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Award Ceremonies

24 October, 2016 — 7:00 pm

Embassy of Italy – Washington , DC  

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16 November 2016 — 6:00 pm

Embassy of US in Rome , Italy 

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Literature

Literary Prize The Bridge – Second Edition 2016

Fiction and Nonfiction Books

the book award the bridge aific 2016

The Award is meant to be a “bridge” that connects the Italian and the American cultures, in order to promote knowledge of the most recent literary trends in the two countries. The Award is conferred annually on one work of Fiction and one work of Non-Fiction, which have been recently published in Italy and the United States.

In this edition the sponsors, organizers and administrators of the inaugural edition of the Award are: Casa delle Letterature of the Rome Municipality, the American Embassy in Rome, the American Initiative for Italian Culture (AIFIC)

The project is endorsed by the Embassy of Italy and Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, the American Academy in Rome, and the Italian Cultural Institute in New York.

The Executive Committee of The Bridge Book Award is composed of one representative of each Institution and Organization that sponsors the Award.

 

The Award

The Award consists of a sum to cover the translation costs into the opposite language, plus a monetary prize for the winner. Furthermore, every effort is made to find a publisher for the publication of the book in the country of non-origin.

 

The Structure

“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 Winners

Italian Fiction

NADIA TERRANOVA, Gli anni al contrario  – Einaudi stile libero (Jan 2015) — Read Bio

Italian Non-Fiction

MARCO BELPOLITI, Primo Levi di fronte e di profilo –  Guanda (August 2015) — Read Bio

American Fiction

ELI GOTTLIEB, Best Boy – Liveright Publishing – W.W. Norton & Co. Inc. (August 2015) — Read Bio

American Non-Fiction

MARGO JEFFERSON, Negroland – Pantheon Books (September 2015) — Read Bio

 

The Candidates

Italian Fiction 

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)

 

American Fiction 

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

 

The Jury

 
 

Video of the ceremony ( IT version )