The Paraty International Literary Party (Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty), or FLIP, as Brazil’s biggest literary festival is known, announced its 2013 lineup in Rio last Thursday.
Palestinian poet Tamim Al-Barghouti and French novelist Michel Houellebecq are among the star turns. As is the former Brazilian culture minister and elder statesman of Brazilian music, Gilberto Gil (above), who will both perform at the opening show and debate a sociologist (though not, sadly, at the same time). Brit Geoff Dyer, American short story specialist/International Man Booker winner Lydia Davis and Brazilian singer Maria Bethânia also appear, though it could be argued the real attractions are the cobblestone charms and lush tropical coastline setting of Paraty itself. July 3-7. FLIP website in English