Marcelino Freire was born in Sertânia, in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco, in 1967. A writer and cultural activist, he is the author of six collections of stories, including ‘Amar é crime (Loving is a Crime)’ and ‘Contos negreiros (Slave Stories)’, which won the Jabuti Prize for the best short story collection in 2005. His first novel, ‘Nossos ossos (Our Bones)’, was published in 2014, and won that year’s Jabuti Prize for the best novel.