The President of the Azores joins the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture to celebrate the creation of the Belles Azurica Book Series

DARTMOTH – Azores Regional Government President Jose Manuel Bolero joined officials at the UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture on Monday to celebrate the creation of the Bellis Azorica Book Series featuring works by Azorean authors in translation.

The special event held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum was a display of the five Azorean books that have been translated into English and have been published so far with the support of the Azores regional government by Tagus Press, the publishing arm of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture.

Azores Regional Government President Jose Manuel Bolero delivers his remarks during a special event in New Bedford to celebrate the creation of the Tagus Press' Belles Azurica book series.  Also seen in the photo are Dr. Mario Pereira, co-editor of the book series (left), and Dr. Francisco Cota Fagundes, who translated the series' opening volume.

“Portuguese authors in general, and Azorean authors in particular, are often not recognized for their talents and contributions,” said Dr. Paola Celeste Gomez Noversa, Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. “The significance of the Bellis Azorica book series is that it brings this literature to a wider audience, the English-speaking readers.”

Given the demographics of this region and its close ties to the mid-Atlantic archipelago, she said it made perfect sense to dedicate an entire series to Azorean authors so that more people could realize the beauty and depth of Azorean literature.

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