The writer Paula Benalia inaugurates her work at the São Paulo Book Biennial

Resident of Santa Adélia, a city located about 80 kilometers from Rio Preto, the psychologist Paula Toyneti Benalia immersed herself in the literary universe in 2016 with the book “O Doce Sabor da Justiça”, published by the publisher Novo Século and launched at the Book Biennale in Sao Paulo. She, who already shared her stories on the Wattpad application, went from the social network of literature to a large publishing house. Now, in 2022, the writer has 10 books in his schedule, all published in e-book and physical versions, and has several loyal readers across Brazil.

The most recent book is “The Day I Kissed You”, published by The Gift Box. The work is the third in a series called “Goddesses of London”, which included the books “The Day I Loved You” and “The Day I Loved You”. Touched You” Each book is inspired by a goddess. The first was inspired by the goddess of light, Hemera. The second was inspired by the goddess of love, Aphrodite. The third is inspired by the goddess of fire, Hestia.

In this series, the writer, who has always written contemporary novels, delves into a period love story. The stories of the three books are set in London in the 19th century and show three women with strong personalities, ahead of their time, who question the social norms of the time. The series is inspired by Greek mythology, in which real goddesses live out their great loves, drawing from their tragedies the strength to show the world that everything can be conquered wearing a beautiful dress.

“O Dia em que te Beijei” will be launched next Saturday, 2, at 3 p.m., at the 26th São Paulo International Book Biennale, one of the largest literary events in the country, at The Gift Box booth. , at 11 am, a new version of the work will take place. During both meetings, the writer will give autograph sessions. The presentation marks the return of Paula Toyneti Benalia to the event in the capital after the pandemic and maternity.

The writer is very happy to participate, once again, in the São Paulo International Book Biennial. “Wow, words fail. The São Paulo Biennial takes place every two years, so the last one was canceled due to the pandemic. During this period, I also became pregnant and took time off from writing. Coming back is magic, not only for the writer, but also for the reader. We all miss this warm universe that is the Biennale, which lacks exchange, which is very rich in these events, and which also brings back dreams to readers, because that’s what we do with books, we take dreams and hope. The comeback represents exactly that, the return of dreams and hope for better days for everyone.

There is currently no release date for the work in Rio Preto. However, the books of the “Goddesses of London” series are available on the site The latest book, however, is on pre-order at the moment. Those who buy now will receive a card and a magnetic marker as a gift.

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The book “The Day I Kissed You” tells the story of Cecília, when she turned her back on Guilford, the small town where she was born, after being abandoned at the altar. She left everything behind: her dreams, her family, her old life, her name. lives from his own shop and does not need anyone.

Hidden by a new name, she was sure no one would find her. The past was distant. However, the Duke of Lamberg never forgot the only woman who warmed his heart of ice, and who before leaving, without saying goodbye, set fire to the house which was the only memory of his father. The past has never been forgotten for Vicenzo. The fire never went out in the Duke’s heart. He must find his fire goddess to prove that he never stopped loving her and that he is worthy of her love. Past and present entwined in two hearts marked by love and hate, in a fight sprinkled with dresses, sharp conversations and the blazing fire of a passion that has never stopped.

Portugal in the spotlight at the Biennale

The São Paulo International Book Biennial, held by the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and organized by RX, resumes in person after four years and with many novelties. The 26th edition of the event, which is the scene of the meeting of the main publishers, booksellers and distributors of the country, will be held from July 2 to 10, at the Expo Center Norte, in São Paulo, with a complete multicultural program mixing literature, gastronomy, culture and business.

Signed “Everyone comes out better than they came in”, this year’s creative concept highlights the transformative power of the book. In this edition, the expectation is to receive 600,000 visitors in a cultural program that will have 1,500 hours. The investment for the 26th edition is R$ 38.5 million.

In total, the program will include 500 attractions, nine official spaces with activities related to the literary universe (Cultural Arena, Cooking with Words, Children’s Space, Ideas Room, BiblioSesc, Cordel Space, Repente, Autograph Space and Edições Sesc Auditorium) and 185 exhibitors divided into three pavilions. Tickets can be purchased on site

The list of guests is important and includes 300 Brazilian authors and 30 foreign authors who interact with a varied audience. Among the guests of the official program are names such as Conceição Evaristo, Aílton Krenak, Itamar Vieira Júnior, Ana Paula Araújo, Laurentino Gomes, Mario Sergio Cortella, Luiza Helena Trajano, Mauricio de Sousa, Thalita Rebouças, Kiusam de Oliveira, among many others. ‘others .

Foreign guests include Jenna Evans Welch (Amor & Gelato, coming to Netflix soon), Nathan Harris (The Sweetness of Water), Ali Hazelwood (Love’s Luck) and Elena Armas (A Spanish Love Stuff ). . The latter two are successful on Tik Tok. Chinese-Canadian science fiction author and cosplayer Xiran Jay Zhao is also taking part.

In the 200 years of Independence, Portugal is the honored country and will bring a delegation of 23 guests, with important Portuguese-speaking authors. The program is curated by journalist and writer Isabel Lucas. Among the authors, Afonso Cruz and Dulce Maria Cardoso participate.

The complete program of the Book Biennale 2022 is available at www (With state agency)

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