(Rio de Janeiro, 1972)
Felipe Hirsch is a Brazilian cinema and theater director. He is renowned for his work combining literature, music and theater, beginning his theatrical research with the Sutil Compañía de Teatro, which he directed for 20 years. In 2013, he founded Ultralíricos, a company with which he began the Puzzle project, created especially for the Frankfurt Book Fair. He has directed the movies Insolação (2009) and Severina and taken part in important cinema festivals in Venice and Locarno, among others. In 2006, the O Globo newspaper named him as one of the hundred most influential Brazilian thinkers.
Alejandro Zambra is a writer whose stories have appeared in Quimera, Letras Libres, Piauí, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, McSweeney's and Zoetrope. In Chile, he has won the Critics’, Altazor and the National Book Council awards. Among his international awards are the English PEN and the Prince Claus awards. He was a finalist for the Frank O'Connor Award for best international story, the IMPAC Literary Award and the Médicis Award in France. In 2010, he was named one of the best young novelists writing in Spanish by the prestigious Granta magazine.