Jonathan Safran FoerSalvatore ScibonaValeria LuiselliDaniel Saldaña ParísDavid NichollsBret Easton EllisEshkol NevoSamanta SchweblinIsabelle AllendeLeiji MatsumotoAmitav GhoshAndré AcimanDavid Grossman.

They are the first guests of Aspettando il Salone, a rich program of meetings thought as an ideal path towards the largest Italian publishing event, Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino, which will be held from the 14th to the 18th May 2020.

Aspettando il Salone is a project of Fondazione Circolo dei Lettori in collaboration with Associazione Torino, La Città del Libro. The event enables the meeting between authors and readers, stimulating curiosity and dialogue around books, spreading culture and new stories about the territory, thanks to the valuable participation of Scuola Holden– Contemporary Humanities, Colti – Consorzio Librai Torinesi Indipendenti, Biblioteche Civiche Torinesi, TorinoReteLibri and Rete delle Case del Quartiere, real pillars of culture in a city that keeps together the book chain. The collaboration of the publishing houses and the most important Italian literary Festivals in autumn is essential. The event will host, as main guests, writers from all over the world offering a free and open confrontation with the public. Conceived as a cultural festival, that lasts month rather than days, the event will be the occasion to meet cult authors, true legends of the contemporary literature and myths, but also to allow new literary discoveries. The best of the new Italian and international publishing season, will arrive in the city of the book, waiting for May.


10.09.19 | Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer will open the season of Fondazione Circolo dei lettori and Aspettando il Salone, on Tuesday September 10 at 6 pm at the Aula Magna of the Cavallerizza Reale (via Giuseppe Verdi, 9), with the patronage of the University of Turin (Università degli Studi di Torino). We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast (Italian publisher Guanda), a reflection on all individual actions that can have a significative impact on the planet crisis, is at the heart of the American writer’s dialogue with Paolo Giordano.


11.09.19 | Salvatore Scibona

The following day, Wednesday, September 11, at 6 pm Salvatore Scibona will take the floor together with Fabio Geda at Circolo dei Lettori (Via Bogino,9). Born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a family of Sicilian immigrants, the writer manages the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers of the New York Public Library. The volunteer (Italian publisher 66thand2nd) follows The end and it is part of the New Yorker prestigious list of 20 writers Under 40 and finalist for the National Book Award. 

12.09.19 | Valeria Luiselli

Thursday September 12, at 6 pm, Valeria Luiselli will present at Biblioteca Civica Centrale (via della Cittadella, 5) Lost children Archives (Italian publisher La Nuova Frontiera), together with Martino Gozzi. The writer, born in Mexico City in 1983 and raised in South Africa collaborates with the New York Times and Granta and McSweeney’s magazines. Her name is in Bogotà39 list, which includes the best 39 Latin-American authors under 40. The new novel, a mix of voices, sounds and images, tells the story of a family facing today the sense of fairness and equality.

23.09.19 | Daniel Saldaña París

Born in Mexico City in 1984, Daniel Saldaña París is a writer, essayist and poet. Included in México20 and Bogotá39 lists, he is among the best contemporary authors of Mexico and Latin America. Monday September 23 at 6 pm at Circolo dei lettori he will present La linea madre (Italian publisher Chiarelettere), a piercing story demonstrating how a single family and a single childhood, in the  background of the story, can disclose the hidden heart of a nation.

25.09.19 | David Nicholls

400.000 copies sold in Italy and more than 8 million in the world: those are the numbers of One day, the David Nicholls’ novel that became a movie with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess in 2011. Thanks to this work, the English writer is known and loved for his inborn capacity of making people laugh and cry. Wednesday September 25 at 9 pm at Scuola Holden (piazza Borgo Dora, 49) will present the new Sweet Sorrow (Italian publisher Neri Pozza), title quoting a line of Romeo and Juliet about the thrill of the first love and the power of friendship. A bitter comedy about the hard transition to adulthood, the invigorating power of friendship and the burning and fierce experience of the first love.


21.10.19 | Bret Easton Ellis

For over thirty years, the release of one of his books has been considered as an event: the fourth guest on the agenda is Bret Easton Ellis, a true cult writer, who will present at Circolo dei Lettori (via Bogino, 9) on Monday, October 21, at 9 pm, his first non-fiction work. White, published by Einaudi, an unmerciful survey on the repression of the spirit of time will be released in October. 


22.10.19 | Eshkol Nevo

Eshkol Nevo is back with a new and surprising book, best-selling book in Israel till today: an autobiographic account of a writer at the edge of the abyss, ready to reveal his most intimate confidences. It is The last interview (Italian publisher Neri Pozza). The Israelian writer will speak about himself Tuesday, October 22 in Turin.


23.10.19 | Samanta Schweblin

Compared with Shirley Jackson, David Lynch and the tv series Black Mirror, Samanta Schweblin in Kentukis (Italian publisher Edizioni SUR) explores the most worrying side of modernity.  She is one of the most appreciated writers at international level, and she is among the finalists of the Man Booker International with Fever Dream. She will be present for a double meeting on Wednesday October 23, in a school of the city in the morning, and at 6 pm for the public.

25.10.19 | Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende is one of the most loved writers in the world and she has sold around 50 million copies. Born in Lima in 1942, the niece of Salvador Allende, the president of Chile who died in the 1973  coup d'état. In her country she has worked as a journalist, she then moved to Venezuela and later to the United States. With her first novel in 1982, The house of the spirits, she emerged as one of the most important writers of the contemporary fiction in Spanish language. In 2014 she was then awarded the presidential Medal of freedom by the then president Obama. The author has a new book in store for her readers, edited by Feltrinelli, that she will present in Turin on Friday, October 25 at 6 pm.


17.11.19 | Leiji Matsumoto

Famous author of Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999 and Space Battleship Yamato, Leiji Matsumoto will be welcomed Sunday, November 17, at 6 pm at Scuola Holden (piazza Borgo Dora, 49). A meeting conceived to celebrate the work and to hear about its authorial journey directly from him. The event is in collaboration with Associazione Culturale Leiji Matsumoto.

18.11.19 | Amitav Ghosh

An extraordinary adventure in search of a mysterious arms tradesman, an epic journey from India to Italy. This is the new novel by Amitav Ghosh, one of the most important contemporary Indian writers who will arrive in Turin on Monday, November 18, at 6 pm. Gun Island (Italian publisher Neri Pozza) was inspired by the many author's trips to Italy: the stories he listened to and the places he visited gave him the inspiration for the surprising plot of this novel.

18.11.19 | André Aciman

He is the author of Call me with your name, a novel that became a movie and was awarded the Oscar for best non-original screenplay, directed by Luca Guadagnino. After Eight White nights, Harvard Square, Enigma Variations , the memoir Out of Egypt and the collection of essays Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere all published by Guanda, André Aciman will now present Find me (italian publisher Guanda), sequel of the successful debut. He is able to describe the desires of the heart and all small fluctuations of feelings, the writer will be in Turin on Monday, November 18 at 9 pm.


19.11.19 | David Grossman 

David Grossman (Jerusalem 1954), known for his commitment to a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian question, is one of the greatest contemporary storytellers. He became a literary case in 1988 with See under: love. He also wrote some famous investigative books dedicated to the Palestinian question and a successful series for children and young people. He will present his new novel published by Mondadori on Tuesday, November 19 in Turin.