Miriam Leitão

Miriam Leitão

MIRIAM LEITÃO

Miriam Leitão is one of Brazil’s most influential economic journalists. Her precise, clear analyses have been published since 1991 in a daily column on O Globo, one of the country’s most widely read newspapers. Miriam is also an economics commentator on radio and TV and has won various awards, such as the Maria Moors Cabot Prize, from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Her first adult novel, EXTREME TIMES, was published by IntrÍnseca with great acclaim from public and critics.

The successful THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE is an ambitious report on the potentials and obstacles Brazil needs to face to perform its destiny as a nation. Her history of inflation in Brazil, BRAZILIAN SAGA, was published by Record and has sold over 100,000 copies. Amid all these activities, her real passion is to write for children. Her three grandchildren inspire her so much that she has already written four children titles, all published by Rocco, and has several other stories on the process of becoming a book.

EXTREME TIMES (TEMPOS EXTREMOS)

Paulinha and Bento are siblings, slaves on a farm in the countryside of Minas Gerais, in the middle of the nineteenth century. The idea of freedom and the best way to get it is what divides them. Alice and Hélio are also siblings and choose opposite sides in the sliced political scene of Brazil in the seventies, in the middle of the military dictatorship. In between both pasts is the young Larissa, who tries to understand old pains and find answers to her own grief. Things should be only an ordinary nowadays family meeting, in a centenary farm in Minas Gerais, to celebrate the matriarch’s birthday.

But then, in the country who could never look back to its past, unburied conflicts return charging their final point. In this weekend, a door has been opened for extreme times.

English sample chapters.

Publication/Status: By Intrínseca (Brazil), in 2014. Film and TV rights sold to Globo, the major television network in Brazil. [272 pages]

BRAZILIAN SAGA: A PEOPLE’S LONG STRUGGLE FOR ITS CURRENCY  (SAGA BRASILEIRA: A LONGA LUTA DE UM POVO POR SUA MOEDA)

From hyperinflation to price freezing, failed plans, the confiscation of citizens’ savings accounts by the Fernando Collor government, and the Real Plan, Miriam Leitão, one of Brazil’s most respected economic journalists, shows how Brazilians suffered and resisted until the economy stabilized. In this fundamental book about Brazil’s recent history, Miriam provides a unique panorama of Brazilian’s relationship with their currency and how it played a fundamental role in the construction of a national identity.

With moving human stories and economic analysis, Brazilian Saga, which stayed over six months on the top of bestseller lists and sold over 100,000 copies, reveals how efforts to attain stability helped shape Brazilian society.

English sample chapters.

Publication/Status: By Record (Brazil) in 2010.

FLAVIA AND THE CHOCOLATE CAKE (FLAVIA E O BOLO DE CHOCOLATE)

Rita and her daughter Flavia are faced with an age-old issue: the idea that one skin color could be prettier than the other. Flavia doesn’t want to be brown, she hates the color. She wishes to be white, like her mother. Through playful activities and imaginative conversations, Rita is keen on showing her daughter the sweetness and beauty of diversity.

Bit by bit, the little girl will realize how delightful and natural it feels to be exactly who you are.

Publication/Status: By Rocco (Brazil) in 2015.

THE RISKY LIFE OF SMALL BIRDS (A PERIGOSA VIDA DOS PASSARINHOS PEQUENOS)

“A small bird whispered to Miriam Leitão: write a children’s book. She followed its advice, and from Miriam’s beautiful narrative, we now can learn with great pleasure everything that is to know about Brazilian birds.”
– Simone Intrator, reviewer, O Globo

THE RISKY LIFE OF SMALL BIRDS is a sweet parable that touches deep political and environmental questions – to such an extent that it is enjoyable even for grown-ups. Besides, it is highly didactic and rigorously scientific about bird species in Brazil. At a farm, small birds feel that the shrinking woods are jeopardizing their safety. Nests are being built in short trees, making it risky for the babies. They decide to orchestrate a concert to call human attention to their plight, and for that, they must get the support of the birds in the deep woods, which never come to the plains.

Incredible lesson on how to organize collective action. Published in October last year, readers fell in love with the small birds, and the book has sold over 15,000 copies.

Full English translation.

Publication/Status: By Rocco (Brazil) in 2013.