A Short Childhood and a Long Depression with Luiz Schwarcz
In Conversation with Roxanne Coady on Just the Right Book
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 Schwarcz was born in São 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 books Minha vida de goleiro (1999) and Em busca do Thesouro da Juventude (2003), and the short story collections Discurso sobre o capim (2005) and Linguagem de sinais (2010).
Roxanne Coady is owner of R.J. Julia, one of the leading independent booksellers in the United States, which—since 1990—has been a community resource not only for books, but for the exchange of ideas. In 1998, Coady founded Read 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.