A Tutto Volume – Books in Feast in Ragusa

From June 16 to 18, books fill the squares of Ragusa.
The literary festival “A Tutto Volume” is back with lots of guests. The closing in the Piazza Duomo entrusted to Gianrico Carofiglio.

Among the new features is the “The First Lesson of…” section to make topics considered difficult accessible to all.

RAGUSA – There is an air of celebration again. Unveiled the dates of the next edition, the fourteenth, of the literary festival “A Tutto Volume – Books in Ragusa Festival.” It will return on June 16, 17, and 18, 2023, welcoming many guests and celebrating books, authors, and readers in a combination of cultural vibrancy with the reappropriation of squares, alleys, and gardens between Upper Ragusa and Ragusa Ibla. A successful formula that has allowed the event to join the group of leading national events dedicated to books.

On stages shaped like giant books, novelists, journalists, historians, philosophers, scientists will take turns in direct contact with passionate readers, ordinary citizens, curious tourists, not forgetting children and young people with special sections and dedicated workshops. From fiction to physics, from art to politics, via cooking and astronomy, promoted by the Foundation of the Arches under the artistic direction of Alessandro Di Salvo, the “A Tutto Volume” festival also promises for this edition to give a truly varied and original program.

Starting with an absolute novelty, the section “The First Lesson of…” which will feature for the first time experts from different subjects explaining in a simple and engaging way topics that may sometimes appear “difficult” or particularly hostile, such as economics, mathematics, poetry, genetics to name a few examples. With this new section, the festival will allow topics of collective interest to be explored in an engaging way that is finally accessible to all.

Artistic director Alessandro Di Salvo, who will be joined by guest directors Antonio Pascale, Federico Taddia, Paolo Verri, and Massimo Polidoro, raises the spotlight on the festival’s goals: to get more books sold in bookstores, to create new readers, contradicting every statistic concerning Sicily and southern Italy: “A Tutto Volume is the festival of books but it is also the festival of authors, readers, and the entire territory. A space with a strong expressiveness in which books come to life among the Baroque palaces, authors stroll through the city streets, and readers confront each other in the squares on the issues of the moment. It is a totally engaging festival, which has survived unscathed even the two editions marked by the pandemic, and which already since last year has returned to record a very high turnout and an important sale of books.”

In addition to the dates, the first guest stars of the festival schedule were also unveiled. Among them are journalists Annalena Benini, Mario Calabresi and Massimo Franco, historian Andrea Graziosi, former magistrate Gherardo Colombo, sociologist Luca Ricolfi, literary critic Carlo Vecce, Italian writers Fausto Brizzi, Matteo B. Bianchi, Paola Mastrocola, Ester Viola, Francesca Giannone, Guido Conti, Marcello Fois. Among the foreigners was Spanish writer Javer Castillo, the world’s new thriller star with more than one million books sold.

Great biographies will be discussed, among others, with Gaia Tortora, author of the book “Head Up, and Forward,” in which she recounts the struggle to obtain justice for her father Enzo, the famous TV host who was the victim, exactly 40 years ago, of one of our country’s most glaring miscarriages of justice. Director and screenwriter Stefano Verenuso will celebrate Neapolitan actor Massimo Troisi, who would have turned 70 this year, through a book that offers an intimate portrait of the man behind the comedian’s mask while historian and essayist Giordano Bruno Guerri will focus attention on Gabriele D’Annunzio.

It will be the writer and former magistrate Gianrico Carofiglio, within a panel on the generational clash, along with his daughter Giorgia and Federico Taddia, who will close in Piazza Duomo in Ragusa Ibla, what will once again be a three-day event of great events, as pointed out by the mayor of Ragusa, Peppe Cassì: “A Tutto Volume has proven and proves, year after year, to be an event of the highest level. Thanks to the commitment of those who organize and promote it, of those who support it, of an entire community that participates and welcomes, authors and publishers almost compete to find themselves in front of a public “hungry” for books and culture like ours. In today’s reality of slogans and hype, A Tutto Volume restores to us the right to complexity, to confrontation, to discernment.” Also planned are initiatives linked to the Network of Southern Italian Literary Festivals with shared planning. The festival has been selected among Italy’s 30 most representative ones at the upcoming Turin Book Fair. While waiting for the detailed program you can already mark in your diary the new dates of the long-awaited Ragusa book festival.

press office: Michele Barbagallo, Isabella Borghese, Carmelo Saccone
info at stampa@atuttovolume.org

Attached are stock photos and photos of artistic director Alessandro Di Salvo

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