Take, for example, Barolo, Langhe. Brainstorm for about 3 seconds. The result must include, for sure, vineyards & wine, music & Collisioni Festival. Fewer know that the latter, is, actually, a LITERARY and music festival. Furthermore, the participants will keep exclusive company this year with the likes of Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Ford, and Michel Houellebecq.
Svetlana Alexievich: Investigative journalist and Nobel Prize winner in 2015, from Byelorussia. Not a fiction writer, though an important voice for Eastern Europe and not only. Best known for War’s Unwomanly Face (1985), The Last Witnesses: the Book of Unchildlike Stories (1985), Boys in Zinc (1991), Enchanted with Death (1993), Chernobyl Prayer (1997), Second-hand Time (2013).
WHEN&WHERE: July 16th, Piazza Blu, 6.30 p.m.
Richard Ford: American novelist and short story writer, mostly famous for his Bascombe interconnected works: The Sportswriter (1986), Independence Day (1995) – winner of both Pulitzer and PEN/Faulkner awards that year, The Lay of the Land (2006), and Let Me Be Frank With You (2014) – Pulitzer finalist.
WHEN&WHERE: July 17th, Piazza Blu, 5 p.m.
Michel Houellebecq: Quite controversial French novelist and poet, known for his existentialist & nihilistic works, such as Atomised (1998), Platform (2001), The Possibility of an Island (2005), The Map and the Territory (2010) – winner of Prix Goncourt, and Submission (2015).
WHEN&WHERE: July 16th, Piazza Blu, 3.30 p.m.
If the select list will not suffice to convince you, let me add the names of Italian writer Erri De Luca and Canadian film director Atom Egoyan.