“Sonhar Brasília”: book celebrates the 60th anniversary of foundation of the capital of Brazil and the Portuguese language

Livro Sonhar Brasília
18/05/2020

The Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) pays homage to the city of Brasília in a form of a YA book. “Sonhar Brasília” (A dream of Brasília) celebrates the 60th anniversary of foundation of the capital of Brazil and also commemorates for the first time the World Portuguese Language Day, endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The publication is supported by the Government of the Federal District, UNESCO Brazil and Instituto Camões (Institute for the Cooperation and Language). 

The book is expected to be released in the second semester of 2020 and it will be distributed for free to public schools in the Federal District, where the capital of Brazil is located. 

“Sonhar Brasília” includes texts about the city written by important authors from the eight countries composing CPLP: João de Melo (Angola), Conceição Freitas (Brazil), Vera Duarte (Cape Verde), Jorge Luís Mendes (Guinea-Bissau), Bienvenido Ebang Otogo Obono (Equatorial Guinea), Mia Couto (Mozambique), José Luís Peixoto (Portugal) and Tino Freitas (Brazil/East Timor). 

The book’s preface was written by the Executive Secretary of CPLP, Ambassador Francisco Ribeiro Telles, and the introduction by the Secretary of Culture and Creative Economy of the Federal District of Brazil, Bartolomeu Rodrigues. 

The Ambassador wrote on the book that it’s no exaggeration to say that Brasília holds an outstanding position in people’s minds: “Not only because it is a symbol of an innovative project for the economical and social development, but also because it is a solid example of diversity in the community”, he states.

“Sonhar Brasília” portrays the linguistic and cultural diversity of the Portuguese language, which is spoken by 260 million people worldwide. The book is an invitation to young readers to explore the Portuguese language, with its peculiarities and richness, and also brings multiple perspectives of a city that is diverse and plural itself. 

The Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries

CPLP is a multilateral forum for the strengthening of ties and for the cooperation among its members: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal and East Timor.

Created in July 17th, 1996, the general purposes of the organization are the political and diplomatic cooperation among its members, the cooperation regarding all domains, and the fostering of projects aiming at promoting and disseminating the Portuguese language.

Cape Verde is the presiding country of the Community. Angola will take such office after the next CPLP Conference of Heads of State and Heads of Government.

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.