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Niccolò Ammaniti was born and lives in Rome. He made his debut in fiction in 1995 with the novel Branchie. He is the author of award-winning novels and short stories, translated in 44 countries: Fango (1996), Ti prendo e ti porto via (1999), Io non ho paura (2001, Premio Viareggio), Come Dio comanda (2006, Premio Strega), Che la festa cominci (2009), Io e te (2010), Il momento è delicato (2012) and Anna (2015). In 2014 he edited the anthology Figuracce, which includes the short story Marco Risi contro la Maga della Maglianella.
Many of his books have been successfully made into films: L’ultimo capodanno (directed by Marco Risi, 1998); Branchie (directed by Francesco Ranieri Martinotti, 1999); Io non ho paura and Come Dio comanda (both directed by Gabriele Salvatores, 2003 and 2008), Io e te (directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, 2012). Following his work as author and director of the feature-length doc The Good Life (2014), Ammaniti is currently working on The Miracle, an original TV series for SKY for which he is serving as showrunner, co-writer of the screenplay and co-director.

– Anna
– Io e te (Me and You)
– Che la festa cominci (Let the Games Begin)
– Come Dio comanda (The Crossroads/As God Commands)
– Io non ho paura (I’m Not Scared)
– Ti prendo e ti porto via (I’ll Steal You Away)
– Fango (Mud)
– Branchie (Gills)

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Francesca Borri was born in Bari. Writer and journalist, she worked as human rights adviser in the Middle East, especially in Israel and Palestine. She turned to journalism in 2012 to cover the battle for Aleppo, and since then, her dispatches have been translated into 21 languages. Five years and 500,000 dead later, she still lives in Syria and Iraq, and in between one ceasefire and the next, she writes about Palestinians for Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s main newspaper. She is the author of La guerra dentro (2014), under translation into several languages, and Ma quale paradiso? Tra i jihadisti delle Maldive (2017). In 2017 she has won the Letizia Leviti Prize for journalism.

– Ma quale paradiso? Tra i jihadisti delle Maldive (Destination Paradise. Among the Jihadists of the Maldives)

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Gianrico Carofiglio - © Francesco Carofiglio

Gianrico Carofiglio was born in Bari and has worked for many years as a prosecutor specializing in organized crime. He was appointed advisor of the anti-Mafia committee in the Italian Parliament in 2007 and served as a senator from 2008 to 2013. He is the author of the novels featuring the character of the defense lawyer Guido Guerrieri: Testimone inconsapevole (2002), Ad occhi chiusi (2003, Best International Noir of the year 2007 in Germany), Ragionevoli dubbi (2006), Le perfezioni provvisorie (2010, Premio Selezione Campiello), La regola dell’equilibrio (2014). Among his fiction and non fiction works: Il passato è una terra straniera (2004, Premio Bancarella 2005), adapted into an internationally awarded film, Né qui né altrove (2009), Non esiste saggezza (2010), La manomissione delle parole (2010), Il silenzio dell’onda (2011, finalist for Premio Strega 2012),  Il bordo vertiginoso delle cose (2013), La casa nel bosco (2014), written with his brother Francesco, Una mutevole verità (2014, Premio Scerbanenco), Con parole precise (2015), Passeggeri notturni (2016) and L’estate fredda (2016). Gianrico Carofiglio’s multi-award winner and best selling books are translated into 27 languages worldwide.

– L’estate fredda (The Cold Summer)
– Passeggeri notturni (Night Passengers)
– Con parole precise (With Exact Words)
– La regola dell’equilibrio (A Fine Line)
– La casa nel bosco (The House in the Woods)
– Il bordo vertiginoso delle cose (The Vertiginous Edge of Things)
– Il silenzio dell’onda (The Silence of the Wave)
– Le perfezioni provvisorie (Temporary Perfections)
– Non esiste saggezza (There is No Wisdom)
– La manomissione delle parole (Manumitting Words)
– Il passato è una terra straniera (The Past is a Foreign Country)

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Teresa Ciabatti - © Pasquale Di Blasio

Teresa Ciabatti was born in Orbetello and lives in Rome. Writer and screenwriter, she is the author of the novels Adelmo, torna da me (2002), that became the movie L’estate del mio primo bacio (2006), directed by Claudio Virzì, I giorni felici (2008), Il mio paradiso è deserto (2013), Tuttissanti (2013) and La più amata (2017, finalist for Premio Strega).  Her short stories appeared in anthologies published by Einaudi and Guanda and in the cultural magazines Diario and Nuovi Argomenti. She is a regular contributor to Corriere della Sera.

La più amata (The Most Loved)
– Il mio paradiso è deserto (My Deserted Paradise)
– Tuttissanti (Foreign rights: il Saggiatore)

 

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Concita De Gregorio © Fabio Lovino

Concita De Gregorio was born in Pisa and lives in Rome. She is a regular columnist for La Repubblica and a TV host on Rai Tre of FuoriRoma, a show that focuses on the Italian province and on the personal and political stories of mayors and administrators who are changing the country’s political geography. She is the author of Non lavate questo sangue (2001), Una madre lo saTutte le ombre dell’amore perfetto (2006), Malamore. Esercizi di resistenza al dolore (2008), Un paese senza tempo. Fatti e figure in vent’anni di cronache italiane (2010), Così è la vita (2011), Io vi maledico (2013), Un giorno sull’isolaIn viaggio con Lorenzo (2014), written with her son Lorenzo, Mi sa che fuori è primavera (2015, Premio Ninfa Galatea, Premio Brancati), Cosa pensano le ragazze (2016) and Non chiedermi quando. Romanzo per Dacia (2016).

– Cosa pensano le ragazze (What Girls Think)
– Mi sa che fuori è primavera (I Think It’s Spring Outside)

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Federica Manzon - @ Adolfo Frediani

Federica Manzon was born in Pordenone. She is the author of the novels Come si dice addio (2008), Di fama e di sventura (2011, Premio Rapallo Carige, the Premio Campiello Selezione Giuria dei Letterati, the Premio Asti d’Appello) and La nostalgia degli altri (2017). In 2015, she edited the book I mari di Trieste.
Her writing has appeared in severals magazines, anthologies and collections. She is currently a foreign fiction editor at Mondadori, an editor of the literary magazine Nuovi Argomenti, and contributes to the festival Pordenonelegge. She lives in Milan, sometimes in Trieste.

– La nostalgia degli altri (The Nostalgia of Others)

 

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Beatrice Masini - © Isabelle Boccon-GibodBeatrice Masini was born and lives in Milan. She is a successful writer of books for children and teens, translated into over 20 languages, from Finnish to Thai. Working as an editor in an Italian publishing group, she also translated books such as the Harry Potter saga by J. K. Rowling. Among her works, La spada e il cuore. Donne della Bibbia (2003, Premio Elsa Morante Ragazzi 2004); Signore e signorine. Corale greca (2002, Premio Pippi 2004). In 2004 she received the prestigious Andersen Prize as best children’s author of the year. Her first novel for the adult readership is Tentativi di botanica degli affetti (2013, Premio Selezione Campiello), followed by I nomi che diamo alle cose (2016).

– I nomi che diamo alle cose (The Names We Give to Things)
– Tentativi di botanica degli affetti (The Watercolourist)

 

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Paola Mastrocola - © Basso Cannarsa

Paola Mastrocola was born and lives in Turin. Paola Mastrocola has a very special voice among Italian contemporary writers and bestseller authors. She is the author of La gallina volante (2000, Premio Calvino), Palline di pane (2001), Una barca nel bosco (Premio Campiello 2004), La scuola raccontata al mio cane ( 2004), Che animale sei? (2007), Più lontana della luna (2007), La felicità del galleggiante (2010), Togliamo il disturbo. Saggio sulla libertà di non studiare (2011), Non so niente di te (2013), L’esercito delle cose inutili (2015), La passione ribelle ( 2015), Lanno che non caddero le foglie (2016), L’amore prima di noi (2016). Her books have been translated in France, Germany, Spain and Latin America, Portugal, Turkey and Japan.

– Lamore prima di noi (The Love Before Us)
– La passione ribelle (Rebel Passion)
– L’esercito delle cose inutili (The Army of Useless Things)
– Non so niente di te (I Know Nothing of You)
 

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Margaret Mazzantini - © Alessandro MoggiMargaret Mazzantini was born in Dublin and lives in Rome with her husband and four children. She is the author of Il catino di zinco (1994), Manola (1999), Non ti muovere (2001, Premio Strega 2002, Premio Grinzane-Cavour, European Zepter Prize as best european book), Zorro (2002), Venuto al mondo (2008, Premio Campiello 2009), Nessuno si salva da solo (2011), Mare al mattino (2011, Premio Pavese, Premio Matteotti) and Splendore (2013). Many of her books have been successfully made into films by her husband, the actor and director Sergio Castellitto: Non ti muovere starring Penélope Cruz in 2004, Venuto al mondo with Penélope Cruz and Emile Hirsch in 2012, Nessuno si salva da solo with Riccardo Scamarcio and Jasmine Trinca in 2015. Mazzantini is author of the screenplay of Castellitto’s latest movie Fortunata (2017) with Jasmine Trinca who has been awarded for her performance as Best Actress, in the section “Un certain regard”, at the Cannes Film Festival.

– Splendore (Splendor)
– Mare al mattino (Morning Sea)
– Nessuno si salva da solo (No One Survives Alone)

– Venuto al mondo (Twice Born)

– Non ti muovere (Don’t Move)

 

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Melania Mazzucco - © Christina Molnar

Melania G. Mazzucco was born and lives in Rome. She is the author of Il bacio della Medusa (1996), La camera di Baltus (1998), Lei così amata (2000, Premio Napoli), Vita (2003, Premio Strega), Un giorno perfetto (2005), and two works about the Italian Renaissance painter Tintoretto: the novel La lunga attesa dell’angelo (2008) and the essay Jacomo Tintoretto e i suoi figli (2009), Limbo (2012, Premio Elsa Morante, Premio Rhegium Julii, Premio Matteotti, Premio Bottari Lattes Grinzane), Il bassotto e la Regina (2012), Sei come sei (2013), Il museo del mondo (2014), Io sono con te (2016). Her books have been translated in 27 languages.

– Io sono con te (I Am With You)
– Il museo del mondo (The Museum of the World)
– Sei come sei (You Are How You Are)

– Il bassotto e la Regina (Plato and the Queen)
– Limbo
– La lunga attesa dell’angelo (The Long Wait for the Angel)
– Jacomo Tintoretto e sua figlia Marietta (Jacomo Tintoretto and His Daughter Marietta)
– Un giorno perfetto (A Perfect Day)
– Vita
– Lei così amata (She So Loved)

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Andrea Molesini - © Claudio Nostri

Andrea Molesini was born and lives in Venice. He teaches Comparative Literature at Padua University. He is a poet, a translator, an author of children’s stories translated into many languages, and a sailor. He won the Premio Andersen Career Award in 1999, the Premio Monselice for literary translation in 2008 and in 2011 the Premio Campiello for Non tutti i bastardi sono di Vienna (2010). He is the author of children’s books, essays and successful novels: La primavera del lupo (2013), Presagio (2014), and La solitudine dell’assassino (2016).

– La solitudine dellassassino (The Loneliness of the Murderer)
– Non tutti i bastardi sono di Vienna (Not All Bastards Are from Vienna)
– Presagio (Presage)
– La primavera del lupo (The spring of the wolf)

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Gabriele Pedullà

Gabriele Pedullà was born and lives in Rome. He is a professor of Italian Literature and Contemporary Literature at the University of Rome 3 and a regular contributor to the literary supplement of Il Sole 24 Ore and the bimonthly magazine Il Caffè illustrato. He is the author of La strada più lunga (2001), Machiavelli in tumulto. Conquista, cittadinanza e conflitto nei Discorsi sopra la prima deca di Tito Livio (2011), a monograph on Machiavelli’s theory of conflict, and a new commentary on Machiavelli’s The Prince (2013), Lo spagnolo senza sforzo (2009, Premio Mondello Opera Prima, Premio Verga, Premio Frontino) and Lame (2017).

– Lame (Blades) 

 

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Roberto Perrone

Roberto Perrone was born in Rapallo and lives in Milan. He writes about sport, food and travel. He is the author of Zamora (2003), La lunga (2007), Averti trovato ora (2008), La ballata dell’amore salato (2009), Occhi negli occhi (2011), La cucina degli amori impossibili (2013), and La seconda vita di Annibale Canessa (2017). Among Perrone’s works, there are Numero 1 (2008), the biography of Gigi Buffon, goalkeeper and captain of the Italian national football team, and Manuale del viaggiatore goloso (2015), a journey through Italy, with descriptions of food, atmospheres and culinary art.

– La seconda vita di Annibale Canessa (The Second Life of Annibale Canessa)
– Manuale del viaggiatore goloso (Handbook for Gluttonous Travellers)
– La cucina degli amori impossibili  (The Cuisine of Impossible Loves)
– Occhi negli occhi (Eyes in the Eyes)

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Francesco Piccolo - © Andrea De Meo

Francesco Piccolo was born in Caserta and lives in Rome. He is the author of Scrivere è un tic. I metodi degli scrittori (1994), Storie di primogeniti e figli unici (1996), E se c’ero, dormivo (1998), Il tempo imperfetto (2000), Allegro occidentale (2003), L’Italia spensierata (2007), La separazione del maschio (2008), Momenti di trascurabile felicità (2010), Il desiderio di essere come tutti (2013, Premio Strega 2014) and Momenti di trascurabile infelicità (2015). He has written award-winning works for cinema, theater and radio, and is a regular contributor to the Corriere della Sera.

– Momenti di trascurabile infelicità (Moments of Negligible Unhappiness)
– Il desiderio di essere come tutti (The Desire to Be Like Everyone Else)
– Momenti di trascurabile felicità (Moments of Negligible Happiness)

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