Thursday 15 November 2012 Luis Sepúlveda inaugurated the first edition of BookCity Milano, an initiative dedicated to books and reading …
Thursday, November 15, 2012 Luis Sepúlveda inaugurated the first edition of BookCity Milan, an initiative dedicated to books and reading, promoted by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Milan, by the Bookcity Milan Association formed by the Corriere della Sera Foundation, the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation, Umberto and Elisabetta Mauri and the Arnoldo and Alberto Mondadori Foundation, and by AIE. This year, BookCity Milano reaches its tenth edition and is back in attendance, in safety: all physical events of the event are accessible only with the Green Pass and by reservation, which can be carried out starting from 8 November on the event website; the program can be consulted at www.bookcitymilano.it. Fresh from the pandemic and online meetings, BookCity really returns to Milan, in bookstores, theaters and auditoriums, universities and libraries, back in attendance to look to the future, choosing the word After as its main theme. the question of what will happen After seems to be on everyone’s lips: after the pandemic, after the lockdowns, after the arrival of the great resources of the European Community, an After that seems constantly at hand without ever letting itself be grasped. This is what BookCity wants to ask itself, addressing the question both to the writers and to the readers who have always animated the event: a great collective effort of imagination, which finds in the pages of books the most fertile ground for growth, in order to answer the question focusing on the book, the word and the dialogue. The After theme will also be the protagonist of the BookCity Milano Papers project, an initiative born during the 2020 lockdown to involve international authors who could not reach Milan; simple and streamlined, the format includes a cycle of interviews carried out remotely to give body and transversality to an important theme for contemporary debate. The experiment, born in an emergency context, has shown great potential, and has been transformed into a new resource for the event: this year a panel of international writers was involved, invited to reflect on the word After in relation to a precise, personal aspect for each one. It starts with Eshkol Nevo and Irvine Welsh (Monday 8 November); Carmen Maria Machado and Guadalupe Nettel (Tuesday 9 November); Benjamin Taylor and David Leavitt (Wednesday 10 November); Brit Bennett and Reni Eddo-Lodge (Thursday 11 November); Elisabeth Åsbrynk and Olivia Laing (Friday 12 November); Jonathan Lee, Ben Wilson, David Grossman, Núria Cabutí, Morgan Entrekin, James Daunt and Helena Gustafsson (Saturday 13 November); Paco Roca, Martín Caparrós and Alejandro Zambra (Sunday 14 November); Timothy Morton, Arjun Appadurai and Colin Crouch (Monday November 15); Abraham Yehoshua, Mircea Cărtărescu and Allen Frances (Tuesday, November 16). Over 1,400 events are scheduled for this year’s appointment, with more than 260 venues; 900 classes involved in 240 BookCity projects for schools; 13 Milanese universities and academies participating in BookCity Università with over 140 initiatives; more than 50 BookCity events and projects for Social. The city restarts from culture.
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