Time for books in Milan

8-12 March. Five-day celebration of publishing in Milan’s Fiera.

On 8 March Milan participates for the first time in the international Tempo di Libri fair in its new role as a UNESCO capital of books and publishing.

The investiture of Milan into the network of UNESCO creative cities has triggered a series of initiatives and international cultural exchanges for readers, publishers, writers and everyone else connected with books.

On Saturday 10 March 400 volunteers will read excerpts from books new and old, chaired by writer and journalist Isabella Bossi Fedrigotti, author of a dozen critically acclaimed novels. Excerpts from Hemingway’s A farewell to arms will mark the centenary of the author’s work in Milan as a volunteer ambulance driver during world war one.

Each day will have its theme: 8 March is dedicated to female characters and writers. Friday 9 March will recall the social and political upheavals of 1968, while Saturday will concentrate on verses, texts and pictures of Milan. Sunday will focus on the relationship between text and illustration and graphic novels. The closing day Monday 12 March will discuss the technical revolution of the digital world.

A detailed programme of all the events is on the festival website, which also has details of ticket prices for one, three or five-day entries and on how to reach the fairground by public transport.