“More books, more freedom” (“Piú libri piú liberi”), the annual book fair set in Rome, took place for its tenth edition from 7-11 December 2011. This event is the occasion for small and medium sized independent publishers to meet their readers but it’s also an opportunity for international publishers and agents to know about the latest trends of Italian literature and to discover new literary voices.
On behalf of the Pontas team, Elisa Basolu attended this year, in our aim to look for new Italian literary voices to represent all over the world and also to find good Italian homes for the international authors already represented by Pontas. Elisa also had the chance to have several meetings with publishers and authors and to participate in many stimulating debates.
Every year in Italy around 50,000 new titles are published, 25% of which are published by a small or medium sized publishing house. “More books, more freedom” (“Piú libri piú liberi”) was launched with the idea to ensure that more books published by small independent imprints would reach the audiences and the media. Among many others, publishing houses such as Castelvecchi (launching Teresa Viejo’s novel this week), Voland (editors of Lluís-Anton Baulenas), Cavallo di Ferro (editors of Tatiana Salem Levy), Fandango, Sellerio and Fanucci were present and active in Rome these days.