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At Mantua ‘Festivaletteratura’ Telecom Italia introduces “Traces”, literary encounters with major authors

This year again Telecom Italia is present at the 2011 Mantua ‘Festivaletteratura’ to combine culture and technology and favor the diffusion of digital publishing:  “Traces”, a cycle of encounters with the major names of National and International literature, will take place in Telecom Italia’s stand at Sordello Square and  followed by live streaming on

09/06/2011 - 02:30 PM

 Also this year Telecom Italia is a partner of Mantua ‘Festivaletteratura’ to support culture and diffusion of digital contents by means of new technologies.
Mantua ‘Festivaletteratura’ represents Telecom Italia’s opportunity to make known to the public new literary trails and reading-consulting modalities allowed by e-books.

During the event in schedule from the 7th  to the  11th of September, Telecom Italia’s stand at  Sordello Square will host “Traces”, a cycle of free encounters that will feature the major names of National and International literature, including Natalino Balasso, Erri De Luca, Carlo Lucarelli, Enrico Deaglio, Roger J. Ellory and many more.

Traces” includes  23 appointments presented by Maurizio Matrone, each one dedicated to a different theme: from history to nature, from arts to journalism, from society to music, to the digital world’s new frontiers. The encounters will be broadcast live streaming on the websites and particularly the primetime appointments at 9:00 p.m. constitute an ideal study planning on contemporary literature that anyone could follow on the web thanks to particular interactive tools.  Also social networks will be featured: "Traces" encounters can be commented  on Telecom Italia’s pages both on Twitter and on  Facebook, and all visitors present in Mantua can leave notes and comments in the Twitter corner prepared in the stand at Sordello Square.

In that same stand, technology stations will be available to the public in order to contact directly the world of digital publishing. It will be possible to know that, with its 15,000 titles and over 200 publishers, is one of the richest e-book stores on the National scene, able to facilitate the process of consulting, selecting, buying, downloading and using the electronic cultural product  and freely consulting a selection of texts linked to the Festivaletteratura by means of  new generation e-readers, including brand new tablets using Android operative system through a dedicated App, i.e. Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy and TIM My TAB. Biblet’s App  can be downloaded also on iPad.

An area dedicated to the event has been realized in the store where, among other digital contents, books presented at the Festival and in “Traces” encounters can be consulted.


Wednesday September 7 
7:30 p.m. Constantine the great
In hoc signo vinces: Alessandro Barbero anticipates his initial investigations dedicated to the first Christian Emperor, founder of a new capital city and saint of the Church of the East.
9:00 p.m. when an actor becomes a writer
From stage to desk: why is this step ever more frequent? Natalino Balasso relates his reasons.

Thursday September 8 
12.30 p.m. the missing word
How many ways can human life express itself? Far beyond writing, Eliane Brum identified a great number of them, starting from the extraordinary characters who accompanied her news travels through Brazil.
3:30 p.m. foreign fathers, Italian children?
Unity Square (Piazza dell’Unità). Reality and imaginary about the second generation of foreigners: parents and children, during the time of web 2.0. Discussion by Maurizio Matrone and Mihai Mircea Butcovan.
5:30 p.m. a lesson in elegance
Eyes are not enough: it should be looked at with the eyes of the soul. Elegance hides in details. It takes the magnifying glass of feelings to recognize it. Like the one used by Cesare Rimini (Maybe not. Searching for elegance).
7:00 p.m. McLuhan. the man who saw the future
He gave way to studies on media, drew the outline of what would be called communication science. But  - to Marco Belpoliti – much of what he said, Marshall McLuhan still has to say it (a hundred years after his birth).
9:00 p.m. the gardener of lost languages
Studying a language - says Erri De Luca – is like planting  a tree. At first it struggles, then slowly it frees itself from the starting point and slowly takes root, branching down and up.

Friday September 9
10:30 a.m. summer morning in Tel Aviv
Two lovers in a  Mediterranean city: a visual love poem drawn by Yirmi Pinkus.
12.30 a.m. tv auteur
Book-trailer, interviews, reading: everything needed to know Roger J. Ellory is on a You Tube dedicated channel.
3:30 p.m. Gambarotta the egyptian
Ancient Egyptians, you know, are at home in Turin. But who could ever imagine that  Bruno Gambarotta himself would leave in search of the Holy Grail of Egyptology, the famous papyrus with Nefertiti’s recipes...
5:30 p.m. Tocqueville and the dictatorship of the majority
“When I feel the hand of power grow heavy on my forehead” writes Alexis de Tocqueville, “I am not more willing to stick my head under the yoke only because a million of arms hands it to me”. We are reminded of this by Piero Dorfles.
7:00 p.m. italian contemporary catchphrases
Use becomes abuse, the invention of a day turns into a flat daily repetition: Stefano Bartezzaghi (Can’t stand it any longer) illustrates, explains, torments language catchphrases raging today. And so on.
9:00 p.m.Federico Fellini’s movies in a drawer
Much of Fellini hasn’t ever been filmed or even written. There are ideas, sketches, notes of the great Rimini director still in a drawer. Why not look inside it? Carlo Lucarelli and Michele Cogo, favored by Paolo Fabbri of Fellini Foundation, are doing just that together with the children of the Fiction Workshop.

Saturday September 10 
10:30 a.m. italianity test
Laila Wadia
(How to become Italian in 24 hours) invites you to submit to a proven scientific test to measure your Quotient of Italianity. You will come out Italian as you have never been!
12:30 p.m. anyone wants to be a writer?
Christopher Moore
is a writer certainly not stingy with tips. Just visit his web site and find answers also on how to start a career as an author. For the lazy ones, answers are live today.
3:30 p.m. sensuality of food
Blanc mange, melon ice, Saint Agatha’s  breasts: in each page of Giuseppina Torregrossa there is nutrition and attraction, Eros and life.
5;30 p.m. world emotional tour
A cartoonist named Paco Roca is in Mantua for an important literary festival. Having entered  a tent in the principal city square, he starts drawing what happened to him in those days…
7:00p.m. an  afghan saga: 1930-2011
Eighty years of Afghanistan history in the alternation of generations: Alberto Cairo chooses a private story to tell a country that does not find peace.
9:00 p.m. on the trails of two ferocious dogs
A murder committed in San Francisco twelve years ago. Its unexpected consequences. A story that is occupying Enrico Deaglio’s thoughts.

Sunday September 11 
10:30 p.m. a novel grown in the web
Dmitry Glukhovsky wrote a book that no Russian publisher wanted to publish. He put it on the net and readers have come to the thousands: they have corrected it, improved it. is up-to-now something more than a  novel.
12:30 p.m. rome  chinese
It’s not difficult to meet some chinese in Rome today, but only a frequent traveler like Colin Thubron might happen to meet alleged descendants of Roman legionaries in North-West China.
3:00 p.m. dedicated to Anita
This is a tribute of Valentino Zeichen to Ana Maria de Jesus Ribeiro da Silva, said Anita, a girl of South American origin who happened to fight for the Italian cause and died five-months pregnant for the love of a man called Giuseppe Garibaldi.
5:30 p.m.  the right place to play music
Bach is good on the mountains, Dvorák going round in St. Petersburg: to Mario Brunello (Out with music), each piece of music has an ideal place.

Mantua, September 6 2011


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