Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino confirms its annual appointment from the 9th to the 13th of May 2019 in Pavilions 1,2,3 and Oval of Lingotto Fiere.

Salone Internazionale del Libro 2019 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 e Fondazione con il Sud, with the acknowledgment of Direzione Generale Cinema del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali.

Main partner: Intesa Sanpaolo; Partners: Lavazza, Reale Mutua, Cantine Damilano, Valmora, Guido Gobino, Fuze Tea, Rossopomodoro,, Costa Crociere, Automotoclub StoricoItaliano, Mercato Centrale Torino, Yogi Tea;

In kind partners: Lago, Eataly, Audible, Carioca, Compagnia dei Caraibi, EXKi, Viridea; Main Media Partner: Rai; Media partners: La Stampa.

Cultural partners: Bologna Children’s Book Fair – Bologna Fiere, Dipartimento educazione Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Encuentro, Eurimages, FCTP - Film Commission Torino Piemonte, Fondazione Merz, Fondazione per la Scuola Compagnia di San Paolo, Frankfurter Buchmesse, Goethe-Institut Turin, Institut français, Instituto Cervantes, Lucca Comics & Games, pordenonelegge, TorinoFilmLab,TorinoReteLibri.

Charity partners: Fondazione Piemontese per la Ricerca sul Cancro ONLUS. Social partners: ActionAid. Collaborations: Associazione Abbonamento Musei, Dipartimento di Management dell’Università di Torino, ANPAS, Croce Verde Torino, Exar – Social Value Solutions, GTT - Gruppo Torinese Trasporti, Master in Giornalismo "Giorgio Bocca",Teatro Stabile Torino – Teatro Nazionale,TObike. Hospitality partners: YEG – Your Event Group and Federalberghi Torino. Official Carrier: Trenitalia. Organizing secretariat: Salone del Libro Srl.

The Steering Commitee, chaired by Maurizia Rebola, director of the 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.



Culture does not encompass borders or dividing lines, culture overcomes boundaries. It overcomes divisions, it breaks walls and jumps on the other side. To create. As the reader of Julio Cortázar’s “counter novel” Hopscotch does. Boundless book, an incitement to rebellion, escape and adventure, because it enables readers to choose where to go through its pages, to be read or discarded. Il gioco del mondo, Hopscotch, is one of the best and most influent work of the last fifty years and it has been chosen as title and theme for the 32nd edition of Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino.

Julio Cortázar has made of the culture melting-pot his strength: he was born in Belgium to Argentinian parents, he went around Europe and when he was 5 he moved to Argentina. In 1951 he went to Paris where he lived until his last days. Intertwined experiences, ideas and stories have made this writer one of the best in showing his ability, his gift, the fantastic creation. Julio Cortázar was - and still is, because you should always speak in present or better future tense about classics, – a bridge between two continents and two different cultures. For this reason, he will lead the five days of the book fair, directing thoughts and reflexions: he is the one throwing the imaginary stone that in hopscotch (Rayuela in Spanish, novel’s original title) is needed to take the leap, overcoming the border, to understand by playing that the limit is evanescent and ephemeral because drawn in chalk.


A step forward a new sustainable everyday life

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 (The Next Step), 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.


MP5 is an Italian artist, famous for her black and white drawing style used in different forms, from animation videos to muralism, to end up with the installation. Her images recall classic art giving birth to a new mythology which hide a critical view, politically involved, of the reality. She is active in the underground artistic scene and in the European counterculture, she has linked her job to the feminist and queer scene in the last ten years. Her incisive art and the non-conventional imaginary distinguishing her work, make MP5 the perfect godmother of the great laboratory and experimental project that Salone del Libro embodies.


Marche region has a rich cultural heritage and is the guest Region at Salone Internazionale del Libro. It is involved in the promotion of book and reading culture, making it the base for a civil and moral progress and for a development and rebirth after the 2016/2017 earthquake. Marche exhibiting area, in Pavilion 1, will host dialogues and various meetings, from photography to digital, from literature to poetry, together with literary festivals’ presentations and awards animating the cultural life of the territory. Marche region will offer many other meetings with authors and publishers from Marche, poets and academics like Alberto Folin, father Alberto Maggi, Luca Mercalli, Mohamed Razane, Filippo La Porta, Franco D’Intino, Stefano Petrocchi, Paolo Di Paolo, Giorgio Zanchini, Loredana Lipperini, Vittorio Sgarbi.


Designated by UNESCO as 2019 World Book Capital, Sharjah, is a United Arab Emirates flagship, rich in history, located alongside the beach facing the Persian Gulf. The third-largest emirate rises on a characteristic natural territory including the second largest sandy desert in the world, uninhabited and unexplored.

The Sharjah International Book Fair is at the height of the country’s cultural activity. It was conceived in 1982 and it is the most important literary event in the Arab world. This is the fourth fair in the world, an occasion to meet and create networking opportunities among professionals coming from different countries of the world. Thanks to His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, president of Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), 40 unpublished translations in Arab language of Italian books will be presented in Turin, to promote the beauty of knowledge and the cultural exchange.



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 10 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), bookshelves, games and laboratories to educate the readers of tomorrow. With a particular attention to special books for disabled children. 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.



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.