Arte Institute presents New Portuguese Writers



    Arte Institute recently announced that starting this October it is presenting a series of lectures and performances titled “New Portuguese Writers”.

    On October 25, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the first guest writer will be Dulce Maria Cardoso. This event will open at Met Museum with a performance by guest actress Monica Calle, at 4 pm.

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    On October 27, at the New York University – King Juan Carlos Center, at 6.00 pm, a lecture by writer Dulce Maria Cardoso will take place. The lecture is titled O Retorno and recent works.

    Wine and cheese will be served during the intermission between 7 pm and 7.30 pm.

    At 7.30 pm, there will be a Lecture by writer Afonso Cruz, titled Country Poem.

    The lecture will be in English and will also be followed by a performance by actress Monica Calle, as part of a group of performances called “Wallflowers, fightflowers”. The performance is based on an original idea by StoryTailors.

    Dulce Maria Cardoso (born 1964) is a Portuguese writer. She was born in Fonte Longa/Trás-os-Montes and moved to Luanda, Angola as an infant. Her family returned to Portugal in 1975. She studied law at the University of Lisbon and worked as a lawyer before taking up writing on a full-time basis. Her fiction includes novels as well as short stories. Her debut novel Campo de Sangue (2002) won the Grand Prize “Acontece de Romance”. Os Meus Sentimentos won the EU Prize for Literature, and O Chão dos Pardais (2009) won the Portuguese Pen Club Award. Her fourth novel is O Retorno (2011).

    Afonso Cruz was born in Figueira da Foz in 1971. He is a writer, director of animated films, illustrator and player. He studied at the António Arroyo Artistic High School, in Lisbon Fine Arts and the School of Arts of Madeira. He lives in Casa Branca (Sousel), in the province of Alentejo.

    Cruz published his first novel in 2008, A Carne de Deus — Aventuras; in 2009 his Enciclopédia da Estória Universal was awarded the grand prize Camilo Castelo Branco. In 2011 he published Os Livros Que Devoraram o Meu Pai. and was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature with the book A Boneca de Kokoschka. Already in 2014, Para onde Vão os Guarda-chuvas won the Authors Award for Best Book of Narrative fiction, awarded by the SPA.

    Arte Institute is an independent non-for profit organization, based in New York. It boosts the production and showcasing of international contemporary artists and art projects, with a focus on Portuguese contemporary art and culture.

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