Next Friday (3), the XX Book Biennial begins, in Riocentro, West Zone of Rio de Janeiro. For the first time, the public from all over the world will be able to follow the traditional tables and debate panels online and free of charge. The transmission will be made through the Bienal website.
Authors, artists and opinion makers participate in meetings with the public to debate perspectives on inclusion and diversity. The subjects were chosen by Coletivo Curador, an initiative created in this edition of the event.
The most anticipated themes are “Inequalities and elites in Brazil”, addressed by sociologists Jessé Souza, author of “The elite of backwardness”, and Muniz Sodré, member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters (ABL). The pair of intellectuals will discuss the paths of a post-Covid Brazil, situated in a scenario of sanitary, economic and political uncertainties.
Another awaited debate is “New Directions for LGBTQIAP+ Young Adult Literature”, which will discuss the role of representation. Participating in the meeting are the writer Clara Alves, author of the best-seller “Conectadas”; Elayne Baeta, with the recently released “Oxe, Baby”; Juan Jullian, author of the novel “Dear Ex”; writer Pedro Rhuas, author of the best-selling book “While I can’t find you”; and Deko Lipe, lover of children’s literature, LGBTQ+ children and youth, and creator of the literary project Primeira Orelha.
A novelty in this edition of the Bienal do Livro is a partnership with the Municipal Department of Education, which will allow free access to 40,700 students in the network, in addition to teachers and education workers.
According to SME, each student will receive R$20 to buy books. For registered teachers and education servants, the discount amount will be R$ 200.
The 1,561 schools, crèches and extension centers that make up the municipal education network will also be provided with amounts ranging from 1,000 to BRL 1,600 for the purchase of books for the collection of each unit.
To reduce the number of people present simultaneously at the site, this edition of the Bienal do Livro will be divided into two shifts per day, with the first from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and the second from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Tickets cost R$40. People over 12 will only have access to the exhibition halls if they present proof of vaccination. Ticket sales will be online only. Each person can buy up to four tickets per CPF.
There will be half price (R$ 20) for students, seniors, people with special needs and companions. Young people from 15 to 29 years old belonging to low-income families, under 21 years old, teachers and professionals from the public education system in Rio de Janeiro are also entitled to half price.
The XX Book Biennial runs until December 12th. The full schedule is available on the website.
Reference: CNN Brasil