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THE SECOND EDITION OF THE “BRIDGE BOOK AWARD” CELEBRATES THE XVI WEEK OF THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE IN THE WORLD.

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21/10/2016


THE SECOND EDITION OF THE “BRIDGE BOOK AWARD” CELEBRATES THE XVI WEEK OF THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE IN THE WORLD.

Washington DC, October 21, 2016 –The second edition of The Bridge Book Award, celebrating the XVI Week of the Italian Language in the World will take place at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC on Monday, October 24, 2016. The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington DC, in collaboration with the Embassy of the United States in Rome, Roma Capitale, Casa delle Letterature of the Rome Municipality, and the American Initiative for Italian Culture (AIFIC), will host the award ceremony and panel discussion with the Italian winners. Nadia Terranova wins in the fiction section with Gli anni al Contrario, Ed. Einaudi and Marco Belpoliti wins in the non-fiction section with Primo Levi di Fronte e Profilo, Ed. Guanda.

Maria Ida Gaeta, Director of Casa delle Letterature of the Rome Municipality will moderate. The panelists will be Domenico Starnone, writer and winner of The Bridge book award in 2015, Jhumpa Lahiri, writer and professor of Creative Writing at Princeton University, and Teresa Fiore, Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University, New Jersey.

The Award is meant to be an ideal bridge that connects Italian and the American cultures and aims to promote the knowledge of the most recent cultural and literary trends in the two countries. The Award is conferred annually to one work of fiction and one work of nonfiction which have been recently published in Italy and the United States and consists of professional translation costs into the other language.

The Bridge has a mirror structure with two sections, therefore the Italian books in competition, 5 fiction and 5 nonfiction books published in Italy, are judged by an American jury, while the American books in competition, 5 fiction and 5 nonfiction books published in the USA, are judged by an Italian jury. This structure ensures a better understanding of the other cultures, which is one of the objectives of this literary project.

The judges in the two countries are selected among professors of language, literature and history, scholars and specialists of Italian or American culture and society, literary critics, journalists, writers, translators, and cultural curators.

The Italian authors will be also honored at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York on October 26, 2016. The Award ceremony for the American winners will take place at the Embassy of the United States in Rome on November 16, 2016.

During the ceremonies the Committees will also present the translated 2015 Italian and American winning books.

For more information and to RSVP please visit the following link: http://www.iicwashington.esteri.it/iic_washington/en/gli_eventi/calendario/2016/10/book-award-the-bridge-second-edition.html

 


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