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Latest Best Books Lists from Brazil

Best of Brazilian Short Stories Anthology

By Hannah Johnson

The latest newsletter from PublishNews Brazil went out today, and with it, three different lists of “best books” for 2010 and 2011.

Best of Brazilian Literary Fiction

One of the most prestigious literary awards in Brazil is the Prêmio São Paulo de Literatura (São Paulo Literary Award), which was established four years ago. Prizes are given out in two categories: best book and best debut writer. Winners take home R$200,000 ($127,000) each.

The 2011 shortlist for both best book and best debut were recently released. Click here to see the full shortlist.

Best Brazilian Children’s Books

The FNLIJ Children’s Book Fair began in Rio de Janeiro on June 6. Organized by the National Foundation for Children’s and Young People’s Books, the event hosts seminars and discussions, as well as book sales and children’s activities. Read more about the Fair here.

One of the highlights was the release of a “Best Books of 2010″ list for children’s books. Download the list (PDF).

Best Brazilian Short Stories

Brazilian publisher Objetiva recently released an anthology of the best Brazilian short stories of the century (Os cem melhores contos brasileiros do século). The anthology includes stories by Machado de Assis, Clarice Lispector, Carlos Drummond de Andrade and other famous Brazilian writers.

The book was purchased in bulk by the government for public school libraries. However, a group of mothers in São Paulo State protested against one of the stories, and the anthology was subsequently banned in that state. Read more about it here.

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