24th edition of the International Book Fair in Turin

The 24th edition of the International Book Fair will be held in Turin at Lingotto Fiere from 12th to 16th May 2011.

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Italian Unity, the Fair offers a completely new layout.

The 2011 Fair will be held in three different pavilions of Lingotto Fiere with its own exhibition spaces: 1, 2 and 3. This year, Pavilion 5 will welcome the professional area with the International Book Forum.

A new arrival for the 2011 edition is the Oval, the 20,000 sq.m. single space construction built to host the ice skating competitions for the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games, part of the exhibition centre since July 2009. The Oval will host: the Bookstock Village, the area reserved for young readers supported by the Compagnia di San Paolo; the exhibition 1861-2011. The Italia of Books; the Padiglione Italia with the stalls of the Italian regions grouped in a single area for the first time; the stands of the national institutions; the Lingua Madre area; the area of Books and Chocolate, Temptation and Meditation; the space dedicated to the guest country Russia, and the one for young readers and a new conference room.

The inaugural evening by invitation only in honor of the guest country is on Wednesday 11th May 2011 at 9 p.m. at the OGR – Officine Grandi Riparazioni. The greetings from the authorities will be followed by the inaugural address by the Russian writer Ljudmila Ulitskaja and the concert of the Bis – Quit Orchestra.

As mentioned before, Russia will be the guest country 2011 that will bring to Turin 20th century authors and new personalities for telling how our society is changing, that civilization that has always been at the centre of geopolitical scenarios. Besides Russia, Palestine will be the other special guest, which was present in 2008 edition with its authors and this year will have its own stall.

Lingua Madre (Mother Language) is the area dedicated to the mix of cultures created by the Salone with the homonymous competition for female writers. The area “Book and Chocolate. Temptation and Meditation” presents the best chocolatiers from Turin and Piedmont Region in a programme of meetings and workshops with great chefs and maîtres à penser of taste, organized by the wine and food critics of the national newspaper Repubblica Stefano Cavallito and Alessandro Lamacchia.

Thee will be the 2nd edition of the International Book Fair Award. After Amos Oz, another great author will be voted by visitors and exhibitor and will come back in autumn for meeting students and Piedmont: this year, the finalists are Javier Cercas, Assia Djebar and Anita Desai.

And don’t forget that this year, there’s a great revolution: you can go to Lingotto Fiere by subway!

In addition, a lot of meetings and conferences with experts of the publishing industry are scheduled, conceived for whoever wants to enter this dimension…translators, writers, editors… and many appointments for discovering what’s happening in the contemporary world of the book, with e-books and new technologies.

Moreover, many initiatives are scheduled for children and teens: in the section Scuola e Ragazzi of the official website you’ll find all the info about the many appointments, workshops and exhibitions dedicated to the younger readers.

Finally, don’t miss Salone Off: the International Book Fair in fact, will totally invade the city of Turin including many squares, streets, clubs, cafes, bookshops, libraries, schools and theatres, where many initiatives, performances, concerts, conferences, readings and much more will take place.

So, dear books-addicted, is it enough for you? Come to Turin, visit the city and enjoy the International Book Fair, the biggest bookshop in Italy!

More detailed information about other events in Turin are available on the online guide About Turin.

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