Itamar Vieira Junior was born in Salvador, Brazil in 1979.

He holds a doctorate in Ethnic and African Studies. Before Crooked Plow, he published a collection of short stories entitled The Executioner’s Prayer, which was nominated for Brazil’s biggest literary award, the Jabuti. Crooked Plow won the prestigious 2018 LeYa Award in Portugal.

All nominated books

Book cover of Crooked Plow by Itamar Vieira Junior showing a pink tinted illustration of two women carrying food by a shack on top of a hill.