Casa de Cultura Josué Montello in São Luís do Maranhão

Casa de Cultura Josué Montello
The Casa de Cultura Josué Montello

.The House of Culture Josué Montello or Casa de Cultura Josué Montello integrates the Culture System of the State of Maranhão.

It is intended to promote studies, research and work in the areas of literature, arts, social sciences, history, geography, in short, the artistic and cultural manifestations of the State.

Initially the CCJM was installed in its own building, in Largo do Ribeirão.

The growth of the collection in the House of Culture Josué Montello caused the change of its facilities to an old house of the João Pereira family, located at Rua das Hortas, corner with Rua do Coqueiro, acquired by the State Government in 1989. In March 1990, the Josué Montello House of Culture began to function in this building after it had been restored and adapted for its purposes.

In the first half of 1997, this House underwent a process of recovery, expansion and modernisation of its physical facilities, with funds raised through the Association of Friends of the Josué Montello House of Culture – AACCJM, with MINC / MINCENATO-TELEBRÁS, with the intervention of the Government of Maranhão.

The reason for the existence of this cultural space is present, with the collections of works from the private library of the writer Josué Montello, adding personal objects and documents.

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Casa de Cultura Josué Montello

The Josué Montello House of Culture was founded by the State Secretariat for Culture and today houses a collection of 60,000 works by various authors. Its foundation was only possible due to the 20,000 works donated by the author.

The Casa de Cultura Josué Montello was inaugurated on 23 January 1983 and exhibits literary collection and photographic record, documentary, medals and commendations on the life and work of the writer and offers service to students and researchers.

The collection has 50,000 titles donated by the writer, including literary works signed by great names in Brazilian and Maranhão literature.

The Casa de Cultura Josué Montello promotes studies and subsidies for the elaboration of studies in the field of letters and human sciences that aim to preserve documentation related to the life and work of the writer.

Events such as seminars, conferences, debates, lectures, symposia on literary or historical-social themes, open to the community, concerts and recitals are also held there

Interior of Casa de Cultura Josué Montello
Interior of Casa de Cultura Josué Montello

In addition to the books, the place gathers photographs, medals, commendations, plaques, paintings, sword, dictionaries, newsletters and magazines related to the writer.

Biography – Josué Montello was born in São Luís on 21 August 1917.

His works include Os tambores de São Luís, from 1965, the trilogy composed of the novels Duas vezes perdida, from 1966, and Glorinha, from 1977, and the novel Perto da meia-noite, from 1985.

Several of Josué Montello’s books have been translated into English, French, Spanish, German and Swedish.

Some of his novels have been scripted for the cinema. In 1976, Uma tarde, outra tarde was adapted for the cinema under the title O amor aos 40; and, in 1978, O monstro, was filmed as O monstro de Santa Teresa.

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