The-Brazilian-author-PAULO-COELHO-was-born-in-1947-in-the-city-of-Rio-de-Janeiro.-Before-dedicating-his-life-completely-to-literature,-he-worked-as-theatre-director-and-actor,-lyricist-and-journalist.-In-1986,-PAULO-COELHO-did-the-pilgrimage-to-Saint-James-of-Compostella,-an-experience-later-to-be-documented-in-his-book-The-Pilgrimage.-In-the-following-year,-COELHO-published-The-Alchemist.-Slow-initial-sales-convinced-his-first-publisher-to-drop-the-novel,-but-it-went-on-to-become-one-of-the-best-selling-Brazilian-books-of-all-time.-Other-titles-include-Brida-(1990),-The-Valkyries-(1992),-By-the-river-Piedra-I-sat-Down-and-Wept-(1994),-the-collection-of-his-best-columns-published-in-the-Brazilian-newspaper-Folha-de-São-Paulo-entitle-Maktub-(1994),-the-compilation-of-texts-Phrases-(1995),-The-Fifth-Mountain-(1996),-Manual-of-a-Warrior-of-Light-(1997),-Veronika-decides-to-die-(1998),-The-Devil-and-Miss-Prym-(2000),-the-compilation-of-traditional-tales-in-Stories-for-parents,-children-and-grandchildren-(2001),-Eleven-Minutes-(2003),-The-Zahir-(2005),-The-Witch-of-Portobello-(2006)-and-Winner-Stands-Alone-(to-be-released-in-2009).-During-the-months-of-March,-April,-May-and-June-2006,-Paulo-Coelho-traveled-to-celebrate-the-20th-anniversary-of-his-pilgrimage-to-Saint-James-of-Compostella-in-1986.-He-also-held-surprise-book-signings—announced-one-day-in-advance—in-some-cities-along-the-way,-to-have-a-chance-to-meet-his-readers.-In-ninety-days-of-pilgrimage-the-author-traveled-around-the-globe-and-took-the-famous-Transiberrian-train-that-took-him-to-Vladivostok.-During-this-experience-Paulo-Coelho-launched-his-blog-Walking-the-Path—The-Pilgrimage-in-order-to-share-with-his-readers-his-impressions.-Since-this-first-blog-Paulo-Coelho-has-expanded-his-presence-in-the-internet-with-his-daily-blogs-in-Wordpress,-Myspace-&-Facebook.-He-is-equally-present-in-media-sharing-sites-such-as-Youtube-and-Flickr,-offering-on-a-regular-basis-not-only-texts-but-also-videos-and-pictures-to-his-readers.-From-this-intensive-interest-and-use-of-the-Internet-sprang-his-bold-new-project:-The-Experimental-Witch-where-he-invites-his-readers-to-adapt-to-the-screen-his-book-The-Witch-of-Portobello.-Indeed-Paulo-Coelho-is-a-firm-believer-of-Internet-as-a-new-media-and-is-the-first-Best-selling-author-to-actively-support-online-free-distribution-of-his-work.