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Prize-winning Brazilian author comes to Bristol

Adriana Lisboa

Adriana Lisboa Paulo Gurevitz

Press release issued: 21 May 2013

Adriana Lisboa, one of Latin America's most important young writers, comes to Bristol on Thursday 23rd May as part of an event 'Perspectives on Brazilian Culture' hosted by the University of Bristol.

She will be interviewed at a symposium in the School of Modern Languages which brings together specialists on Brazilian literature and cinema from the Universities of Bristol, Manchester and Oxford. The event takes place in Link 1, 3-5 Woodland Road from 2pm to 6pm.

The symposium will be followed by a reading and book signing with wine reception at Stanfords Bookshop, Corn Street from 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm).  The event is free and all are welcome.  To book a ticket, please call 0117 9299 966 or email 

Adriana Lisboa was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and currently lives in the USA.  Her novel, Symphony in White (2001) attracted substantial critical attention and was awarded the prestigious José Saramago Prize.  In 2007, the Bogotá 39/Hay Festival identified Lisboa as one of the most important young Latin American writers.  Her work has been translated into several languages and she has published regularly, in Portuguese and in English translation, in Granta magazine.  Her story, ‘O sucesso’ has been selected for the Harvill Secker Young Translator’s Prize 2013.

Dr Rhian Atkin of the Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, said: "Adriana Lisboa is one of the most exciting authors to emerge in Brazil recently so it's a real privilege to have her come to Bristol.   Our students have been studying her work this year so it will be great for them to have the opportunity to hear her read and to ask her questions about her writing."

The event is hosted by the dynamic Portuguese and Lusophone Studies section in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Bristol.  It is supported by the Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (BIRTHA), the Faculty of Arts Research Director's Fund and The Bristol-Brazil Fund.

Further information

Please contact Rhian Atkin for further information.
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