A Short Childhood and a Long Depression with Luiz Schwarcz ‹ Literary Hub


In this episode of Just the Right Book, Roxanne Coady talks with Luiz Schwarcz, the author of The Absent Moon, about his ordeal with bipolar disorder, the long echo of a Holocaust family story, generational trauma, and having a short childhood (followed by a long depression).

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Luiz Schwarczwas born in So Paulo, Brazil, in 1956. He began his career as an editor at Brasiliense and later founded Companhia das Letras, in 1986. In 2017, he received the London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the author of the children’s booksMinha vida de goleiro(1999) andEm busca do Thesouro da Juventude(2003), and the short story collectionsDiscurso sobre o capim(2005) andLinguagem de sinais(2010).

Roxanne Coadyis owner ofR.J. Julia, one of the leading independent booksellers in the United States, whichsince 1990has been a community resource not only for books, but for the exchange of ideas. In 1998, Coady foundedRead To Grow, which provides books for newborns and children and encourages parents to read to their children from birth. RTG has distributed over 1.5 million books.

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