Ministry of Culture In, National Library Out

Marta Suplicy

In Brazil, all book and reading promotion policies were under the responsibility of the Book, Reading and Literature Department, a sub-division of the Ministry of Culture division, called DLLL. Last year they were delegated to National Library Foundation, in Rio de Janeiro, under the presidency of Galeno Amorim. Specialists criticized the change, accused it of being a step backwards.

It seems minister Marta Suplicy, who replaced Ana de Holanda last September, agrees. On Saturday Folha journalist Raquel Cozer reported that all book and reading policies will be transferred back to Ministry of Culture. There is no information as to how this will affect Brazil’s preparation as guest of honour in Frankfurt this year or of Mr Amorim’s position within the new-old department.

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