Series Portrays the Transformative Potential of Literature
In addition to being enjoyable, reading can be a highly transforming activity. This is what the When Literature Transforms series on Estadão online’s Estante de Letrinhas blog wants to show. In all, six stories are told by means of videos – six people whose lives were changed by books.
The first story was by writer and journalist Caio Tozzi, author of “Tito Bang!” and “The Secret of the Lost Album,” among others. A documentarist, Tozzi also wrote “He was a Happy Boy,” on the 30 years of Menino Maluquinho, a Ziraldo character, and “Life is Not Enough.”
In the second episode of the series, the public learns the story of reading promoter Sidinéia A. Chagas. Daughter of illiterate parents, she grew up in a large family on the outskirts of São Paulo, found her way in literature and today is manager of a community library that operates out of a cemetery.
The third video tells the story of the director of the Água Branca Park Reading Space, Tatiana Fraga. As a child, she was not exposed to literature and saw no sense in reading books for school. After contact with positive influences, she became a journalist and writer.
Andrei Silva, a 13-year-old student, is the person covered in the fourth episode of the series. Known in the Villa-Lobos Park Library as one of the young people who check out the most books, Andrei tells how he discovered reading, indicating his favorite authors and telling how literature helps him in life.
In the fifth episode, the series provides an interview with writer and educator Rodrigo Ciríaco. Son of parents who did not complete elementary school, Rodrigo was enchanted by his first comic books and later by poetry. He began to write and, after discovering soirées, fell in love with the power of words – written or spoken. He became a history teacher in the public system and began to develop literary activities like soirées in the schools, which transformed students from “troublemakers” to poets.
Finally, the series presents educator Ruivo Lopes. As a child, the only books he had at home were a recipe book and the bible. It was by means of 100 new cruzado bills, with Cecília Meireles stamped on them, that he was first exposed to the writer and her work. Today, Ruivo works in a library where he creates programs to encourage reading.
To see the series videos, go to: http://cultura.estadao.com.br/blogs/estante-de-letrinhas/