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 - 2016

New Bedford Book Festival

Groundwork! - 1213 Purchase Street
March 5 – March 6 2016, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 

free and open to the public

New Bedford Book Festival Flyer (pdf)

New Bedford Book Festival

Tagus Press as well as author Jarita Davis will be promoting her poetry collection - "Return Flights” at the New Bedford Book Festival Saturday and Sunday March 5th and 6th.

The New Bedford Book Festival

New Bedford's identity will forever be lashed to the side of a white whale. But Melville's Moby-Dick is only where the story starts. The city's literary history is being written today by authors who still ply the ancient trade of story-telling in this digital age. These writers continue to produce books of distinction that reveal something about the city and the South Coast region for future generations.

You can meet over 40 of these story-tellers at the first-ever New Bedford Book Festival on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6, 2016. The free event at 1213 Purchase Street at Groundwork!, the vibrant co-working space on the first floor of an historic building which once housed the legendary New Bedford Textile School, will give you the opportunity to meet new authors, buy their books and hear them read from their work throughout the weekend. 

At the New Bedford Book Festival, you'll find Kristy Acevedo, a Greater New Bedford Vocational-Technical High School English teacher and Young Adult author whose first novel is about to be published. The city's distinguished publishing house, Spinner Publications will present their latest block-buster, A Picture History of New Bedford Vol. II - and a look at the city's history during a special presentation. And Tagus Press of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture will introduce their newest author to the public during the festival. 

Book reviewer and columnist Lauren Daly of The Standard-Times newspaper will participate in a Q & A about all things books on Saturday, March 5 at 2:00 p.m., and the amazing group of writers behind the city zine, A Little Magazine will hold a special poetry performance that same day. Literary-themed artwork will adorn the walls of Groundwork! and you can linger among the books for an hour or for the entire day, as you like.

In all, over 40 authors will bring their books to the New Bedford Book Festival in every genre from true crime to memoir, self-help to health, and graphic novel to romance. They are from the city and greater South Coast region. Some will travel to New Bedford from Boston and New London to lay their words before you for perusal and purchase during this free, open to the public event. 

The New Bedford Book Festival is brought to you by Groundwork! and New Bedford Now - a creative collective which plans further unique events highlighting the talent and industry of the city. You can read about them and all the authors as well as find additional details about the New Bedford Book Festival at