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Rizzoli Bookstore Reopens in NYC

Sally Grant   New York

The old Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th St, NYC Photo credit: Rizzoli Bookstore

The old Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th St, NYC
© Rizzoli Bookstore

Book – and bookshop – lovers of the world rejoice! After closing the doors of its beloved 57th Street store last year, Rizzoli New York opened a new flagship in the NoMad district of Manhattan last Monday. While this location, in the nineteenth-century St. James Building at 1133 Broadway, may not be able to replace the now-lost historic charm of its predecessor, with its famed vaulted ceilings (the building has since been demolished to make way for a luxury development – who’d have thought it?), for an independent bookstore to re-open these days is an event to be celebrated.

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Teaching Italian – global and national perspectives

550x150v5Coinciding with the XIV edition of the Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo, the Stati Generali della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo is taking place in Florence this week (21-22 October) with the theme L’italiano nel mondo che cambia. As a basis for the discussions, statistics on the current global position of Italian language teaching have been produced and documents on strategies for the future have been presented. The Accademia della Crusca has simultaneously launched an e-volume, L’editoria italiana nell’era digitale, which examines the history of the book and publishing in Italy and contains interviews with Italy’s major lexicographers (including Tullio De Mauro and Raffaele Simone). In Australia the place of Italian in schools and universities has recently been discussed by John Hajek and Joe Lo Bianco who examine the reasons for the current decline in its popularity and suggest strategies to reverse it.

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Masterpiece: Italy’s new literary talent show

Brigid Maher   La Trobe University

Sala208-660x369While we often hear that Italians aren’t big readers, it seems the country is full of aspiring authors. This week saw the premiere on Rai 3 of Masterpiece, billed as “il primo talent letterario al mondo”. The winner will have the chance to publish their book with Bompiani, in 100,000 copies, and this must have been a very appealing prospect to the country’s unpublished writers, because the producers received 5000 manuscripts from would-be contestants across the country. Continue reading

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The global circulation of crime fiction: The case of Gianluca Carofiglio

Brigid Maher   La Trobe University

Gianrico Carofiglio

Gianrico Carofiglio

Crime fiction – what it is or is not, who reads it, how it circulates – was the focus of a conference hosted earlier this month by Leeds University and the Crime Studies Network. Papers, keynote addresses and panel discussions explored the theme “Retold, Resold, Transformed: Crime Fiction in the Modern Era”.

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