André Fonseca, Anna Luiza Cardoso, Kim Doria, Taty Leite and Verena Alice Borelli are the five finalists in the Young Talents Award 20/21. Their names were announced recently by PublishNews. The professionals will participate in the Frankfurt Book Fair 2020, which will be a 100% online event. The prize is given to the most promising professionals who bring new blood into the book market and are deemed as the future of such industry.
Besides participating in the Frankfurt Book Fair 2020, the finalists are also expected to take part in other literary events. They were selected among 38 professionals who sent their registration forms and work in many different steps of the book production and distribution. The jury panel is composed of Carolina Rocha, winner of the past edition of the Young Talents Award; Lu Magalhães, partner of PublishNews; and Marifé Boix Garcia, Vice President of the Frankfurt Book Fair.
The finals of the Young Talents Award will take place in the Paraty International Literary Festival (Flip), in 2021. In the event, the five finalists will do their pitching aiming at securing their place. The winner is given tickets to the in-person version of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2021, as well as paid traveling and lodging expenses and an allowance of EUR 500.00.
Among the finalists are an editor, a literary agent, a communications manager, an influencer and a strategic manager. See below a brief profile of each participant:
André Fonseca: He has been working in the publishing industry for 10 years. He was an editor at LeYa and at Planeta, and now he is at Citadel, the publishing house of the book Outwitting the Devil, a classic by Napoleon Hill, top ranked in the PublishNews Annual List with over 80 thousand copies sold in 2020.
Anna Luiza Cardoso: Her trajectory, which started at Villas-Boas & Moss as an intern, is so successful that Anna is now a partner in the literary agency.
Kim Doria: He started at Boitempo, coordinating the Communications Department of the company. Now he is responsible for events and social media of the publishing house, including blogs and YouTube channels, as well as for the e-book catalog.
Taty Leite: Responsible for the project entitled “Vá ler um Livro” (Go read a book), the winner of the IPL Prize – Retratos da Leitura (Instituto Pró-Livro Prize – Reading Scenario), she uses her channels to draw people to books and reading. Taty also participates in the YouTube Edu, a free educational platform on YouTube, and in Catraca Livre, hosted by TV Cultura. She is also the mind behind #OcupeACidade (#OccupyTheCity), a project that took content creators to historic sites in the city of São Paulo to talk about books.
Verena Alice Borelli: She is the strategic manager of publishing house Belas Letras. In charge of the people management of the company, she led the project that gave Belas Letras the Great Place to Work (GPTW) Certification as one of the Best Companies to Work in Brazil, with a 98/100 score.
About the Award:
Created in 2015, the Young Talents Award gives recognition to professionals under 35 years old who have remarkably contributed to the Brazilian publishing market. Organized by PublishNews, the prize is supported by the Frankfurt Book Fair and sponsored by the Brazilian Syndicate of Book Publishers (SNEL).