Introduction

Held in September in the quaint northeast city of Pordenone, sixty kilometres and an hour’s drive from Venice, pordenonelegge.it is one of Italy’s oldest, longest running and most prestigious literature festivals. Founded in 2000, the fest has ever since consolidated its reputation as a go-to cultural event within and beyond the country, welcoming over 100,000 book lovers and visitors each year.

Stashed with hundreds of events, readings, workshops and panels, pordenonelegge.it is a literary feast open to people from all walks of life, ages, interests and backgrounds. All throughout the festival’s five days, a city home to some sixty thousand people - a little gem that traces its origins back to Ancient Rome, and boasts a gorgeous medieval city centre attracting tourists all year round - turns into a small-scale utopia, welcoming authors and readers from all over the world.

It’s a moveable and ever-growing stage wherein writers, philosophers, journalists, poets and artists come to share the love for their crafts, and engage with readers in debates around some of the world’s most pressing issues. For pordenonelegge.it is as much about the authors it invites as the crowds that gather around them, and that’s what makes the festival so invaluable: its ability to narrow the distance between writers and readers, and open up spaces for dialogue and cultural exchange.

Over the years, the festival has hosted some of the world’s most notable writers and intellectuals, including among them: J.M. Coetzee, Margaret Atwood, Daniel Pennac, André Aciman, Peter Carey, Martin Amis, John Banville, Maylis De Kerangal, Yan Lianke, Richard Gombrich, David Grossman, Richard Rorty, Erica Jong, Luis Sepulveda, Peter Singer, René Girard, Daniel Dennett, Mario Delgado Aparain, Tony Harrison, Claudio Magris, Ingo Schulze, Joseph O'Connor, Blake Morrison, Yoran Kaniuk, Predrag Matvejevic, Vladimir Bukovskij, Niccolò Ammaniti, Joanne Harris, Hari Kunzru, Ekkehart Krippendorff, Bella Achmadulina, Michael Cunningham, Elizabeth Strout, Peter Sloterdijk, Slavoj Zizek, Jan Assmann, Andrea Zanzotto, Gianni Vattimo, Andrea Camilleri, Luigi Meneghello, Erri De Luca, Dacia Maraini, Helga Schneider, Emanuele Severino, Giulio Giorello, Alessandro Baricco, Carlo Lucarelli, Giorgio Faletti, Gianrico Carofiglio, Peter Cameron, Margaret Mazzantini, Aldo Busi, Sveva Casati Modignani, Susanna Tamaro, Gianni Riotta, Pierluigi Cappello, Roberto Saviano, Umberto Eco, Michael Dobbs, Ulrich Beck, Jamaica Kincaid.

And the fest goes on all year long. Far beyond its September window, pordenonelegge.it has sought to expand its activities to cater to all sorts of audiences - running creative writing courses, organising poetry readings, managing and curating the festival’s publications, and working side by side with local schools to train today’s readers and tomorrow’s authors. For five days - and long afterwards - Pordenone turns into a much-needed cultural oasis, where debates and ideas can sprout and blossom.

We look forward to welcoming you all here very soon.

The 20th edition of pordenonelegge.it will take place in Pordenone between September 18-22, 2019

pordenonelegge.it is conceived and supported by the Pordenone Chamber of Commerce, through the Foundation pordenonelegge.it, and it is sponsored by the Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the Municipality of Pordenone, Fondazione Friuli, Banca Popolare FriulAdria Crédit Agricole and Cinemazero. The representatives of the sponsoring bodies sit on the Strategic Coordination Committee, whereas the representatives of Trade Associations (Unione Industriali, Confartigianato Imprese, Confcommercio Ascom, Confcooperative and Coldiretti) sit on the Board of Directors.

The organisation chart also includes the College of the Auditors and the Organising Committee


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