N.4 - May/October 2002
Periodico d'informazione per la promozione del libro, della lettura e della traduzione.

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Sommario:
- Presentation of the website www.grinzane.net
- International Book Fair 2002



Presentation of the website www.grinzane.net



Giuliano Soria and Davide Longo (left).
During the presentation
On Thursday 16 May 2002 at the 2002 Book Fair the Premio Grinzane Cavour officially presented the Rete Grinzane Europa website www.grinzane.net, the portal of the Rete Grinzane Europa for the promotion of books, reading and translations.
During the presentation, Davide Longo, author of "Un mattino a Irgalem" Premio Grinzane for Emerging Authors 2002, proposed the forum "La carta sotto le dita" (The paper under your fingers). The purpose of the forum was to involve young readers in an online discussion to explore the sensations, expectations, and motivations for choosing a book. The contributions to the discussion indicated that the visual appearance of a book is not as important as newspaper/magazine reviews or word of mouth.
The results of the Permanent Observatory on Reading of Rete Grinzane Europa were also presented on this occasion, and can currently be consulted at www.grinzane.net.





Internazional Book Fair 2002







The Premio Grinzane Cavour was present with numerous initiatives at the Book Fair held 16 - 20 May in Turin at Lingotto Fiere. Here is the programme of events:
Friday 17 May: Prize-giving to winners of the contest “Scrivere il giornale” (Writing a newspaper). The project, now in its eleventh year, is an open window that looks onto the world of information and current affairs, and it helps the young students who participate (over 30,000) to become attentive and critical readers.

Friday 17 May: Conference “Piccoli lettori del mondo – Grinzane Junior 2002” (Little readers of the world)
On the occasion of the presentation of the third edition of the literary prize Grinzane Junior, an encounter was dedicated to children’s literature and intercultural topics.

Friday 17 May: Conference “Catalanismo, Catalonia e stato delle autonomie spagnolo” (Catalanism, Catalonia and the state of the Spanish autonomies). The initiative is part of the research project "Il modello spagnolo. Identità nazionale, nazionalismi periferici e regionalismi alla prova dopo vent’anni dalla costruzione dello Stato delle autonomie" (The Spanish model. National identity, peripheral nationalisms and regionalisms put to the test twenty years after building the State of Autonomies). Coordinated by Prof. Alfonso Botti, it sets out to examine the ins and outs of Catalan autonomism, a social model looked upon with interest and curiosity by Italy, which a few years ago started to gradually reform the State toward federalism.

Friday 17 May: "Il tempo dei tempi, i tempi del tempo" (The time of the times, the times of the time).
A paradoxical performance for the spoken voice, violin, triangle and maracas with Moni Ovadia – spoken voice and percussion, Pavel Vernikoff – violin.

Saturday 18 May: Conference “Spagne di Spagna” (The Spains of Spain)
A conference on the four literatures and cultures that co-exist in Spain (Catalan, Castilian, Basque, Galician). The aim of this conference was to offer an original panorama, though not yet exhaustive, of Spanish literature. It was aimed not only to Hispanists but to all exponents of Italian culture.

Saturday 18: Conference “Una montagna di carta” (Paper mountain)

Sunday 19 May: Conference “Lo ‘spazio’ occitano - catalano” (The Occitan-Catalan ‘space’)
A conference to divulge, from the point of view of linguistics, history, culture and economics, the Occitan "space", one of those cultural jewels of Piedmont that join Italy to Spain and France. Today Catalonia is a country fully acknowledged by Spain, with broad political, economic and cultural autonomy. Occitania, on the other hand, which is acknowledged in Catalonia (where the small Occitan Val d’Aràn is perhaps experiencing the best season of its history) and has recently obtained cultural recognition in Italy, has not yet obtained recognition of its independence from France.
Sisters in language and culture, Catalonia and Occitania are a natural Euro-region in the Mediterranean basin and a land of great economic potential.
To achieve this new identity last May the Occitan-Catalan Eurocongress was inaugurated in the Occitan town of Narbonne. It will end in 2004 in the Catalan city of Barcelona, after two years of joint initiatives in the fields of cultural, economics, institutions, sports and town planning.

Sunday 19 May: Conference “Catalani in Italia, italiani in Catalonia” (Catalans in Italy, Italians in Catalonia)
A conference on the cultural traces in language, history and literature left by Catalans in Italy and Italians in Catalonia. The Catalan language, though originating in southeastern Spain, is also spoken in other areas of within and Spain as well as outside it, thanks to the past linguistic expansion in the Mediterranean basin by the Catalan-Aragonese confederation: in the community of Valencia, in the Baleares, in a small strip along the border of Catalonia and Aragon (Franja de Ponent), in the Principate of Andorra (the Pyrenees) – the only State in the world in which Catalan is the official language – in southern France and in Sardinia (Alghero).
In this setting of cultural “exchange” between neighboring countries of the Mediterranean basin, the presence of Catalans and their language in Italy takes on particular importance, as does the study of the Italian language and literature in Catalonia.