LIVRARIA LELLO WELCOMES RICHARD ZIMLER
On the 1st of June, at 9 pm, Livraria Lello will welcome the American journalist, writer and professor Richard Zimler. In a conversation with the author Manuela Niza Ribeiro, Richard Zimler will talk about the most recent book, A Aldeia das Almas Desaparecidas.
Born in 1956 in Roslyn Heights, a suburb of New York, Richard Zimler received a degree in Comparative Religion from Duke University and, in 1982, a Master's in Journalism from Stanford University.
He worked for eight years as a journalist in the administrative area of the Bay of San Francisco, but in 1990 he moved to Portugal, to the city of Porto, where he taught Journalism, first at the Escola Superior de Jornalismo and then at the University of Porto. Currently, he has dual nationality, American and Portuguese.
Richard Zimler has more than 20 published books, from novels to children's books. The author has won several awards, including the National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Fiction in 1994, the Herodotus Award for Best Historical Novel in 1998, and the Alberto Benveniste Literary Award in 2009 for Goa.
Anagramas de Warsóvia was nominated for the Best Book of 2009 by LER magazine and also by Portuguese secondary school students (Marquês de Ouro Award) and O Gospel Segundo Lázaro, which was named one of the best novels of the year by FNAC and Bertrand bookstores. Five of his novels were nominated for the Dublin International Literary Prize, one of the most important in the Anglo-Saxon world.
In addition to this, there are numerous books by the author that are part of the National Reading Plan, among them, Dança Quando Chegares ao Fim, Se Eu Fosse, O Último Cabalista de Lisboa, Insubmissos, Na Terra dos Animais Falantes and O Cão que Comia a Chuva.
Richard Zimmler stands out not only for his writing talent but also for his various contributions as an activist. It was in 2012 that the writer was awarded the Rainbow Prize, by the ILGA Portugal Association. Also in 2017, Porto City Council awarded the Medal of Honor of the City to Richard Zimler. In his speech, Mayor Rui Moreira said that "Zimler (...) is a person from Porto who was born far away, making Porto bigger, huge, immense."
Admission to the session is free, upon prior registration, and with capacity limited to the capacity of the Bookstore. It will also be possible to watch the event via livestreaming, on Livraria Lello's Facebook page.