Next stop: Guadalajara, Mexico

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My international job with Simplicissimus makes me a globetrotter. After going to Rio de Janeiro for Bienal do Livro and Frankfurt for the international bookfair, next month I will go to Guadalajara for the biggest bookfair of Latin America.

FIL is the largest and most significant publishing event in the Spanish-speaking world. Each year, we welcome over 20,000 book professionals from 43 countries, nearly 2,000 publishing houses exhibiting about 300,000 titles, and over 600,000 visitors during nine days. The Fair is also the largest cultural festival in America with over 600 authors coming every year

Thanks to a last minute invitation I will go there as a speaker:

The FIE is one of the most important events that FIL offers to attending book professionals; each year we tackle a different subject, and this year the forum is focusing on “Books and Reading: Changes in the Ecosystem.”
The forum will take place on Tuesday, December 3, and Wednesday, December 4. We would like you to speak on December 4 from 17:15 to 18:15 hours on the panel: “From Shelf to the Screen: Selling Books. Distribution and bookstores in virtual times.”

Isn’t it cool?

By the way, I am going there to select our next Mexico country manager. Simplicissimus is expanding quickly.

Half Of Your Friends Lost In Seven Years

Interesting results in a study about friendship

Personal networks are not formed solely on the basis of personal choices. These choices are limited by opportunities to meet. Another strong indication for this came from the fact that people often choose friends from a context in which they have previously chosen a friend. Moreover, the extent to which our friends know each other strongly depends on the context in which people meet each other.

via Half Of Your Friends Lost In Seven Years, Social Network Study Finds.

Very true: You’ll Miss Out, Beautifully

Very recommended reading.

The truth is, today, we spend more time with each other online than we do offline. So, who do you want to be defined by? Who do you read? Who do you follow? Who do you talk to?Try answering these questions sometime. And if your answer saddens you I know mine did, don’t fall into depression. Start filtering. Start building meaning. Talk to the dead poets, talk to the immortal.

via You’ll Miss Out, Beautifully — Architecting A Life — Medium.

Romantic Love: Busting the Myth

[...] love is promiscuous. It wants more and more from life. Fired by falling in love, we are prepared to throw ourselves into the future. We call it having a passion for living, a zest for existence. Rightly directed, romantic love does not lead us to throw ourselves madly into someone else’s arms time and time again. It leads more to a kind of overflowing of desire that spreads out around us, making for creativity, curiosity, self-sacrifice, commitment.

So when Valentine’s Day comes around, don’t thank your beloved or spend the day longing for a lover. Instead, turn towards life. That is where love is truly to be found

via Romantic Love: Busting the Myth.

Lifetelling, storytelling

I started to write a personal blog because I think it is a good way to share experiences, points of view, memories with people to grow together learning from each other. For the same reason I love Cowbird, a storytelling platform made by Jonathan Harris. I decided to ask for an invitation (You can too) and now I have a new space for lifetelling.

I’ll try to use it in the best way, to share deep feelings, good experiences around the world.

I started from Central Park.

This is Cowbird:

[...] Cowbird as a reaction against social networks. If the mobile and social web have made us alone together, Jonathan wants Cowbird to help us be together alone — creating and encountering personal reflections away from the busy digital lifestyle. Although Cowbird has the equivalent of likes, friendships, groups, and tags, they’re kept hidden in small icons or at the bottom of the page.

My life in a nutshell

Yes, this is exactly what I think about life:

Take advantage of opportunities and embrace new challenges. And travel more when you’re young rather than wait until the children are grown or you are retired. As Dr. Pillemer summarized the elders’ view, “Travel is so rewarding that it should take precedence over other things younger people spend money on”.

via Elderly ‘Experts’ Share Life Advice in Cornell Project – NYTimes.com.