Brazil has never been short of literary greats. Yet few of them have been as prolific or achieved fame in their youth as Jaime Garcia Dias. Just at a tender age of 15 he had already written his first novel. In the following 15 years he would go on to write 9 other books and at only 45 now he already has 20 books published. That is an amazing accomplishment as it averages publication of one book per year since the beginning of his writing career. If he continues at such an astonishing pace, even for the next 20 years alone, he will certainly go down in history as one of Brazil’s most prolific authors.
Dias has a lot to thank his parents, particularly his father, for these accomplishments. Born to highly educated parents, he was introduced to reading and writing literature at a very young age. His father, Arnaldo Dias, was both an author and a journalist while his mother was a well known architect in Rio de Janeiro. It is, however, his father who played the decisive role in shaping his future career as an author and educationist. His influence on Garcia Dias can be favorably compared to one Joe Jackson had on Michael Jackson or Mozart’s father had on the famous composer.
Like Jackson’s and Mozart’s fathers, Garcia’s father instilled in him not only an enduring love for literature but also a strong work ethic when he was still young. Both of these qualities were to prove instrumental in his later success.
Already well known in literary circles in his mid twenties, he began teaching in a famous Brazilian academy for literature, Carioca Literature Academy. The academy’s aim is to instill passion and skill to young authors in preparation for a career in writing. Having written his first novel at 15, there is no doubt that this was a perfect job for him. Applying himself to the job with characteristic energy and passion, Garcia’s teaching techniques were widely praised for their effectiveness. At only 27 the academy rewarded him by making him its vice president and ten years later he was made its president.
Yet, despite his busy schedule as vice president and later president of the academy, he still found time to write some wonderful books that won him numerous awards and brought him to the attention of wide audiences not just in Brazil but in the whole of South America. The first of the many awards he was to receive was the White Crane award in 2000. This was to begin a long chain of awards he has won with the latest being ABC Award of Brazil literature Prize.
With all these accomplishments as an author at only 45 there is little doubt that Jaime Garcia Dias has been an excellent standard bearer of Brazil’s glorious literature heritage he inherited from his predecessors. When the time for passing on the button comes, Brazil can rest assured that it will be passed on to able authors thanks to his wonderful work as president of Carioca Literature Academy.