Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino will be held from the 14th to the 18th of May 2020 at Lingotto Fiere.
The fair is a project of Associazione Torino, la Città del Libro and Fondazione Circolo dei lettori, with the support of Regione Piemonte, Città di Torino, Compagnia di San Paolo and Fondazione CRT, MiBAC Centro per il libro e la lettura, Associazione delle Fondazioni di origine bancaria del Piemonte, Italian Trade Agency ICE – Agenzia per la promozione all’estero e l’internazionalizzazione delle imprese italiane, Fondazione Sicilia and Fondazione con il Sud, with the acknowledgment of Direzione Generale Cinema del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali.
The Steering Commitee, chaired by Maurizia Rebola, director of Fondazione Circolo dei lettori, deals with the coordination of all organizational activities. It is composed of the following members: Nicola Lagioia, editorial director of Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino, Silvio Viale, president of Associazione Torino, la Città del Libro, the representatives of Regione Piemonte and Città di Torino, and a member for each trade associations: ADEI, Independent Publishers Association; AIB, Italian Libraries Association; AIE, Italian Publishers Association; ALI, Italian Booksellers Association; SIL, Italian Booksellers Syndicate.
The fair collaborates with cultural consultants: Paola Caridi, Ilide Carmignani, Mattia Carratello, Giuseppe Culicchia, Fabio Geda, Giorgio Gianotto, Alessandro Grazioli, Loredana Lipperini, Giordano Meacci, Eros Miari, Francesco Pacifico, Valeria Parrella, Rebecca Servadio, Lucia Sorbera, Annamaria Testa. Spirit guide: Alessandro Leogrande.
THE LARGEST FAIR OF THE ITALIAN PUBLISHING
Every year, in May, the whole publishing world, from the largest publishing groups to the independent ones, takes part in the fair, involving writers, booksellers, librarians, agents, illustrators and translators. This is the occasion to experience the Italian book production, meeting with all the components of the publishing value chain. Readers of all ages are involved within the fair, which is an essential step for all those working with books. This exchange is what makes the fair unique: in the same place, for five days, you can find those writing and those reading books.
148,000 visitors / 1,200 publishers/ 63,000 sqm of exhibition area
AN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CULTURE
With editorial presentations, conferences, appointments, debates, performances, speakers and guests from all over the world. Over the years the fair has hosted writers who have made the history of the literature around the world: from Iosif Brodskij (who inaugurated the first edition) to Wole Soyinka, one of the most authoritative guests of the 2019 edition, including Herta Müller, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, Richard Ford, David Grossmann, Marilynne Robinson, Mo Yan, Emmanuel Carrère, Javier Marías, to name but a few.
1,200 events / 2,000 guests from all over the world/ 40 rooms for conferences
THE FAIR IS A UNIQUE PROFESSIONAL OCCASION
For publishing rights sale: SalTo Rights Centre enables the meeting among professionals in the field of books discussing the rights exchange of publishing, translation and film and tv series realisation. It is the international heart of the fair.
Publishers and agents from 40 countries of the world / 3,500 one-to-one meetings / 5,700 professionals
AN IMPORTANT EDUCATIONAL PROJECT
Tens of thousands of kids and youths aged 20 years old at most attend every year the book fair. The fair dedicates to them the Bookstock Village, a 4,000 sqm area in Pavilion 2, supported by Compagnia di San Paolo, which in 2016 celebrated its ten years. At the centre, the scenic set-up by Dipartimento Educazione del Castello di Rivoli. A cultural program schedule involving many guests, hundreds of hours of free laboratories (from illustration to science, from digital world to comics), bookstores, games and laboratories to educate the readers of tomorrow. With a particular attention to special books for children with disabilities. An idea involving schools and institutions during the whole year with projects like Nati per leggere award, to teach families the importance of reading from an early age, reading groups in schools and libraries, students BookBlog and the project Adotta uno scrittore, which involves dozens of famous authors in Piedmont high schools every year.
22,000 students involved / 7,400 students from the national territory
Gastronomica, a space dedicated to food culture, supported by SlowFood Editore, Read‘n‘Play focused on gaming and comics world, realised in collaboration with Lucca Comics & Games and Superfestival, conceived to enable the meeting among festivals and inform the public about small and large festivals on the national territory.
AN EVENT WITH GREAT MEDIA COVERAGE
Everyone speaks about Salone Internazionale del Libro, from the press to social media, before and during the fair in May. Articles, press reports, interviews filling the pages of newspapers, while on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, thousands of people interact, comment, take pictures. The community of the fair is vibrant even online.
12,400 press release/ 230,000 users on the website/ 2,731,233 interactions for the hashtag #SalTo19
THE FAIR IS ALSO HELD OUTSIDE LINGOTTO FIERE
Salone Internazione del libro involves the city of Turin and the regional territory thanks to Salone Off bringing culture into the streets, squares, schools, abandoned factories, libraries, meeting centre, parks and sport facilities of Turin neighbourhoods.
27,000 Salone Off participants/ 530 appointments/ 270 different locations
Salone del Libro was born in 1988 from an idea of the bookseller Angelo Pezzana and the entrepreneur Guido Accornero, both from Turin. The fair, since its first edition, has always been characterised by an annual theme, a common thread connecting the most important conferences. The Russian poet Josif Brodskij, who won the Nobel prize in 1987, inaugurated the first edition of Salone del Libro. In 1999 Regione Piemonte, Provincia di Torino and Città di Torino, took over Salone del Libro, and it was named Fiera del Libro and in 2001 Fiera Internazionale del Libro. Since 2010 it is called again Salone Internazionale del Libro. The promotion and the cultural project were entrusted to Fondazione per il Libro, la Musica e la Cultura. Rolando Picchioni was the President from 1998 till June 2015, Giovanna Milella from June 2015 till July 2016, Mario Montalcini from October 2016 till April 2017 and Massimo Bray from April 2017 till September 2018. Ernesto Ferrero was the editorial director from 1998 till 2016 and from the 14th October 2016 the writer Nicola Lagioia took office.
IL PROSSIMO PASSO
Il prossimo passo (The Next Step) is a project inserted in the framework of the Global Agenda for sustainable development, approved by the United Nations in 2015, an historical agreement which have set 17 goals to be reached by 3030. Sustainability does not involve only the environment, but all dimensions of development and it requires a strong involvement of each member of the society. Salone Internazionale del Libro has decided to create a multi-stakeholder Sustainability Board linked to an event. The co-participated project, Il Prossimo Passo, aims to pave the way for a sustainable future of the fair, thanks to a series of actions to increase awareness and involve the public and the exhibitors, encouraging informed and responsible choices of all people. In the program, all conferences deepening the themes of the 2030 Agenda 17 goals (SDGs), as the fight against inequalities, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equalities, clean energy, innovation, responsible consumption will be underlined.
* Figures updated in June 2019