Portuguese Canadian Anthology


MEMÓRIA was launched across Canada with readings held in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal and received considerable newspaper and television coverage in the Portuguese Canadian media. Coverage of the Toronto launch was aired on OMNI television’s Ponto de Encontro in five provinces and can be viewed online.

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MEMÓRIA was reviewed by literary critic and author Vamberto Freitas in the Azorean newspaper O Açoriano Oriental and on his blog.  The book was also reviewed by author and Brown University professor George Monteiro for The Portuguese American Journal.

Review copies can be ordered through the publisher by contacting Fernanda Viveiros at fidalgobooks(a)gmail.com
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MEMÓRIA: An Anthology of Portuguese Canadian Writers

This slender volume is a testament to the emergence of Portuguese Canadian literature, with more of their words and stories being brought to the attention of more people than ever before. In “Coastal poem,” Eduardo Bettencourt Pinto writes, “My voice races towards you — never has it flown like this, so high over the world.” Portuguese Canadian literature is flying, quietly, through its own discovery. Showcasing contemporary fiction, nonfiction and poetry in order to reflect the changing Portuguese Canadian literary community while supporting new voices in the diaspora, Memória features fifteen writers whose work illustrates a wide range of experiences, narrative voices and sensibilities.

Contributors include Clemente Alves, Edith Baguinho, Nelia Botelho, Esmeralda Cabral, Tony Correia, paulo da costa, Humberto da Silva, Aida Jordão, Irene Marques, Antonio M. Marques, Emanuel Melo, Eduardo Bettencourt Pinto, Paul Serralheiro, Richard Simas and Laureano Soares. Foreword by noted academic and author Onésimo T. Almeida. Edited by Fernanda Viveiros.

The book is available for purchase at select bookstores across the country including the University of Toronto Bookstore, on Amazon, and directly from the publisher at fidalgobooks(at)gmail.com.

MEMÓRIA: An Anthology of Portuguese Canadian Writers
ISBN: 978-0-9860565-0-5
Trade paperback $15
Release date: November 19, 2013
Publisher: Fidalgo Books


I’m pleased to announce the winning authors whose work will be included in the Portuguese Canadian anthology scheduled for publication this fall. I, along with editorial board members Maria João Dodman and Hugh Hazelton, carefully read through the 92 submissions before finally reviewing and selecting pieces by 15 writers.

I would like to thank the 53 writers who answered the call for submissions with works ranging from poetry and micro-fiction, to short stories, plays, essays and creative nonfiction.  I appreciate the time, talent and effort everyone put into their submissions, and am thrilled to know that so many were interested to be a part of this project. There is an amazing wealth of talent among Portuguese Canadian writers and I look forward to reading more of their work in the future.

Congratulations to the following authors:

Aida Jordão
Antonio M. Marques
Clemente Alves
Edith Baguinho
Eduardo Bettencourt Pinto
Emanuel Melo
Esmeralda Cabral
paulo da costa
Humberto da Silva
Irene Marques
Laureano Soares
Nelia Botelho
Paul Serralheiro
Richard Simas
Tony Correia

The anthology will be launched in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal with additional readings in other cities. Please check back for updates!

My sincere thanks and appreciation to editorial board members Maria João Dodman and Hugh Hazelton.

Professor Maria João Dodman is Assistant Professor of Portuguese Studies at York University’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. She is a native of the Azores, Portugal, and she has lived in Canada since 1989.  She specializes in early modern Spanish and Portuguese literature. She is co-chair of the Canadian Centre for Azorean Research and Studies (CCARS) and a member of the Advisory Council of the Consulate of Portugal in Toronto. Currently, Dr. Dodman is researching the concept of Açorianidade [Azoreanness] and its manifestations not only in the literature produced in the region of the Azores, but also in the Diaspora.

Professor Hugh Hazelton, Program Director at the Banff Centre, is a writer and translator who specializes in the work of Latin American writers of Canada. He has written several books of poetry and translates from Spanish, French, and Portuguese into English; his translation of Vétiver (Signature, 2005), a book of poems by Joël Des Rosiers, won the Governor General’s award for French-English translation in 2006. His book Latinocanadá: A Critical Study of Ten Latin American Writers of Canada (McGill-Queen’s, 2007) received the Best Book award from the Canadian Association of Hispanists for the period 2007-2009. He is a professor emeritus of Spanish translation and Latin American civilization at Concordia University in Montreal.

13 thoughts on “Portuguese Canadian Anthology

  1. Welcome Fernanda, so far your site is looking wonderful. Best Wishes 🙂

  2. Thank you! I ultimately chose the Suburbia theme after visiting your wordpress site.

  3. Azores Nation May 12, 2012 — 9:10 pm

    No man is an island on to himself. But the men with an island to themselves are the luckiest of them all. Had my father not left his island home, I’d not be. But since I am, home is all I see. Here is to the late blooming Lusophiles!!!

  4. Hello,
    Just wondering if the short list has been announced.

    1. Hi Luis,
      I have not announced the short list as we are still waiting on several late submissions. I’ve had a number of delays with this project but hope to move forward with it this month.

  5. Looking forward to eventually reading the results of this worthy project.

  6. Congratulations to the winners. I look forward to reading the anthology, a worthy project indeed!

    1. Thanks, Joe. It’s been a long process just to get to this stage but so worth it. I’ve met so many talented Portuguese-Canadian writers these last few years.

  7. Hello Fernanda,
    I’m disappointed to see so few women writers represented in this forthcoming anthology. Why is this? I’m disappointed that my essay was not chosen but I am looking forward to reading the book once it’s out. Do you have a publishing date set?

    1. Fernanda Viveiros July 29, 2013 — 12:24 pm

      Hi Antonia,
      I’m disappointed too as I contacted a number of Portuguese-Canadian women writers to request submissions. Despite my efforts, only 14 women submitted work and most submitted a single piece of writing. Compare that to the 39 men, many of whom submitted more than 2 pieces of writing, and you can see how the odds were stacked from the outset. And please keep in mind that blind judging was in effect with my editorial board. Pieces were chosen based on the quality of the work, not on the gender of the writer. However, I would have preferred to see more submissions by Portuguese-Canadian women. I know they’re out there…

      We’re on schedule for an October 2013 publication date. I’ll keep everyone posted.

  8. I was at the Toronto launch of your book and was impressed by the writers I met there and by all the television and newspaper coverage. It’s rare to see so much fuss given to Portuguese-Canadian writers but I hope it’s the beginning of more to come. Do you have plans for another anthology?

  9. Hi Laura,
    I plan to release a second edition, but not until Fall 2015 at the earliest as I have a number of other books planned for release between now and then. Drop me a line at fidalgobooks(at)gmail.com if you’d like to be added to my email list.

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