Book Fair of Porto honors José Mário Branco

The Book Fair of Porto will return from today to the Gardens of the Crystal Palace, where until the 23rd several activities will take place, in an edition marked by the music and the homage to José Mário Branco.

Daniel Cohn-Bendit, who is also going to mark the 50th anniversary of May 1968, in particular with the presence of one of the faces of that historic moment, opens to the public today at 12:00 and, hours later, goes receive the visit of the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

On Saturday, at 18:00, the first debate is held, under the theme “In the beginning was the song”, in which Anabela Mota Ribeiro is going to talk with the musician, composer and producer José Mário Branco, a lime tree of honor in the Crystal Palace, similar to Agustina Bessa-Luís, Vasco Graça Moura, Mário Cláudio and Sophia de Mello Breyner.

Until 23rd, they pass by the auditorium of the Municipal Library Almeida Garrett Mia Couto, Afonso Cruz, Cohn-Bendit, Filipa Martins, João Pinto Coelho, Kalaf Epalanga, Telma Tvon, Leila Slimani, José Riço Direitinho, Valério Romão, Mário de Carvalho and Ana Margarida de Carvalho.

One of the highlights of this year’s edition, besides Cohn-Bendit, which will talk about “the essential revolutions” with the historian Rui Tavares, is the presence of the writer Leila Slimani, winner of the Goncourt prize in 2016 with “Sweet Song” edited in Portugal by Alfaguara.

As the programmer José Eduardo Agualusa writes in this year’s book fair, “Canção Doce” (“Sweet Song”) could be the generic theme of this edition of the Porto Book Fair, during which the links between literature and literature will be debated. music”.

In the spoken-word sessions there will be names like Capicua, André Tentúgal, Nuno Artur Silva, Selma Uamusse and Miguel Januário, among many others.

The Municipal Gallery will receive a curated exhibition by Paulo Vinhas on “Five decades of musical restlessness in Porto”, while the mezzanine of the same gallery will welcome “Porto sense from the outside: Books and travel guides of Portugal between the constitutional monarchy and the Estado Novo (1820-1974) “, and the auditorium’s foyer will feature a poster exhibition of May 68.

António Mega Ferreira will speak about Dante, Perfecto Cuadrado on Cervantes, Pedro Eiras on Pessoa, Ana Paula Coutinho will address Flaubert, while Ana Margarida de Carvalho will reflect on the Russian writers and Luísa Costa Gomes on Shakespeare.

In this edition, the Book Fair of Porto maintains the same size and typology of the previous year’s offer, with 134 participants, distributed by 130 ‘stands’.

“We believe that this is the right size for this space, increasing it could distort the relationship of visitors with the park and the landscape, which we intend to be a differentiating element in the experience of visiting this city project,” said Mayor Municipal of Porto, Rui Moreira, at the end of August.

According to the mayor, the “total budget is 200 thousand euros, identical to the [previous] edition, which is divided evenly between logistics and programming expenses.”

“As for the 100 thousand euros of logistics, they are fully covered by the leases that we will charge,” he added.

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