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Women Of Brazil Celebrate A New Hero at the 2011 Bienal: Steven Carter’s Books are Lifting Women’s Spirits and Supporting Their Strength

Brazil’s national book fair draws almost one million visitors. American author Steven Carter delivers his message, and "the man who understands women" meets Brazil’s most famous woman, President Dilma Rousseff.


Rio de Janeiro, September 2011

The 2011 Bienal do Livro ended last weekend and one American author has much to celebrate.  Steven Carter, most well known for introducing the world to the phrase ‘commitmentphobia’ in his classic Men Who Can’t Love, just completed another whirlwind tour of Brazil that included a meeting with Brazil’s new president, Dilma Rousseff, the release of his sixth book in Brazil, and a televised, standing-room-only presentation at the Bienal’s famous forum ‘Mulher e Ponto’.

            Steven Carter, dubbed “the man who understands women,” had a presence that could be felt everywhere at this year’s Bienal. 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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