BookCity, the event dedicated to books and literature, returns to Milan. The seventh edition of BookCity Milan will be full of events and surprises: more than 200 spaces throughout the city and over two thousand special guests from Italy and beyond. The keyword is involvement with more than 1300 events from which to choose. The city of Milan has been chosen as a UNESCO Creative City for Literature and one of the first projects is linking it to another capital of literature, Dublin.
BookCity Milano has reconfirmed four special projects that have been present in past editions:
BookCity Young– Milan’s public libraries will involve the youngest readers with a calendar full of activities comprised of author meet and greets, workshops, read alouds, music and games. BookCity University– Seven universities, six academies, two inter-university networks, and an interuniversity campus offer a multi-faceted program that links past and present through multiple languages with a total of 160 different exhibitions, meetings, readings, shows, videos and films. BookCity for Schools– For five years now, BookCity has peacefully invaded the schools of Milan and the greater metropolitan city with projects and activities to promote reading and book exchanges, connecting the two worlds of schools and publishing. Bookcity for the Social Good– Connecting the community through various associations and volunteers with hospitals, centers, and even prisons.
This edition will pay particular attention to the neighborhoods that lie outside the city, along the 90-91 trolleybus route that has become the symbol of this multifaceted city. These contradictions of rich/poor will be center stage thanks to the collaboration with ATM (Milan’s transportation system) and the project “A Tour of Milan in 90 minutes” which will comprise voices, stories, and the most literary trolleybus ride in history. Today, the city’s culture is enriched by a mixture of interesting and innovative spaces such as the Urban Cultural Sea, the Angiraera of Chiaravalle, the Hug Milano, the Covo della Ladra bookshop, which are all partnering with #BCM18 with a series of high quality events. Some of these places will be animated by a series of classical music concerts in collaboration with the MITO Foundation. The entry into the BCM circuit of the newly renovated Holocaust Memorial is particularly significant.
Also as part of Bookcity Milan, on Sunday 18 November at 11:00 am, Steve and Bonnie McCurry are presenting “Steve McCurry, a life in pictures“, the illustrated biography of the photographer who, through his shots, told the stories of men and women of all cultures in the world. The biography was written exclusively for Mondadori Electa by his sister Bonnie.
It would be impossible to list the gamma of events that will comprise this year’s BookCity Milan, but if you do get the chance to come, it’s a guarantee that one of them will leave its mark and affect you in a significant way. Make sure to check the official website and follow social media using #BCM18.
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