24 October – Embassy of Italy – Washington , DC – 7:00 pm
26 October – Instituto Italiano di Cultura – New York City – 6:00 pm
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16 November 2016 – Embassy of US in Rome , Italy
Literary Prize The Bridge – SECOND EDITION 2016
Fiction and Nonfiction books
” The Bridge ” book award in its Second Edition this year, has been created and promoted by Casa delle Letterature of the Rome Municipality, the Embassy of the United States in Rome, and the American Initiative for Italian Culture (AIFIC). The Award is endorsed by the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC, and the American Academy in Rome.The project is organized in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington and the Italian Cultural Institute in New York.
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 cultural trends in the two countries.
The Award is 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, 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.
The Executive Committee, for the Italian section and the American section, consists of representatives of the Institutions and Organizations that sponsor the Award.
The Executive Committee selects 5 books of fiction and 5 books of nonfiction for each section, as entries in the competition. The book selection is done in consultation with Italian and American publishers, experts, and literary critics.
The books in competition are published in the two countries in the year preceding the Award or during the first three months of the year of the Award.
The judges in the two countries are selected among professors of Italian, or American, language, literature, and history, scholars and specialists of Italian, or American, culture and society, literary critics, journalists, writers, translators, and cultural curators.
The winners in the two categories, Fiction and Nonfiction, are elected through two ballots occurring in September.
The Award Executive Committee announces the winners in early October together with the dates of the Award ceremonies that take place in Rome for the American winners and in Washington DC for the Italian winners .
Candidates Second Edition 2016
NADIA TERRANOVA, Gli anni al contrario – Einaudi stile libero (Jan 2015)
CATERINA BONVICINI, Tutte le donne di – Garzanti – (January 2016)
MARCO MISSIROLI, Atti osceni in luogo privato – Feltrinelli – (Feb. 2015)
ROSSELLA MILONE, Il silenzio del lottatore – Minimum Fax (Sept. 2015)
ERALDO AFFINATI, L’uomo del futuro. Sulle strade di don Lorenzo Milani – Mondadori (January 2016)
ITALIAN NON FICTION
FRANCESCO BENIGNO, La mala setta. Alle origini di mafia e camorra. 1859-1878, – Einaudi (September 2015)
MARCO BELPOLITI, Primo Levi di fronte e di profilo – Guanda (August 2015)
ROBERTO MANCINI, Il martire necessario – Pacini Editore (October 2015)
GUIDO TONELLI, La nascita imperfetta delle cose. La grande corsa alla particella di Dio e la nuova fisica che cambierà il mondo – Rizzoli (February 2016)
BRUNO PISCHEDDA – L’idioma Molesto – Cecchi e la letteratura novecentesca a sfondo razziale – Nino Aragno Editore (2015)
STEPHEN HARRIGAN, A friend of Mr. Lincoln – Knopf Publishing Group – Feb 2016
T. GERONIMO JOHNSON, Welcome to Braggsville – William Morrow (Harper Collins) – Feb 2015
ANGELA FLOURNOY, The turner house – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – April 2015
ELI GOTTLIEB, Best Boy – Liveright Publishing – W.W. Norton & Co. Inc. (August 2015)
DAVID TREUER, Prudence – Riverhead – Feb 2015
AMERICAN NON FICTION
MARGO JEFFERSON, Negroland – Pantheon Books (September 2015)
SHERRY ROUSH, Speaking Spirits: Ventriloquizing the Dead in Renaissance Italy – Toronto University Press, 2015
JACQUELINE REICH, The Maciste Film of Italian Silent Cinema – University of Indiana Press – October 2015
SEAN ANDERSON, Modern Architecture and its representation in Colonial Eritrea. – An In-visible Colony, 1890-1941 – Routledge – April 2015
DAVID LEHMAN, Sinatra’s Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World – Harper – October 2015
Speech oh the Ambassador of Italy in the US Armando Varricchio ( Video IT version )
Winner Translated Books – Reviews