On June 20th, the 28th edition of the DST Literature Grand Prize was held, dedicated to prose books published between 2021 and 2022, and was attended by a professor from the Catholic University of Portugal – Centro Regional de Braga as a member of the jury, Cândido Oliveira Martins.
The professor who teaches in the Portuguese Studies and Communication Sciences courses was part of the jury for this competition together with Carlos Mendes de Sousa, chaired by the writer Lídia Jorge. Unanimously, they distinguished the work "The Return of Júlia Mann to Paraty" by Teolinda Gersão as the winner.
The monetary value of the prize corresponds to €15,000.00 for the author of the chosen book and the delivery ceremony will be held on June 30, at Theatro Circo do Município de Braga, and will feature a concert by the project Os Poetas, by Rodrigo Leon and Gabriel Gomes.
Teolinda Gersão (Coimbra, 1949) studied at the Universities of Coimbra, Tübingen and Berlin, was a Portuguese lecturer at the Technical University of Berlin and full professor at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where she taught German Literature and Comparative Literature. She is the author of 20 books and her work has been translated in 20 countries. Considered one of the greatest contemporary Portuguese writers, she was awarded the most prestigious national literary prizes, namely the APE Novel and Novel Grand Prize, the PEN Club Prize (1981 and 1989), the Camilo Castelo Branco Short Story Prize, the Fernando Namora Prize (1999 and 2015) and the Vergílio Ferreira Literary Prize 2017 for his body of work. In 2018 he was awarded the Marquis Lifiteme Achievement Award. Some of her stories and books have been adapted for film and theater and staged in Portugal, Germany and Romania.