The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2013

Reading by Brian Sousa and a book launch of Almost Gone

- Also featuring readings by authors Adija George and Irina Mashinsk -

Thursday, March 7 2013, 3:00 p.m.
Boston Public Library (Commonwealth Room)

Event free and open to the public

Almost Gone
Almost Gone by Brian Sousa

Please join us for a reading by Brian Sousa and a book launch of Almost Gone at the Boston Public Library (Commonwealth Room) at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 7. The event – also featuring readings by authors Adija George and Irina Mashinsk – is part of the annual conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and is organized by the St. Petersburg Review in collaboration with the New England Poetry Club, Dzanc Books’ DISQUIET Lisbon Program, Summer Literary Seminars, SABLE LitMag, and Tagus Press.

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, in partnership with the University Press of New England (UPNE), announces the publication of Almost Gone by Brian Sousa. Alternately gritty, suspenseful, and illuminating, Brian Sousa's debut collection of interlocking stories depicts the Portuguese American experience from a new perspective.

Brian Sousa leaves sentiment and saudade behind in Almost Gone, a linked collection spanning four generations of a Portuguese immigrant family. In this hardscrabble world, the youth struggle with the secrets left behind by their elders, just as their parents fought through the pain and joy of assimilation. Told through various perspectives, Almost Gone is a working-class tale of survival that finds no easy answers, but cuts straight to the bone.

According to Jeff Parker, author of Ovenman and Director of DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, “Brian Sousa’s novel does for Portuguese immigrants from Southern New England what Stuart Dybek did for the Polish of Chicago. In every story, the heart is buried deep, and, in one way or another, each character is restlessly searching for home.” For Lise Haines, author of Girl in the Arena, Small Acts of Sex and Electricity and In My Sister's Country, “Almost Gone is an evocative, sensual journey that carries us from Portugal to America, by way of the human heart.”

Brian Sousa's stories and poems have been published in various journals and anthologies. He teaches writing at Boston College.

Almost Gone is volume 20 of the Portuguese in the Americas Series published by Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, the publishing arm of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. The Series documents the variety and complexity of the Portuguese-American experience by publishing works in the social sciences, history and literature.

For more information, please contact Mario Pereira, Managing Editor of Tagus Press at 508-999-8255 or mpereira6@umassd.edu. To purchase the volume, please visit the UPNE website by clicking here.


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