the first European festival on creativity

2014 Programme

Event #24

Fabio Geda

Absolute beginners

They say that Joyce wrote lying on his stomach and wearing a white coat. Hemingway, instead, would continue until he’d used up a whole pencil, while Stephen King has to write 2,000 words a day, and Tom Robbins won’t finish working on a sentence until it sounds perfect to him. Every writer has his or her own fixations. But what all writers have in common is getting started. Fabio Geda, with the help of Filippo Losito and Raffaele Riba (authors on their first novel), traces the path that goes from the idea of the novel to the library bookshelf. The discussion will focus on the stages that can pry open the famous drawer the manuscripts lie in (from magazines, to prizes, to literary agencies), and on rules, if they indeed exist, to get to the heart of a good book. Like this one offered by Kurt Vonnegut: ?Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.?.


Fabio Geda

was born in 1972 in Turin, where he lives. His books include: Per il resto del viaggio ho sparato agli indiani (Feltrinelli, 2009), L’esatta sequenza dei gesti (Instar Libri, 2012), Nel mare ci sono i coccodrilli (Baldini & Castoldi, 2013), L’estate alla fine del secolo (Baldini & Castoldi, 2014) and Se la vita che salvi è la tua (Einaudi Stile Libero, 2014).

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Mario Calabresi

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Event #2

Francesco M. Cataluccio

The Epidemic of Immaturity: from Peter Pan to Harry Potter

Event #3

Roberto Esposito

Growing Up Is Hard

Event #4

Philippe Petit

Creativity: the Perfect Crime

Event #5

Emanuela Grimalda

Le difettose (The Flawed)

Event #6

Alessandro Barbero

How Do Wars Break Out? World War I

Event #7

Sofia Bignamini

The Explosion of the Mutants

Event #8

Davide Comazzi, Antonio Piotti, Laura Turuani

Other Mothers, Other Fathers, New Adolescents

Event #9

Peter Cameron, Marco Missiroli

One Day this Creativity Will Come In Handy

Event #10

Mauro Ceruti

Europe Risks a New Self-Destruction

Event #11

Massimo Recalcati

Can One Forgive in Love?

Event #12

Giorgio Diritti

The Discovery of the Birth of a Film

Event #13

Matteo Lancini


Event #14

David McCullough jr.

Kids, You Are Not Special!

Event #15

Silvia Vegetti Finzi

New Grandparents for New Grandchildren

Event #16

Katia Provantini

Surviving Middle School

Event #18

Oscar Farinetti

Lots Can Still Be Done, This Is Why the Future Is Marvellous

Event #19

Paola Mastrocola

The Death of Study

Event #20

Paolo Cornaglia Ferraris, Marcello Massimini

The Secret of the Consciousness and its Measurement

Event #21

Christian Raimo, Michele Serra

All Unhappy Families Are Like One Another

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

How Do Wars Break Out? World War II

Event #24

Fabio Geda

Absolute beginners

Event #26

Anita Nair

New Identity of the Indian Woman

Event #27

Andrea Boeri, Luca Molinari

A Dialogue on the Spaces (and the Things) We Inhabit

Event #28

Luigi Zoja

Generational Crisis, Male Crisis, Italian Crisis

Event #29

Stefano Arienti, Franco Farinelli

Journey and Adventures in Knowledge

Event #30

Errico Buonanno, Chiara Valerio

My Children, Imaginary Marxists

Event #31

Cesare Moreno

School Drops-Out and Their Antagonists

Event #32

Alfio Maggiolini

From Being Kids “Against” to Being Responsible Ones

Event #33

Chiara Saraceno

Inheritance, Tradition, Generational Changes

Event #34

Beppe Severgnini

Creating Doesn’t Mean Improvising

Event #35

Elena Riva

The Myth of Perfection in Contemporary Femininity

Event #36

Marco Belpoliti

Matteo and His Seven Shirts

Event #37

Salut Salon

The Night of Fate

Event #38

Amedeo Balbi, Antonio Pascale

Matter and Freedom: A Dialogue on Free Will

Event #39

Alessandro Barbero

How Do Wars Break Out? The Falklands War

Evento #25

Daniele Novara

Arguing Is Good for You

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