The second edition of Bookcity Milano gets underway on 21 November with the projection of giant portraits of well-known writers on the façades of buildings in the centre of Milan – the first of nearly 600 book-related events packed into an intense four-day festival.
Leonardo’s manuscript Codice Trivulziano will be exceptionally on display at the Castello Sforzesco, and visitors will be able to page through a digital version. But the celebration of reading and writing will not be confined to the castle: “Literature Street” will follow Via Dante, Piazza Cordusio, Loggia dei Mercanti, Piazza Duomo, Milan Università, the Biblioteca Sormani to the Rotonda di via Besana. Readings, interviews and workshops for adults and kids will be held in a series of locations along the street.
Special events will include meetings about literature and therapy in Milanese hospitals, and courses on literature and writing in the city’s jails. Passengers will also enjoy a “readathon” in the Metro, a series of “talking streets”, as well as stories in taxis.
The full programme hour by hour is available on the Bookcity website, including an alphabetical index of the 1,200 authors and personalities taking part, linked to the event or events where they will speak, and a list sorted by zone, to find the events taking place near you.