Sergio Vilas-Boas is an acclaimed Brazilian-Italian journalist, author, professor and cultural thinker. He lived in New York (1992-94) and in São Paulo (1998-2016). Graduated in Journalism, he was special reporter and editor in the weekly magazine “Weekend”, of the Brazilian daily “Gazeta Mercantil”. In parallel, he concluded his master’s degree and his PhD in the School of Communications and Arts (ECA) of the University of São Paulo (USP).
His postgraduate research on Biographical Narrations resulted in three reference books in Brazil: 1) “Profiles: the World of Others” (2014, 3rd edition, collection of 22 articles and 1 essay entitled “Art of Profile”); 2) “Biographies & Biographers” (2002, stemming from his master’s degree), which discusses the central issues of biographical activity in the second half of the twentieth century; And 3) “Biography: Reflections on Life Writing” (2014, 2nd edition, deriving from his PhD), in which Sergio philosophizes about the mentality of contemporary biographers.
He has also published two novels: “The Surface Above Us” (2015) and “Foreigners On The N Train” (1997), a loosely autobiographical novel based also on interviews he conducted with Brazilian immigrants in the NYC metropolitan area. One of its chapters has been included in the “Luso-American Literature: Writings by Portuguese-Speaking Authors in North America” collection (2011).
He is one of the co-founders of the Brazilian Academy of Literary Journalism (ABJL – acronym in portuguese), of which he was director and postgraduate professor from 2005 to 2011. He created and edited (2003-2010) the Textvivo.com.br, digital magazine of nonfiction narratives. Member of the International Association of Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS).
Between 2011 and 2015, he was a professor of “in-depth reportage” (graduation and postgraduate levels) at Cásper Líbero College, in São Paulo, one of the most prestigious journalism schools in the country.
He has provided consulting in Narrative Journalism for companies, families and people interested in publishing their memories. He published two biographical books in that work line: “Doctor Challenge” (2011), about the entrepreneur Luiz A. Garcia, president of the Algar Group, which operates in the telecom and agribusiness sectors; and “Ivens Dias Branco: Simple, Creative, Practical” (2013), about the president of M.Dias Branco S/A, an enormous network of food industries.
Since October 2016 Sergio lives in Florence, Italy, where he prepares a new book: “Philosophy of Biography”.