The British Library marks the centenary of Brazil’s most famous writer Jorge Amado

This year sees the 100th anniversary of the birth of acclaimed Brazilian novelist Jorge Amado. The British Library will be celebrating with a day of literary and cultural reflections about his life and work on Friday 8 June, with guest scholars, writers and artists from around the world in attendance.

The conference, entitled The World of Jorge Amado/ Jorge Amado and the World, will explore the relationships between race, national identity and literature in Brazil, and examine Amado’s lasting legacy in today’s cultural landscape. Speakers include: Roberto DaMatta (author of Carnivals, Rogues and Heroes: An Interpretation of the Brazilian Dilemma), Kenneth Maxwell (author of Naked Tropics: essays on empire and other rogues), Ana Maria Machado (President of the Brazilian Academy of Letters), Alberto da Costa e Silva and Joao Ubaldo Ribeiro.

Curator of Latin American Studies at the British Library, Elizabeth Cooper, says "Jorge Amado, who died in 2001, is considered Brazil’s finest writer, and we are fortunate enough to have almost every first edition of his work as well as rare limited editions. We look forward to a stellar gathering and an exciting day of discussion and debate on 8 June for what will be a fantastic celebration of his life."

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Tickets & Programme details
When: Friday 8 June 9.30am-6.00pm
Where: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: Free (booking is essential)
To register for the conference and a copy of the programme go to the British Library Events Web page at:

The British Library conference is one of many events being held across the globe in honour of the centenary of Jorge Amado’s birth. This event is sponsored by The British Library, The Embassy of Brazil, the Brazilian Academy of Letters, King’s College London Brazil Institute, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, and the British Library Eccles Centre for American Studies.

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