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New Portuguese Writers

Arte Institute is pleased to present "New Portuguese Writers", a series of lectures and performances with Portuguese writers and actors starting this October.

The first guest writers are Dulce Maria Cardoso and Afonso Cruz

This event will open at Met Museum with a performance by guest actress Monica Calle, on October 25, at 4 pm. 
The second event will be a lecture by Dulce Maria Cardoso (6 pm) and Afonso Cruz (7.30 pm) at New York University (NYU) - King Juan Carlos Center, on October 27.
The lectures will be in english and will also be followed by a performance by actress Monica Calle, as part of a group of performances called “Wallflowers, fightflowers”. The performance is written by the Dulce Maria Cardoso and is based on an original idea by Storytailors.
Dulce Maria Cardoso (born 1964) is a Portuguese writer. She was born in Fonte Longa/Trás-os-Montes but moved to Luanda, Angola as an infant. Her family came back to Portugal in 1975 along with half a million other “retornados” as Portugal's overseas colonies gained independence.
She studied law at the University of Lisbon and worked as a lawyer before taking up writing on a full-time basis. Her fiction includes novels as well as short stories. Her debut novel Campo de Sangue (2002) won the Grand Prize "Acontece de Romance". Os Meus Sentimentos won the EU Prize for Literature, and O Chão dos Pardais (2009) won the Portuguese Pen Club Award. Her fourth novel O Retorno (2011) was also published to wide acclaim.
Afonso Cruz, born in 1971 in Figueira da Foz, years later he would visit more than 60 countries. He studied at the António Arroio Art School, the Lisbon Faculty of Visual Arts and the Institute for Visual Arts of Madeira. He published in 2008 his first novel, The Flesh of God: The Adventures of Conrado Fortes and Lola Benites (A Carne de Deus: Aventuras de Conrado Fortes e Lola Benites), and a year later The Encyclopedia of the World Story (Enciclopédia da Estória Universal), which won the Camilo Castelo Branco Grand Prize. In 2011, he released The Books Which Devoured My Father (Os Livros Que Devoraram o Meu Pai) and The Human Contradiction (A Contradição Humana).
He was awarded the Europen Union Prize for Literature in 2012 for his novel Kokoschka’s Doll (A Boneca de Kokoschka). Jesus Christ Drank Beer (Jesus Cristo Bebia Cerveja) was considered the Best Portuguese Novel of the Year by Time Out Lisbon magazine and the Best Novel of 2012 by the readers of the reference newspaper Público. He was elected as one of the 40 talents for the future by the newspaper Expresso. He has a monthly column, “Parallax”, in the arts newspaper Jornal de Letras, Artes e Ideias. He’s also an illustrator, an animated film director and member of the band The Soaked Lamb.
Don´t miss it!
Met Museum - 1000 5th Ave (81st Street Entrance)
Limited seating for this event. Please RSVP:
King Juan Carlos Center - 53 Washington Square South

Monologues Translations:
Dulce Maria Cardoso by Deolinda Adão
Afonso Cruz by Filipe Freitas

The wines are provided by Value Vines, llc, an importer and purveyor of fine Portuguese wines.