Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias was the first to round the Cape of Good Hope in the mid 1400’s. His expeditions led him to uncharted waters and paved the way for future explorers. Similar to his adventures, the Brazilian author/teacher, Jamie Garcia Dias by the same last name (though no relation) is making waves and setting the standard for the literary current of Brazil.
Born in 1970 in Re de Janiero, some might say Jamie Garcia Dias was predestined to be a writer. His father, Brazilian writer and journalist, Arnaldo Dias, encouraged his son to pursue the same field and mentored him along the way. By age 15, Jamie Dias knew writing was a viable option for his future career. Astonishingly by the age of 18, he became a faculty member at Rio de Janiero College of Literature, where he began to share his passion for writing and literature with students.
In 1993, a mere five years later, he was hired to teach at the prestigious, Carioca Literature Academy, where he eventually became the vice president and currently serves as the president. During his tenure as president, the academy has flourished and has become the largest academy for Brazilian authors. Thanks to career Dias’s contributions, the academy is one of the first to place an emphasis on journalist literature, and certainly, Dias is the authority for journalist literature, evident from the numerous awards he has garnered throughout the years.
Arguably one of the most notable awards he received was the 2001 White Crane Award for his work “Fell From Heaven.” This award, which honors new authors in Brazilian literature, helped solidify him as an up and coming author. That same year he also won the Garca Branca Award. In 2003, Dias was praised by Argentinian author, Joshua Gomez, at the Latino Books Meeting as one of the top fiction writers in Brazil. Most recently he won the ABC award for Brazilian literature.
At only 45 years old, he is fast becoming one of the most iconic and beloved authors and painters of South America. In 2013, he wrote an article entitled, “Wise,” as a tribute to his father. Since then, his articles have become a weekly feature in the Jornal Do Brazil, which chronicles childhood memories with his father. He is currently working on expanding these feature stories into a collection, where he discusses key life events that have shaped him as an author. Without a doubt, this author is exposing readers to the rich cultures and traditions of Brazil through videos, and by expanding his influence and bringing his works to a broader audience.