Milena Agus. Born in Genoa from Sardinian parents, she lives in Cagliari where she teaches Italian and history in high school. Author of five novels, While the Shark is Sleeping (2005), From the Land of the Moon (2006), Ali di babbo (2008), La contessa di ricotta (2009), Sottosopra (2012), all published in Italy by nottetempo and translated into more than twenty languages. She received many literary recognitions, among which the prestigious Zerilli-Marimò Prize in New York. In 2014, nottetempo published her novel written with Luciana Castellina Guardati dalla mia fame. In the spring of 2017, the film based on Mal di pietre was released in Italian cinemas, with Marion Cotillard as leading actress and in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.


Amici della musica. Founded in Cagliari in 1977, the association carries out activities also in the other provinces of Sardinia with a concert season that includes more than thirty concerts every year. Since 1981, they organize the Ennio Porrino contest, now dedicated only to piano and recognized at international level since 1992. Since 2007 the contest is organized in coproduction with Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, cooperation that enhanced notably the prestige of the event.



Suad Amiry. Palestinian writer and architect, founder and director of the Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation in Ramallah, where she lives. Born in Damascus from Syrian mother and Palestinian father, she grew up between Amman, Beirut and Cairo. Feltrinelli published in 2016 My Damascus, preceded by Sharon and my Mother-in-law (2003) and Se questa è vita (2005), later republished together in 2007, Niente sesso in città (2007), Murad Murad (2009) and Golda slept here (2013). She wrote and edited various volumes on different aspects of the Palestinian architecture. She won the international award Viareggio Versilia in 2004 and the Nonino Risit d’Aur award in 2014.



Michela Andreozzi.  Actress, director and radio host. Pupil of the Holden school, she worked with many actors, such as: Gigi Proietti, Leonardo Pieraccioni, Claudia Gerini, Luca Argentero, Carolina Crescentini. In 2017 the movie Nove lune e mezza came out, written, directed and interpreted by her. Married with the director and actor Max Vado, she is a happy non-mother and she wrote the book Non me lo chiedete più. #childfree. La libertà di non volere figli e non sentirsi in colpa (HarperCollins, 2018).


Jeffrey Archer. Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare, Oxford graduate, candidate for Mayor of London and Member of the European Parliament, he has been for twenty-five years Member of Parliament in the House of Lords. Writer and playwriter, author of novels, short stories, theatrical plays and essays, he is constantly on top of the bestselling charts worldwide. He lives between London, Cambridge and Majorca. His works have been translated into 33 languages, published in 97 countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Only time will tell is the first of seven books of The Clifton Chronicles. It was recently released in Italy for HarperCollins.



Carola Benedetto. Indologist, author and director. She published, among others, Storie di Avatar e altri Dei (Casa editrice Laksmi, 2011), La chiesa di San Sebastiano tra le Fiandre e le vie dei pellegrini (Editrice Artistica Piemontese, 2014) and La terra non è mai sporca (ADD editore, 2018). She edited the afterword of La sobrietà felice by Pierre Rabhi (ADD editore, 2013). With Igor Piumetti, she directed Pierre Rabhi. Il mio corpo è la terra (Satellite Libri distribution, 2012), the first Italian documentary dedicated to Pierre Rabhi presented at Festival Cinemambiente in Turin in 2013. With Value – Editoria Universitaria she published the cinematographic Il Mahabharata by Peter Brook (2015). She currently teaches History of Eastern Religions at ISSR in Alessandria.




Fulvio Bertuccelli. Professor of Turkish Language at the Languages, literature and intercultural studies Department of the University of Florence. His researches focus on Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey history, political movements in modern Turkey, Turkish nationalism, Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey minorities, Kemalism, history of communism in Turkey, Turkish literature, Middle East contemporary history, social history. Among his last translation works: La bambina che non amava il suo nome by Elif Shafak (Rizzoli, 2018).


Vito Biolchini. Professional journalist, in the past twenty-five years he gained significant experience in the fields of journalism and communication, cultural projects management (project creator of Monumenti Aperti event in Cagliari) and playwriting. For the Sardinian frequencies of Rai, he is the voice behind Mediterradio, the weekly show that bonds together the islands of Sardinia, Sicily and Corsica. Together with Elio Turno Arthemalle he hosts the popular show Buongiorno Cagliari aired on Radio X. He also writes a blog on the topics of politics and culture in Sardinia ( He graduated in Communications Studies at the University of Cagliari in which he holds a writers’ workshop.


Massimiano Bucchi. Professor of Science, Technology and Society at the University of Trento. He was visiting professor in Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. He is the author of a dozen books published in more than twenty countries and author of essays published in international magazines such as Nature and Science. Among his recent works: Per un pugno di idee. Storie di innovazioni che hanno cambiato la nostra vita (Bompiani, 2016) and Come vincere un Nobel (Einaudi, 2017). He writes about science and technology for newspapers such as Repubblica, La Stampa and contributes to the tv show Superquark hosted by Piero Angela.



Francesco Cancellato. He graduated in economics at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. After working for 10 years as economic researcher at the Aaster consortium managed by Aldo Bonomi, he now manages Linkiesta since December 2014. He worked in Shangai at the Italian pavilion of Expo 2010. In September 2013, he was among the founders of the think tank The Italians. He is columnist in various television and radio broadcasts. Among his last publications Né sfruttati né bamboccioni. Risolvere la questione generazionale per salvare l’Italia (Egea, 2018).



Luciana Ciliento. Translator and interpreter. She worked as interpreter for Jean-Claude Carrière, Pierre Rabhi, Maurice Roucel, Atiq Rahimi, Nahal Tajadod and Laurent van Kote (delegate of the French Ministry for dance). She translated the dvd Pierre Rabhi. My body is Earth and the earth (distribuzione Satellite Libri, 2012), also taking care of the editorial production. Since 2013, she translates the plays staged by the Gruppo del Cerchio in the United Kingdom. Author of La Terra non è mai sporca (add Editore, 2018).



Eugenio Coccia. Professor of Physics of fundamental interactions and dean of the Gran Sasso Science Institute in L’Aquila. He is one of the brains behind the discovery of gravitational waves and observation of black holes. Pupil of Edoardo Amaldi, he supervised the experiments to research gravitational waves at CERN in Geneva and at INFN laboratories in Frascati. He has been Director of INFN Laboratories of Gran Sasso for several years. In 2015 he was elected member honoris causa of Academia Europaea.



Giulia Cogoli. Political Science graduate, from 2001 with her company Giulia Cogoli Comunicazione she manages cultural-editorial communication. She was project creator and director of the ten first editions of Festival della Mente di Sarzana (2004-2013). She conceived the festival Il senso del ridicolo in Livorno and she is project creator and director of the cultural anthropology festival Pistoia – Dialoghi sull’Uomo. She is part of the scientific Committee of the Festival Dignità Umana. Among the book series created and directed: i Libri del Festival della Mente (Laterza); the book series on scientific studies of festivals and Italian cultural events Strumenti per la Fondazione, Carispezia e Approfondimenti for Caript Foundation. She curated photography exhibitions among which: In Festa of Gianni Berengo Gardin (2017), Dove nascono le idee. Luoghi e volti del pensiero nelle foto Magnum, with Davide Daninos (2018), all with catalogue.


Giorgio Coricelli. He is an associate professor of Economics and psychology at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, USA) and project manager of Transfer Learning within and between brains at the CIMeC – Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences of the University of Trento. His researches include neuroeconomics, experimental economics and game theory. He published various articles on international magazines, receiving numerous awards. He is member of the management committee of the Society for Neuroeconomics and he won international research funds, the last one is an ERC-Consolidator Grant.



Alex Corlazzoli. Journalist, teacher, writer, traveller. He worked in prison for ten years founding the paper Uomini Liberi. He founded the association L’Aquilone, which operates for the integration of migrants. He writes for Il Fatto Quotidiano, where he also writes a blog; and for Altreconomia, Focus Junior, Donna Moderna and Che Futuro! Startup Italia. He edits the columns Dietro la lavagna on Radio Popolare and La Scuola Buona on Radio24 in addition to the section Per chi suona la campanella? on air on Rai1. In cooperation with the singer-songwriter Luca Bassanese he created the theatrical piece La scuola siamo noi. Among his recent pubblications: #lacattivascuola. Un’inchiesta senza peli sulla lingua (Jaka Book, 2015); Sai maestro che… da grande voglio fare il premier (add Edizioni, 2015) written with a former student, 1992. Sulle strade di Falcone e Borsellino (Melampo, 2017).


Hugo De Greef. Theatre director, he was the Artistic Director of the European Capital of Culture Brussels 2000. Among others, he co-founded the Europe for Festivals| Festivals for Europe, the Atelier for Young Festival Managers and the Festival Academy. During the past years, he fulfilled various assignments: Secretary General of the European Festival Association – EFA, advisor International Cultural Policy of the Minister of Culture, board member of A soul for Europe. He is also co-founder and President of De School van Gaasbeek for performing art artists and the Herman Teirlinck House for authors and playwrights.



Michele De Mieri. Journalist, television and radio author, literary reviewer. He worked on cultural programs of Mediaset and Rai. At Radio3 since 2001, is co-author of Fahrenheit and, starting this year, of Tutta l’umanità ne parla. He wrote for Tuttolibri, Leggere, Diario della settimana, D di Repubblica, L’Espresso, L’Unità. At present, he writes for the cultural appendix of Il Sole 24 Ore. For nine years he has been one of the organizers of Libri Come, book and reading festival in Rome, at Auditorium Parco della Musica. He is the author of Rai programs I grandi della Letteratura Italiana, Viaggio nell’Italia del Giro and Provincia Capitale.


Daniel Dennett. American philosopher and logician, he is scholar of cognitive sciences and co-Director of the Centre for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University in Boston, where he has taught since 1971. He was visiting professor at Harvard, Pittsburgh, Oxford, the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, the London School of Economics and the American University of Beirut. He is the author of over four hundred scholarly articles about the mind in its various aspects, published in several magazines. The publisher Cortina is releasing his book Dai Batteri a Bach. Come evolve la mente (From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds – Norton, 2017).   


Adele Diamond. American, she is professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. PhD and member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, she has been named one of the 2000 Outstanding Women of the 20th Century and has been recognized as one of the 15 most influential neuroscientists alive today. She specializes in the most complex human abilities; her discoveries have improved treatment for medical disorders and impacted education worldwide.



Martin Michael Driessen. Dutch writer and playwright, Director of plays and operas, he made his debut in 1999 with the novel Gars, which was followed in 2012 by Vader van God (Father of God) and in 2013 by Een ware held (A True Hero), all of them acclaimed by the press and nominated for literary prizes. His works have been translated into Italian, German and Hungarian. His novel Lizzie, published in 2015, was written with the poet Liesbeth Lagemaat. Rivers won the ECI Literature Prize in 2016. The Pelican has been shortlisted for the prestigious Libris Literature Prize. In 2015 Vader van God was translated and published in Italy by Del Vecchio.


Fulvio Ervas. Writer, he wrote his first novel La lotteria in 2001, winner of the Calvino Prize. This is followed by Commesse di Treviso (2006), Succulente (2007), Pinguini arrosto (2008), Buffalo Bill a Venezia (2009), Finché c’è prosecco c’è speranza (2011), L’amore è idrosolubile (2011), Si fa presto a dire Adriatico (2013), all published by Marcos y Marcos. Se ti abbraccio non aver paura has been translated into nine languages, topping the charts of bestselling books and the director Gabriele Salvatores is turning it into a movie. Marcos y Marcos also published Follia docente (2009), Tu non tacere (2015) and Pericolo giallo (2016). His latest novel Nonnitudine (2017) deals with the art of aging and the gaze towards life that begins again.


Bernard Faivre d’Arcier. High civil servant at the French Ministry of Culture, he is a former cultural advisor to the French Prime Minister and head of the Theatre and performance Art Department of the Ministry of Culture. He launched the French arm of the Franco-German television channel, ARTE. He directed the Avignon Festival for 16 years. Presently, he is chairman of la Biennale de Lyon, of the Festival of gardens of Chaumont-sur-Loire and of the Carolyn Carlson dance company.


Adriano Favole. Vice Director for research at the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society at the University of Turin, where he teaches Cultural anthropology, Culture and power, Ethnology of Oceania. He taught at the universities of Milan, Genoa, Bologna and in New Caledonia. He travelled and researched in Futuna (western Polynesia), New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Australia and Réunion (Indian Ocean). His main fields of research are political anthropology, anthropology of the body, anthropology of heritage. Cooperates with La Lettura of Corriere della Sera. Among his latest publications Oceania. Isole di creatività culturale (Editori Laterza, 2010), La bussola dell’antropologo (Editori Laterza, 2015), Vie di fuga. Otto passi per uscire dalla propria cultura (UTET, Dialoghi sull’uomo, 2018).


Emanuele Felice. Economy professor at D’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara. From 2010 to 2015, he was professor of Economic History at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He took part as speaker to several conferences and seminars, in four different continents and in some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Among his books: Perché il Sud è rimasto indietro (Il Mulino, 2013 and 2016, Sele d’oro award and Fontanamare Ignazio Silone award), Ascesa e Declino. Storia Economica d’Italia (Il Mulino, 2015, National cultural award Benedetto Croce and Premio dell’Associazione per il progresso economico), Storia economica della felicità (il Mulino, 2017). He is currently a columnist for Repubblica (previously for La Stampa).


Mylene Fernández Pintado. She published various novels, translated in many languages, which won prestigious awards in Europe, the United States and Latin America. She is the only one of her family who remains in Cuba, after her parents’ death. The Los Angeles Review of Books identifies her as a literary guardian: a collector of her island’s stories of loss, desire and belonging. She is known in the world thanks to her capability of portraying with clarity of mind and sense of humour the contemporary Cuba and the lives of Cubans in exile. In Italy, she published the novels A Corner of the World (City Lights Publishers, 2017), Altre preghiere esaudite (Marco Tropea Editore, 2004) and different stories in various anthologies.


Clare Fisher. Born in London, she studied history at Oxford before falling in love with narrative. She completed the academic education in creative writing and she now lives in Leeds. Careful observer of the different areas of Southern London where she grew up, she tries to reflect in her writing social difficulties and women’s vulnerability. Her debut novel All the Good Things (Penguin UK, 2017) is a proof of it.



Fondazione Agnelli. It is an independent institute of culture and research in the field of human and social sciences, founded in 1966 on the occasion of the Centenary of the birth of the Fiat founder, Giovanni Agnelli. Fondazione Agnelli is based in Turin and, since its constitution, it is present in the Italian and European cultural debate with the aim to contribute with its researches to the understanding of changes in society. Since 2008, Fondazione Agnelli has chosen to focus its research activities on educational topics (schools, universities, lifelong learning). 



András Forgách. He teaches at the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest and he is also author of movie scripts. Playwright, his works and translations of classical and modern works have been staged in various theatres. He collaborated in many movies by Péter Forgács. In 1999 he published his first novel Aki nincs (Who is not here). In March 2018 he published the book Gli atti di mia madre (published by Neri Pozza); in April the English version No Live Files Remain (Scribner). The book will be published in 14 countries.


Enrico Galiano. Teacher in a suburban school, he created the web series Cose da prof, reaching twenty million views on Facebook.  He started the #poeteppisti movement, flash mob of students who soil the city with poetry. In 2015, he was included among the 100 best Italian teachers by the website His first novel, Eppure cadiamo felici (Garzanti) was a novel revelation of 2017. Tutta la vita che vuoi is his last work, published in April by Garzanti.


Luigi Gallo. Deputy of Movimento Cinquestelle at his second legislature, he is signatory of many laws about research, right to education, innovative teaching, defence of teachers and public school. With Paolo Mottana he is author of the book Educazione diffusa. Per salvare il mondo e i bambini (Dissensi, 2017).



Franco Garelli. Professor of Sociology of cultural processes at the University of Turin, where he trained at the school of Luciano Gallino. He is member and he was part of the Governing Council of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion and he coordinated for several years the Sociology of religions of AIS, the Association of Italian Sociologists. He was visiting professor at several American universities and at the Ecole pratique des hautes études in Paris. Among his most recent publications Religione all’italiana. L’anima del paese messa a nudo (il Mulino, 2011), Famiglie (Dehoniane, 2015), Piccoli atei crescono. Davvero una generazione senza Dio? (Il Mulino, 2016) e Educazione (Il Mulino, 2017).



Andrea Gavosto is the director of Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli since 2008, which is now specialized in the research about education and training, and regularly publishes reports about the condition of schools and universities in Italy. He was Chief Economist of Gruppo Fiat and Telecom Italia and he worked at Servizio Studi of Banca d'Italia. He studied at Università di Torino and London School of Economics. He was visiting fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also author of many scientific publications in the field of macroeconomics and labour economics.


Andrea Gessner. Born in Milan, he studied in Venice. In 2002, with Ginevra Bompiani, Roberta Einaudi and others, he founded the publishing house nottetempo and in 2016 he became its director. In 2015, in Milan, with a group of friends he opened the independent bookstore Verso.



Simone Ghezzi. Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University Milano – Bicocca where he teaches Economic anthropology, social and cultural anthropology, globalization and local development. He achieved a master and PhD in social and cultural anthropology at the University of Toronto and he conducted researches on informal economics, family and relatives’ businesses in urban contexts and, recently, on the artisanal production of furniture artwork.



Almudena Grandes. Spanish writer, she made her debut in 1989 with the book The Ages of Lulù (Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated, 1994). Since then, the plaudit of readers and critics has never stopped following her. Her novels Te llamaré Viernes, Malena, es un nombre de tango, Atlas de geografía humana, the Wind from the East, Castillos de Cartón, The Frozen Heart, Los besos en el pan, together with the collections of short stories Modelos de mujer and Estaciones de paso (all published by Guanda), made her one of the most internationally renowned names of contemporary Spanish literature. With Inés y la alegria, she launched in 2011 the series Episodios de una Guerra Interminable, to which belong El lector de Julio Verne and Las tres bodas de Manolita. Her last novel, Los pacientes del doctor García has just been published in Italy by Guanda.



Gabriella Greison. Physicist, writer and theatre monologist. She describes the human aspect of the physicians of the XX century that changed the world. She created the first Festival della Fisica in Italy. Her last novel Hotel Copenaghen (Salani, 2018) is in bookstores now. 


Hakan Günday. He is a Turkish novelist, a script writer and a playwright. His novels have been translated into more than 20 languages and he is a member of the PEN International Writers Circle. He wrote various novels such as Varn’mourn and Chaira (2000), Garfish (2002), Bastard (2003), Dismissal (2007), Loss (2009) that won the Prix France – Turquie in 2014. The Few (2011), elected Book of the Year in Turkey and More (2013), winner of the Prix Médicis Etranger in 2015, were published in Italy by Marcos y Marcos with the titles A con Zeta (2015) and Ancóra (2016).


Judith Hermann. German writer and journalist, was born and grew up in the western part of Berlin, before moving to the eastern part, in the German Democratic Republic. Philosophy graduate, she teaches at Berliner Akademie der Künste (School of Fine Arts of Berlin) since 1997 and she started writing short stories in the United States. Her short stories have been favourably received by critics in most European Countries. In Italy, she has just published the novel L’amore all’inizio (Aller Liebe Anfang).


Iefcostre. The European Institute of Training, Systemic consultancy and Relational Therapy realises its educational interventions through training courses, workshops, two-year masters, four-year training to the relational systemic psychotherapy, aimed at providing psychological support to families, groups and the social systems. Iefcostre is based in Cagliari and is a private training institute recognized and accredited by Miur.


Radhika Jha. Indian novelist, after her studies in anthropology and political sciences, she worked for Hindustan Times, BusinessWorld and the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, where she started up the Interact project for the education of the children of victims of terrorism in different parts of India. She had the opportunity to discover diverse cultural realties by living six years in Tokyo, then in Beijing and now in Athens. Her stories have been published in various newspapers and magazines. Her last publication is My beautiful Shadow (HarperCollins, 2014), preceded by Smell (Soho Press, 1999) and Lanterns on their horns (Beautiful books UK, 2009).



Roberto Keller. He founded in 2005 and has since been directing the publishing house Keller, which since its foundation deals only with translations, concerning the literary scene and reportages from centre-eastern Europe and for European literature in general. In 2009, consequently to the award of Nobel Prize for Literature to Herta Müller, he received the Special Prize Città di Fiesole. In 2015 Keller publishing won Premio Lo Straniero.



Filippo La Porta. Reviewer and essayist, he cooperates with newspapers and magazines, as Il Domenicale of Sole 24 Ore, Il Messaggero, L’Espresso. Among his books La nuova narrativa italiana (Bollati Boringhieri, 1995), Maestri irregolari (Bollati Boringhieri, 2007), Dizionario della clinica militante (with Giuseppe Leonelli, Bompiani, 2007), Meno letteratura, per favore (Bollati Boringhieri, 2010), Un’idea dell’Italia. La cronaca nazionale nei libri (Aragno, 2012), Pasolini (Il Mulino, 2012), Poesia come esperienza. Una formazione nei versi (Fazi, 2013), Roma è una bugia (Laterza, 2014), Indaffarati (Bompiani, 2018), Il bene e gli altri. Dante e un’etica per il terzo millennio (Bompiani, 2018), Saggisti italiani del Novecento in Storia della letteratura italiana (Treccani, 2018).


Legambiente. Born in 1980, the association made of the scientific environmentalism its hallmark. This approach, capable of indicating concrete and feasible alternative paths, combined with a constant work of information, consciousness and involvement of citizen, ensured the deep roots of Legambiente in society, making it the environmentalist organization with a widespread diffusion in the territory.



Francesco Libetta. Pianist, composer and conductor, he is interested in various aspects of piano music, such as the complete Beethoven Sonata, the complete studies of Godowsky on Chopin’s Etudes, the complete piano opera of Chopin. He also recorded the whole serialism of keyboard opera by Händel, various works of Schumann, Debussy, Mozart, Liszt, Brahms, Respighi, Sgambati, Stravinsky, Ravel. Alongside the concert activity he is also a cultural manager in the association Nireo in Lecce of which he’s founder and president. He published several essays on various subjects, including topics of history and aesthetics, re-enactment of Renaissance madrigals and writings on cultural opera life of the late XVIII century.


Francesco Librizzi. He deals with architecture, interiors, staging and product design, doing constant research on the essential traits of space. Meaningful in this sense are il Padiglione Italia at the XII Architecture Exhibition at Biennale di Venezia in 2010, the installation D1 for XXI Triennale, some interiors as Casa G, cover project of Abitare 538. After a collaboration as designer, starting this year, he is art director of FontanaArte.



Vittorio Lingiardi. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Professor of Psychology at the Medicine and Psychology department of the Sapienza University of Rome. He is scientific coordinator, with Nancy McWilliams, of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, PDM-2 (Guilford Press, 2017). His last publications are: Mindscapes, Psiche nel paesaggio (Raffaello Cortina, 2017) and Citizen gay, Affetti e diritti (Il Saggiatore, 2016). He published two cycles of Poems with nottetempo: La confusione è precisa in amore (2012) and Alterazioni del ritmo (2015). He directs the collection Psichiatria Psicoterapia Neuroscienze and contributes to Domenica del Sole 24 Ore, la Repubblica and Venerdí di Repubblica, with the weekly column Psycho.


Lingua Madre. The national literary contest Lingua Madre, conceived in 2005 by Daniela Finocchi, is a permanent project of the Piedmont Region and of Salone Internazionale del Libro in Turin. It is addressed to foreign or foreign-born women residing in Italy and during the years it became an instrument to give voice to those people that usually do not have it and to tell the feminine migrations. A special section is dedicated to Italian women. You can participate in the contest by sending a short story and/or a photo. Every year the selected works are published by SEB27 in an anthology.


Fabio Manca. Vice Editor-in-Chief at Unione Sarda, he works at the editorial staff Politics and Economy, covering economic policy. In the past he directed the chronicle of Cagliari and dealt with social issues. His professional career includes, among other experiences, three years in the editorial staff of the regional TV channels Sardegna uno and Videolina.


Mariarosa Mancuso. She is a writer for Il Foglio where she talks about cinema, books and TV shows. She works also at Radio Svizzera, and she focuses on books. Rizzoli published her Nuovo Cinema Mancuso (2010).



Carlo Mannoni. General Director at Fondazione di Sardegna. Economics and Commerce graduate, from 2001 to 2015 he worked at Tiscali where he held various responsibilities in the field of Development and Strategic Planning. From 2006 he was responsible for Public and Regulatory Affairs and since 2012 he widened his activity in the international field. Since 1999 he is Member of the Council for the United States and Italy – Young Leaders Program, and since 2005 Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program. From 2009 to 2011, he was member of the board of Associazione Italiana Internet Provider, AIIP.


Cecilia Maria Marchisio. Psychologist psychotherapist, she is the scientific responsible of the study centre for rights and independent life at the University of Turin. She is in charge of implementation paths of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with particular focus on developing capabilities of families and on the associations. Among her most relevant publications Costruire futuro. Ripensare il dopo di noi con l’officina della vita indipendente (Erickson, 2017).


Paolo Mastino. Professional journalist graduated in Journalism and Communication sciences. He is a Rai Head of Service in Cagliari, where he has been working since January 2008. He did various reports on TV and live television for the main national newscast Rai, he now collaborates to the columns on the main Sardinian newspaper and Medicina 33. He is one of the coordinators of Buongiorno Regione. He is member of the regional council of the Association of Journalists and of the Regional Steering of Ussi. He is one of the promoters of the #18Undici Committee which aim was to raise funds for the people hit by the flood that destroyed Sardinia in 2013. 


Stefano Mauri. President and CEO of Gruppo Editoriale Mauri Spagnol, vice President of Messagerie Italiane. He graduated in Literature and achieved a Master of Science in Publishing in New York. He created the literary competition lo Scrittore. He is the Italian delegate of the Association of Italian Publishers at the Federation of European Publishers and he is member of the organising committee of the bookseller school Umberto and Elisabetta Mauri. In 2012 he was honoured as Cavaliere al Merito del Lavoro.


Andrea Melis. Graphic designer, video maker and writer, he published noir stories on Italian and foreign magazines and newspapers. Among the founding members of Collettivo Sabot, he signed novels together with authors such as Massimo Carlotto and Francesco Abate, among which Perdas de Fogu (E/O, 2008). His first work in poetry #Bisogni, a selection of verses self-published in a thousand copies thanks to a crowdfunding campaign, sold out in a little over a month. His new book Piccole tracce di vita has just been published by Feltrinelli.


Marco Meloni. Lawyer and PhD graduate in European Union Law, he manages the Political Science School founded by Enrico Letta. He managed the study office of Arel, the research and legislation agency founded by Nino Andreatta. He also edited the series Il costo dell’ignoranza (with Gilberto Capano, Il Mulino, 2013) and Otto lezioni sul mondo (Il Mulino, 2017). From 2006 to 2013 he was a member of the council of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia and from 2013 to 2018 he was a member of the Italian Parliament. Since 2016 he is president of the centre of academic sport of Cagliari.


Massimiliano Messina. Writer and journalist, he is responsible of the website Passionate about poetry and theatre, he published two collections of verses and edited the dramaturgy of some shows of Il Crogiuolo company. He wrote the scriptures of I semi della pace nel cielo della poesia, volume dedicated to a cycle of works of Pinuccio Sciola. He is director of the poetry collection Sogninversi, published by DreamBook in Pisa and he was among the founder of Ipogeo association, that created the event Monumenti Aperti, organized and coordinated by Imago Mundi Onlus association, of which he is vice president.


Luca Molinari is a critic, curator and associate professor of History of Contemporary Architecture at SUN, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli. He writes as a freelance author for many magazines and newspapers, besides taking care of Cronaca di Architettura on the weekly L’Espresso. He is member of Consiglio Superiore per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici. He curated the Italian pavillion at the XII International Architecture Exposition and the architecture and urbanistic sections of Triennale di Milano (2001-2004), as well as a series of expositions and events dedicated to the changing styles of contemporary living.


Maria Antonietta Mongiu. Archaeologist, she cooperated with MIBACT (Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism), the universities of Sassari and Cagliari and she taught for many years at Siotto High School in Cagliari. In 2006 she was part of the Regional Commission for landscape and between 2007 and 2009 she was regional council member for Public Education and Cultural Heritage. Between 2014 and 2017 she was regional president of FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano – National Trust for Italy). She coordinates the scientific committee of Committee for introduction of insularity in the Constitution and presides over the scientific committee of the Paesaggio Gramsci association. For decades she has been actively engaged in the defence of the environment and landscape of Sardinia and of its cultural heritage like the Roman Amphitheatre and historic-monumental area of Tuvixeddu in Cagliari. She is responsible of the online magazine



Raul Moretti. Italian-Swiss harpist, for years he stood out thanks to the experimental and original approach to the instrument, developing an international artistic path and bringing his electric harp in various musical worlds and in other different art forms and in varied environments. Today he is one of the most esteemed harpists for the use of electric and electronic harp. He played in many important international festivals and he is project creator and artistic director of the international festival Arpe del Mondo.


Giampiero Mughini. Journalist, he recounted the political and social events of our country in the book Compagni, addio (Mondadori, 1987), Gli anni della peggio gioventù (Mondadori, 2009) and Addio gran secolo dei nostri vent’anni (Bompiani, 2012). Since the end of the eighties, he distinguished himself as columnist on the small screen, starting from the historic parlour of the Maurizio Costanzo Show. He published ultimately La stanza dei libri. Come vivere felici senza Facebook Instagram e followers (Bompiani, 2016), Sempre una gran signora. Lettere d’amore alla Juventus (Mondadori, 2017), and the most recent Che profumo quei libri. La biblioteca ideale di un figlio del Novecento (Bompiani, 2018) and Era di maggio. Cronache di uno psicodramma (Marsilio, 2018), dedicated to the ’68 movement.


Alessandro Muroni. Musician, composer and artistic director of the musical and theatrical group Charme de Caroline. He composed music and songs for many shows like Maria di Eltili, written by Bepi Vigna. He staged Amianto with Felice Montervino, which is a reading based on the novel of Alberto Prunetti All’ombra della pensilina (Arkadia Editore, 2016), a novel that examines autism with poetic sensitivity.




Music Everywhere. It operates since 2014 in the whole Sardinian and national territory to spread the artistic and musical culture in all its genres, aiming at promoting and adding value to the local excellences. The association collaborates actively with many local identities to the realization of important festivals, concerts and cultural events and it takes care of the educational musical area addressed to children and youngsters who intend to approach the language of sounds, promoting workshops in different parts of Sardinia.



Moni Ovadia. Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, in 1946 from a Sephardi Jew family, after a degree in Political Science he started his artistic career as researcher, singer and interpreter of ethnic and popular music from various countries. In 1984, he started the path that led him to the theatre world, first cooperating with artists at international level such as Bolek Polivka, Tadeusz Kantor, Franco Parenti, then proposing himself as creator, director, actor and artistic director of a musical theatre in which his previous experiences merged perfectly with his extraordinary capabilities of entertainer, speaker and humourist. Central theme of his shows and of his enormous discographic and publishing production is the cultural and real wandering of Hebrews, of whom he feels son and representative, in a continuous dive inside the different sounds and languages inherited from a culture to be treasured for the future.


Catriona Patterson. Green Arts Manager at Creative Carbon Scotland: Scottish charity addressed to sustainability and climate change in the cultural field. She manages the Green Arts Initiative: a community including more than 200 organizations, aiming at reducing carbon monoxide emissions and contributing positively to environmental sustainability. She manages the works related to environmental sustainability of Festivals Edinburgh, the organization that helps and supports the Edinburgh Festivals affirming and developing their position as leader Festival worldwide.



Vittorio Pelligra. Professor of economic policy at the University of Cagliari and invited professor at the International University Institute ‘Sophia’ of Loppiano-Firenze, he is member of many scientific committees like SEC-Scuola di Economia Civile, the network of organisations NexT - Nuova Economia X Tutti and the Antonio Gramsci House Museum. He focuses on experimental and behavioural Economics, Civilian Economics and institutional design. He created Wecoop, a board game simulating an operating business; he is cofounder of Smartlab and he promotes the SlotMob campaign against legalized gambling.


Marilisa Piga. Director, author and producer, she signed, together with Nicoletta Nessler Lunàdigas, the first Italian webdoc about women without children. The project continues since 2015 and in October 2016 it became a film, winner of the award for best feature film at the Chouftouhonna Festival of feminist art in Tunis and the award for best documentary at Pornfilmfestival Berlin. The website hosts reflections about the stereotypes on motherhood and self-determination, involving women of all ages and background. Together with Nessler, she shot various documentaries and she produced Vita a Diol Kadd. Diari e riprese in un Villaggio del Senegal by Gianni Celati, special Prize in 2010 at the Festival Internationale di Roma.


Andrea Possenti. Physics graduate at the University of Milan and researcher at Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF), he is currently head researcher at INAF Astronomical Observatory in Cagliari. Author of more than 250 publications in international scientific magazines, he is part of the limited group of European scientists that obtained the Premio Cartesio 2005. He is currently board member of the international experiment IPTA, aimed to reveal gravitational waves through pulsar observation. He has been actively engaged in astronomic divulgation, taking part in more than 300 public conferences. He published two divulgation books: Eclissi (Mursia, 1999) and Comete, diario di viaggio (Mimesis, 2002).



Silvia Pozzi. She teaches language at the University of Milano Bicocca and Chinese literature at Civica Scuola Interpreti e Traduttori A. Spinelli of Milan. Interpreter and translator since 1999, she translated into Italian many works of contemporary writers, such as A Yi, Han Han, Lao Ma, Lin Bai, Qiu Miaojin and Yu Hua. Since 2014 she is co-director of Caratteri, the fist Italian magazine on Chinese contemporary literature, published by Foreign Language Press in the People’s Republic of China and distributed in Italy in electronic format.



Enrica Puggioni. She graduated in Philosophy in Venice, obtained a PHD in comparative literature in Cagliari and attended a post graduate PHD at Stuttgart University. Both in Italy and in Germany she managed projects and cultural events for several organizations, gaining skills in management and international productions. From 2011 until 2016 she was council member for culture in the municipality of Cagliari. She currently lives in Cagliari where she works as freelancer in the fields of cultural management and strategic planning.


Francesco Ragazzi. Curator and contemporary art critic, he collaborated with important public and private institutions in Italy and worldwide. He studies the statute of the work of art in the digital era, the history of independent cinema, the connection between masculinity and feminism. After curating two editions of The Internet Pavilion for Venice Art Biennal (2011, 2013), in 2015 he founded The Internet Saga, a search platform on the aesthetics of connectivity. In this context he started a cooperation with Jonas Mekas, curating his recent art exhibitions.


Gigi Riva. Columnist for Espresso group. He was Director of Giornale di Vicenza, editor in chief of L’Espresso, special correspondent for L’Espresso and Il Giorno, newspapers for which he reported almost all the armed conflicts exploded in the world since the nineties to the present day. He wrote several essays on the Balkans and the Middle East, and a novel, L’ultimo rigore di Faruk (Sellerio, 2016) winner of the Prix Etranger as best foreign book published in 2016 in France, where it was published under the title Le dernier penalty, and winner of the literary prize Coni in Italy. He wrote the script of three movies: The Game Bag, directed by Maurizio Zaccaro (1997), Nema Problema, directed by Giancarlo Bocchi (2004), Il sorriso del capo, directed by Marco Bechis (2011).



Sergio Rizzo. Journalist and essayist, he is vice-director of Repubblica. He collaborated with Il Corriere della Sera, Milano Finanza, Il Mondo and Il Giornale. He published for Rizzoli Rapaci (2009), La cricca (2010) and Razza stracciona (2012). Together with Gian Antonio Stella he wrote, still for Rizzoli, La Casta (2007), La Deriva (2008), Vandali (2011) and Licenziare i padreterni (2011). For Feltrinelli he published Se muore il Sud (2013, with Gian Antonio Stella, Premio Benedetto Croce award), Da qui all’eternità. L’Italia dei privilegi a vita (2014), Il Facilitatore (2015), La repubblica dei brocchi. Il declino della classe dirigente italiana (2016) and Il pacco. Indagine sul grande imbroglio delle banche italiane (2018).


Davide Ruffinengo. Bookseller and trainer, he created Profumi per la mente, a project born many years ago which aim was to travel with books and to encourage the desire of reading. With his actions, he proposes a learning process in the world of ideas and words, which aim is to know the mechanisms of creativity and their daily application. 


Mariarosaria Sciglitano. Translator, Radio RAI accredited journalist, Comparative Literature PhD. Since 1991 she collaborates with the Italian Cultural Institute in Hungary. Since 1993, she works as Italian lecturer at the Corvinus University of Budapest. She is also member of the National Federation of the Hungarian Journalists.She works as a consultant for literary translation from Hungarian to Italian. She collaborates as mother tongue consultant for Italian studies with the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources. She obtained the Frankfurt ’99 translation Prize. The last book translated by her is No live files remain written by Forgách András.


Enrico Maria Secci. Psychologist and Psychotherapist, besides his activity at a private clinic, he has been teaching techniques of strategic psychotherapy at SCUPSIS School of Integrative Strategic Psychotherapy in Rome for over ten years. He published articles and professional, scientific and divulgation essays, among which the books Gli uomini amano poco. Amore, coppia, dipendenza (, 2012), Perverse Narcissists and the Impossible Relationships – Surviving love addictions and rediscovering ourselves (, 2014), Amori Supernova. Psico-soccorso per cuori spezzati senza un perchè (, 2017). He is the author of Blog Therapy, a blog about psychology and psychotherapy.



Vincenzo Soddu. Literature Graduate, high school teacher and writer. In 2011 he published the essay Una pergamena in sardo e latino, in Templari, crociate, giudicati e ordini monastico-cavallereschi nella Sardegna medioevale, edited by Massimo Rassu (Arkadia Editore). Since 2012 he writes the blog libriedintorniblog. In 2013, he had his narrative debut with the book La neve a Gaza (Caracò). In 2015, for CUEC, he published Un’Isola da bere, sixth issue of Mieleamaro Magazine, a literary adventure accompanied by the fragrance of wine, written in cooperation with Gianni Stocchino. Invisibili (Arkadia, 2018), his new novel, takes place in the school environment.



Giovanni Stanghellini. Doctor in Medicine and doctor in Philosophy honoris causa, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, he teaches Dynamic Psychology at the University of Chieti and directs the School of Phenomenological-dynamic Psychotherapy of Florence. President of the section Philosophy and the Humanities of the World Psychiatric Association, presides over the section Philosophy and Psychiatry of the European Psychiatric Association, is co-editor of the collection International Perspectives for Philosophy and Psychiatry (Oxford University Press). Among his books Psicopatologia del senso comune (Cortina, 2008), Psicologia del patologico (with Mario Rossi Monti, Cortina, 2009), Noi siamo un dialogo (Cortina, 2017) and L’amore che cura (Feltrinelli, 2018).



Street books. Street Books – Scrittori lettori e libri a Dolianova is the literary festival of Parteolla, whose third edition will take place from the 7th to the 15th of July in the evocative setting of Villa de Villa. It will be a journey of nine days focused on the strengths and shapes of storytelling, among literature, theatre, music and cinema. Program, info and news on, on Facebook and, starting from this year, also on a free downloadable app on the main play stores.



Stefano Usai. Director of the Master in European Project Management (MAPE) and President of the Faculty of Economical, Juridical and Political Science of the University of Cagliari, where he teaches applied Economics. Responsible of the research group on Sardinia’s competitiveness condition in foreign (external) markets, he was director of CRENOS (Centre for North South Economic Research) and his main research fields revolve around the topics of regional economic development and economy of technological progress.



Gianfranco Viesti. Professor of Applied Economics at the Political Sciences Department of the University of Bari. He conducts research activities on international, industrial and regional Economics. He is a columnist for il Mattino and il Messaggero and member of the management board of the publishing house il Mulino. In 1997-98 he took part in the economic advisers’ Council of Prime Minister Romano Prodi. His most recent publications: La laurea negata. Le politiche contro l’istruzione universitaria (Laterza, 2018), Per l’industrializzazione del Mezzogiorno (Luiss Academy, 2017) and Viaggio in Italia (Il Mulino, 2017). 



Hua Yu. Chinese writer, after his debut as a fiction writer in 1983, he published five novels, six collections of stories, and five collections of essays. His main works have been translated into more than forty languages and published in many countries. In Italy the following books were published: Torture (Einaudi, 1997), To live (1993), L’eco della pioggia (Donzelli, 1998), Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (1995), Le cose del mondo sono fumo (Einaudi, 2004), Brothers (Feltrinelli, 2008), Arricchirsi è glorioso (Feltrinelli, 2009), La Cina in dieci parole (Feltrinelli, 2012) and The Seventh Day (2015). Yu Hua received many prizes, among which the Grinzane Cavour (1998) and the Giuseppe Acerbi (2014) in Italy. In 2004 he was appointed Knight of the Order of Arts and in 2019 he won the Ivo Andric Prize.


Edoardo Zanchini. National vice president of Legambiente, responsible of climate, international and urban politics. Architect, he taught in the universities of Rome, Ferrara and Pescara (where he was researcher). Board member of RGI, Renewables Grid Initiative and member of the board of Coordinamento FREE, associations of renewables sources and energetic efficiency, and of several scientific committees. Author of essays on energy, territory and sustainability, among his recent publications Vista mare. La trasformazione dei paesaggi costieri italiani (with Michele Manigrasso, Edizioni Ambiente, 2017), Il clima cambia le città. Strategie di adattamento e mitigazione nella pianificazione urbanistica (with Francesco Musco, Franco Angeli, 2015).


Giorgio Zanchini. Journalist and radio host at Radio Rai, he previously hosted several research programmes on Radio 3 and Radio 1 and he is currently the voice of Radio anch’io. Co-director of Festival del Giornalismo Culturale, he holds lessons and seminars focusing on cultural journalism and Anglo-Saxon journalism. Among his books La Radio nella Rete (Donzelli, 2017), Leggere, cosa e come (Donzelli, 2016), Un millimetro in là, intervista a Marino Sinibaldi sulla cultura (Laterza, 2014).


Francesco Zanotelli. Anthropologist, researcher at the University of Messina, where he teaches Social and Family Anthropology. He has a PhD in Anthropological Science at the University of Turin and he conducted post-graduate research at the department of Philosophy and Social Science at the University of Siena. He taught at the universities of Siena, Bologna, Venice Ca’ Foscari, Modena and Reggio Emilia, he was also visiting professor at Universidad de Sevilla, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and Universidad IberoAmericana of Mexico City. On the topics of family, he published several essays in Italy and in foreign countries and, together with Simonetta Grilli, he curated the book Scelte di famiglia. Tendenze della parentela nella società contemporanea (Edizioni ETS, 2011).