Scott Turow, Steven Carter and Anne Rice Star at Brazil’s Bienal: 2011 Book Fair Draws Almost One Million, Including President Dilma Rousseff
American authors highlight the 2011 Bienal do Livro as dignitaries and guests flood the national book fair. Steven Carter is in the spotlight, having sold over 2,000,000 books here. These books offer the women of Brazil an uplifting message.
Rio de Janeiro, September 2011
The 2011 Bienal do Livro (http://www.bienaldolivro.com.br) ended last weekend with Anne Rice, Steven Carter, and Scott Turow highlighting an American presence at Brazil’s national book fair. The spotlight, however, was on Steven Carter, the American author most well known for coining the phrase ‘commitmentphobia’ in his New York Times bestseller Men Who Can’t Love.
This year’s Bienal was a celebration of women, and on September 1st Carter was among a handful of dignitaries invited to meet Brazil’s most famous woman, President Dilma Rousseff. Carter’s books became wildly popular in Brazil four years ago with the release of What Smart Women Know. Five more titles have followed and Carter just concluded another whirlwind tour of the country. His visit to the Bienal included many book signings, parties, interviews, and a standing-room-only presentation at the Bienal’s famous forum: ‘Mulher e Ponto’.
Steven Carter’s presence could be felt everywhere at this year’s fair. The official website of the Bienal do Livro announced Carter’s upcoming appearance for months, featuring his photos on the splash page of their website. Jumbotron screens inside the Riocentro convention center announced Carter’s presence at the book fair. Newspaper, magazine, and web articles highlighted Carter’s appearance. For Carter, the experience was nothing short of dizzying.
“Every time I visit Brazil I am overwhelmed by the reception,” confesses Carter, who has now sold more than two million copies of his books in Brazil. “I go from my very quiet ‘Clark Kent’ life in the USA to thrilling weeks of celebration in Brazil. Every year I expect things to calm down but they just get more and more intense!”
Carter, who has been compared to Brazilian icon Chico Buarque, clearly seems to have struck a serious nerve in Brazil. His publisher, Marcos Pereira of Editora Sextante explains: “The role of women in the Brazilian culture and economy has evolved dramatically. If you think of the U.S. 20 years ago, I think this is happening now in Brazil. Women are rethinking their roles, enjoying their independence, embracing their success.” Carter adds, “Self-esteem is the greatest struggle as women emerge—negative, discouraging voices from the past still have a powerful influence on women’s progress. I know that my work speaks directly to that conflict.” “Now Brazil has its first woman President,” continues Carter, “a sea-change is clearly underway but women need support for that change. I’d like to think that my work offers support for that change.”
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