Eraldo Affinati

Writer and teacher, he was born in 1956 in Rome, where he currently lives and works. He co-founded with his wife Anna Luce Lenzi ‘Penny Wirton’, a free Italian language school for migrants. He has published, among others, Campo del sangue (Mondadori, 1997), Un teologo contro Hitler. Sulle tracce di Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Mondadori, 2002), Compagni segreti, storie di viaggi, bombe e scrittori (‘Secret comrades, stories about travels, bombs and writers’; Fandango, 2006), Berlin (Rizzoli, 2009),...

Roberto Alajmo

Roberto Alajmo, a writer and a journalist, is the director of the Biondo theater in Palermo, where he was born and lives. He has published many books, including Nuovo repertorio dei pazzi della città di Palermo(2004), È stato il figlio (2005) and L’arte di annacarsi (2010).    

Roberto Alajmo

Roberto Alajmo, journalist and writer, was appointed in 2013 as director of the Teatro Biondo in Palermo. Among his works: Notizia del disastro (News of the tragedy; 2001), Cuore di madre (Heart of a mother; 2003), Nuovo repertorio dei pazzi della città di Palermo (New repertoire of the madmen of the city of Palermo; 2004), È stato il figlio (The fault of the son; 2005), adapted for cinema in 2012 by Daniele Ciprì, Palermo è...

Edoardo Albinati

Edoardo Albinati (born in Rome, 1956), taught Italian for more than twenty years in Rebibbia prison on the outskirts of Rome. In the course of his career he has collaborated in the writing of several screenplays for cinema, including Matteo Garrone’s Il racconto dei racconti (2015). His books include Orti di guerra (Fazi, 1997), Maggio selvaggio (Mondadori, 1999) and Vita e morte di un ingegnere (Mondadori, 2012).

Alessandro Gatti

Alessandro Gatti was born in Alessandria in 1975, and is the author of dozens of children’s books, sometimes in collaboration with others. He has also been editor of the fiction review Maltese Narrazioni, in which he has published several stories. Among his serial creations are Klincus Corteccia, Candy Circle, and I gialli di Vicolo Voltaire, with Pierdomenico Baccalario; Misteri coi baffi in collaboration with Davide Morosinotto; and Sherlock, Lupin e io under the pseudonym Irene...

Chiara Alessi

Born in Verbania in 1981, Chiara Alessi is a journalist and essayist focusing on design. She contributes to a number of publications, including Domusi, Interni, Klat, and teaches at most main design schools. Also by her: Dopo gli anni Zero. Il nuovo design italiano (Laterza, 2014).

Giulio Angioni

Giulio Angioni (Guasila, 1939), anthropologist and writer, is considered a master of narrative Sardinian contemporary. He has written on various topics of anthropological interest and conducted research especially in Sardinia. Among his publications: Tre saggi sull’antropologia dell’età coloniale(1973); Sa laurera. Il lavoro contadino in Sardegna (1976 e 2005); Fare, dire, sentire. L’identico e il diverso nelle culture (2011).

Dario Argento

Dario Argento was born in Rome in 1940, Dario Argento has directed numerous thrillers and horror films, including The Cat o’ nine tails (1971), Deep Red (1975) and Inferno (1980).

Bruno Arpaia

Born in the province of Naples in 1957, Bruno Arpaia, has written seven novels including The Angel of History (2001), about the last years in the life of philosopher Walter Benjamin, translated into numerous languages. His novel L’energia del vuoto (2011) was a runner up for the Premio Strega. An expert in Spanish and Latin American literature, he has worked as a journalist for Il Mattino and La Repubblica. His essays Per una sinistra reazionaria...

Riccardo Astolfi

An engineer by training, Riccardo Astolfi found his life’s calling through his passion for food, which now occupies every last crumb of his time. By day he works in research and development for a large Italian organic business, by night he kneads, bakes, and experiments with grains and flour. All, of course, without commercial yeast. He is the founder of a “culinary community,” the Comunità del Cibo Pasta Madre, the first global network of “dealers” in...


Pierdomenico Baccalario

Pierdomenico Baccalario was born in 1974 at Acqui Terme; aged only 24 he won the “Premio Il Battello a Vapore – Città di Verbania” with La strada del guerriero. Since then he has written numerous novels, currently published in 28 languages, which have sold millions of copies worldwide. Journalist and scriptwriter, he is considered one of the major experts on children’s literature in Italy, which he writes about in the culture pages of La Repubblica.

Andrea Bajani

Andrea Bajani (1975) has published many novels, including Cordiali saluti (Einaudi, 2005), Se consideri le colpe (Einaudi, 2oo7) and Ogni promessa (Einaudi, 2010).

Marco Balzano

Marco Balzano was born in Milan in 1978. He works as a teacher in a high-school. His debut novel Il figlio del figlio was published for Avagliano in 2010. In 2013 he published Pronti a tutti le partenze for Sellerio.

Stefania Barzini

A chef and food expert, Stefania Barzini has taught cooking classes in Italy and the United States. She also teaches creative writing on food, and has published several books on topics related to cuisine.

Violetta Bellocchio

Violetta Bellocchio was born in Milan in 1977. She has written Sono io che me ne vado (I’m the One Who Is Leaving, Mondadori, 2014), in addition to various short stories, one of the most recent of which was included in the anthology L’età della febbre (The Age of Fever, minimum fax, 2015). Since 2013 she has maintained the blog “Abbiamo le prove,” a site for non-fiction writing by Italian women, winner of the Macchianera...

Fabio Benzi

Fabio Benzi is Ordinary Professor of Contemporary Art History at the Università “Gabriele d’Annunzio” di Chieti. He has published numerous studies on painting and sculpture from the late 19th and 20th centuries, focusing particularly on Art Nouveau, Déco, Futurism, “Valori Plastici,” “Novecento Italiano,” Scuola Romana, and European post-impressionist trends, as well as the relationship between art and fascism. He has also conducted research on Italian art culture from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. He has...

Alessandro Beretta

Alessandro Beretta was born in Milan in 1978. He is Artistic Director of the Milan Film Festival, and he remains in constant pursuit of books, comics, and movies for such publications as the Corriere della Sera newspaper and its literary supplement, as well as for Icon, Rolling Stone, Vogue, The Times Literary Supplement, and Lo Straniero. His stories have appeared in Nuovi Argomenti, and he is the author of the biography, Peter Sellers: Un Camaleonte...

Alessandro Bertante

Alessandro Bertante was born in Alessandria in 1969 and lives in Milan. He teaches at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti and is joint artistic director of the Officina Italia literary festival. In 2000 he published the novel Malavida (Leoncavallo Libri); in 2003 he edited Piemme’ collection of short stories 10 storie per la pace; 2005 saw the publication of the essay Re Nudo (NDA Press) and in 2007 Contro il ’68 (Agenzia X). His novel...

Luciano Bianciardi

Luciano Bianciardi (Grosseto, 1922 – Milan, 1971) worked as an editor, journalist, translator and screenwriter. His numerous works include: Il lavoro culturale (Feltrinelli, 1957, 2013), L’integrazione (Bompiani, 1960, 2014) and the two volumes of his collected works, L’antimeridiano (Isbn, 2005 and 2008).

Pier Franco Brandimarte

Pier Franco Brandimarte was born in the Province of Teramo in 1986. L’Amalassunta is his first novel.

Gesualdo Bufalino

Bufalino was born in 1920 and died in 1996. He was a teacher, novelist, poet, and writer of aphorisms, and his first work was published when Bufalino was 61 years of age. Diceria dell’untore was awarded the Campiello Prize in 1981; in 1988, his Le menzogne della notte won the Strega.


Davide Calì

Davide Calì, born in German-speaking Switzerland in 1972, is one of the most markedly international Italian-language children’s authors. He published his first children’s book before he was thirty, for the French publisher Sarbacane, and since then he has authored more than fifty books and graphic novels, all well-received and recognized by critics in Italy and abroad. He has worked with a dozen publishers between Italy, France, Portugal, and Argentina, and his illustrated books have been...

Andrea Camilleri

Born in Porto Empodocle in 1925, Andrea Camilleri has lived in Rome since 1949. Once a writer and director of screenplays for radio, theater, and television, today he is Italy’s most beloved writer, translated into 35 languages. He has received numerous awards: the most recent the Premio Pepe Carvalho in 2014. His mystery series centered around Commissario Montalbano, which began with The Shape of Water (La forma dell’acqua) in 1994, has sold more than 15...

Piero Camporesi

Piero Camporesi (b. Forlì 1926, d. Bologna 1997) was an Italian philologist, historian and anthropologist. He taught Italian literature at the University of Bologna. One of the best known Italian essayists in the world, his books have been translated in all the main European countries, as well as in the USA, Brazil and Japan.

Alberto Capitta

He was born in Sassari, Sardinia, where he lives and works. He published four novels with Il Maestrale: Creaturine (2004, which later appeared in 2005 in a joint Il Maestrale/Frassinelli edition; Creaturine was a Strega Prize finalist in 2005 and won the Lo Straniero award the following year); Il Cielo Nevica (2007; an earlier Guaraldi edition appeared in 1999);Il Giardino non Esiste (2008); and Alberi Erranti e Naufraghi (2013).

Ilide Carmignani

Ilide Carmignani  lives in Tuscany. She graduated from the University of Pisa and specializes in n literary translation. She has translated, among others, Bolaño, Borges, Cernuda, Cortázar, Fuentes, García Márquez, Neruda, Onetti, Paz, Pérez-Reverte, Sepúlveda. In 2000 she won the Prize of Literary Translation of the Cervantes Institute.  She has published The authors invisible with Besa in 2008.

Giuseppe Catozzella

Born in Milan in 1975, he studied philosophy and has contributed to various newspapers. After a long period spent in Australia, he returned to Milan where he now works for a publishing company. He has published two collections of short stories, The Life Cycle of Fish (2011) and Fuego (2012) , as well as the novels Explants (2008) and Hive (2011), a novel about the Mafia in Milan which has been adapted for television and...

Cristiano Cavina

Cristiano Cavina, born in Casola Valsenio (Ravenna) in 1974, is a pizzaiolo. He has written several novels, often semi-autobiographical or set in the town where he lives, among them: Il paese dei Tolintesàc (The Land of the Tolintesàc, 2005), I frutti dimenticati (The Forgotten Fruit, 2008), and Alla grande (I’m Doing Great, 2010). All his books have been published with Marcos y Marcos.

Gianni Celati

He was born in Sondrio in 1937, raised in the Province of Ferrara, and lived for many years in Bologna (where he also taught British and American literature at the University of Bologna). He currently lives in England. He is the author of an impressive body of work, including numerous works of fiction (Comiche, Le Avventure di Guizzardi, La Banda dei Sospiri, Lunario del Paradiso, Narratori delle Pianure, Quattro Novelle sulle Apparenze, Verso La Foce,...

Giovanni Cocco

Born in Como in 1976, Giovanni Cocco has also published Il Bacio dell’Assunta (Feltrinelli, 2014). With his wife Amneris Magella he has written two detective novels, both published by Guanda: Ombre sul lago (2013) and Omicidio alla Stazione Centrale (2015).

Paolo Colagrande

Paolo Colagrande, born in Piacenza nel 1960, who trained as an architect, has contributed to literary magazines Il semplice (Feltrinelli, 1995-1997) and L’Accallappiacani (Derive Approdi, 2008-2010). His first novel Fídeg (Alet 2007) won the Premio Campiello Opera Prima; it was followed by Kammerspiel (Alet 2008) and Dioblú (Rizzoli 2010).

Vincenzo Consolo

Vincenzo Consolo (1933-2012), a Sicilian by birth transplanted to Milan, spent a long career in cultural programming for television and as a journalist. His first novel, La Ferita dell’Aprile, appeared in 1963, and other important works followed, including Retablo (1987). By unanimous consensus, however, Consolo’s masterpiece is his second book, Il Sorriso dell’Ignoto Marinaio (1976).

Fabrizio Coscia

A teacher, writer and journalist, Fabrizio Coscia collaborated on the weekly magazine Diario and writes for the arts pages of the Naples newspaper Mattino. His novel Notte abissina was published by Avagliano in 2006.

Roberto Costantini

Born in Tripoli in 1952, formerly an engineer and business consultant, Roberto Costantini is currently a manager at the LUISS University of Rome. His literary debut was the novel The Deliverance of Evil (Marsilio, 2011), the first instalment of a bestselling trilogy which has won numerous awards, not least the Premio Scerbanenco.

Mauro Covacich

Mauro Covacich was born in Trieste in 1965. He has published several novels, including Anomalie (Mondadori, 1998), L’amore contro (Mondadori, 2001 and Einaudi, 2009), A perdifiato (Mondadori, 2003 and Einaudi, 2005), Fiona (Einaudi, 2005 and 2011), Trieste sottosopra (Laterza, 2006), Prima di sparire (Einaudi, 2008 and 2010), A nome tuo (Einaudi, 2011), and L’esperimento (Einaudi, 2013). He was also the creator of the video installation, “L’umiliazione delle stelle” (Buziol/Einaudi/Magazzino d’Arte Moderna Rome, 2010).

Gioacchino Criaco

Born in Calabria in 1965, Gioacchino Criaco has published several books, including Anime nere (Rubbettino, 2008), which was made into a film in 2014 by director Francesco Nunzi.


Paolo d’Altan

Paolo d’Altan began his career as a self-taught illustrator with advertising agencies and magazines, before turning to the world of children’s books. His artwork has been appeared in books released by many Italian and international publishers, and has won several prestigious awards, such as the Premio Cento in 2006 and the Premio Andersen in 2011.


Domenico Dara

Domenico Dara was born in 1971. After spending his childhood and adolescence in Girifalco, in Calabria where the novel is set, he studied in Pisa, graduating with a thesis on the poetry of Cesare Pavese. Today he lives and works in Lombardy. Short treatise on coincidences made Dara a finalist in the Italo Calvino Prize in 2013.

Milo De Angelis

Milo De Angelis was born in 1951 in Milan, where he teaches writing at a maximum security prison. Among his previous publications are Somiglianze (Guanda, 1976); Millimetri (Einaudi, 1983); Terra del viso (Mondadori, 1985); Distante un padre (Mondadori, 1989); Biografia sommaria (Mondadori, 1999); Tema dell’addio (Mondadori, 2005); and Quell’andarsene nel buio dei cortili (Mondadori, 2010). He has also written a story, La corsa dei mantelli (Guanda, 1979; Marcos y Marcos, 2011), and a volume of...

Maurizio De Giovanni

Maurizio De Giovanni, born in Naples in 1958, where he still lives and writes, has been an active presence on the literary scene over the course of the last decade. He has created two thriller series, both published by Einaudi under its Stile Libero imprint: the first, with a historical bent, centered around Commissario Ricciardi; the second, set in modern day Naples, revolves around Inspector Lojacono and the squad of “bastards” from Pizzofalcone

Cristiano De Majo

Cristiano de Majo was born in Naples in 1975, but now lives and works in Milan. He has published both novels and short stories and writes for newspapers and magazines such as La Repubblica and Internazionale.

Federico De Roberto

Federico De Roberto (1861-1927) spent most of his life in Catania, alternating his job as a writer with that of editorial consultant and journalist . His best-known and most important novel is The Viceroy, published in 1894, which portrays the decline of a family of the Sicilian nobility, in the period between Bourbon rule and Italian unification.

Diego De Silva

Diego De Silva was born in Naples in 1964. His novel Certi Bambini (2001), a finalist for the Premio Campiello, was published by Einaudi and made into a film of the same name, directed by the Frazzi brothers. His other novels include Non avevo capito niente (2007 and 2010, Premio Napoli, finalist for the Premio Strega), Mia suocera beve (2010 and 2012), Sono contrario alle emozioni (2011 and 2013), and Mancarsi (2013). His books have...

Giacomo Debenedetti

Giacomo Debenedetti (1901-1967) was not a novelist but was rather one of Italy’s most important twentieth-century literary critics. His best known book is probably Il Romanzo del Novecento, a posthumously published collection of his seminal lectures at the University of Rome on the twentieth-century novel. In addition to 16 Ottobre 1943, he wrote a small number of works of fiction, including two novellas, Amedeo, published in 1923, and Otto Ebrei, which appeared in 1944.  

Gabriele Di Fronzo

Gabriele Di Fronzo was born in Turin in 1984. Il grande animale is his first book.

Viola Di Grado

Viola di Grado was born in 1987. Her debut novel, Settanta Acrilico Trenta Lana (e/o, 2011) – won the Campiello Opera Prima Prize and the Rapallo Carige Opera Prima Prize. Her second novel, Cuore Cavo (e/o, 2013), was shorlisted for the PEN Literary Award.

Paolo Di Stefano

He was born in Avola, Sicily, in 1956. He writes for Italy’s major daily newspaper, Il Corriere della Sera, and has published several novels. His latest, La Catastròfa: Marcinelle 8 Agosto 1956, is also inspired by an actual news story. It received the Volponi Prize in 2011.

Luca Doninelli

Doninelli was born in 1956 in Leno, Lombardy. His novels include I due fratelli (1990), La revoca (1992), Le decorose memorie (1995), Talk show (1996), La nuova era (1999), Tornavamo dal mare (2004), and La polvere di Allah (2006). Amongst other prizes, he has won two Premio Selezione Campiello, the Grinzane Cavour Prize and the Super Grinzane Cavour Prize.

Claudia Durastanti

Claudia Durastanti was born in 1984 in Brooklyn, where she spent part of her childhood. Having concluded her degree in Rome, she moved to London. Her writing debut came in 2010 with Un giorno verrò a lanciare sassi alla tua finestra, followed in 2013 by A Chloe, per le ragioni sbagliate. Nel 2015 Cleopatra va in prigione appeared in 2015 as a short story in the anthology L’età delle febbre published by minimum fax. Claudia...


Fulvio Ervas

Fulvio Ervas was born outside Venice in 1955. He teaches natural sciences in addition to being a writer. Among his books are the series based on Ispettore Stucky (Commesse di Treviso, Pinguini arrosto, Buffalo Bill a Venezia, Finché c’è prosecco c’è speranza, L’amore è idrosolubile, Si fa presto a dire Adriatico), and the award-winning Se ti abbraccio non aver paura, the story of a father’s motorcycle trip across the Americas with his autistic son.


Ilva Fabiani

Ilva Fabiani was born in the Marche region in 1970, and currently lives and works in Göttingen teaching Italian at the University. She graduated philosophy with a thesis on Hegel, and has since kept her research interests, in Germany, focused on Giordano Bruno, Giorgio Bassani and Beppe Fenoglio. In 2013, she won the Italian self-published fiction competition ilmioesordio and the Premio della critica Scuola Holden (Scuola Holden’s Jury Prize) for the most innovative entry.

Nicola Fantini

Nicola Fantini (1962- ) is a writer and translator, who has also worked as a journalist. His last novel was La setta delle catacombe (The Sect in the Catacombs, Barbera, 2008).

Tito Faraci

Tito Faraci (1965) is among the most prolific comic writers in Italy (Tex, Diabolik, Topolino, Dylan Dog, Spider-Man and many others). He is also a novelist ( Oltre la soglia, Death Metal and Nato sette volte). He has a popular twitter site (@titofaraci) where he has created one of the first twitteratura projects in Italy (#tWeBook).

Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante is the pen name of a writer whose true identity is unknown. She is thought to be a native of Naples, the nucleus of all her novels, and today she may well live abroad. She came to the public’s attention with the publication of her first novel, L’Amore Molesto (1992), adapted into a film of the same name by Italian director Mario Martone and published in English in 2006 as Troubling Love. The...

Marcello Fois

Born in Nuoro in 1960, winner of the Premio Italo Calvino 1992, Marcello Fois lives and works in Bologna. He has published several books, among which: Sempre caro (‘Always dear’, 1998, Premio Scerbanenco), Dura madre (‘Hard mother’, 2007, Premio Super Grinzane Cavour, Premio Volponi), Nel tempo di mezzo (‘The time in between’, 2012, shortlisted for Premio Strega, Luce perfetta (‘Perfect light’, 2015).

Giorgio Fontana

Born in 1981, Giorgio Fontana is a philosophy graduate. After living for some time in France, Ireland and Canada he now lives in Milan, where he published his first novel, Buoni propositi per l’anno nuovo, in 2007. This was followed by Novalis (2008) and Per legge superiore (2011) in which Giacomo Colnaghi makes his first appearance, albeit as a minor character. He is also the author of Babele 56 (2008), a narrative report on multiethnic...

Antonio Franchini

Antonio Franchini was born in Naples in 1958 and moved to Milan in the early 1980s. He spent many years in the publishing industry and now heads Mondadori’s fiction department. A cultured and widely admired writer, Franchini has published both novels and short stories. His first book, Camerati, a collection of four novellas, appeared in 1992, followed by Quando scriviamo da giovani (1996), Quando vi ucciderete, maestro? (1996), Acqua, sudore, ghiaccio (1998), Signore delle lacrime...

Mimmo Franzinelli

He was born in 1954 in the tiny village of Cedegolo in the Camonica Valley in the Province of Brescia, Franzinelli has published numerous books of nonfiction, with particular attention to the history of Fascism. In 1999 his I Tentacoli dell’Ovra (Bollati Boringhieri) brought him a wide and appreciative public as well as the Viareggio Prize. In the years that have followed, he has been intensely prolific. Rock & Servizi Segreti appeared in 2010 and...

Marco Franzoso

Marco Franzoso was born in 1965 near Venice. His first novel Westwood dee-jay (Baldini & Castoldi) was published in 1998. In 2012 Einaudi published Il bambino indaco; the screen version, Hungry Hearts adapted by Saverio Costanzo was recently presented at the Venice fim festival where its actors were awarded prizes. It was received with considerable acclaim in Italy.

Luciano Funetta

Luciano Funetta was born in 1986 and lives in Rome. He is part of the TerraNullius writers’ collective. He has published short stories in WATT, Granta Italia, Costola and other journals. He is one of the authors of Dylan Skyline – dodici racconti per Bob Dylan (Nutrimenti, 2015).


Sergio Garufi

Sergio Garufi (1963) lives in Rome. He is author of the novel Il nome giusto (Ponte alle Grazie, 2011) and with Carolina Cutolo he edited the anthology Lui sa perché. Fenomenologia dei ringraziamenti letterari (Isbn, 2014).

Fabio Genovesi

Fabio Genovesi was born in Forte dei Marmi in Versilia in 1974. His first novel, Versilia Rock City, was published by Transeuropa in 2008, and his second, Esche Vive (Mondadori, 2011), has appeared in translation in more than ten countries, including the United States and Israel. He is the author of a memoir, Morte dei Marmi (Laterza, 2012), and of a study of professional cycling and its fans, Tutti Primi sul Traguardo del Mio Cuore...

Nicola Grossi

After graduating in modern literature at the University of Urbino, he specialized in cultural anthropology at Bologna, where he became part of the national Nati per Leggere project as volunteer reader at the Salaborsa Ragazzi library. Together with a group of musicians he started the c’eraunanota cultural association that promotes literature and music in childhood through theatrical productions. In 2013, minibombo published his first book, Bear, hole!, winner of the Orbil and Nati per Leggere...

Pietro Grossi

Pietro Grossi (Florence, 1978) has published the short story collection Pugni (Fists; 2006, winner of several awards including Piero Chiara and Campiello Europa 2010) and novels L’acchito (Spot; 2007) and Martini (2010), with Sellerio Editore. Incanto (Enchantment; Mondadori, 2011) won the Premio Nazionale Letterario Pisa per la Narrativa 2012. In 2015, once more with Mondadori, he published the collection L’uomo nell’armadio e altri due racconti che non capisco (The man in the wardrobe and two other stories...



Igort is one of the most famous Italian comic artists. His books are translated in 27 countries.

Mario Infelise

Mario Infelise is a professor at the Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice. He has published several studies on the production and distribution of the book in modern Europe, including I libri proibiti (Forbidden Books, Laterza, 2013).


Nicola Lagioia

Nicola Lagioia, nato a Bari nel 1973, lavora come editor per la casa editrice minimum fax. Ha pubblicato alcuni romanzi di successo in Italia, tutti per Einaudi: Occidente per principianti (2004) e Riportando tutto a casa (2009) che ha vinto, tra gli altri, il Premio Volponi e il Premio Viareggio.

Alessandro Leogrande

Born in Taranto in 1977, Alessandro Leogrande is a writer and journalist. He is deputy editor of the monthly journal Lo straniero and a contributor to many other publications. His narrative journalism includes reports on the new mafia, on political protest movements and on the exploitation of foreign agricultural workers.

Mario Liverani

Mario Liverani (born 1939 in Rome) he is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Near East History at the La Sapienza University in Rome, a member of the Accademia dei Lincei, and an honorary member of the American Oriental Society. His numerous publications include Antico Oriente: Storia, Società, Economia (Laterza, reissued in a new edition in 2011), which has been selected for course adoption in a number of universities, and Oltre la Bibbia: Storia Antica di Israele (Laterza,...

Giacomo Longhi

Giacomo Longhi was born in Milan in 1989 and graduated from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice with a thesis on Iranian publishing. He continued his studies in Aleppo and Mashhad, and is currently working as a talent scout for literary authors in Persian. He translated Non ti preoccupare/Don’t Worry by Mahsa Mohebali (Ponte33, 2015) and Mohammad Tolouei’s short stories Made in Denmark and Estate ’84/Summer ’84, published by Internazionale. He lives in Italy and...

Davide Longo

Born in Carmagnola (TO) in 1971, Davide Longo teaches creative writing at the Scuola Holden in Turin. Among his other books are Il mangiatore di pietre (Marcos y Marcos, 2004), L’uomo verticale (Fandango, 2010), and La ballata di un amore italiano (Feltrinelli, 2012).

Franco Lucentini

Franco Lucentini was born in Rome in 1920, and died in Turin in 2002. He translated into Italian from Russian, Hungarian, Germany, French, Spanish, English, and Chinese. In 1964, his stories were collected in the volume Notizie degli scavi (Feltrinelli), which also included I compagni sconosciuti. With Carlo Fruttero he formed a long literary, journalistic, and editorial partnership: they prepared anthologies of science fiction, crime, horror, and war stories; edited, for more than twenty years,...

Giuseppe Lupo

Giuseppe Lupo was born in Atella, Basilicata, in 1963. He is professor of Contemporary Italian Literature at the Università Cattolica di Milano. Amongst his novels (published by Marsilio) are L’ultima sposa di Palmira (2011) which was shortlisted for the Premio Campiello, and Viaggiatori di nuvole (2013). His most recent novel is L’albero di stanze (2015).


Valerio Magrelli

Born in Rome in 1957, Valerio Magrelli teaches French literature at the University of Cassino (Frosinone). A poet and prose writer, his books include Nel Condominio di Carne (Einaudi, 2013), Disturbi del Sistema Binario (Einaudi, 2006), and La Vicevita (Laterza, 2009).

Livia Manera Sambuy

Livia Manera Sambuy è una giornalista letteraria che scrive sul Corriere della sera. Ha realizzato due documentari su Philip Roth: Philip Roth. Una storia americana (2011) e Philip Roth Unmasked (2013). Non scrivere di me è il suo primo libro, ma due dei ritratti che lo compongono sono stati in parte anticipati in rivista: quello di Mavis Gallant su The Paris Review (14 March 2014), e quello di Philip Roth su The Believer (January/Fabruary 2015).

Giorgio Manganelli

Giorgio Manganelli(1922-1990) debuted as a novelist in 1964 with Hilarotragoedia, a highly original “nonfiction novel” conceived as a burlesque on a Baroque treatise. He subsequently published numerous books dedicated to delightful and complex experiments in writing as well as literary essays and translations from English. Aligned with other neo-avant-garde intellectuals who, in Italy, came together as the ’63 Group (Umberto Eco, Edoardo Sanguineti, and Alberto Arbasino, among others), Manganelli positioned himself from the beginning in...

Michele Mari

Michele Mari was born in Milan in 1955. He teaches Italian literature at the University of Milan. Author of essays, poetry, short stories and novels, his works include: short story collection Tu, sanguinosa infanzia (Mondadori 1997; Einaudi 2009), and novels Verderame (Einaudi 2007), Rosso Floyd (Einaudi 2010), Io venìa pien d’angoscia a rimirarti (Longanesi 1990; Cavallo di ferro 2012). He has translated Stevenson’s Treasure Island into Italian for Rizzoli.

Enzo Mari

Enzo Mari was born in 1932 in Cerano, a few kilometers from Milan. In 1935, Mari’s family moved to Milan and, in 1952, Mari visited Tuscany, almost entirely on foot, to observe for himself the art of the masters. Upon his return to Milan, he became involved with the ideals of the Left and in social protest movements, and supported himself with drawings, set designs, and decorative objects. In 1958, he began his historical partnership...

Rosa Matteucci

Born in Orvieto in 1960, Rosa Matteucci obtained success and recognition with Lourdes, her debut novel, published by Adelphi in 1998. Subsequent publications with Adelphi were Libera la Karenina che è in te (2003) and Cuore di mamma (2007). Tutto mio padre, a finalist for the Premio Strega, was published by Bompiani in 2007. Matteucci has acted in the films Mi piace lavorare by Francesca Comencini (2004) and La tigre e la neve by Roberto...

Viviana Mazza

Viviana Mazza is a journalist with Il Corriere della Sera, where she writes for the foreign affairs bureau. In 2010 she was awarded the Premio Marco Luchetta, a journalistic prize dedicated to child victims of war. In 2013 she published Storia di Malala (The Story of Malala), which earned her the Premio Letterario Internazionale “Nino Martoglio”.

Guido Mazzoni

(Florence, 1967). He studied at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa and teaches Theory of Literature at the University of Siena. He has been Professeur invité at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris (2010) and Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago (2011). His works include Forma e solitudine (Milan, Marcos y Marcos, 2002), Sulla poesia moderna (Bologna, Il Mulino, 2005), Teoria del Romanzo (Bologna, Il Mulino, 2011). He is among the founders of the...

Melania G. Mazzucco

Melania G. Mazzucco (Roma, 1966) made her debut with the novel Il bacio della Medusa (1996), followed by La camera di Baltus (1998), both published by Baldini & Castoldi. Lei cosí amata (2000) about the writer Annemarie Schwarzenbach, whose collected short stories La gabbia dei falconi (2007) she translated and edited, marked her move to Rizzoli. In Vita (2003, Premio Strega) she reinvented the story of her family’s emigration to America at the beginning of the 20th century. The novel was widely acclaimed at home...

Marco Missiroli

Marco Missiroli was born in Rimini in 1981. His first novel, Senza Coda (Fanucci, 2005), won the Campiello Prize for first novelists. He subsequently published three additional novels, including Il Senso dell’Elefante (Guanda, 2012). Atti Osceni in Luogo Privato is his first book for Feltrinelli.

Giuseppe Montesano

Born in Naples in 1959, Montesano is the author of the novels Nel corpo di Napoli (Mondadori 1999, finalist for the Premio Strega), A capofitto (Mondadori 2000), Di questa vita menzognera (Feltrinelli 2003, Premio Selezione Campiello and Premio Viareggio-Rèpaci) and Magic People (Feltrinelli 2005). He has translated many French writers and also wrote Il ribelle in guanti rosa – Charles Baudelaire (Mondadori 2007, Premio Vittorini). He is a regular contributor to the newspaper ‘Il Mattino’.

Simona Mulazzani

Simona Mulazzani, a popularly- and critically-acclaimed illustrator, has drawn dozens of picture books, working with the most important Italian publishers but also with American, Japanese, Spanish, and French publishers – but she has also distinguished herself with the quality and originality of her work for advertising and animated films. Among her many awards are the special mention at the Annecy festival of animation for La pista (1991), realized in collaboration with Luigi Toccafondo; the silver...

Michela Murgia

Michela Murgia was born in Cabras, Sardinia in 1972. With Einaudi, she has published Viaggio in Sardegna. Undici percorsi nell’isola che non si vede (2008), the novel Accabadora (2009), which won the Premio Campiello 2010, Ave Mary (2011), Presente (with Andrea Bajani, Paolo Nori e Giorgio Vasta; 2012) and L’incontro (2012).


Salvatore Silvano Nigro

Salvatore Silvano Nigro is Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Milan IULM. He has taught at the Sorbonne, the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, at New York University, Yale University and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. He has edited works by Italian authors including Manzoni, Manganelli, Sciascia and Soldati and his books have been translated into several languages. The latest, on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s The Leopard, is entitled Il Principe Fulvo...

Paolo Nori

Paolo Nori (Parma, May 20, 1963) is a writer and a translator. He also collaborates with some newspapers such as Libero, Il Foglio e Il Fatto Quotidiano. 


Davide Orecchio

Born in Rome in 1969, Davide Orecchio, a historian by training, was for many years director of the website His collection of short stories Città distrutte was published by Gaffi in 2012. The book won the Mondello, Supermondello and Volponi prizes and was a finalist for the Premio Napoli.


Laura Pariani

Laura Pariani (1951- ) is a writer, painter, and dramatist. She has written stories, novels, and plays. Among her books: Di corno o d’oro (The Two Doors, Sellerio, 1993), La foto di Orta (The Photo of Orta, Rizzoli, 2001), Milano è una selva oscura (Milan is a Dark Forest, Einaudi, 2010), and La valle delle donne lupo (The Valley of the Wolf Women, Einaudi, 2011).

Goffredo Parise

Goffredo Parise (Vicenza, 1929 – Treviso, 1986) debuted as a novelist in 1951 with Il ragazzo morto e le comete, but critical and commercial success arrived only with his second novel, La grande vacanza, in 1953 (which received a glowing review by Eugenio Montale in Il Corriere della Sera) and especially after the publication of Il prete bello, which quickly became a bestseller, in 1954. His friendship with Montale dates back to this period. A...

Marco Peano

Marco Peano was born in Turin in 1979 and today serves as fiction editor for Einaudi. L’Invenzione della Madre is his first book.

Francesco Pecoraro

Francesco Pecoraro was born in 1945 in Rome, where he continues to live. His previous publications include a volume of stories, Dove credi di andare (Mondadori, 2007), which won the Premio Napoli and Premio Berto; a collection of poetry, Primordio vertebrale (Ponte Sisto, 2012); and Questa e altre preistorie (Le Lettere, 2008), which gathered pieces from his blog Tashtego (htt://, whose name was inspired by the infallible harpooneer of Melville’s Moby Dick.

Carmen Pellegrino

Born in Naples in 1977, she is an historian and an author. She visits and describes deserted places. She speaks about ruins on the TV programme UnoMattina. Cade la Terra is her first novel.

Bianca Pitzorno

Bianca Pitzorno, born in Sassari in 1942. She has worked as an archaeologist, film and television screenwriter, lyricist and teacher. A brief experience as an editor at the publishing house Sonzogno Bompiani. From 1970 to 2011 she has published some fifty essays and novels for children and adults, which have been translated in many countries of Europe, America and Asia.

Emiliano Poddi

Born in Brindisi in 1975, Emiliano Poddi is the author of novels Alboran e Tre volte invano, both published with Instar libri.

Mario Pomilio

Mario Pomilio (Orsogna, 1921 – Napoli 1990) is the author of La compromissione (Premio Campiello 1965) e Il Natale del 1833 (Premio Strega 1983). Il quinto evangelio is the culmination of his philosophy on writing and on style: the book won, among other prizes, the Premio Napoli (1975), the Prix Raymond Queneau pour le Meilleur livre étranger (1977), and the Premio Pax di Varsavia (1979).

Laura Pugno

Laura Pugno, novelist and poet, is Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Madrid. Her poetry collections include Il colore oro (2007), La mente paesaggio (2010) and Bianco (2016). She has also written a collection of short stories (Sleepwalking, 2010) and the novels Sirene (2007), Quando verrai (2010), Antartide (2011) and La caccia (2013).

Fabio Pusterla

Fabio Pusterla was born in Mendrisio in 1957 and today lives in Albogasio, on the Italian-Swiss border. His first poetry collection was Concessione all’Iinverno (1985); and several others followed, including Le Cose senza Storia (1994), Pietra Sangue (1999), Folla Sommersa (2004), and the anthology, Le Terre Emerse: Poesie Scelte 1985-2008 (2009). He has published essays and translations from both Portuguese and French, including many of the works of Philippe Jaccottet.


Maurizio A.C. Quarello

Maurizio A.C. Quarello was born in 1974 in Turin, where he studied graphic design, architecture, and illustration. He has illustrated more than twenty books published in Italy (for orecchio acerbo, Fatatrac, and Logos), but also in Spain (Oqu Editora), France (Sarbacane, Rouergue, Milan), and Switzerland (Bohem Press). He has been awarded numerous prizes and awards in Italy and abroad.


Giovanni Raboni

Giovanni Raboni was born in Milan in 1932. He spent many years in publishing, and translated (among other works) the entirety of Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu as well as Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal. He also wrote for newspapers and periodicals, and was the theater critic for Il Corriere della Sera. He died in Fontanellato, outside Parma, in 2004.

Orietta Rossi Pinelli

Orietta Rossi Pinelli, professor of the history of art criticism at La Sapienza in Rome, specializes in the history of visual culture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. With Einaudi she has previously published Le arti nel Settecento europeo (The Arts in Eighteenth Century Europe, 2009), and she has contributed to Storia dell’arte italiana (The History of Italian Art, 1980) and Memoria dell’antico nell’arte italiana (The Memory of the Antique in Italian Art, 1986).

Carlo Rovelli

Born in Verona in 1956, Carlo Rovelli is a physicist. He currently teaches at the Aix-Marseilles Université in France, where he leads a research group on quantum gravity. He has published several books, including most recently La realtà non è come ci appare. La struttura elementare delle cose (Reality is Not What it Seems: The Elementary Structure of Things, Raffaello Cortina, 2014).

Paolo Rumiz

Paolo Rumiz (1947) is an Italian journalist and writer. Specialist reporter for Piccolo of Trieste and columnist for La Repubblica, covering the events of the Balkans during the 90s. Correspondent in Afghanistan during the Bush war.  


Piero Salabè

Piero Salabè, a German-Italian originally from Rome, has translated several volumes of poetry and teaches at the Ludwigs-Maximilians Universität in Munich. He writes regularly from Germany for Lo Straniero and has worked in the German publishing world for twenty years. He is also currently editor for international literature with Carl Hanser Verlag in Munich.

Alessandra Sarchi

Alessandra Sarchi was born in Reggio Emilia in 1971. She studied art history and criticism at the Scuola Normale in Pisa, and has lived and worked in France and in the United States. Today, she lives in Bologna, where she has served as a consultant to the Museo Civico Medievale and the Federico Zeri Foundation. She translates novels from English for the publishers, Einaudi, Jaca Book, and Skirà. Her other books include a collection of...

Eduardo Savarese

Eduardo Savarese (born Naples, 1979) is a magistrate and a scholar of international law, who lives in Naples. He has published, among other things, the novels Non passare per il sangue (e/o, 2012) and Le inutili vergogne (e/o, 2014).

Aldo Schiavone

Born in Naples in 1944, Aldo Schiavone is one of the best-known historians in Italy and worldwide. He has taught in several Italian, French and American universities. He is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. His published works include La storia spezzata. Roma antica e Occidente moderno (Laterza, 1996) [translated as The End of the Past, Ancient Rome and the Modern West, trans. Margery J.Schneider, Harvard University Press, 2002]; Ius....

Antonio Scurati

Antonio Scurati (Napoli, 1969) is an Italian writer.

Fabrizio Silei

Born in Florence in 1967, Fabrizio Silei has worked for many years as a sociologist at a number of research institutes where his work has been focused primarily on questions of memory and identity. Over time, he has collected eyewitness accounts from many people who lived through the Second World War and imprisonment in Nazi concentration camps, as well as other oral histories and documentation of local farming communities and legends from Tuscan oral traditions....

Giampaolo Simi

Giampaolo Simi published Il Corpo dell’Inglese in 2004 and Rosa Elettrica in 2007. His books have won several prizes and have been translated into French (published in Gallimard’s ‘Série Noir’ and by Sonatine) as well as into German (Bertelsmann). He has collaborated as scriptwriter and dramatist on the television series R.I.S and R.I.S Roma.

Mario Soldati

Mario Soldati, educated in a Jesuit college, (Turin, 1906 – Tellaro, 1999) studied literatures at the Università di Torino where he formed part of the circle surrounding Piero Gobetti and cemented friendships with Mario Bonfantini, Carlo Levi (who designed the first cover for America primo amore) and Giacomo Noventa. He made his debut in 1929 with the collection of stories Salmace, which immediately received a glowing review in Corriere della Sera, written by Giuseppe Antonio...

Fabio Stassi

Fabio Stassi (Roma, 1962) has published several novels, including L’ultimo ballo di Charlot, translated into 19 languages (2012; Premio Selezione Campiello 2013) and Come un respiro interrotto (‘Like a breath, interrupted’; 2014), both published with Sellerio. He was also co-editor of the Italian edition of Curarsi con i libri. Rimedi letterari per ogni malanno (originally The novel cure; 2013), which provided the inspiration for La lettrice scomparsa (‘The missing reader’).

Marco Steiner

Marco Steiner was born in Rome in 1956. At the end of the eighties, a travel and adventure-loving medical doctor, he met Hugo Pratt with whom he began to prepare the last of the Corto Maltese stories. After the death of the famous cartoonist, he completed the unfinished novel Corte Sconta detta Arcana. In 2006 he published his first novel, L’ultima pista, where the character of Corto Maltese already makes an appearance.


Nadia Terranova

Nadia Terranova was born in Messina in 1978. Gli anni al contrario is her first novel as a writer for adults. She has published a number of books for children, including Bruno, il bambino che imparò a volare (Orecchio acerbo, 2015) which was inspired by the life of Bruno Schulz and won the Premio Napoli. Gli anni al contrario won the Premio Bagutta for a first work in 2016.

Enrico Testa

He was born in Genoa in 1956 and today teaches the History of the Italian Language at its university. His debut collection, Le Faticose Attese (San Marco dei Giustiniani) appeared in 1988, and he subsequently published another three collections of poetry for Einaudi: In Controtempo (1994), La Sostituzione (2001), and Pasqua di Neve (2008).

Mauro Pistacchio

Mauro Pistacchio was born in Cerignola in 1979. Together with Laura Toffanello, he has been finalists for the Premio Solinas “Storie per il cinema” with a screenplay titled Il volto del diavolo (The Devil’s Face).

Laura Toffanello

Laura Toffanello in Turin in 1970. Together with Mauro Pistacchio, she has been finalists for the Premio Solinas “Storie per il cinema” with a screenplay titled Il volto del diavolo (The Devil’s Face). L’estate del cane bambino is their first novel.

Maurizio Torchio

Maurizio Torchio (Turin, 1970) works in the archive department at the Centro storico Fiat (Fiat history centre). He has written several books including Piccoli animali (Einaudi 2009).

Filippo Tuena

Filippo Tuena was born in Rome in 1953 to a family of antique dealers. Many of his books have explored aspects of the life and work of Michelangelo, including Michelangelo: La grande ombra (Fazi, 2001). His other publications include Ultimo parallelo, winner of the 2007 Viareggio Prize (Rizzoli, 2007 and Il Saggiatore, 2013), and Stranieri alla terra (Nutrimenti, 2012). He is the editor of Nutrimenti’s Tusitala series.


Salvatore Vacanti

Salvatore Vacanti, art historian with a PhD from the Università degli Studi della Tuscia. His research chiefly involves 20th century art history, with special reference to art methods and conservation.

Stefano Valenti

Stefano Valenti (1964) is a translator and editorial consultant. His literary debut was in 2013 with La fabbrica del panico (Feltrinelli), an autobiographical novel which has received numerous prizes (Premio Campiello Opera Prima, Premio Volponi Opera Prima, Premio Bergamo).

Elena Varvello

Elena Varvello was born in Turin in 1971. She has published the poetry collections Perseveranza è salutare (‘Perseverance is healthy’; Portofranco, 2002) e Atlanti (‘Atlases’; Canopo, 2004). She won the Premio Settembrini with the short story collection L’economia delle cose (‘The economy of things’; Fandango, 2007), was nominated for the Premio Strega, and won the 2008 Premio Bagutta Opera Prima. Her first novel was published in 2011, La luce perfetta del giorno (‘The perfect light...

Giorgio Vasta

Giorgio Vasta (Palermo, 1970) has published the novels Il tempo materiale (‘Time on my hands’; minimum fax, 2008, Premio Città di Viagrande 2010, Prix Ulysse du Premier Roman 2011, published in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Spain, Hungary, Czech Republic, US and UK), and Spaesamento (‘Bewilderment’; Laterza, 2010).

Sandro Veronesi

Sandro Veronesi, born in Florence in 1959, is one of Italy’s most popular authors. Among his novels are The Force of the Past (Fourth Estate. Reissue 2009) (La forza del passato) (Bompiani, 2000) and Quiet Chaos (Ecco 2011) (Caos calmo) (Bompiani, 2005), which won him the Premio Strega.

Simona Vinci

Simona Vinci was born in Milan in 1970 and lives in the province of Bologna. Her debut novel, Dei bambini non si sa niente (Einaudi, 1997) was a literary sensation. She has published many novels with Einaudi: among them Come prima delle madri (2003) and Strada provinciale tre (2007).  

Massimiliano Virgilio

Born in Naples in 1979, his books include Più male che altro (Rizzoli, 2008), Porno ogni giorno (Laterza, 2009) and he has edited Scrittori Fantasma (Elliot, 2013). He writes for cinema and the theatre and is editor and one of the voices on the programme Zazà on Rai Radio 3.

Serena Vitale

Serena Vitale is an Italian writer and translator. She has won the Premio Bagutta in 2001 with La casa di ghiaccio. Venti piccole storie russe and the literary prize Piero Chiara.


Paolo Zanotti

Paolo Zanotti (1971-2012) was a writer and essayist. His books include Il Modo Romanzesco (Laterza, 1998), Il Giardino Segreto e l’Isola Misteriosa (Le Monnier, 2001), Il Gay: Dove Si Racconta Come è Stata Inventata l’Identità Omosessuale (Fazi, 2005), and Dopo il Primato: La Letteratura Francese dal 1968 a Oggi (Laterza, 2012). In 2010, Ponte alle Grazie published his first novel, Bambini Bonsai.

Paolo Zardi

Paolo Zardi, born in Padua in 1970, two children. Among his works,  Antropometria (Neo Edizioni, 2010), Il giorno che diventammo umani (Neo Edizioni, 2013), La felicità esiste (Alet, 2012) e il  Il Signor Bovary (Intermezzi, 2014).

Silvia Ziche

Silvia Ziche (1967) is a cartoonist whose work appeals to a wide public. For years besides Topolino, for which she creates the opening page and story number, she has contributed to women’s weekly Donna Moderna, where her comic strip Lucrezia appears. Besides the two weekly publications she also finds the time to write numerous graphic novels. Most recent: 100% Lucrezia: Dieci anni e non sentirli (2014) and Lucrezia e Alice a quel paese (2013).

  • 29 May 2017

    LV Campiello Prize: the shortlist

    Here’s the shortlist of the LV edition of Campiello Prize: Stefano Massini, Qualcosa sui Lehman (Mondadori) Mauro Covacich, La città interiore (La nave...
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