TURIN. It’s official: the Book Fair will be in autumn, from 14 to 18 October 2021 at Lingotto Fiere. It was too dangerous for the control room to confirm the May dates, and so the event was postponed a few days before the Buchmesse in Frankfurt from 20 to 24 October. «Vita Supernova» returns in attendance on the 700th anniversary of Dante, and will attract great names from the cultural scene to discuss the future that awaits us together. The city of Turin will return to welcome publishers, authors, schools and the community of readers who in this difficult year have never stopped meeting, even if virtually, around reading.
The Salone’s journey towards Vita Supernova will see a rich offer of meetings, contents and activities for children, schools, the entire community of readers, but also a new edition of Portici di Carta in May. Throughout the course, the Show will be accompanied by an important partner, Rai, which will include dedicated programming on all media through exclusive, direct interviews, special contents. «The Book Fair is a point of reference for the entire supply chain – said Silvio Viale, President of the Turin Association, the City of the Book -. The planning that we present today must represent a starting point for the future of our sector ». Nicola Lagioia, director of the event added: «In the year of the pandemic, books proved to be an important resource for many people – he said -. Publishers have played and continue to play a fundamental role from this point of view. The Book Fair is at their side as always. Together we will give life to the edition of the restart, to meet the readers live, in presence, after all this time ».
From 21 to 23 May Portici di Carta – the project of the City of Turin carried out by the Turin Association, the City of the Book and the Circolo dei conti Foundation, with the support of the Piedmont Region and with the participation of the Turin booksellers coordinated by Rocco Pinto; the Libri Come festival – Book and Reading Festival – produced by the Musica per Roma Foundation curated by Marino Sinibaldi, Michele De Mieri, Rosa Polacco; and the new Lungomare di Libri event – promoted by the Municipality of Bari and the Puglia Region in collaboration with the Presidia del Libro Association – will create an important and unprecedented synergy. The cities of Turin, Rome and Bari will build an ideal bridge that crosses the country thanks to reading, becoming three centers of a real widespread festival. The reviews will maintain their identity and their respective schedules, but will join forces to create shared programming, with hybrid formulas between digital and present, compatibly with the progress of the health crisis.
On the digital front, the offer of content, insights and materials on the SalTo + platform will continue to be enriched. Among the novelties there are also two podcast series: a cycle – Il Salone presents Albert Camus – dedicated to Albert Camus and a selection of Vita Nova lessons in podcast version, which will be available from 4 March both on SalTo + and on the main free streaming platforms.
Skip School 2021
The space of the Salone dedicated to the world of school and children has expanded its online presence in the last year, building a continuous offer of activities for the classes: reading projects, participatory storytelling tools and contents for teachers to complement the didactics. Thanks to the support of the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation, the Salone has enriched and will continue to enrich its offer of activities and contents dedicated to schools in a digital environment, with the aim of transforming the SalTo Scuola educational section into a point of reference for all the school community. The SalTo Scuola program of 2021 will be presented to teachers on March 2 at 5:30 pm on SalTo +.
One book, many schools.
One book, many schools is the shared reading project promoted by the Turin International Book Fair with the aim of reaching many students with a single great novel, to stimulate a discussion on understanding oneself and one’s time through literature. The project will be inaugurated by Albert Camus’ “La Peste”, which the Salone will bring to schools so that students can read it, discuss it in class and live together a shared reading experience on the uncertain times we are living. This special edition of La Peste, created in collaboration with Bompiani and the support of the Association of Piedmont Banking Foundations, will be the first volume of the “La Biblioteca del Salone” series, and will be distributed free of charge to 6000 students of the third and the fourth year of secondary school of the whole of Italy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. The edition will have a graphic design designed ad hoc by Riccardo Falcinelli; an introduction entrusted to Alessandro Piperno; and a note from the editorial director of the Salone, Nicola Lagioia. The translation is by Yasmina Melaouah, university lecturer and award-winning translator.