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On May 16th at 9 pm in Livraria Lello, the journalist Ana Daniela Soares will host the award-winning author and confessed bibliophile Alberto Manguel for a memorable conversation about his literary life.

Alberto Manguel


Alberto Manguel is a writer, translator, essayist, and editor. He was born in Argentina, where he met Jorge Luís Borges, has lived in Canada, Spain, France, Italy, and England, and has been in Portugal since 2020. He has published more than 40 works throughout their life dedicated to books, including novels, anthologies, and non-fiction. In the month in which he launches his most recent work - A Reading Diary - Alberto Manguel is the "Author of the Month" at Livraria Lello.

In A Reading Diary, written for a year, Alberto Manguel returns to 12 of his favorite books (plus one, Viagens na Minha Terra, added exclusively for the Portuguese edition) and notes in an intimate record, month by month, the direct connection between literature and life. It is largely from this connection that the author's story is made...

Manguel was still a teenager when he met the writer Jorge Luís Borges at the Pygmalion bookstore in Buenos Aires, where he worked after school. He read every week to the author, who was already practically blind, for four years. This experience made him emerge more and more into the world of books, from which he has made a life, to this day.

Alberto Manguel became an essayist, award-winning novelist, and author of several international bestsellers, such as Dictionary of Imaginary Places, A History of Reading, A History of Curiosity, The Library at Night, Packing My Library, and With Borges. He was the director of the National Library of Argentina from 2016 to 2018. He has received, among others, the Formentor Prize of Letters, the Gutenberg Prize, and the Alfonso Reyes Prize. He currently lives in Lisbon.

In 2020, when he moved to the Portuguese capital, the author donated his library to the city. In all, 40,000 books are the basis for the creation of the Espaço Atlântida - Centro de Estudos de História da Leitura/ EGEAC of which he is director.

Livraria Lello will host an intimate conversation between the writer and journalist Ana Daniela Soares, and all book lovers are invited. The session is free entry, you only have to register on the Livraria Lello website [here]. It will also be possible to watch the event via live streaming on the Facebook page or the Youtube channel of Livraria Lello.