Sep2022 Friday
21h30 Till 22h30

Leiria Invites with Álvaro Laborinho Lúcio

Afonso Lopes Vieira Municipal Library Afonso Lopes Vieira Municipal Library


Writer Álvaro Laborinho Lúcio is the personality who, on September 23, at 9:30 pm, will be received at Leiria Convida, an initiative of the Afonso Lopes Vieira Municipal Library, in a conversation around the book "As Sombras de uma Azinheira", with the seal of approval. from the Quetzal publisher.

According to the book’s synopsis, “it is not a dawn like any other, the one in which the first child — or first daughter — of Maria Antónia and João Aurélio will be born: it is the one that many expected and now it begins to take shape in the troop movements through the streets of Lisbon and Porto. There will be a before and after this 'initial morning', in which the child is born and a country is reborn from a long period of darkness.
But the longed-for revolution and the birth of the baby lose all meaning for João Aurélio the moment they take place: Maria Antónia dies in childbirth, leaving her husband and companion in the struggle desolate and definitively distant from the lives of the living”.
Álvaro Laborinho Lúcio, Master in Legal and Civil Sciences from the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra and career magistrate, is a retired judge-counselor of the Supreme Court of Justice. From January 1990 to April 1996, he successively served as Secretary of State for the Judiciary Administration, Minister of Justice and Member of the Assembly of the Republic. Between March 2003 and March 2006, he held the position of Minister of the Republic for the Autonomous Region of the Azores.
With intense civic activity, he is a leading member of several associations, including APAV and CRESCER-SER, of which he is a founding partner. With published articles and numerous lectures on topics related to justice, law, education, human rights and citizenship in general, he is the author of books such as A Justiça e os Justos, Palácio da Justiça, Educação, Arte e Cidadania, O Judgment. A Critical Narrative of Justice – and, co-authored, Lift the Veil.
Awarded by the King of Spain, with the Grand Cross of the Order of S. Raimundo de Peñaforte, and by the President of the Portuguese Republic, with the Grand Cross of the Order of Christ, Álvaro Laborinho Lúcio is a member of the International Academy of Portuguese Culture and a doctor honoris causa by the University of Minho.

In 2014 he published O Chamador, his first book of fiction, in 2016 the novel O Homem Que Escrevia Azulejos (finalist for the Fernando Namora Prize 2017), and in 2019, O Beco da Liberdade, all through Quetzal.