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Cape Verdean Academy of Letters pays homage to Aurélio Gonçalves 22 Setembro 2014

The Cape Verdean Academy of Letters will mark its first year of existence this Thursday, September 25. The main stage for the celebrations will be the city of Mindelo, where over the weekend the Academy will join a group of local personalities to pay homage to fictionist António Aurélio Gonçalves, who produced a mature body of work made up mainly of short novels that take a critical look at society on his native island of São Vicente.

Cape Verdean Academy of Letters pays homage to Aurélio Gonçalves

The oeuvre produced by the writer, who also happened to be born on September 25, 1901, will be evoked in a tribute organized by Luís Fonseca, Sáonia Morais and other prominent figures on the island of São Vicente. The Cape Verdean Academy of Letters, also a partner in the event, is expected to announce the publication of a collection of works by Gonçalves, who was also a high school teacher to several generations of Mindelo natives.

Pródiga, Noite de Vento, Virgens Loucas and O enterro de Nha Candinha Sena are the titles chosen by the Academy to be a part of the compilation, which is slated to be published next year, according to a source from the institution.

António Aurélio Gonçalves is, thus, the first classic author in Cape Verdean literature whose work will be brought back to Cape Verdean readers through the Cape Verdean Academy of Letters. Others slated to have their works republished are the little-known António Nunes and the illustrious Teixeira de Sousa. The publishing of the works is being supported in part by the Ministry of Culture.

Protocol with Uni-CV

The Cape Verdean Academy of Letters will mark the first anniversary of its inception at the National Library in Praia this Thursday afternoon with a ceremony in which the institution’s 26 members will receive certificates.

In the coming days, the Academy will sign a protocol with the University of Cape Verde (Uni-CV). The partnership between Cape Verde’s public university and the Academy of Letters is aimed mainly at promoting Cape Verdean literature in higher learning in the country by, among other things, creating spaces for direct contact and discussions between writers and students.

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