Ready for a new week in the box.

Mark all our meetings, we are waiting for you!

Tuesday 12 April at 20.00 creative reading course by Fernando Coratelli and Luigi Carrozzo.
We will talk about Meta-writing, guests: Philip Roth and Enrique Vila Matas.
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Wednesday 13 April at 5.00 pm we are waiting for your children to listen to the story of ALINA!


Friday 15 April at 18.30 meeting with Alessio Pasa who will present the first three volumes of Francesco’s pentalogy. (Meligrana Editore)

Five novels for the story of Francesco Aliberti, born in 1949, and his co-protagonists, Dix, Sara and Laura, through a historical period full of events. The volumes are published by Meligrana Editore
In 2012 the first volume was published, “Occhitelli mariarotta sopraspina benvolendo tornamore se”, the following year “1978” was released and in September 2015 the third was released, “The dawn of the pig”. The fourth volume is scheduled for 2016.
Saturday 16 April at 6.00 pm Francesca Fornario will come to visit us to tell us about La banda della culla (Einaudi)


The unleashed adventures of Francesca Fornario’s six characters in search of children make us cry with laughter, in the debut novel of a natural comic talent, definitely out of shape. La banda della culla is a tender and merciless satire on the difficulties that 20-30-40 year olds face in becoming parents in Italy. The “project” works that prevent projects from being made, the laws that deny rights instead of ensuring them, the fertility index that decreases over the years: “Blame the design defects of the female reproductive system. It is normal for women to feel pain and lose blood for days without dying and raising children inside. With all the space that was outside! Unexplored continents, unknown planets, an expanding universe … what need was there to put the seed inside the body? Why not out in the nest like chickens do? No, inside! And of course, guess who inside? ” In the waiting room of a Roman gynecologist, the fates of Claudia and Francesco, Veronica and Camilla, Giulia and Miguel meet. Six lives that want to generate new lives. But they can’t. Not in Italy, where if you have a precarious contract, or a polycystic ovary, or foreign origins, you get entangled in the worst jungle of archaic prohibitions and rules imagined by a country that claims to love the family but perhaps, secretly, can’t stand it. Thus begins the comic and desperate adventure of the “cradle gang”, which defies the law for justice in a country where talk-show reporters are not sent anywhere, journalists write under pseudonyms that write under other pseudonyms, Argentines work as waiters in Mexican restaurants (“A brasilià, here in Rome we don’t stand looking at the hair”).

Francesca Fornario is a journalist and satirical author on radio and TV. He writes for «il manifesto», «Micromega», «Il Fatto Quotidiano». She began to satire on the pages of “Unita” and from there she landed on TV. The Cradle Band is his first novel.


And we conclude the week with an extraordinary opening on Sunday 17 April at 12.00 we are waiting for you at brunch in yellow !

What is it about

“Ego or alter ego? This is the first question that spontaneously arises from the reader of Amerigo Asnicar, journalist, Aldo Dalla Vecchia’s first “yellow” work. I purposely used the expression “detective story” and not “detective novel” or “detective work” for two reasons: the first is that it is not a novel. This book, in fact, is made up of three stories – which is more than unusual nowadays – which have the advantage of chasing each other in their diversity. The second is that it is not even a detective story. The protagonist of the events narrated here is a journalist and television author. We are far from the stereotype of the contemporary thriller, here there is no full muscle policemanno smoking gun, no brutality. Amerigo Asnicar seems in all respects the alter ego of the author. The events narrated here recall real life experiences, just think of the interpersonal relationships of Amerigo Asnicar, which could in all respects be the same as Dalla Vecchia: Mara Maionchi and Cristiano Malgioglio just to name two. The whole work is full of constant references to the world of the jet set, real characters that we are used to seeing on television or in the newspapers, abstract, distant, unattainable entities. Well, Aldo Dalla Vecchia humanizes and tells closely, without fear of naming names (this is also an unusual thing in genre fiction), a glossy world that otherwise we could only imagine. I must specify, however, that this sparkling side dish is not the fulcrum of the narrative, but only a worthy and very original condiment for the main course, which is the very successful “yellow” story, on which, however, I do not dwell only so as not to corrupt its taste. The other thing that surprised me about this book is its style: fresh, light-hearted, irreverent, ironic. The stories are enjoyed with an imperceptible hint of a smile on the lips. Aldo Dalla Vecchia has been a popular television writer for several decades, and this is clearly evident in his writing. The shrewd use of essentiality here generates three absolutely new narratives in the Italian literary panorama.

Alessandro Bongiorni “