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2023 Programme

Event #27

Elena Stancanelli, Bernardo Zannoni

Out of the blue: wandering to find wonder

Wonder is the feeling of astonishment which comes from something new, extraordinary, unimagined. But it is also the state of grace when you gropingly wander through that no-man’s-land  in the transition from the adolescence left behind and adulthood. Wonder is when you feel like the raw material which still has to be moulded. When you want to conquer life and let it go, when you eagerly binge on having everything and hold nothing in your hands. In your day-dreams and nightmares. And again, in the fear of being fog. Wonder is rare. But there is a time when we all are allowed to have it. Between readings and music, two writers – Elena Stancanelli and Bernardo Zannoni – will talk about that interzone of intimate and universal wonder characterised by alternating sinks and resurrections which is eternal astonishment. Because literature is the core of wonder. The one that saves life anyway.


Elena Stancanelli

Elena Stancanelli was born in Florence and founded the Piccoli Maestri association to encourage reading in schools. She collaborates with La Repubblica and La Stampa. With Emma Dante and Giorgio Vasta, she has co-written the films Le sorelle Macaluso and Misericordia. He has written novels, including: Benzina (Einaudi, 1998) which inspired a film, and La femmina nuda (2016, finalist for the Strega Award), Venne alla spiaggia un assassino (2019) and Il tuffatore (2022, finalist for the Campiello Award) all published by La Nave di Teseo.

Bernardo Zannoni

Bernardo Zannoni (1995) was born and still lives in Sarzana.  His first novel, I miei stupidi intenti (Sellerio, 2021), won the Campiello Award 2022, and in the same year the Bagutta Opera Prima Award, Salerno Letteratura Award, Moncalieri Award and Severino Cesari Award. It is now being published in more than ten countries. His new novel 25 will be published by Sellerio in September.

All theevents2023


Event #1

Massimiliano Valerii

The trial of Galileo Galilei: wonder and disenchantment

Event #2

Franco Lorenzoni

Educating against the wind

Event #3

Paolo Giordano

Wonder between nature and knowledge

Event #4

Chiara Civello

I am what I am

Event #5

Matteo Nucci

A philosopher's wonder: Plato

Event #6

Erika Fatland, Alberto Riva

The wonder of wanderlust

Event #8

Guido Tonelli

Matter. The wonderful illusion

Event #9

Vittorio Lingiardi

Dreams as neuro-wonder

Event #9 BIS

Vittorio Lingiardi

Dreams as neuro-wonder

Event #10

Francesca Mannocchi

Wonder during war: is it possible?

Event #12

Sabrina Speich

Wonderful, immense sea

Event #13

Massimo Zamboni

Wild bestiary. An illustrated reading

Event #14

Massimo Recalcati

The trauma of loss and the working-through of a bereavement

Event #15

Martina Mazzotta

Wunderkammer: art, science, wonder. From the Renaissance until the present day

Event #16

Matteo Nucci

A poet’s wonder: Omer

Event #17

Alessandro Barbero

1204: the Crusaders discover Constantinople

Event #17 BIS

Alessandro Barbero

1204: the Crusaders discover Constantinople

Event #18

Cinzia Spanò, Roberta Di Mario

Reading Lolita in Tehran. Reading concert

Event #19

Alberto Rollo

The Humble Beauty of Ditches and Majesties

Event #22

Carlo Stanga, Giulia Capodieci

Wunderkit: five objects for creativity

Event #23

Veronica Barassi, Gerd Gigerenzer

Generative AI and the Wonder of Human Intelligence

Event #24

Alessandro Zaccuri

Wonderfully. Learning wonder from literature

Event #25

Nazareth Castellanos

Discovering our mind through the wonders of our body

Event #26

Massimo Recalcati

Wonderful nostalgia

Event #27

Elena Stancanelli, Bernardo Zannoni

Out of the blue: wandering to find wonder

Event #28

Matteo Nucci

A novelist’s wonder: Gabriel García Márquez

Event #29

Francesco Costa

Wonderfully informed

Event #33Children / Kids

MadLab 2.0

Have you ever seen a 3D hologram?

Event #36Children / Kids

Cristina Bellemo

Did you know that the world has a sound?

Event #38Children / Kids

Marco Somà

To infinity… and beyond!

Event #39Children / Kids

Willy Guasti

Soft-hearted animals… And more!

Event #40Children / Kids

Sergio Rossi

Water: the world's strangest substance!

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