Letterature, Rome’s Literature festival is about to start its 10th edition with a full program of international authors. From May 19 to June 23 in the Basilica of Maxentius of the Roman Forum, an evocative location with a great symbolic importance, 10 evening events will bring to Rome Don De Lillo, David Benioff, David Sedaris, Gay Talese, Wilbur Smith, Jo Nesbo, Antonio Skarmeta, Gary Shteyngart, Clara Sanchez, Xinran and Pavel Sanaev.
This year’s edition will address the relationship between history and stories, reality and imagination, historical and literary truth.
On May 19 the cult, post-modern novelist Don De Lillo will present an unpublished text.
The Italo-American writer and journalist Gay Talese, one of the founders of the New Journalism school, will be on stage with the Italian author (and judge) Gianrico Carofiglio on May 24.
America’s gretatest comedy writer David Sedaris will come to Rome for the May 26 session.
On May 31 Italian novelist Margaret Mazzantini will introduce David Benioff, who is also a very succesfull screenwriter.
The Norwegian detective story writer Jo Nesbo will be in Rome on June 7.
While on June 9, the Russian Jewish author and American citizen, Gary Shteyngart, and the author Pavel Sanaev will pay homage to Russian culture (2011 is the year of Russian culture in Italy and of Italian culture in Russia).
Antonio Skarmeta, one of the greatest Spanish-language writers, will please the audience on June 16.
The best-selling novelist Wilbur Smith will be the main guest of the June 21 night.
Other Italian major writers attending the event will be Sandro Veronesi, Antonio Benni, Carlo Lucarelli and Giuseppe De Cataldo.
The Basilica can seat 2000 people. Free admission, but you have to collect a free ticket from the ticket office the same day of the show starting from 7pm. No bookings. All events start at 9pm.
The first nine editions were attended by more than 300,000 spectators with the participation of 183 writers and poets, 88 actors, 123 musicians and musical groups.