Brazilian Publisher Gives Voice to Lesbian Authors

A study conducted by Brasilia University showed that 70 percent of the books published from 1965 to 2014 were written by men; 60 percent of the main characters were also men, in their vast majority, white and heterosexual.

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – In Brazil, as in most of the world, while women make up significantly more than half of book readers, they are still a minority when it comes to being book authors. When one looks at lesbian authors, writing about LGBTQ+ themes, the numbers are even smaller.

One woman, however, in the town of Franca, in the interior of São Paulo state, is trying to change all that.

Manuela Neves is founder and editor of Vira Letra, one of Brazil’s publishing houses that work exclusively with lesbian writers, producing lesbian-themed books.

“I started off . . .

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