1 – 2016
BERNARDI, Tati – And They Call Me Mad .................................................................................................... 3
DAPIEVE, Arthur – Maracanazo and Other Stories ................................................................................. 4
HANNS, Luiz – The Art of Setting Boundaries: How to change the behaviour of children and
teenagers .................................................................................................................................................................. 5
PIANGERS, Marcos – Dad is Cool ........................................................................................................................... 6
STIGGER, Veronica – Opisanie świata ........................................................................................................... 7
TELLES, Lygia Fagundes – The Green Ball .................................................................................................. 9
VERISSIMO, Luis Fernando
Lies Women Tell .................................................................................................................................... 11
Lies Men Tell........................................................................................................................................... 12
ACIOLI, Socorro – The Ghost Ballerina: Anabela in four acts ............................................................. 14
AUERBACH, Patricia
The Newspaper...................................................................................................................................... 15
The Scarf .................................................................................................................................................. 16
COLASANTI, Marina – A True-Blue Idea..................................................................................................... 17
FRANCO, Blandina and LOLLO, José Carlos – Animal Restaurant ................................................... 18
STRAUSZ, Rosa Amanda – The Kingdom Divided in Two .................................................................... 19
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AND THEY CALL ME MAD (Depois a louca sou eu)
Tati Bernardi
Companhia das Letras, 2016
144 pages
With humour and irreverence, Tati Bernardi recollects stories of
panic, love and hard-core prescription drugs.
At first sight this book has all the clichés of hysterical verbosity,
daring to reveal what it is like to be a woman, “plagued by yeast
infections and empty promises”. Self-compassion and self-criticism
alternate at a dizzying pace, with comic exaggeration revealing the
flip side of the genders and of the feminist, or post-feminist writing,
in the form of an unprecedented scatological study, composed of
bouts of cystitis and constipation. This author is not a misogynist,
though – the focus of her misanthropy is wide-ranging – and she
proves capable of the most radical narrative intensity, like a soap opera scriptwriter who is
a secret disciple of, let’s say, Kierkegaard.
She felt like an overly sensitive child. And finally discovered the wonders of the first Rivotril
tablet, “fine rain that fell on a bed of fresh basil”. Near the book’s denouement, when no
antidepressants or therapy sessions will make any difference, literature appears to be a
remedy for the soul, capable of curing the authentic writer and the sincere reader. In a
disturbing yet comforting observation, “nobody is well”.
Otavio Frias Filho
Tati Bernardi was born in 1979 in the city of São Paulo. She has a degree in Advertising
and Marketing and studied literature as a post-graduate. She is a writer and columnist for
the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, writes for the Globo media group and is a screenwriter for
the cinema.
Selected titles:
Meu passado me condena (Paralela, 2016)
The movies Meu passado me condena 1 and 2 drew in more than 6 milion viewers.
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MARACANAZO AND OTHER STORIES (Maracanazo e outras histórias)
Arthur Dapieve
Alfaguara, 2015
160 pages
Football, rock, classical music. The sea of Copacabana and the city of
Rio de Janeiro. In these five stories, Arthur Dapieve weaves together
fact and fiction to create stories with different chronological and
geographical settings, but which collectively display considerable
narrative cohesion, whether in terms of their contemporaneity or
their impact. In “Bad times”, the first story in the collection, two boys
are surfing on the rough sea of Copacabana, alone, under low cloud,
unaware that they are about to experience an unexpected event.
In “Fragment of the landscape” and “Winter, 1968”, Dapieve explores
the world of music, but at two very different times: the first story
revolves around a performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony in Vienna, just before the
outbreak of the Second World War. The second is set during a Pink Floyd rehearsal in
London, a key moment in the history of rock music. “Block”, the fourth story in this
collection, describes the absurdity of being caught up in a gridlock in the streets of Rio.
“Maracanazo”, the story that brings the volume to a close, is a surprising tale that begins
with the football match that eliminated the Spanish national team from the 2014 World Cup
and then focuses on two characters, a Spanish man and a Chilean woman, from very
different backgrounds, rivals, who in the course of the night will end up revealing their real
Arthur Dapieve was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1963. He graduated in journalism from the
PUC-Rio, the university where he currently teaches. He is also a cultural editor and reporter.
Translation available in French.
Maracanazo sold to:
France: Éditions Folies D’Encre
Selected titles:
De cada amor tu herdarás só o cinismo (Objetiva, 2004)
Portugal: Quetzal
Black music (Objetiva, 2008)
France: Asphalte
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THE ART OF SETTING BOUNDARIES: How to change the behaviour of children
and teenagers (A arte de dar limites: como mudar atitudes de crianças e
Luiz Hanns
Paralela/Companhia das Letras, 2015
472 pages
Many of the new generation of children and teenagers have difficulty
in accepting the existence of personal and collective boundaries. As
the real-life cases discussed in this book illustrate, parents face the
permanent challenge of setting limits and preparing their children
for life. Drawing on examples and international research, the
psychologist Luiz Hanns identifies the reasons for this difficulty and
proposes an innovative way of raising children: planned parenting.
Unlike traditional corrective parenting, planned parenting –
presented in this book via real case studies and exercises for parents
and children to practice at home – introduces a wider system of boundaries and stimuli that
can lead to major changes in behaviour. It anticipates and, when necessary, corrects
problems, teaching children and teenagers how to deal with life. A transformative way of
parenting that is aimed not only at children, but also at their parents.
Luiz Hanns has a degree in psychology and business administration. He has a masters and
a doctorate in psychology and has worked as a couples’ counsellor for over twenty years.
Selected titles:
A equação do casamento (Paralela, 2013)
Portugal: Vogais
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DAD IS COOL (O papai é pop)
Marcos Piangers
Belas Letras, 2015
112 pages
So, you and your partner are expecting. You know you need to buy
a bigger house. You need more room for the child. You need more
than a one-bedroom apartment. You must have a new crib – you
can’t use the one your neighbor said you could borrow. And you
know you gotta replace your car. That car isn’t comfortable for a
family. That car isn’t safe for your child. It must have six airbags at
least. It must come with an AC straight from the manufacturer.
Having been a father at a young age, the comedy writer Marcos
Piangers found out these things don't really matter. Having a large
apartment doesn’t really matter, because children like sleeping on
their parents’ bed. Having a large car doesn’t really matter, because children like riding
bikes. Going to the best daycare doesn’t really matter, if you’re the last one picking up your
child. Having the most expensive toys and videogames doesn’t really matter. Children
actually have more fun balancing on the curb or skipping the cracks on the sidewalk. Tossing
your kid up in the air – that’s the best pastime in the world for little ones. The thing is, what
really matters, as the funny and moving texts from Dad is Cool show us, is to be with your
kids not thinking of something else. Really being with them.
Book trailer:
Book website:
Author’s page:
Marcos Piangers works with new media and digital platforms. Born in Florianópolis, in
2006 he moved to Porto Alegre, from where he broadcasts the programme Pretinho Básico,
winner of the iTunes Best of 2014 prize. Piangers has taught classes in humour and creative
Translation available in English.
Dad is Cool sold to:
Portugal: Editorial Planeta
Spain: Editora Planeta
Riff Agency: Lucia Riff, [email protected] and Ana Paula Hisayama, [email protected]
Veronica Stigger
Cosac Naify, 2013
160 pages
On the eve of World War II, Opalka, a Polish man of around 60,
receives a letter at his home whereby he discovers he has a son in
Brazil. In serious condition at a hospital in the Amazon, he asks to
meet the father he's heard so much about, but has never seen.
Enclosed is a steamship ticket for his passage. Opalka decides to
meet his son and revisit the country where he'd traveled as a young
man decades ago, but to which had never returned.
Waiting at the Warsaw train station, Opalka meets Bopp, a
flamboyant Brazilian traveler and polyglot who, upon learning the
reason for this circumspect gentleman's journey, decides to accompany him. Bopp presents
him with a kind of talisman for the trip, a Latin America travel guidebook, whose often
surprising, and always amusing, advice is transcribed throughout the text.
On the train that takes them to their European port of departure, then on the ship that will
cross the ocean toward the Amazon rainforest, these two unlikely travel companions
encounter a cast of characters, such as Dona Oliva and her nieces, Mr. and Mrs. Andrade,
Curto Chivito from Uruguay and his German companion, Hans, Priscila the dancer and a
cantankerous Russian.
In addition to passages from the guidebook, interspersed with the chapters are photos of
Poland, postcards, letters, diary entries, period advertisements and colorful news reports.
When they reach the Amazon, before parting ways, Bopp gives Opalka a notebook for him
to write his “description of the word” (Opisanie świata, in Polish): “Here,” said Bopp,
handing him a black notebook. “It’s a present. For taking notes. For you to write down what
happened. To help you get over it. And to not forget. We write to not forget. Or to pretend
we didn’t forget.”
Opisanie świata is the Polish title of Il Milione, Marco Polo's travelogue (known as The
Travels of Marco Polo in English). In this novel, the winner of several awards, Veronica
Stigger invites the reader to follow Opalka on a fascinating journey between two rapidly
disappearing worlds, departing Europe on the brink of World War II, and arriving in the
Amazon, whose decline and devastation are well underway.
Opisanie świata is a powerful allegory of literature, casting a final glance at what will be lost,
at what will soon exist only in the words of artists and poets. It is no coincidence that
Veronica Stigger's novel is also a brilliant stylistic exercise, playing with the narratives of a
number of authors, both Brazilian and European from the turn of the 20th century, and
evoking a dreamworld similar to those found in films by Federico Fellini, Wes Anderson or
Miguel Gomes.
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Veronica Stigger was born in Porto Alegre in 1973, and has lived in São Paulo since 2001.
She is a writer, an art critic and a university professor.
Translation sample available in English.
- Machado de Assis Award from National Library Foundation, 2013
- São Paulo Literature Prize – New Author (over 40), 2014
- Açorianos Prize for long narrative, 2014
- Third place in the Jabuti Prize, 2014
- Shortlisted for the Portugal Telecom Prize
Opisanie Świata sold to:
Mexico: Editorial Antílope
Selected titles:
Gran Cabaret Demenzial (Cosac Naify, 2007)
Os anões (Cosac Naify, 2010)
Onde a onça bebe água (children’s, Cosac Naify, 2015 - with Eduardo Viveiros de Castro)
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THE GREEN BALL (Antes do baile verde)
Lygia Fagundes Telles
Companhia das Letras, 2009
208 pages
Lygia Fagundes Telles was nominated by the União dos Escritores Brasileiros (Brazilian
Writers’ Union) as a candidate for the Nobel Prize
Gazing at an old tapestry for sale in an antique shop, a man becomes
so fascinated that he plunges into the scene that it depicts. One night
during carnival, two young women, a housewife and her maid, add
the finishing touches to a fancy dress costume while a man is on his
deathbed in the room next door. A young man invites his ex-girlfriend
on a date in a deserted cemetery and the two of them go inside a
tomb. A little boy goes to the cinema with his mother and unwittingly
witnesses a real scene of adultery.
The stories in The Green Ball reveal and delve into an extremely
varied range of human experiences, and the encounters, near misses and metamorphoses
that they entail. Lygia Fagundes Telles, the writer of this mystery, reminds us of the likes of
Edgar Allan Poe in her exploration of the fascinating realm of the fantastic.
Skilfully handling ellipses and changes in points of view, the author generally leaves the
illuminating revelations, and the unexpected and mind-boggling twist in the tale for the very
end of the story. The Green Ball proves Telles’ immense talent for revealing in words her
subtle humour and poetic talent.
Published in 1970, the book was revised and re-published in Brazil by Companhia das Letras
in 2009.
Lygia Fagundes Telles was born and lives in São Paulo. She studied law and physical
education before devoting herself entirely to literature. Critically acclaimed as one of the
most important Brazilian writers, her body of work comprises 18 short story anthologies
and four novels, having sold three million copies. She has been translated to more than
eleven countries and has had works adapted into movies, TV and theater.
Lygia Fagundes Telles became a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 1985, and
in 2005 was awarded the Camões Prize, the most important prize for literature in the
Portuguese language.
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“Above all, Lygia Fagundes Telles has been able to go beyond the autobiographical sphere that
the work of so many modern short story writers desperately clings to. She thus possesses the
first quality demanded of a writer of fiction, namely she knows how to put herself in other
people’s skin. This is a further ambiguity of the short story, which she takes command of with
the same authority as Machado de Assis or Joaquim Paço D’Arcos.”
Wilson Martins
“The brilliance of Lygia’s text lies in the unity, density and extraordinary dignity that it gives
to the Portuguese language, even when dealing with sordid, perverse or violent situations and
themes. Reading the work of Lygia Fagundes Telles, for those who are given to such cultured
pursuits, entails the pleasurable discovery of beauty, sonority and expressivity.”
Caio Fernando Abreu
“However, a word of caution. The short stories feature oppressed, frequently impetuous, and
sometimes criminal individuals. Nothing is explained: a few objects, a few details are enough
to set the tone. A messy dressing table, a string of pearls curled up in a husband’s pocket, and
the characters are plunged into self-doubt, anger, rage and jealousy. Caught up in this
passionate haze, readers delight in abandoning themselves to their thirst for explanations and
Jean Soublin, L’Express
“With exceptional energy and subtlety the author successfully conveys diversity and contrasts
by using an extremely flexible language, one that adapts to suit all the various mutations,
whether to just dryly hint at them or to engage and enthrall the reader.”
Michel Nuridsany, Le Figaro, about Seminar on the Extermination of Rats
“A lively, flexible, impressionistic prose style, which invites the reader to share the narrator’s
point of view. A host of visual effects and emotional storylines. And so many (dozens, dozens)
of wonderful stories that Katherine Mansfield would have been proud to put her name to.”
Hélio Pólvora about The Structure of a Bubble of Soap
Translated short stories available in English.
The Green Ball was published in Portugal, in the Czech Republic and in France many years ago, but now all rights are available.
Selected titles:
The Girl in the Photograph (Companhia das Letras, 1974, 2009)
USA: Dalkey Archive Press
- Coelho Neto Award, by the Brazilian Academy of Letters, 1974
- Winner of the Jabuti Prize, 1974
- Winner of the APCA Prize
Seminar of the Rats (Companhia das Letras, 1977, 2009)
- PEN Clube Brasil Award, 1977
Stone Dance Song (Companhia das Letras, 1954, 2009)
Soap opera aired in 1981 and on a new version in 2008.
The Dark Night and Me
(Companhia das Letras, 1995, 2009)
- Winner of the Jabuti Prize, 1996
- Best short stories book, by the National
Library, 1996
- APLUB Award, 1996
The Naked Hours
(Companhia das Letras, 1989, 2010)
- Pedro Nava Award for Best Book of the Year, 1989
The Structure of a Bubble of Soap
(Companhia das Letras, 1991, 2010)
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LIES WOMEN TELL (Mentiras que as mulheres contam)
Luis Fernando Verissimo
Objetiva, 2015
184 pages
— Sweetheart, you promised the party would be over by 2.
— And it did, daddy.
—Well, yes, but not in the afternoon!
It all starts with your mum. “Here comes the plane”, she says, flying
that spoon into your mouth. It is the inaugural lie, one that will have
many incarnations throughout your life.
Here you will find the masters of dissimulation. There is the woman
who made up a lover just to make her husband jealous, the lady who
cheats on herself through a string of plastic surgeries and the young
woman who lies about her age – upwards! – hoping to hear she looks really young. There is
drama, comedies and tragicomedies – and even outright tragedies. All of them, though,
infused with Verissimo’s irresistible wit.
Luis Fernando Verissimo was born in 1936, in the southern city of Porto Alegre, where he
still lives. He is one of Brazil’s most successful writers. More than best-sellers (he has sold
over 5 million copies), his works are Brazilian classics that deal with contemporary
everyday lives. To read Verissimo is to find coherence in paradoxes and to witness the
subtlety of human behaviour at its most poetic or most pathetic, sometimes sweet,
sometimes dramatic.
Selected titles:
The Club of Angels (Objetiva, 1998)
England: Harvill
France: Éditions du Seuil
Germany: Lichtenberg Verlag/Droemer
Greece: Enalios
Holland: Athenaeum
Italy: Ponte Alle Grazie
Korea: Woogjin Think Big Co.
Lithuania: Versus Aureus
Portugal: Dom Quixote
Romania: Curtea Vechea Publishing
Spain: Plaza y Janés
Borges and the Eternal Orang-Utans
(Companhia das Letras, 2009)
Argentina: Editorial Sudamerica
Denmark; Glyldend Al
England: Harvill
France: Éditions du Seuil
Greece: Agra Publications
Israel: Bambook Publishers
Italy: Atmosphere Libri
Japan: Fusosha
Korea: Woogjin Think Big Co
Russia: AST Publishers
Japan: Fusosha
Russia: AST Publishers
Spain: Ézaro
Serbia and Montenegro: Trivic
Turkey: Monokl Yayinlari
USA: New Directions
Riff Agency: Lucia Riff, [email protected] and Ana Paula Hisayama, [email protected]
LIES MEN TELL (Mentiras que os homens contam)
Luis Fernando Verissimo
Objetiva, 2000
176 pages
— Have you read my book?
— I did. It’s great!
Not quite. Men don’t lie. They might make up stories to protect
women. Seriously. It all starts with your mother, it’s a scientific fact.
Remember that day you woke up with a strange chest pain and told
your mum you couldn’t go to school? You didn’t mention that
forgotten homework. What you said was that you were very ill and
your days were numbered. You made her happy. Or isn’t taking care
of you the happiest she’ll ever be?
In this book, Luis Fernando Verissimo’s brilliant prose decodes the circumstances in which
such lies are almost truths. Who has never been stopped on the street by a happy chap
asking “Remember me?”. And who has never, against anyone’s better judgement, answered
“Sure!”, while desperately trying to buy some time and some more information to place an
identity on that perfect stranger. Lies are justified, and sometimes inevitable, in social
interactions. Small lies, of course. The ones that go subtly through the day without wreaking
any big or irreversible damage.
Lies Men Tell doesn’t judge, it only acknowledges, men don’t lie. And if they do, it’s because
they need to. For women’s sake..
Luis Fernando Verissimo was born in 1936, in the southern city of Porto Alegre, where he
still lives. He is one of Brazil’s most successful writers. More than best-sellers (he has sold
over 5 million copies), his works are Brazilian classics that deal with contemporary
everyday lives. To read Verissimo is to find coherence in paradoxes and to witness the
subtlety of human behaviour at its most poetic or most pathetic, sometimes sweet,
sometimes dramatic.
Lies Men Tell sold to:
Italy: Ponte Alle Grazie
Korea: Woogjin Thing Big Co.
Portugal: Dom Quixote
Spain: Ezaro
Selected titles:
The Spies (Alfaguara, 2009)
France: Folies d’Encre
Holland: Athenaeum
Portugal: Dom Quixote
UK: MacLehose Press
Romania: Vivaldi
Serbia and Montenegro: Paideia
O opositor (Objetiva, 2004)
France: Éditions du Seuil
Germany: Droemersche Verlagsanstalt
Romania: Vivaldi
Spain (Catalan): Ediciones La Campana
Riff Agency: Lucia Riff, [email protected] and Ana Paula Hisayama, [email protected]
THE GHOST BALLERINA: Anabela in four acts (A bailarina fantasma: Anabela em
quatro atos)
Socorro Acioli
Companhia das Letras/Seguinte, 2016
192 pages
Anabela’s father was the architect chosen to coordinate a project at
the José de Alencar Theatre in Fortaleza: she could barely contain
her excitement! The project involved preserving the original
features of that wonderful entertainment venue which first opened
over a century ago in 1910.
In no time at all it became routine for Anabela to spend her
afternoons in that old theatre doing her homework while her father
worked. But the renovation project ended up unearthing mysteries
hidden away many, many years ago… To Anabela’s surprise, a
translucent ballerina dressed in blue appeared dancing on the stage and following her down
the corridors. What on earth could she be doing there? And why is it that only Anabel can
see her? Who is that ballerina and why is she making an appearance?
Socorro Acioli was born in Fortaleza. She is a journalist, has a master’s degree in Brazilian
Literature and a PhD in Literary Studies. She started her writing career in 2001 and since
then has published books of various genres, including children’s short stories and YA novels,
and has received Brazil’s most prestigious prize for children’s literature, the Jabuti Prize.
In 2006, she was selected to take part in a workshop conducted by the Nobel Prize Winner
Gabriel García Márquez. The author was selected by Márquez himself based on her synopsis
for The Head of the Saint. Socorro is also a translator, essayist and literary theory teacher.
- Highly Recommended, by the National Foundation of Children and YA Book – 2011
- Winner of the Ceará Movie and Video Award 2010 for Best Script
Selected titles:
The Head of the Saint (Companhia das Letras, 2014)
France: Belleville
USA: Delacorte Press
UK: Hot Key Books
- Shortlisted for the Jabuti Prize
Riff Agency: Lucia Riff, [email protected] e
Ana Paula Hisayama, [email protected]
Patricia Auerbach
Brinque Book, 2012
32 pages
When he notices that his father never puts his newspaper
down, the little boy wants to play with it too. He wants to
discover what is so special about that particular object.
This book illustrates the extent to which a child’s
imagination can be stretched by turning a piece of paper
into the most entertaining adventures.
Patricia Auerbach was born in São Paulo in 1978. She studied Architecture, has worked
as an art director and taught History of Art. Today she teaches Art for kids at school,
writes and illustrates books.
- Shortlisted for the Jabuti Prize – Best Illustration Children’s/Young Reader 2012
- National Foundation of Children and YA Book Award for Best Picture Book 2012
Selected titles:
The Scarf (Brinque Book, 2013)
- Highly Recommended, by the National Foundation of Children and YA Book – 2013
Riff Agency: Lucia Riff, [email protected] e
Ana Paula Hisayama, [email protected]
THE SCARF (O lenço)
Patricia Auerbach
Brinque Book, 2013
32 pages
Do you know what a scarf is for? I do. Can I tell you? A little
girl finds a scarf in her mother’s drawer, and with it a
thousand different possibilities: the scarf is transformed
into a sail, a cloak, a dress and whatever else her
imagination comes up with, showing that all everyday
objects have their playful side.
Patricia Auerbach was born in São Paulo in 1978. She studied Architecture, has worked
as an art director and taught History of Art. Today she teaches Art for kids at school,
writes and illustrates books.
- Highly Recommended, by the National Foundation of Children and YA Book – 2013
Selected titles:
The Newspaper (Brinque Book, 2012)
- Shortlisted for the Jabuti Prize – Best Illustration Children’s/Young Reader 2012
- National Foundation of Children and YA Book Award for Best Picture Book 2012
Riff Agency: Lucia Riff, [email protected] e
Ana Paula Hisayama, [email protected]
A TRUE-BLUE IDEA (Uma ideia toda azul)
Marina Colasanti
Global, 1998
64 pages
A True-Blue Idea was a born classic. Not because it deals with the
traditional themes of short stories, or because its characters are
kings, princesses, unicorns and fairies, but because it explores an
inner realm that is timeless.
In this book Marina Colasanti, one of Brazil’s leading writers for
children and young people, breathes new life into a world that
seemed as if it had nothing novel to offer, transforming it with her
words, and creating something fresh from the familiar. The main
themes of “Two Velvet Wings”, “An Ivory Thorn” and “Among the
Green Leaves” are love and death.
Love also features in “Seven Years and a Further Seven”, a recreation of the famous “The
Sleeping Beauty in the Wood”. Sibling rivalry is the main theme of “Beyond the Hoop” and
“Stitch after Stitch”. Both stories explore in depth that natural emotion, enabling the reader
to feel a mixture of identification and horror.
“The Last King” presents us with the infinite possibilities of thought and freedom. KublaiKhan, the last of the Mogul dynasty, imprisoned within the walls of his castle, was told about
the world outside by the wind.
In the title story, “A True-Blue Idea”, a young king hides his idea, fearing that it might be
stolen. Now an old man, when he gives up the throne he runs through his palace and down
several staircases to look for his idea in the “Great Halls of Time”. “In the ivory bed the idea
was sleeping peacefully just like it was on that distant day. Just like on that youthful day, so
distant now, a lovely, little idea. But the king was no longer the king he was on that day. A
great deal of time had passed out there in the world, distancing him from his idea, but time
had stood still in the Room of Sleep.”
A True-Blue Idea is not only a book for children. Like the tales of Grimm or Andersen, in their
original versions, it also has deep meanings for older readers.
Marina Colasanti was born in the former Italian colony of Eritrea in 1937. As a child, her
family moved back to Italy, from where they emigrated to Brazil after the end of World War
II. She is one of the most awarded female Brazilian writers, author of about 40 books,
including works for children and young adults, short stories, novels, and essays. Graduated
in Fine Arts, she illustrates most of her books. Marina is also a renowned translator from
English, French, and Italian.
Translation in English is available.
- Best for Young Readers, FNLIJ, 1979
- Great APCA Award, 1979
- APCA Award, for children’s book, 1979
- Ciranda de Livros Project - 1983
- Recriança/FNLIJ Project – 1986
- Meu Livro, Meu Companheiro/FNLIJ Project – 1988
Títulos selecionados:
Short Story of a Tiny Love
(FTD, 2014)
Colombia (Latin America): Alfaguara
- Book of the Year by the Brazilian
Book Chamber, 2014
- Jabuti Prize for Best Children’s Book
A True-Blue Idea sold to:
France: L’Harmattan
Riff Agency: Lucia Riff, [email protected] e
Ana Paula Hisayama, [email protected]
ANIMAL RESTAURANT (Restaurante animal)
Blandina Franco and José Carlos Lollo
FTD, 2015
48 pages
This book is about a restaurant that aims to please the palates of
different kinds of animals. Through various rhymes we discover
the gastronomic preferences of dogs, fleas, fish, whales, cows and
beetles... It is a restaurant that caters to sophisticated or bizarre
tastes. It all depends on the customer’s requests!
Blandina Franco writes children’s books. She found out that she wanted to write children’s
book when she was over 40 of age, and once she started, she never stopped anymore.
José Carlos Lollo illustrates children’s books. He is an awarded Art director, who has
worked for the biggest advertising agencies in Brazil, and who found out that what he likes
to do best is to illustrate children’s books.
Blandina Franco and José Carlos Lollo, together, have published over thirty children’s books
in the last five years.
Translation in English is available.
Selected titles:
The Anger (Pequena Zahar, 2014)
China: Jieli Publishing House Co.
- Jabuti Prize for Best Children’s Book (shortlisted twice)
- Honorable Mention – Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award at the Bologna Book Fair 2012
Riff Agency: Lucia Riff, [email protected] e
Ana Paula Hisayama, [email protected]
THE KINGDOM DIVIDED IN TWO (O reino partido ao meio)
Rosa Amanda Strausz, illustrated by Natalia Colombo
Companhia das Letrinhas, 2016
32 pages
There are some things in life that it seems will never change. But
sometimes, when we least expect it, a sudden event turns
everything upside down. This is what happens to the little prince
in this story. Because of an angry dragon, in the blink of an eye his
kingdom and the things in it are split in two.
Initially the situation is frightening and difficult to accept. But in
time the prince ends up discovering new approaches to existence
and understanding that there is more than one way to live.
Rosa Amanda Strausz born in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, graduated in Journalism at the
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She was the editor of Doce de Letra, the first Brazilian
website dedicated solely to children’s literature, between 1997 and 2007. Her book Uólace
e João Vitor was later adapted into the TV series Cidade dos Homens (2002).
Translation in French is available.
Selected titles:
Uólace e João Victor (FTD, 1999)
-Best New Writer, by the National Foundation of Children and YA Book
- Highly Recommended, by the National Foundation of Children and YA Book – 1999
-João-de-Barro Prize
-Finalist of the Prix Tam-Tam
Minha mãe trouxe um lobo pra casa/A coleção de bruxas do meu pai (FTD, 1995)
A Knot in the Head (FTD, 2011)
Riff Agency: Lucia Riff, [email protected] e
Ana Paula Hisayama, [email protected]
Adélia PRADO
Adriana LISBOA*
Adriana LUNARDI*
Carlos Herculano LOPES
Claudia TAJES
Cristiane COSTA
Cristovão TEZZA
Emilio FRAIA
Guiomar de GRAMMONT
Ivana Arruda LEITE
João Luiz Anzanello
José Luiz PASSOS*
José Rubem FONSECA*
Lucrécia ZAPPI
Luis Fernando VERÍSSIMO
Lygia Fagundes TELLES
Marcos PERES
Maria Adelaide AMARAL
Maria Valéria REZENDE
Ricardo LÍSIAS
Veronica STIGGER
Barbara VEIGA
Eliane BRUM*
Gladis BRUN
João Silvério TREVISAN
Kledir RAMIL
Luiz Alberto HANNS
Luiz Eduardo SOARES
Murilo FIUZA
Patrícia Toledo de CAMPOS
Paulo Cesar de ARAÚJO
Roberto DaMATTA
Adriana FALCÃO
Alfredo SERTÃ
Anna Bella GEIGER
Antonio PRATA
Blandina FRANCA
Caroline CHANG
Fernanda de CASTRO E LIMA
Luiz Claudio CARDOSO
Marcelo PIRES
Rosa Amanda STRAUSZ
Socorro ACIOLI
Alcione ARAUJO
Augusto Frederico SCHMIDT
Caio Fernando ABREU
Celso LUFT
Jorge de LIMA
José Cândido de CARVALHO
Josué de CASTRO
Manoel de BARROS
MILLÔR Fernandes
Moacyr SCLIAR*
Oswald de ANDRADE
Paulo Emílio SALES GOMES
Paulo Mendes CAMPOS
Rachel de QUEIROZ
Ricardo RAMOS
Sérgio PORTO
*only for Brazil

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