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CAROL BENSIMON

I was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1982. My first book, Pó de Parede (Wall Dust), a collection of three novellas, was published in 2008, while I was in the Master's Program in Creative Writing at PUCRS.

Then, in the following years, I published three novels: Sinuca Embaixo d'Água (Underwater Snooker), in 2009; Todos Nós Adorávamos Caubóis (We All Loved Cowboys), in 2013;  and O Clube dos Jardineiros de Fumaça (The Smoke Gardener's Club), in 2017. Both Underwater Snooker and The Smoke Gardeners Club were shortlisted for two of the most prestigious literary awards in Brazil, Jabuti Award and São Paulo Prize of Literature. We All Loved Cowboys is my first title translated into English, published by Transit Books in 2018.

 

In 2012, I was included in the edition The Best Young Brazilian Writers of the British Magazine Granta.  My work has been published in Argentina, Spain, and in the United States. Underwater Snooker is being published in Italy in Spring 2019.

 

I have written short stories, essays and articles for several Brazilian newspapers such as Estado de S. Paulo, O Globo, Folha de S. Paulo, as well as Brazilian magazines, such as Superinteressante and Piauí. I have also produced pieces such as essays and short stories for McSweeney's and my work has been featured in the Washington Square Review. For many years, I wrote Op-Ed articles as a columnist for the Brazilian newspaper Zero Hora and for the Companhia das Letras blog. Some of these pieces were published in the collection Uma Estranha na Cidade (An Outsider in Town), in 2016.

 

I currently live in Mendocino, California.