Every July since 2003…writers, authors, publishers, agents and other literary types have been converging in a beautiful colonial seaside harbor town called Paraty, located on the coast of Rio de Janeiro for FLIP – Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty [The Paraty International Literature Festival].
This literate happening boasts an extremely diverse patronage few festivals worldwide are able to muster…with so many great authors in attendance year after year in the same venue.
I have always wanted to visit Brazil and enjoy the exquisite mountains, islands, beautiful sea, sandy beaches, cobbled streets and historical sites…not to mention some of the most exotic femininity in the universe…and, apparently, some of the best cachaça in Brazil. Cachaça, in case you haven’t had a chance to try it yet (and I haven’t), is the typical Brazilian sugar cane liquor used to make the world-famous caipirinha cocktail. But, I digress!
If only I was in the envious position to attend!
FLIP: Brazil’s Perfect Literary Cocktail
Throughout the year, Brazilian authors travel from one book fair to another, as many cities in Brazil have their own literature festivals and book events. All of them have the same goal: yo instill the pleasure of reading and (of course) sell books. One of these literature festivals, however, goes further than all others: FLIP – Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty [The Paraty International Literature Festival]. This article presents FLIP to our international readership and will be the first of a PublishNews Brazil series that will cover Brazilian book events that are helping to improve literacy and enabling a close and productive relationship between writers and readers in the largest South American country.
Since the 1970’s, Paraty, located at the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, has been one of the top destinations for Brazilian and foreign tourists. This seaside harbor town features many attractions: mountains, islands, a beautiful sea, cobbled streets, historical sites and some of the best cachaça in Brazil. Cachaça, in case you haven’t had a chance to try it yet, is the typical Brazilian sugar cane liquor used to make the world-famous caipirinha cocktail.
Then, eight years ago, a different crowd started to visit the colonial town, one in search of a more than fun in the tropical sun. Since 2003, every July (or, in the case of a World Cup year, August), writers from all over the world join Brazilian publishers, agents, authors and readers for FLIP – Paraty International Literature Festival. Few festivals worldwide are able to gather so many, and such a diverse great authors year after year in the same venue as FLIP.
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