FESTIVALETTERATURA: an international literary festival in Mantua (Italy)

I’d like to talk to you about the international literary festival that will take place in Mantua. Five days full of cultural fun, of meetings with authors, readings, performances, concerts with artists from all over the world in a joyful atmosphere. The most interesting voices of the emerging literature and of the younger generation will be present. And Mantua is also a very beautiful, artistic city.

Mantua will be the right place fot all the lovers of literature next week. I would suggest some meetings with writers:

Tracy Chevalier, : on Wednesdy 9 at17.30 

Marcelo Figueras, an Argentinean writer: on Thursday   10 settembre h 21.00

Kazuo Ishiguro, on Saturday 12 settembre at 11,15

Martin Caparrós, an Argentinean writer:

Javier Cercas, an Argentinean writer:

 The meeting with Mario Vargas Llosa,  Nobel prize winner in 2010 will close the festival.

For those who love, like me, Irish literature, I suggest  the event on Friday  11at 18,00 l “Scritture d’Irlanda”: with the Irish writer Joseph O’Connor.

There are many other interesting events during the Festival, so see the official program: http://www.festivaletteratura.it/it/2015/eventi

Catherine Dunne’s last novel: “All that I’ve loved”

Catherine Dunne – All that I’ve loved

All that I’ve loved is Catherine Dunne’s last novel and my last summer reading too- I have read others novels by the same Irish author.  I also had the honour to meet Dunne some years ago in Italy during a creative writing workshop.  I remember her suggestions for a successfull creative writing process:  passion, patience and professionalism .

As you can see from the picture, The Italian title of “All that I’ve loved” is “Un terribile amore“. Actually, it is not a translation of the original title (it means A terrbile Love) but, perhaps more explicit.


Like in other Dunne‘s  novels, in “All that I’ve loved”  women are the protagonists of the story. Howeverer, while the previuous novels were set in Ireland and particularly centred on domestic Irish life, “All that I’ve loved” has a wider setting including Ireland,  Spain and Cyprus.

In “All that I’ve loved” Calista, the Irish women, and Pilar, the Spanish, live two parallel stories and meet a terrible, wrong love that will upset their life. Their destiny is thretened by the forces of a classical Greek tragedy: passionate love, hate and desire of revenge, error and redemption. Calista and Pilar are struggling against a male world. They can’t but rely on their courage and their will, without betraying themselves.


LORCA’S WOMEN by Alessia Balan

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I would like to present my new book: Lorca’s women. Actually, it is an e-book, a collection of short stories related to Federico García Lorca ‘s works and life.

LORCA’S WOMEN are some of the women in the poetic and theatre world of Federico Garcia Lorca who, through these stories, acquire an identity of their own and new life.Bernarda, Yerma, Soledad and the Bride urgently pursue a passion or the madness of an obsession, to escape from the life others have chosen for them. Argentinita is the only woman in the collection not created by the imagination of Lorca. She was his lifelong friend and artistic collaborator. 

 I hope you’ll enjoy it and I would be pleased to receive your comments!


FESTIVALETTERATURA will take place in Mantua next week from 3rd to 7th of September. It has become one of the greatest Italian literary festival. Its first edition took place in 1997.

Internationally famous narrators and poet, the most interesting voices of emerging literature and of the younger generations of writers, essayists, musicians, artists will take part in FESTIVALETTERATURA.

One of the aim of this festival is to create a more direct connection between readers and writers, with new experimental ways of researching and exchanging experiences.

But there is another important reason to go the festival׃ to visit the city of Mantua with its squares, theatres, the interiors of the beautiful palazzos. Guided tours of Mantua’s historical and cultural heritage have been organized

FESTIVALELTTERAURA will offer poetry readings and public speeches, theatre performances, events in the original languages, brief meeting with famous authors.

Only some author that will be at the festival this year׃ Colm Toibin, Olov Enquist, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Annie Ernaux…


This is the link to the 2014 EDITION OF THE  FESTIVALETTERAURA http://www.festivaletteratura.it/index.php



One of my short story has been published in the first Italian open-ebook “L’intimo delle donne” by Libreriamo Publishing. It’s an idea created by one of the most important Italian blog on books and book-related news.. From a crowdsourcing project, a collection of short stories denouncing violence, mistreatments against women, but with a message of hope at the end.

I’m glad to invite you to visit  www.libreriamo.it  a, the download of the e-book is free!




Vicenza is situated in the Veneto region of northern Italy o, adn is worldwide famous for  its  Andrea Palladio (1508–80)’s works  which  give the city its unique appearance. Palladio’s urban buildings, as well as his villas, scattered throughout the Veneto region, had a decisive influence on the development of architecture. His work inspired a distinct architectural style known as Palladian, which spread to England and other European countries, and also to North America.

From 10th to 18th  of May, Vicenza will also be the city of jazz, with “Vicenza Jazz”  festival. http://www.vicenzajazz.org/it/protagonisti.php

The protagonists of the festival:  Henry Threadgill & Zooid,,Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico,,Trio Bob Mintzer-, John Abercrombie-Miroslav Vitous,The New Gary Burton Quartet,Enrico Pieranunzi Trio,We Three Gianluca Petrella & Giovanni Guidi, Pharoah Sanders Quartet,Mike Stern/Bill Evans Band,Enrico Rava Quintet, Earth Wind & Fire Experience feat. Al McKay, Ernst Reijseger, Al Di Meola & Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions, Balanescu Quartet,Jim Black & AlasNoAxis, Kevin Mahogany meets Massimo Faraò Trio, Luca Boscagin London Project, Rusconi, The Tommaso Cappellato Orchestra, Alessandro Lanzoni Trio, Alessandro Paternesi P.O.V. Quintet, Enrico Zanisi Trio, Simone Graziano Quintet feat. David Binney, M: modulazioni audiovisive, Apolide Quartet feat. Adam Nussbaum, Café Touba, Funk off, i locali del jazz, Delorean

Teatro Olimpico

Teatro Olimpico (by Andrea Palladio), La Basilica (by Andrea Palladio) and The city Theatre will be the main places of the festival. But jazz will be the protagonist  of Vicenza’s nights and the main theme suggested by restaurants and bars too where a lot of jazz groups will alternate. Just to mention one of them: JazzArt4et https://www.facebook.com/pages/JazzArt/196199540418348?fref=ts



It is a worldwide day of celebration of  books,  literature and  above all an invitation to share the pleasure of reading.

The 23rd April is recognised as being the date of the death of  William Shakespeare  and Cervantes.  April 23rd was designated World Book and Copyright Day by Unesco because it was seen as a symbolic date for world literature.   It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, K. Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.

The idea for World Book Day originated in Catalonia where, on 23rd April – Saint George’s Day (St Jordi) – a rose is traditionally given as a gift for each book sold.

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away (E.Dickinson)



23rd of April 2013

I do appreciate the special section the Spanish newspaper El Pais  is dedicating to the World Book Day on 23rd of april.

It is going to reserve a special supplement to the event – “Día del libro 2013” – till the 24th of april: articles, interviews and suggestions by literary bloggers and writers. An invitation to share the pleasure of reading and also an opportunity to know new authors.

I found it particularly interesting the article by WINSTON MANRIQUE SABOGAL  on the contemporary Norwegian literature. Honestly,  I read Ibsen and Gaarder only  and I have known about a new generation of thriller writers, but it is not my favourite genre. The aim of the article is to make the reader informed about contemporary Norwegian narrative, which has a high literary and thametic quality :

“un grupo de escritores noruegos que siguen sorprendiendo al mundo por su alta calidad literaria y temática, acompañada de una crítica reflexiva.” (El Pais)

A useful list of the main important Norwegian authors to be known was provided too: Flogstad , Akjell Askildsen ,Dag Solstad, Herborg Wassmo, Per Petterson ,Karl Ove Knausgaard, Linn Ullmann, Roy Jacobssen, Lars Saabye Christensen.

The program of the “Día del libro 2013” will also include other subjects related to the world of book and literature: self-publishing, bookcrossing, literary blogging and reading suggestions by important writers.

I cannot but follow this special issues by El País and, of course, I will keep you informed about something interesting I have read.

And you, Have you read any Norwegian writer?



Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

An unpublished poem by a very young Charlotte Brontë was put up for auction in London last week, as reported by the Italian newspaper La Stampa.

Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855) wrote it when she was only 13. The title of the poem is  “I’ve been wandering in the greenwoods” and is dated 14  December 1829. It was written in a small sheet of paper and it is so hard to read that a magnifying lens was required.

Charlotte Brontë’s manuscripts are extremely rare, for this reason the estimated value of the whole collection of Charlotte Brontë’s manuscripts is about 800.000 pounds.

Charlotte Brontë is mainly famous as a novelist:  Jane Eyre (1847), Shirley (1849), Villette (1853). Brontë gave up writing poetry at the beginning of her professional career, when she became identified in the public mind as the author of the popular novel Jane Eyre (1847).