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The Cairo International Book Fair stands as a major cultural event in the Middle East. Since its inception in 2006, it has consistently held the position of the world’s second-largest book fair, only eclipsed by Frankfurt’s esteemed counterpart. Each year, it draws roughly 2 million visitors, making it a significant literary event.
This book fair began in 1969, coinciding with Cairo’s millennium celebration. The Minister of Culture at the time, Tharwat Okasha, had the vision to create a grand cultural event. He entrusted Suhair Al-Qalamawi, a notable writer and researcher, with organizing the first Cairo International Book Fair. In honor of Al-Qalamawi’s crucial role, the 2008 fair recognized her as the Person of the Year.
The Italian book “Mio figlio. L’amore che non ho fatto in tempo a dirgli” by Marco Termenana published in 2021 by CSA Editrice has been awarded the first prize at the first edition of “The alchemy of poetry – Scrittori italiani a Londra” international contest by the “Irdi – Destinazionearte” Association.
The jury was chaired by the literary critic, professor Eugenia Tabellione.
The aim of the contest was to award the best Italian works (published and unpublished) in different categories (poetry, novels, essays).
The prize-giving ceremony will be held at Hone Books Galore (Stepherd’s Bush Market, Shop #24, London) on January, 26th at 6 pm (London Time). The event will be hosted by Mrs. Grazia Depedri and will be live streamed online from the Facebook and Instagram pages of the book shop.
“Mio figlio. L’amore che non ho fatto in tempo a dirgli” is a true story that deals with delicate and important current issues, such as gender identity, love, the role of families in the lives of young people and suicide.
The book (which has already won several national prizes) is based on the true story of Giuseppe’s suicide in Milan, in the night between the 24th and the 25th of May, 2014. Giuseppe was the 21-year-old son of the author. The aim of the story is to honour the boy’s memory and to help other parents to understand their children and to orient themselves in such difficult situations. The book analyses the causes of youth problems that can lead to suicide, through fragments of the boy’s short life, combined with moments of life of his father’s present. The backbone of the novel is divided into two main themes: gender identity and youth problems leading to self-destruction. Giuseppe was very reserved and introverted, to the point of choosing the voluntary isolation of hikikomori; he was a tormented kid, like many other kids these days, with huge doubts about his identity, to the point that he had created a second identity for himself: a young girl called Noemi. Bipolarity and self-isolation led him to not being able to see a future for himself and to ending it all. A book for parents, teachers, psychologists, educators and readers aged 13 years and above.
Marco Termenana is represented in Italy and abroad by IBA, which congratulates Marco Termenana on his latest success. We are confident that this international award can be another great opportunity to raise awareness on this crucial topic abroad as well.
Foreign rights for this book are available for all countries. Publishers interested in the purchase of the rights of “Mio figlio” can get in touch with the Foreign Rights department of IBA.
Moreover, two big Italian film studios have commissioned the journalist and screenwriter Sarah Panatta to write the script for a possible film adaptation of the book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The author, Marco Termenana, Giuseppe’s father, has a degree in Political Science. He was born in Venice in 1958 – even though he has southern origins – and he started working as a journalist in Salerno. Since 1980 he has been a member of the Italian Journalist Order. In 1982, he moved to Milan, where he worked as a press adviser for companies in the field of informatics and high technology. At the moment, he works as an executive for a leading Italian company and travels throughout Italy to spread knowledge, to raise awareness on the topics covered on his book and to share his own personal experience in order to help young people and parents to deal with similar situations.
In the world of literature, there are many different types of books. Diverse genres cater to different consumers to meet a range of needs. Poetry appeals to certain readers, while mystery and romance appeal to others. But what are the most popular book genres and what do people read across the world?
Guadalajara International Book Fair 2023 is now taking place at Expo Guadalajara, Mexico, from November 25th to December 3rd, 2023.
The Guadalajara International Book Fair is the most important publishing gathering in Ibero-America. It is also an amazing cultural festival. Created 37 years ago by the University of Guadalajara, the Fair is aimed at professionals and the general public alike, a characteristic that sets it apart from other book fairs around the globe. With business as one of its main goals, it is also a cultural festival in which literature plays a major role including a program where authors from all continents and languages participate, and a forum for the academic discussion of the major issues of our time.
For nine days, people willingly stand in long lines to listen to their favourite authors, the book industry makes Guadalajara its beating heart and the whole city is filled with the music, arts, cinema and theatre from the featured Guest of Honor which this year is European Union.
Click here for the complete programme.
Visit the Guadalajara International Book Fair’s website for more information.
Like every year, IBA could not miss the important event of the Salone del Libro in Turin which took place from 18th to 22nd May at the Lingotto area.
The Salone is one of the most significant book fairs in Italy and it involves professionals working in the fascinating field of publishing from all over the world, but also readers and culture lovers.
As usual, IBA attended the Rights center of the fair, representing some of the most creative Italian publishing houses (CSA Editrice, Planet Book, Aporema Edizioni, Armando Curcio Editore…) and presenting their books to foreign publishing houses and editors.
This year was particularly interesting and fruitful, as many publishers (mainly from South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Canada and many more) showed their interest towards some of the titles presented by IBA. In particular, they were impressed by Elena Mora’s young age, success and works, or by Giulia Falcini’s manuscript about the Nushu, by the fantasy of Alessandra Cinardi with her “Vita” trilogy, by the authenticity of Angelina Brasacchio with her “Tales from the south” (already published in the UK) and “Tales from the oil mill”, but also by some books dealing with contemporary central issues like “Gaslighting”, “The strategic parent” and “The path”. These are just some examples of the books proposed abroad, so it is possible to assume that the negotiations started on those days at the Rights center will hopefully lead to some satisfactory results in terms of rights selling in the next few months.
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation promotes the dissemination of Italian publishing and cinematographic works abroad by providing incentives to translation and dubbing/subtitling initiatives, as a strategic tool for promoting Italian language and culture abroad.
The Foreign Ministry provides two types of financial incentives:
Proposals shall be submitted annually to the Italian Cultural Institutes and the Italian diplomatic and consular Mission abroad, according to the Call regulations and procedures.
For the year 2023, it is intended to award five PRIZES in the amount of Euro 5,000 each:
- 1 for the French language;
- 1 for the English language;
- 1 for the Spanish language;
- 1 for the German language;
- 1 for the Chinese language.
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DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSALS: 5TH MAY 2023
Are you into romance, sci-fi or biographies? According to research published by Studying in Switzerland, your answer is likely to vary based on which country you live in. Where fantasy is most popular in Europe, horror is the genre of choice in Latin America, while poetry is most popular in Asia.
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More households in the European Union spend more on books, newspapers and stationery than they do on package holidays. This was one of the surprising statistics released by the EU. A survey of people aged from 20 to 74 in 15 EU countries between 2008 to 2015 found that the average time spent reading books ranges from two minutes a day in France to 13 minutes in Estonia. Read the full article published on the WEF website -->