The XXIV Salone Internazionale del Libro took place in Torino from 12-16 May 2011. This event is the most important literary event in Italy and attracting more international professionals from the publishing industry every year. At the same time, it took place the tenth edition of the IBF – International Book Forum, the fair’s business area dedicated to the sale of publishing and audiovisual rights. Pontas was present for the first time at the event and Anna Ascolies and our Italian intern Elisa Basolu had many meetings there with Italian and international publishers in a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Two Pontas authors were part of the program: Susan Abulhawa and Tatiana Salem Levy.
Palestine was the focus and special guest of this year´s Turin Book Fair and Susan Abulhawa could talk about her novel, Mornings in Jenin, recently published in Italian by Feltrinelli. (By the way, this week the Norwegian translation is number 1 in all bestselling lists!).
Brazilian author Tatiana Salem Levy took part of the “Lingua Madre” program (dedicated to the linguistic crossovers that are redrawing the map of world cultures) to talk about The Key of Smyrna, just published in Italy by Cavallo di Ferro.
And Jonas Jonasson ’s novel was also present at the fair: the Italian translation of The Centenarian Who Climbed Through the Window and Disappeared (published by Bompiani) is a real bestseller!