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The heartbreak of Fado music

November 01st, 2021

New Westminster’s Portuguese Canadian playwright, Elaine Ávila has published her new play Fado: The Saddest Music in the World (Talonbooks $16.95) set in the back alleys and brothels of old Lisbon. It tells the story of a young woman coming to terms with her country’s fascist past and her own identity. Part concert and part theatre, the play contains Fado songs, the national music of Portugal. Ávila’s plays are produced in Central America, Europe, the U.S., Canada, and Australia. She is also the founder of the LEAP Playwriting Program at the Arts Club Theater in Vancouver and has taught in universities from Portugal to Tasmania, and China to Panamá. 9781772012897

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