The Book Award “The Bridge,” is created and promoted by Casa delle Letterature of the Rome Municipality, the American Initiative for Italian Culture (AIFIC), and the Embassy of the United States in Rome. This year 2017 the Award is sustained also by CEPELL (Centro per il Libro e La Lettura) and FUIS (Federazione Unitaria Italiana Scrittori). The prize is endorsed by the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC, the American Academy in Rome, the Italian Cultural Insitute in Washington and NY and other Institutions in both countries.
The Executive Committee of the book award The Bridge is composed by one representative of each Institution and Organization that sponsor the Award.
The Award is meant to be a “bridge” that connects two cultures, the Italian and the American cultures, in order to promote knowledge of the most recent literary trends in the two countries. The Award has conferred annually to one work of Fiction and one work of Nonfiction, which have been recently published in Italy and the United States.
The Award consists of a sum to cover the translation cost into the opposite language, plus a monetary prize for the winner, and a sum to cover travel costs in the opposite country. Furthermore, every effort will be made to find a publisher for the publication of the book in the country of non-origin.
“The Bridge” has a mirror structure with two sections, one Italian and one American, similar and opposite to each other. The Italian books in competition (5 books of fiction and 5 books of nonfiction published in Italy) are judged by an American jury, while the American books in competition (5 books of fiction and 5 books of nonfiction published in the USA) are judged by an Italian jury. This structure ensures a better understanding of each other’s cultures, which is one of the objectives of this literary project.
Andrea Bajani, Un bene al mondo, Einaudi 2016 , pp. 144
Andrea Inglese, Parigi è un desiderio, Ponte alle Grazie, Giugno 2016 pp. 316
Lorenzo Marone, Magari domani resto, Feltrinelli, Marzo 2016 – pp. 384
Laura Calosso, La stoffa delle donne, SEM , 2 Marzo 2017 – pp. 223
Silvia Avallone, Da dove la vita è perfetta , Rizzoli, Marzo 2017, 384 pp.
ITALIAN NON FICTION
Stefano Bartezzaghi , La ludoteca di Babele, Utet 2016, pp. 210
Isabella Guanzini, Tenerezza, Ponte alle Grazie, febbraio 2017 pp. 192
Ivano Dionigi, Il presente non basta, Mondadori, 2016 pp. 120
Antonella Tarpino, Paesaggio fragile, Einaudi, 2016 pp 200
Jean Talon, Incontri coi selvaggi, Quodlibet, 2016 pp 204
Maria Semple – Today Will be Different – Little, Brown & Company – 29 settembre 2016, 272 p
Anuk Arudpragasam – The Story of a Brief Marriage Flatiron Books – September 6, 2016, 208 p
Fanny Howe – The Needle’s Eye – Graywolf Press November 1, 2016 – 160 p
Jennifer Haigh – Heat & Light by Jennifer Haigh Ecco, May 2016 (HarperCollins) – 192 pages
Peter Ho Davies – The Fortunes – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – September 2016 – 288 p
AMERICAN NON FICTION
Webb, Heather – Dante’s Persons: An Ethics of the Transhuman – Oxford University Press 12 July 2016 – 220p
Craig A. Monson – Habitual Offenders. A True Tale of Nuns, Prostitutes, and Murderers in Seventeenth-Century Italy – University of Chicago Press
May 3, 2016 – 344 p
Susanna Berger – The Art of Philosophy – Princeton University Press – February 28, 2017 – 352 p Selena Daly – Italian Futurism and the First World War – Univ of Toronto Press – 14 dicembre 2016 – 265 p
Anna Harwell Celenza – Jazz Italian Style: From its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra – Cambridge University Press – March 6, 2017 – 264 p
Selena Daly – Italian Futurism and the First World War – Univ of Toronto Press – August 2016 – 265 p