Introduction is one of the most important Italian literature festivals. It is held in September in Pordenone, a small but nice town situated less than sixty kilometres from Venice, in the region called Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Pordenone, with its characteristic medieval centre, boasts the presence of an extraordinary audience keen on culture and literature every year.

Going from success to success, is approaching its nineteenth edition. Every year, during the five days dedicated to the festival, more than a hundred thousand people - of all ages and backgrounds - enthusiastically attend the hundreds of events on the programme. It is a sort of peaceful and colourful invasion giving life to the city squares, cafes, historical palaces, restaurants and shops. From morning till late night, a real book feast.

Writers, philosophers, journalists, poets and artists take turns on an imaginary stage where there are no differences in roles but there is only the language of a culture facing the real problems of our time, far the sake of truth or vocation, or out of necessity. is also a place of dialogue among different disciplines and different views in the cultural world; after the professor, comes the writer, then the voyager and the sportsman; intense debates alternate shows, exhibitions, aperitifs with the authors. The aim being to bring the words everywhere, for a virtuous mixing of languages; a vital and "compromised" idea of culture. A new place for ideas, for words, stories and every form of creativity.

Among the international authors, the festival boasts: Daniel Pennac, Peter Carey, Martin Amis, John Banville, Maylis De Kerangal, Yan Lianke, Richard Gombrich, David Grossman, Richard Rorty, Erica Jong, J.M. Coetzee, Luis Sepulveda, Peter Singer, René Girard, Daniel Dennett, Mario Delgado Aparain, Tony Harrison, Ingo Schulze, Joseph O'Connor, Blake Morrison, Yoran Kaniuk, Predrag Matvejevic, Vladimir Bukovskij, Joanne Harris, Hari Kunzru, Ekkehart Krippendorff, Bella Achmadulina, Michael Cunningham, Elizabeth Strout, Peter Sloterdijk, Slavoj Zizek, Jan Assmann, Andrea Zanzotto, Niccolò Ammaniti, Gianni Vattimo, Andrea Camilleri, Luigi Meneghello, Erri De Luca, Vincenzo Cerami, Claudio Magris, Sebastiano Vassalli, Dacia Maraini, Maurizio Maggiani, Helga Schneider, Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Emanuele Severino, Giulio Giorello, Alessandro Baricco, Carlo Lucarelli, Giorgio Faletti, Gianrico Carofiglio, Margaret Mazzantini, Aldo Busi, Sergio Romano, Sveva Casati Modignani, Susanna Tamaro, Gianni Riotta, Pierluigi Cappello, Roberto Saviano, Margaret Atwood, Umberto Eco, Michael Dobbs, Ulrich Beck, Jamaica Kincaid.
XIX BookFest with authors
Pordenone from 19 to 23 September 2018 is conceived and supported by the Pordenone Chamber of Commerce, through the Foundation, BookFest with Authors, 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 organization chart includes also the College of the Auditors and the Organizing Committee.

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