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Testo alla Stazione Leopolda di Firenze
February 16, 2023

Text, everything you need to know about the book and publishing fair

From 24 to 26 February the Stazione Leopolda will host over 100 publishing houses. Here the calendar of events and meetings not to be missed

The event dedicated to contemporary publishing and its protagonists returns to Florence from 24 to 26 February. The Stazione Leopolda will host the second edition of TESTO [How a book becomes a book], the publishing event organised by Pitti Immagine in collaboration with Stazione Leopolda, based on an idea by Todo Modo.

TESTO tells how a book is born and how it gets into the reader's hands. Three days to immerse oneself in a world of paper and words through a reasoned selection of books and new releases and thanks to a packed programme of events, workshops, meetings and reading paths.

The perfect opportunity to meet the best publishing houses - 107 small, medium and large - the protagonists of publishing and the most interesting Italian and international authors.

A route divided into seven stations, a careful selection of titles and an interactive use of the event that connects the public with the insiders, i.e. publishers, booksellers, library directors and writers. TESTO is the ideal bookshop where to buy the most engaging books narrated directly by the protagonists.

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  • In the two aisles of the Stazione Leopolda, each publisher offers a small number of titles. Thanks to discussions with editors, writers and press offices (and guided tours by booksellers), readers can immerse themselves in the spirit of the proposals. To delve deeper into the publisher's catalogue, more titles will be displayed on the shelves, behind the tables.

  • At the Leopolda, the life cycle of the book is recreated through a route in seven stations. Each station - the Manuscript, the Rewind, the Translation, the Sign, the Story, the Bookshop, the Reader - describes a phase in the life of the book: from the work of the writer, to that of the editors, translators, graphic designers, promoters and booksellers, to the reader.

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  • The programme presents an in-depth thematic focus on beginnings. Stories of decidedly successful debuts - with the participation of Niccolò Ammaniti, Simona Vinci, Marco Missiroli, Antonio Moresco (with Carla Benedetti). And a series of new debuts between 2022 and early 2023.

  • Translation: workshops and great translators such as Vincenzo Mantovani, who talks about the new translation of Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse No. 5. Then: Ena Marchi, Maria Nicola, Claudia Durastanti, Alberto Cristofori, Laura Pugno, Giovanna Granato and others.

  • The collaboration with the Peccioliper Foundation is confirmed, presenting a series of meetings and editorial workshops organised by il Post, focusing on the next issue of the magazine COSE spiegate bene, which will be dedicated to theatre.

  • TESTO also launches the graphics competition A Segno! - within the Il Segno station - dedicated to the most beautiful book in the two categories Textbook and Illustrated Book.

  • And then Testone, the newspaper printed every day by a team of young editors and graphic designers.

  • Two documentaries will be screened at the Cinema La Compagnia: Umberto Eco. La biblioteca del mondo by Davide Ferrario (Saturday 25 February, 7 p.m. - Tuscan preview), in the presence of the director and with an introduction by Beppe Cottafavi; and Citizenfour by Laura Poitras (Sunday 26 February, 7 p.m.), which will be introduced by Jessica Bruder and Dale Maharidge, authors of the book Snowden's Box, in collaboration with Edizioni Clichy (tickets: 6€ full price/ 5€ reduced/ 3€ reduced by presenting the TEXTBOOK ticket).

(HERE all other events scheduled for this 3-day book special).

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