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Award Ceremonies

October 26, 2017 — 5:00 pm

Embassy of The United States - Rome

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November 1, 2017 — 6:00 pm

CIMA - Center of Italian Modern Art - New York 

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October 30, 2017 — 6:00 pm

Embassy of Italy – Washington, DC

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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 Bridge" Book Award was created, promoted and sponsored 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 the Award is also sponsored by the Italian institutions Centro per il Libro e La Lettura (CEPELL - Institution of Ministero dei Beni Culturali e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo) and Federazione Unitaria Italiana Scrittori (FUIS).
The award is endorsed by the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC, and the American Academy in Rome, the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, Civitella Ranieri Foundation,  and other Institutions in both countries.


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

ANDREA INGLESE, Parigi è un desiderio - Ponte alle Grazie 2016 — Read Bio

Italian Non-fiction

ANTONELLA TARPINO, Paesaggio fragile – Einaudi 2016 — Read Bio

American Fiction

JENNIFER HAIGH, Heat & Light - HarperCollins 2016 — Read Bio

American Non-fiction

ANNA HARWELL CELENZA, Jazz Italian Style: From its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra - Cambridge University Press 2017 — Read Bio


The Candidates

Italian Fiction

Andrea Bajani -  Un bene al mondo - Einaudi - 2016 - pp. 144

Andrea Inglese - Parigi è un desiderio - Ponte alle Grazie - 2016 - pp. 316

Lorenzo Marone - Magari domani resto - Feltrinelli - Marzo 2016 - pp. 384

Laura Calosso - La stoffa delle donne - SEM - Marzo 2017 – pp. 223

Silvia Avallone - Da dove la vita è perfetta - Rizzoli - Marzo 2017 - pp. 384


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


American Fiction

Maria Semple – Today Will be Different – Little, Brown & Company -  2016 - pp. 272

Anuk Arudpragasam – The Story of a Brief Marriage - Flatiron Books - 2016 - pp. 208

Fanny Howe – The Needle’s Eye – Graywolf Press - 2016 – pp. 160

Jennifer Haigh – Heat & Light by Jennifer Haigh - Ecco, HarperCollins - 2016 – pp. 192

Peter Ho Davies – The Fortunes – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt -2016 – pp. 288


American Non-Fiction

Webb, Heather – Dante’s Persons: An Ethics of the Transhuman – Oxford University Press - 2016 – pp. 220

Craig A. Monson – Habitual Offenders. A True Tale of Nuns, Prostitutes, and Murderers in Seventeenth-Century Italy – University of Chicago Press - 2016 – pp. 344

Susanna Berger – The Art of Philosophy – Princeton University Press - February 2017 – pp. 352 

Anna Harwell Celenza – Jazz Italian Style: From its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra – Cambridge University Press -  March 2017 – pp. 264

Selena Daly – Italian Futurism and the First World War – Univ of Toronto Press - 2016 – pp. 265


 The Jury

Meet The Jury