendrot and Luiz Gonzaga Godoi Trigo. The winning works from the Literature and Non-Fiction Axiss competed for the Book of the Year.

The night of celebration was also very emotional with the tribute to writer Ignácio de Loyola Brandão and the musical participation of keyboardist Ilca Leanza. Vitor Tavares, Marcos Marcionilo, curator of Jabuti 2021 and Hubert Alquéres, vice president of CBL and coordinator of the award committee, also participated in the ceremony.

The 63rd edition of the Jabuti Award was broadcast live on CBL’s Youtube channel. Watch and rewatch  the ceremony by clicking here.

Check out the complete list of the 2021 winners below:

Pillar: Literature
Tale – Title: Flor de gume (Edged flower) | Author: Monique Malcher | Publisher: Jandaíra

Chronicle – Title: Histórias ao redor (Stories around) | Author: Flávio Carneiro | Publisher: Cousa

Comics – Title: META: Depto. de Crimes Metalinguísticos  (GOAL: Dept. of Metalinguistic Crimes) | Authors: André Freitas, Omar Viñole, Marcelo Saravá, Dayvison Manes | Publisher: Zarabatana Books

Children’s – Title: Sagatrissinorana | Authors: João Luiz Guimarães, Nelson Cruz | Publisher: ÔZé Editora

Juvenile – Title: Friends who met in history | Authors: Amma, Angelica Kalil | Publisher: Quintal Edições

Poetry – Title: Batendo pasto (Beating the pasture) | Author: Maria Lucia Alvim | Publisher: Relicário

Entertainment Novel – Title: Corpos secos (Dry bodies) | Authors: Marcelo Ferroni, Natalia Borges Polesso, Samir Machado de Machado, Luisa Geisler | Publisher: Alfaguara

Literary Novel – Title: O avesso da pele (The inside out of the skin) | Author: Jeferson Tenório | Publisher: Companhia das Letras

Pillar: Non-fiction
Arts – Title: Atlas Fotográfico da cidade de São Paulo e arredores (Photographic Atlas of the city of São Paulo and its surroundings) | Authors: Tuca Vieira, Guilherme Wisnik, Henrique Siqueira | Publisher: AYO

Biography, Documentary and Reporting – Title: A república das milícias: Dos esquadrões da morte à era Bolsonaro (The Republic of Militias: From the death squads to the Bolsonaro era) | Author: Bruno Paes Manso | Publisher: Todavia

Science – Title: Ciência no cotidiano: viva a razão. Abaixo a ignorância! (Science in everyday life: a cheer to reason. Down with ignorance!) | Authors: Carlos Orsi, Natalia Pasternak | Publisher: Contexto

Human Sciences – Title: Sobreviventes e Guerreiras (Survivors and Warriors) | Author: Mary Del Priore | Publisher: Planeta do Brasil

Social Sciences – Title: A razão africana: breve história do pensamento africano contemporâneo (African reason: a brief history of contemporary African thinking) | Author:
Muryatan S. Barbosa | Publisher: Todavia

Creative Economy – Title:  Prato Firmeza Preto: Guia Gastronômico das Quebradas de SP (Black Firmness Plate: A Gastronomic Guide to SP outskirts) | Authors: Guilherme Petro, Jamile Santana, Milu Araujo, Amanda Rahra | Publisher: Énois Inteligência Jovem

Pillar: Editorial production
Cover – Title: Sul da fronteira, oeste do sol (South of the border, west of the sun) | Cover artists: Ana Paula Hentges, Gabriela Heberle, Bruno Mill Mendes Mesquita, Sabrina Gevaerd | Publisher: Alfaguara

Illustration – Title: Carona (Carpool) | Illustrator: Guilherme Karsten | Publisher: Companhia das Letrinhas

Graphic Project – Title: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde| Responsible: Giovanna Cianelli | Publisher: Antofágica

Translation – Title: Divã ocidento-oriental (West-Eastern Divan) | Translator: Daniel Martineschen | Publisher: Estação Liberdade

Pillar: Innovation
Reading Promotion – Title: Slam Interescolar SP  (SP Interschool Slam) | Responsible: Emerson Alcalde | Publisher: Emerson Alcalde

Brazilian Book Published Abroad – Title: Tupinilândia (Tupiniland)  | Author: Samir Machado de Machado | Publishers: Editions Métailié, Todavia

About Brazilian Publishers

Created in 2008, Brazilian Publishers is a sectorial project to encourage exports of Brazilian editorial content, the result of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil). The initiative aims to promote the Brazilian publishing sector in the global market in an oriented and articulated manner, contributing to the professionalization of publishers.