Many biennials within one. Brazil’s Rio Biennial 2019 dates set, and a new approach to try hold on to those record visitor numbers

Brazil’s publishers and retailers may be struggling, but the ever-growing attendance at Brazil’s book fairs shows the disaffection is with the system, not books. In 2017 the Rio Biennial, which alternates with Sao Paulo to be the nation’s national book fair, drew a record-breaking crowd of 640,000 eager booklovers. Today the dates for the 19th Read More …

Brazil’s São Paulo Biennial disappointed with fewer visitors (“only” 663,000) but they spent 33% more

Brazil’s 25th Bienal Internacional do Livro had been expecting 700,000, but only 663,000 book-lovers turned out for the ten day event. But it was good news for sellers, with the average visitor spending R$ 161.57 (US$41.33) – representing 33% growth over the 2016 edition. Brazil’s book stores were hit by transport strikes earlier this year, Read More …