Snippet: Fnac Portugal’s new lit magazine

It is called Estante [Bookcase; bookshelf,] a quarterly free magazine on books and literature now available at [French book, music, electronics chain] Fnac stores in Portugal. It is meant to fill a gap left by the disappearance of Os Meus Livros [My Books] magazine, and a reduction in the publishing frequency of Ler [Reading; facebook] magazine. Each issue will have a guest editor, the one for the debut volume is Valter Hugo Mãe (Henrique de Carvalho, Angola, 1971; Wikipedia). The cover story is the celebration of 800 years of the Portuguese language, and the first background interview is with the priest and poet José Tolentino Mendonça (Machico, 1965; Wikipedia). Also treated is the 40th anniversary of the “Carnation Revolution” (April 25, 1974). With in-depth articles, interviews and topical issues, Estante will have its own team and original content.

Blogger’s comment: It seems that the situation for literati is a lot more difficult in Portugal than in neighboring Spain, though both are “southern” countries with “underdeveloped” reading habits…

Source: Diário de Notícias, April 9, 2014

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