Milan becomes BookCity for four days

17-20 Nov. Speakers to include Saviano, Şafak.

Over a thousand events across the city will mark the fifth edition of BookCity, the annual festival dedicated to writing, publishing and reading books from 17 to 20 November.

Turkish author, columnist, speaker and academic Elif Şafak will be one of the leading lights of the initiative, and will receive the seals of the city from mayor Giuseppe Sala. Şafak has published 15 books, including 10 novels, in both Turkish and English.

Other personalities attracting visitors will include Luis Sepùlveda, Clara Sánchez, James Bradburne, Italo Rota, Roberto Saviano and Alessandro Baricco.

A new departure in this year’s edition will be an all-night marathon of reading, with writing of Italo Calvino as the central theme, interspersed with other texts, in which the audience will be invited to take part in the reading.

Centred around Milan’s Castello Sforzesco, BookCity will be spread across locations such as the Mudec museum of cultures, municipal events location Base, the Museum of Science and Technology, the Franco Parenti theatre and the Triennale. But events will also be held in hospitals and Milan’s three jails of Bollate, Opera and S. Vittore.

And on Sunday 20 November, a surprise for visitors: Milan will also become Cacao City in an event dedicated to a dystopian future in which chocolate has become the preferred drug of the elderly, and the police are unable to put a stop to the smuggling.

The full programme of the four-day festival is available on the dedicated website.