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15 October, 2015 — 12:00 pm

Embassy of the United States – Rome, Italy  

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19 October, 2015 — 6:30 pm

Embassy of Italy – Washington, DC

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Literature

Literary Prize The Bridge – First edition 2015

Fiction and Non-Fiction books

the book award the bridge aific 2015

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.

 The sponsors, organizers and administrators of the inaugural edition of the Award are: Casa delle Letterature of the Rome Municipality,  the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) , the American Embassy in Rome, the American Initiative for Italian Culture (AIFIC), and Federazione Unitaria Scrittori Italiani (FUIS).

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

DOMENICO STARNONE, Lacci, Einaudi 2014 — Read Bio 

Italian Non-Fiction

QUINTO ANTONELLI, Storia intima della Grande Guerra. Lettere, diari e memorie dei soldati dal fronte, 
Donzelli 2014 — Read Bio

American Fiction

LAIRD HUNTNeverhome, Little, Brown a Company, 2014 —Read Bio

American Non-Fiction

ROBERT POGUE HARRISONJuvenescence. A Cultural history of our age, Chicago UP — Read Bio

 

The Candidates

Italian Fiction

1)  DOMENICO STARNONE, Lacci, Einaudi 2014

2)  DONATELLA DI PIETRANTONIOBella Mia, Elliot, 2014

3)  ROMANA PETRI, Giorni Di Spasimato Amore, Longanesi , 2014

4)  GIOVANNI MONTANARO, Tommaso sa le stelle, Feltrinelli 2014

5)  ENRICO REGAZZONI, Una parete sottile, Neri Pozza 2014

 

Italian Non-Fiction

1) ROBERTO BIZZOCCHI, Una storia lunga mille anni cognomi Italiani, Laterza 2014

2) GIUSEPPE CARIDICarlo III, Salerno Editrice 2014

3) MARCO SANTAGATA, Petrarca e il romanzo di Laura, l’amoroso pensiero, Mondadori 2014

4) MARIO ISNENGHI, Ritorni di fiamma, Storie Italiane, Feltrinelli 2014

5) QUINTO ANTONELLI, Storia intima della Grande Guerra. Lettere, diari e memorie dei soldati dal fronte, 
Donzelli 2014

 

American Fiction

1)  TIPHANIE YANIQUELand of love and drowning, Riverhead, 2014

2)  RICHARD BAUSCHBEFORE, DURING, AFTER, Knopf, 2014

3)  CLAUDIA RANKINECitizen, an American Lyric, Graywolf, 2014

4)  LAILA LALAMIThe moor’s account, Pantheon, 2014

5)  LAIRD HUNTNeverhome, Little, Brown a Company, 2014

 

American Non-Fiction

1)  MARY BEARD, Laughter in Ancient Rome, University of California Press, 2014

2)  JAMES R. BANKERPiero della FrancescaArtist and Man, Oxford University Press, 2014

3)  JOSEPH LUZZIA Cinema of PoetryAesthetics of the Italian Art Film, John Hopkins University Press, 2014

4)  ROBERT POGUE HARRISONJuvenescence. A Cultural history of our age, Chicago UP

5)  LUCY MAULSBY Fascism, Architecture, and the Claiming of Modern Milan, 1923-43 Toronto University Press, 2014

 

 The Jury

Meet the Jury