PHOTOS: Salone Internazionale del Libro TORINO – International Book Fair in Turin, Italy

Salone Internazionle del Libro TORINO,  16 -20 Maggio, 2013

Here are some photos from the International Book Fair in Turin, at the Lingotto Fiere.

I had a great time!  If you are in Italy, and you love Italian books like I  do, then make an effort to visit this bookfair !  Tons of books to see, and I wanted to take a truckload home with me!  And I made a ton of photos too, but I can only show a few here…enjoy!

















One thing is for certain, Italians, of all ages love traditional books.  The publisher exhibitions  were still accessible early in the day, but by mid day the publishers’ venues were soooo crowded.  The e-book places at the book fair were not heavily visited.   That is the first thing I noticed and throughout the entire day I spent at the fair.  This year I noticed that many smaller Italian publishing houses were not represented at the fair.  This is a shame.  In previous years it was certainly different.  I attribute this phenomenon to the current financial criris in Italy as well as the larger publishing houses dominating the market.  I think it is very important, for so many reasons,  that the small independent publishers survive.   Also I was searching for books written in various Italian regional languages such as Piemonteis, Occitano, Friulano, Franco-Provencal and so many others.  You can see a language and dialect map of Italy HERE.    I only found one publisher who presented books written in Piemontese and also one from Sardegna, books in regional dialects and languages. I hope that in the future there will be more exposure for these books.

The Turin book fair is spectacular and it is the living culture of books–traditional books–that make it so special.

I’m already looking forward to next year’s fair!  

Lunga vita ai libri tradizionale Italiani !     DSCN1335

By Karin Susan Fester (c) 2013

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A Writer’s Work Is Never Done

A writer’s work is never done.  Every time I look at a text I have just written, I can always find several ways to improve it.  Writing is hard work and one has to be committed to producing the best work possible.  Even when you have finished a piece of writing which took you weeks or even months to write, you will discover that it needs revision.  And I do not mean one revision, but many extensive revisions.

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Can you just imagine how many revisions need to be made when you are writing a book!  I know.  Usually what I do, after writing a lengthy piece, is to let it sit a few weeks or even months.  During this period I do not look at it!  I leave it alone.  In the meantime I work on another project and then I return to the first piece to do a thorough editing.  That’s when the fun begins!  Revisions, revisions, what more can I say.  You will sit and write all day.  The rest period you take between writing projects is constructive because it allows you to see it from a fresh viewpoint.   The editing job will be easier, at least for me it is.  Of course, then there are periods when you do not feel like writing much, and these are the times when you need to push yourself.  Here I am talking about writer’s block.   Every serious writer has their own way of overcoming such periods.  One thing is for certain, you have to write every day (or every evening), even if it’s only for an hour.  If you are serious about writing, you will find the time.  You will make the time!  I write several hours every day, beginning already very early in the morning, and usually I have to force myself to leave the keyboard and take a break.  I’m a workaholic and most serious writers are and that is because we are driven from the inside to express our ideas, to be creative, and to produce manuscripts that will either appeal to the readers or at least will be taken as a serious piece of work even if they don’t agree with your viewpoint.  The latter point is especially important for academic projects where the argumentation needs to not only move persuasively forward but needs to demonstrate your in-depth knowledge of a given subject.   No matter what you are writing, it will take time to produce a good piece of work.  There are people who say, “I can write a book in one month.”  Frequently I’ve heard people say this who aim to write e-books for quick sale.  Sure, they may have written what they think is a book, but it may not necessarily be a good piece of writing.  A good piece of writing takes time.

Karin Susan Fester

Karin Susan Fester (c) 2013