Mantua Festivaletteratura 2008
The reason that Mantua's Festivaletteratura, or Festival of Literature, is special is explained by Fiorenza Brioni, the mayor of the city: "Each year sees the return of the curiosity, the desire, and the passion with which we experience these unique days. They always provide precious experiences, a chance for deep study, dialogues between different thoughts and cultures, and opportunities for conversation and reflection, as well as moments full of relaxation and the great pleasure of being together, in a way that is never trite."
First-time participants in the festival included Scott Turow, Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicole Krauss, William Langewiesche, Eugenio Scalfari, Paolo Villaggio, and Sebastian Faulks, the new author of the James Bond stories. Special attention was paid to the centenary of the birth of Cesare Pavese.
Moleskine was a participant this year as well, with a personalized notebook given to all the authors and to all the festival volunteers. The notebook was also on sale at the festival bookshop. The notebook's paper band had a photo by Moreno Gentili showing the outlines of Mantua's Palazzo della Ragione. The cover had a drawing by the illustrator Nora Krug, whose work also appeared on the festival guidebook.For further info: