What began in 1983 as a small-scale cultural event in the hallways of the Copacabana Palace hotel has ballooned into a 600,000-strong crowd attracting, eleven-day celebration of global literary talent and one of the biggest events of its kind in the country.
With the World Cup in mind, a space will be given over to football literature, curated by the journalist João Máximo and featuring takes on the four giants of carioca football by their respective fans: "O Botafogo de Paulinho (Mendes Campos), o Vasco de Drummond, o Fla de Zélins (do Rego) e o Flu de Nelson Rodrigues."
The list of international guest speakers is longer than ever, too. Headed up by Nicholas Sparks, the man behind eight movie adaptations to date including Dear John and The Lucky One, queen of 'chic-lit' Sylvia Day and Emily Giffin also make an appearance. A kids' area and a homage to the great writer and cartoonist Ziraldo are among the other highlights, while the Café Literário will once more be the centre of debate and discussion.