Salone Internazionale del Libro is the first and largest fair of Italian publishing.
Every year, in May, more than 1,200 publishers meet in Turin. 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.
The fair is a unique occasion for readers of all ages, and it is of paramount importance for those working with books, who recognise in the fair the occasion to make themselves known and create relationships and connections. This exchange is what makes the fair unique: in the same place, for five days, you can find those writing and those reading books.
The fair is based on five pillars: an immense bookstore, with 63,000 sqm of exhibition area, visited by 148,034 people in 2019.
It is also an international culture festival with a program schedule offering 1,200 editorial presentations, conferences, appointments, debates, performances and hosting more than 2,000 speakers and guests from all over the world. Over the years the fair has hosted writers who have made the history of the literature all over 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 Marias...to name but a few.
Moreover, it is a unique professional occasion for the publishing rights sale:iSalTo Rights Centre enables meetings among professionals within the book fair, easing the rights exchange of publishing, translation and film and tv series realisation. In 2019 SalTo Rights Centre has counted 900 registered participants from 39 Countries, with 3,500 one to one meetings scheduled. It is the international heart of the fair, an occasion to promote foreign works and authors in Italy, translated and original language books, an important part of Turin profitable market.
Furthermore, Salone Internazionale del Libro is an important educational project for the promotion of books and reading among young readers thanks to a big area – Boockstock Village – which in 2019 hosted 21,733 kids and teenagers. It is entirely reserved to new generations and characterised by a cultural program, rich in meetings with important guests, free laboratories, bookstores, plays.
Finally, thanks to Salone Off, the fair involves the city of Turin and the regional territory, bringing culture into the streets, squares, schools, abandoned factories, libraries, meeting centres, parks and sport facilities of Turin neighbourhoods.
The 2020 edition of Salone Internazionale del Libro will be held from the 14th to the 18th of May.