Jamie Garcia Dias: Never A Loss For Words
Fictional author Jamie Garcia Dias was born into a world of creativity. The son a writer-journalist and an architect, Dias was born in 1970 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He grew up with a passion for literature and was a dedicated student and scholar who later studied Letters at the University of Rio de Janeiro.
In 1993, as listed on his Facebook, Dias accepted a teaching position at the Carioca Literature Academy, a school known for its devotion to the development and interests of Brazilian authors. He taught for five years, guiding teenagers who had intended to study literature after they had graduated. He became Vice President of the Academy in 1997 and implemented new reading and study methods in addition to revising the class curriculum. He later assumed the office of President in 2007.
Dias’ decision to become a writer was made when he was 15 years old. He published his first book three years later, inspired by Graciliano Ramos’ The Devil to Pay in The Backlands. During his tenure at the Carioca Literature Academy, Dias received the coveted White Crane Award for his work Fell From Heaven in 2001. Two years later, he was honored by Argentine writer Gomez at the 2003 Latinos Books Meeting. By that time, he had already released ten other books.
Since the release of Fell From Heaven, Dias has over twenty books to his credit, four of which were award -winners: Two Ways, Clouds, Tiny, and Canal. In 2013, he honored his father Arnaldo in the Journal do Brasil and was later invited to write for the weekly journal. The following year, he released his childhood chronicles and was recently honored by with the ABC Award of Fictional Literature in Brazil.