Italy notorious when it comes to its cutlure, you can’t think about the country and not have thought of masterpieces that span across literature, painting, and sculpture. Ma y distinguished authors came out of the Italian peninsula. From the ancient Virgil and his Aeneid, the Humanist period of Dante and his Divina Commedia, and Petrarca and his Decameron, to recent authors like Primo Levi, Luigi Pirandello, and Dario Fo. And these are just the tip of the iceberg.

How is it possible that a small country like Italy, has this much talent in it? That we can’t answer I mean probably no one can, but what we can say is that literature is highly promote in Italy, and that is how we come to todays topic. The capitol of the Piemonte region, Turin, hosts every year one of the most prominent book fairs in all of Europe: The Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino. This year it’ll be celebrating its 32nd year with authors and publishers from Italy, France, Spain, Russia, and the USA.

The theme for this years event will be light hearted compared to the ones in the past, a theme that looks at how we play the game of being alive, how culture helps our existence strive for a better understanding of what surrounds us, and how we interact with it. 

This edition will host some amazing guest speakers from around the world.

Spanish Intelectual – Fernando Savater, that is considered one of the greatest minds to come out of the Spanish Peninsula

Russian Journalist – Masha Gessen, a journalist and activist against all forms of authoritarianism, will be talking about her book The Future is History

Wole Soyinka

Nigerian Yoruban writer – Wole Soyinka, Nobel Literature price in 1986, he’s one of the most influential minds of Nigeria

Actor & Producer – Matt Salinger, that will be presiding for 100 year anniversary of his fathers’ birth, J.D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye.

These are going to be the main guests, but there will also be a delegation from Central and South America.

The event will take place at the Lingotto in Turin from the 9th to the 13th of May and will be open from 10.00 am to 08.00 pm.


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