Book fest panel to feature Lebanese descendants

The 11th edition of international literature festival Tarrafa Literária will run from September 25 to 29 in Santos, São Paulo. The panel ‘Fiction in Arab Veins’ will take place at 5pm on the 26th, featuring authors Cristina Judar and Marcelo Maluf.

Bruna Garcia Fonseca

São Paulo – The opening panel of the 11th edition of international book festival Tarrafa Literária (tarrafa is a kind of fishing net), at 5pm on Thursday (26), will be themed Fiction in Arab Veins. It will feature the Brazilian-born Lebanese descendant writers Cristina Judar and Marcelo Maluf, with moderation by Ademir Demarchi at Teatro Guarany in Santos, on the São Paulo coast. The event will run from the 25th to the 29th. For the second year straight, the festival relies on the support of the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above is last year’s panel with Mamede Jarouche (L) and Milton Hatoum (R).

All panels will be held at Teatro Guarany. An opening concert at Sesc Santos in the evening of the 25th will see the João Rubinato group pay tribute to Adoniran Barbosa and Osvaldo Moles. “Osvaldo Moles was the premier lyricist for Adoniran Barbosa. He wrote [the song] Tiro ao Álvaro. He was also a chronicler, radio DJ, and a comic. He was born and raised in Santos, and he is being honored in this edition,” bookseller, publisher and event organizer José Luiz Tahan told ANBA.

The Friday (27) highlight is the 7pm panel, Women on a Hot Night, with writers Jarid Arraes and Preta Rara and moderator Simone Batista.

At 7pm on Saturday, the panel Oceans in the Tarrafa Award, Sustenance of Boys and Men Show will feature Jé Oliveira and the Farinha com Açúcar band. Oliveira is in the semifinals for an award devoted to literary creations in Portuguese language, and his book Farinha com açúcar ou sobre a sustança de meninos e homens has been made into a theater play and a concert.

On Sunday (29), the panel The Chronicler in Me will feature writers Pedro Mexia of Portugal and Cássio Zanatta of Brazil, with moderation by Jorge Oliveira. The panel will happen again at São Paulo bookstore Livraria da Vila-Fradique Coutinho at 7pm on October 1. “People really identify with the chronicles. It’s a literary style that opens many windows of thinking,” said Tahan. The Consulate of Portugal in São Paulo also supports the Tarrafa festival.

Tickets are free on a first-come, first-served basis and 5,000 people are expected to attend. Panels are subject to availability. For the full program, go to the event’s website.

“I would like to thank the Arab Chamber. As I descend from Lebanese grandparents who came in a ship through the Port of Santos, it’s an honor and a joy to be in touch with the Arab culture through literature and the Tarrafa Literária festival,” said Tahan.

Quick facts

11th Tarrafa Literária
September 25-29 in Santos
October 1 in São Paulo
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Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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