21 de julho de 2012

As arcas de Fernando Pessoa



  Reportagem acerca do espólio de Fernando Pessoa, para o Ensaio Geral da Rádio Renascença.
Um grupo de investigadores estrangeiros partiu à procura de Fernando Pessoa e encontrou um espólio de inéditos, que vai desde a crítica ao salazarismo até à prosa desconhecida de Álvaro de Campos, passando pelas milhares de folhas escritas guardadas religiosamente na Biblioteca Nacional.

18 de julho de 2012

Blimunda n.º 2


O segundo número da revista Blimunda coincide com o mês em que terminou mais um Europeu de Futebol. Atenta ao que a rodeia, a Blimunda não poderia deixar de abordar este tema, não de um ponto de vista desportivo mas sim analisando a forma como o futebol, esse fenómeno de massas, afeta a sociedade, condiciona resultados políticos ou é tratado pela literatura. Tudo isto se pôde confirmar este ano nos jogos que opuseram equipas como a Alemanha a outras como Portugal, Espanha ou Grécia, momentos que significaram mais do que simples jogos de futebol, momentos que motivaram inúmeras discussões políticas, económicas e sociais. Ainda no dossier sobre este tema, a Blimunda recupera um texto de Fernando Assis Pacheco e outro do colombiano Anibal Jairo Niño, aqui em formato de som, mostrando que muitas das nossas mais fortes memórias caminham para a par com a bola, de pano ou de pele, jogada na rua ou no campo de futebol da nossa imaginação. A secção Saramaguiana recupera uma entrevista de José Saramago dada à revista A Bola Magazine no ano de 1998. Vamos falar de futebol é o título do conjunto de respostas em que José Saramago aborda temas que partem do futebol e do desporto em geral e que passam pelo Iberismo ou pela luta dos mais fracos contra os mais fortes.
Já disponível para download

17 de julho de 2012

Vencedores dos Shirley Jackson Awards 2011



Novel
————–
  • Witches on the Road Tonight, Sheri Holman (Grove)
  • The Great Lover, Michael Cisco (Chômu)
  • The Last Werewolf, Glen Duncan (Canongate)
  • Knock Knock, S.P. Miskowski (Omnium Gatherum)
  • The Dracula Papers, Reggie Oliver (Chômu)
  • The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock (Douleday)
————–
Novella
————–
  • Near Zennor”, Elizabeth Hand (A Book of Horrors)
  • And the Dead Shall Outnumber the Living”, Deborah Biancotti (Ishtar)
  • Displacement”, Michael Marano (Stories from the Plague Years)
  • A Child’s Problem”, Reggie Oliver (A Book of Horrors)
  • Rose Street Attractors”, Lucius Shepard (Ghosts by Gaslight)
  • The Men Upstairs, Tim Waggoner (Delirium)
————–
Novelette
————–
  • The Summer People”, Kelly Link (Tin House 49; Steampunk!)
  • Omphalos”, Livia Llewellyn (Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors)
  • Ditch Witch”, Lucius Shepard (Supernatural Noir)
  • The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine”, Peter Straub (Conjunctions 56)
————–
Short Story
————–
  • The Corpse Painter’s Masterpiece”, M. Rickert (F&SF 9-10/11)
  • Hair”, Joan Aiken (The Monkey’s Wedding and Other Stories)
  • Sunbleached”, Nathan Ballingrud (Teeth)
  • Absolute Zero”, Nadia Bulkin (Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters)
  • Max”, Jason Ockert (The Iowa Review 41/1)
  • Things to Know About Being Dead”, Genevieve Valentine (Teeth)
————–
Single Author Collection
————–
  • After the Apocalypse: Stories, Maureen R. McHugh (Small Beer)
  • Red Gloves, Christopher Fowler (PS)
  • The Janus Tree, Glen Hirshberg (Subterranean)
  • Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors, Livia Llewellyn (Lethe)
  • The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares, Joyce Carol Oates (Mysterious Press)
  • What Wolves Know, Kit Reed (PS)
————–
Edited Anthology
————–
  • Ghosts by Gaslight, Jack Dann & Nick Gevers, eds. (Harper Voyager)
  • Blood and Other Cravings, Ellen Datlow, ed, (Tor)
  • Supernatural Noir, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Dark Horse)
  • Teeth, Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, eds. (HarperCollins)
  • A Book of Horrors, Stephen Jones,  ed. (Jo Fletcher)
  • The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer (Harper Voyager)

10 de julho de 2012

Colóquio Internacional Gabriel García Márquez



Organização: Núcleo de Estudos Ibéricos e Ibero-Americanos e Centro de História da Cultura da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Data: 12, 13 e 14 de Julho de 2012.
Em 2012, celebra-se o 85.º aniversário de Gabriel García Márquez, o 45.º aniversário da publicação de Cien años de soledad e o 30.º aniversário da atribuição do Prémio Nobel da Literatura a este autor colombiano. Como forma de assinalar a data, o Núcleo de Estudos Ibéricos e Ibero-Americanos e o Centro de História da Cultura da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa organizam um Colóquio Internacional sobre Gabriel García Márquez, de carácter multidisciplinar, a realizar a 12, 13 e 14 de Julho de 2012, com o apoio de várias instituições nacionais e internacionais. Os trabalhos serão desenvolvidos tendo em conta os seguintes eixos da obra do escritor:

- Gabriel García Márquez e a América Latina.
- Gabriel García Márquez e a Europa.
- História e ficção.
- Do jornalismo à ficção.
- Realismo mágico: uma carpintaria hipnótica?
- Biografia vs Ficção.
- Cultura e pensamento hispânico.

Revista Pessoa n.º 3


O terceiro número da revista Pessoa (edição brasileira) já se encontra disponível em formato digital, incluindo uma entrevista com a autora Inês Pedrosa.

8 de julho de 2012

Leituras Digitais (1 a 7 de Julho)



Rubrica semanal de notícias e artigos relacionados com a edição de livros digitais.

In December 2011, we spoke to a panel of book industry and media experts to hear their bold predictions for the book publishing industry in 2012. Six months later, we’re checking in to see how many have come true, are on their way, or are looking unlikely to happen in 2012 or ever.
How accurate was our crystal ball in 2011? Read on to find out.
After relaunching in March 2012 as Google Play, Google's foray into the digital content store arena seems to have finally coalesced into what the relaunch was originally intended to cater to: content for Google Nexus.
A vast building in McAllen, Texas, was once home to a Wal-Mart -- but no longer. When the discount superstore moved to a larger location, it left behind a vast empty building. The community took advantage of the space and converted the warehouse-like building into a public library.
The size of more than two football fields, the McAllen Public Library is the largest single-story library in the country, the website PSFK writes. Its conversion from vast warehouse space to functioning library has recently made it the winner of the 2012 Library Interior Design Competition by the International Interior Design Assn.
It looks like my fears that Sony was getting out of ereaders were unfounded; a new Sony Reader appeared on the FCC website Sunday.
That image at right shows the backside of the new PRS-T2 ereader, an that image is about all I have to show you. Eeverything else is either permanently concealed or won’t be revealed to the public until 29 September.
Your e-reader knows how long it took you to finish The Hunger Games and where you stopped reading Wolf Hall. Publishers are thrilled with the new data – but what does it mean for the rest of us?
In the fight between Apple, Amazon, the government, and publishers to set prices for electronic books, independents were overlooked. Now, they're banding together and voicing complaints.
Na próxima terça-feira, dia 10, a Wook (livraria virtual do grupo Porto Editora) apresentará em Lisboa, no Auditório do Edifício Grupo Bertrand Círculo (Benfica), pelas 11h30, a sua estratégia para a comercialização de eBooks, nomeadamente uma «solução inovadora que vai definir e impulsionar o mercado do eBook em Portugal». Segundo a informação já disponibilizada, esta nova solução facilitará «a entrada de todas as editoras portuguesas, pequenas, médias ou grandes, para a realidade do eBook e, ao mesmo tempo, permitirá que os leitores usufruam dos seus livros digitais independentemente dos aparelhos e respectivos sistemas operativos».
Take this for what you will, but the Chinese language edition of the China Daily newspaper is reporting that the new Kindle Fire is working its way through the factory.
According to their unattributed source, the KF2 is being assembled by Quanta (Amazon’s manufacturing partner for the current Kindle Fire). Amazon’s placed an initial order for 2 million units, and they’re due to ship to Amazon on 7 August.
As Philip Jones points out on FutureBook, the EU government had already planned to make adjustments to the VAT system that would allow e-books to be charged the same lower rates as print books, but won’t even start discussion on it until 2013, and only changes VAT to apply based on buyer’s rather than seller’s location starting in 2015.
It remains to be seen what the fallout will be from this. There’s been a lot of noise already about how the VAT for e-books is too high, and it’s taking too long to change it. What happens if France and Luxembourg decide to ignore the EU’s directive? France had said it would pay any necessary fines, though its administration has changed since then.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the July 15, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending June 30, 2012.

E-Book Fiction

1.     FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James
2.     FIFTY SHADES DARKER, by E. L. James
3.     FIFTY SHADES FREED, by E. L. James
4.     GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn
5.     BARED TO YOU, by Sylvia Day

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     BECOMING SISTER WIVES, by Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn Brown
2.     WILD, by Cheryl Strayed
3.     UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
4.     WHAT REALLY HAPPENED, by Rielle Hunter
5.     AMATEUR, by Edward Klein

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended July 1)

Nonfiction E-Books

TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Becoming Sister Wives
1
New
Kody Brown, Meri Brown, Janelle Brown, Christine Brown, Robyn Brown/Gallery Books
Wild
2
1
Cheryl Strayed/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Unbroken
3
3
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House
What Really Happened
4
New
Rielle Hunter/BenBella Books
The Amateur
5
2
Edward Klein/Regnery Publishing
Favorite Wife
6
6
Susan Ray Schmidt/Globe Pequot Press
Where Are They Buried
7
Tod Benoit/Black Dog & Leventhal
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
8
8
Jenny Lawson/Penguin Group
I Feel Bad About My Neck
9
Nora Ephron/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Killing Lincoln
10
5
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.

Fiction E-Books

TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Fifty Shades of Grey
1
1
E.L. James/Vintage
Fifty Shades Darker
2
2
E.L. James/Vintage
Fifty Shades Freed
3
3
E.L. James/Vintage
Gone Girl
4
5
Gillian Flynn/Crown Publishing Group
Bared to You
5
6
Sylvia Day/Penguin Group
Mockingjay
6
7
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Catching Fire
7
8
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Nerves of Steel
8
C.J. Lyons/Legacy Books
Bloodline
9
New
James Rollins/HarperCollins
Summerland
10
New
Elin Hilderbrand/Little, Brown

6 de julho de 2012

Clubes de Leitura Bertrand do Fantástico - Julho


Clubes de Leitura do Fantástico

Lisboa
Orientação: Rogério Ribeiro.
Convidado: João Barreiros que falará de sobre o seu livro Se Acordar antes de Morrer
Data: 6 de Julho de 2012, pelas 19h.
Obra em discussão:  O Império do Medo, de Brian Stableford.

Porto
Orientação: Rui Baptista.
Data: 28 de Julho de 2012, pelas 15h.
Obra em discussão: Eu Sou a Lenda, de Richard Matheson.

5 de julho de 2012

Leituras Internacionais em Lisboa


Convidados: Ana Franco e Maria do Rosário Pedreira.
Data: 12 de Julho de 2012, pelas 19h.
Entrada: Livre.
No âmbito do protocolo de cooperação recentemente assinado entre as duas entidades, a Casa da América Latina e a Fundação José Saramago organizam um conjunto de encontros com escritores sul-americanos em Lisboa. A primeira destas sessões terá lugar já no dia 12 de julho, na Casa da América Latina, com a presença da poetisa mexicana Ana Franco e da escritora e editora Maria do Rosário Pedreira.

No dia 25 de setembro, o Auditório da Fundação José Saramago na Casa dos Bicos acolhe a sessão que junta o poeta colombiano Antonio Silvera ao também poeta Nuno Júdice. As sessões têm entrada livre, sujeita à lotação da sala.

2 de julho de 2012

International Speculative Fiction n.º 0



A primeira edição da e-zine do International Speculative Fiction (constituída por ficção original, um artigo e uma entrevista) acaba de ser disponibilizada no website do projecto.
Table of Contents:
  • Editorial By Roberto Mendes (Portugal)
Short Stories
  • “The Wind-Blown Man” by Aliette de Bodard (France)
  • “The Death of Mr. Teodorescu” by Cristian Mihail Teodorescu (Romania)
  • “The Ethics of Treason” by Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro (Brazil)
Article
  • Dispatches from Brazil by Fábio Fernandes (Brazil)
Interview
  • A Conversation with Judit Lörinczy (Hungary) by Cristian Tamas (Romania)

Já nas bancas: LER, Julho 2012



1 de julho de 2012

Leituras Digitais (24 a 30 de Junho)




Rubrica semanal de notícias e artigos relacionados com a edição de livros digitais.

In contrast to the UK's famous three-for-two deals, the French state fixes the prices of books and readers pay the same whether they buy online, at a high-street giant or a small bookseller. Discounting is banned. The government boasts that price controls have saved small independent bookshops from the ravages of free-market capitalism that were unleashed in the UK when it abandoned fixed prices in the 1990s. France has more than 3,000 independent local bookshops and 400 in Paris, compared with around 1,000 in the UK and only 130 in London. But online book giants are still eating into small bookshops, many of which struggle to stay afloat.
Simon & Schuster is delighted to announce that the Folger Shakespeare Library editions are now available as eBooks, bringing this popular edition of Shakespeare’s plays and poems to students, teachers, and readers everywhere.
With this new digital publishing platform for Shakespeare’s works, Simon & Schuster, in collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library, has created digital books that preserve the look and feel of the editions that have delighted readers for decades and made the Folger Shakespeare Library a highly-trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers alike. Each electronic edition will have the same pagination as the physical book, with hyperlinks allowing readers to move easily between text, commentary, and a host of illustrations from the Folger’s collections that bring Shakespeare’s plays and world to life.
Meeting in Brussels for high-level discussions on e-books and the digital publishing supply chain, members of the European e-book community signed a declaration supporting the idea that readers should be able to easily buy e-books and transport them between their devices.
A new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, Libraries, Patrons, and E-books, offers a glimpse at the current state of American libraries and finds them eager to lend e-books but struggling to do so, primarily because of budget limits and restrictions
publishers place on e-book lending.
Of America's 9,000 public library systems, 76 percent now offer e-books, up from 67 percent last year. But patrons are often unaware that libraries offer e-book lending -- 62 percent of those surveyed said they didn't know if their library lends e-books.
The Internet Archive’s Peter Brantley made a cogent and precise presentation at the American Library Association conference this week that urged the librarian community to do a better job of shaping the multitude of conversations that ultimately affect how and what libraries can do with digital content.
Brantley, the director of the Bookserver Project at IA, said librarians, rather than just saying yes or no to various business models put forth by the Big Six publishers, need to be much more active.
Barnes & Noble’s plans to partner with Waterstones in the UK might have fallen through, but they’re still going forward with an international Nook Store. They filed some paperwork with the SEC earlier this week and dropped a few hints.
Founder and owner Odile Hellier, along with a faithful team, has kept her shelves stocked with the best that publishers produce for three decades, running impressive literary events over the years with authors such as Raymond Carver, Edmund White, Don DeLillo, Mavis Gallant, or David Sedaris. Moreover Hellier succeeded in creating a veritable community of book lovers.
But the deregulation of book prices in the Anglo-Saxon publishing world, the rise of Amazon, and more recently the advent of e-books, took a terrible financial toll on the bookshop and had Hellier battling for years. The Village Voice’s swan song began two years ago — Hellier spoke to people far and wide trying to find a financial solution, but no one stepped up to the plate. Now that she has finally made the decision to close the bookstore, customers are having a very hard time “letting us go,” she says.
E-books will be obsolete within five years.  Crippled by territorial license restrictions, digital rights management, and single-purpose devices and file formats that are simultaneously immature and already obsolescent, they are at a hopeless competitive disadvantage compared to full-fledged websites and even the humble PDF.
Never in the history of books have authors and publishers alike had access to two such fantastic bellwethers of readers’ desires than self-publishing and ebook sharing sites. Never has it been easier to take the market’s temperature and find out what’s popular.
New York Times E-Book Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the July 8, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending June 23, 2012.

E-Book Fiction

1.     FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James
2.     FIFTY SHADES DARKER, by E. L. James
3.     FIFTY SHADES FREED, by E. L. James
4.     GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn
5.     WICKED BUSINESS, by Janet Evanovich

E-Book Nonfiction

1.     WILD, by Cheryl Strayed
2.     THE AMATEUR, by Edward Klein
3.     UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
4.     KILLING LINCOLN, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
5.     LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, by Jenny Lawson

Wall Street Journal E-Book Best Sellers (Week Ended June 24)

Nonfiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Wild
1
1
Cheryl Strayed/Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The Amateur
2
2
Edward Klein/Regnery Publishing
Unbroken
3
4
Laura Hillenbrand/Random House
True Freedom
4
New
Timothy M. Dolan/Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Killing Lincoln
5
10
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard/Henry Holt & Co.
Favorite Wife
6
7
Susan Ray Schmidt/Globe Pequot Press
The Skinny Rules
7
Bob Harper with Greg Critser/Random House
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
8
8
Jenny Lawson/Penguin Group
Steve Jobs
9
Walter Isaacson/Simon & Schuster
Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace
10
New
Kate Summerscale/Bloomsbury USA

Fiction E-Books
TITLE
AUTHOR / PUBLISHER
THIS WEEK
LAST
WEEK
Fifty Shades of Grey
1
1
E.L. James/Vintage
Fifty Shades Darker
2
2
E.L. James/Vintage
Fifty Shades Freed
3
3
E.L. James/Vintage
Wicked Business
4
New
Janet Evanovich/Random House
Gone Girl
5
4
Gillian Flynn/Crown Publishing Group
Bared to You
6
6
Sylvia Day/Penguin Group
Mockingjay
7
5
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
Catching Fire
8
7
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
The Marriage Bargain
9
9
Jennifer Probst/Entangled Publishing
The Hunger Games
10
8
Suzanne Collins/Scholastic
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