Anabela Mota-Ribeiro was born in 1971 in Portugal, and currently lives and works in Lisbon. She graduated with a degree in philosophy from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and is now working on her PhD. In 2019, she was a visiting research fellow at Brown University. Mota-Ribeiro has published five books, all of which contain interviews, including Por Saramago (November 2018), and an essay on Machado de Assis. As a freelance journalist, she has collaborated with several newspapers and magazines. With J. E. Agualusa, was curator of the literary festival of Porto in 2017, 2018 and 2020.
Gonçalo M. Tavares was born in Luanda, Angola. He spent his childhood in in northern Portugal and nowadays teaches Theory of Science at a university in Lisbon. Tavares is one of the most translated and awarded European writers. His unusual books have been published in more than 50 countries. The New Yorker stated, “Gonçalo M. Tavares is a writer who is unlike any you’ve read before. And he has a gift—like Flann O’Brien or Kafka or Beckett—for revealing the ways in which logic can be as faithful a servant of madness as of reason.”