BookCity Promotes Literary Sharing in Milan

The city of Milan is promoting literature, sharing and listening through the 5th edition of the BookCity Milano initiative

November 11th, 2016
Chiara Ceccato, CD News

‘BookCity Milano’ is an annual project which has begun to be a fixture in the cultural reality of the Italian city. Following the successful edition in 2015, which saw more people than ever before attend the event, from 17th to 20th November, the city will present its fifth edition. It is concentrated within three days, plus an additional one dedicated to school. It is also developing many different promotional activities during the year.

‘BookCity Milano’ is a cultural initiative promoted by the City of Milan and by the Association BookCity Milano, which is made of the foundations Corriere della Sera, Mondadori, Feltrinelli and Scuola per Librai. AIE (Associazione Italiana Editori), AIB (Associazione Italiana Biblioteche) and ALI (Associazione Librai Italiani) are also collaborating on the event.

The festival gathers authors, readers, editors, bloggers, illustrators and schools, with many different kinds of events that can satisfy the needs of such a diverse audience. Its purpose is to use literature to discuss the important themes and questions of our times, and also to confront the past, the present and the future.

The president of the current edition, Achille Mauri, highlights in fact that, in this context, literature plays the opposite role to talk shows, which are seen more as a distraction. He describes the BookCity as the result of both the will of recounting and the will of listening.

The event is thought to improve the diffusion of books and the sharing of reading by especially considering the social sectors in society who are often excluded from it. For this reason, this year a new peculiarity is presented: books will even be exposed along the sidewalks to encourage people who have problems accessing libraries.

Furthermore, in order to reach a wide the audience, the geography of the event is developed following the idea of the four cardinal points. Every cardinal point represents a different topic, which is analysed through a series of different events, towards a widespread diffusion.

The BookCity is opening on 17th November at Dal Verme theatre, and the main character of this inauguration is the Turkish author and columnist Elif Shafak. The closing event will take place on 20th November at the Franco Parenti theatre, and will see the participation of the Spanish novelist Clara Sánchez and the Italian writer Marcello Fois.


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