The seventh edition of Subway-Literature opens
in Milan on May 21, 2008. The literary event is promoted in
partnership with Tratto Pen, organised by Davide Franzini and
Oliviero Ponte di Pino. Subway Literature 2008 stimulated the
creativity of hundreds of young authors from every corner of Italy
and strictly under 35. All the debuting writers and poets jumped at
the chance to see their works published and freely distributed in
the cities of Milan, Rome, Naples, Venice, Palermo
and, starting this year, Mantua.
Where there is expressive creativity there is Tratto Pen, the
true "arm" for all of Italy's creative minds.
Thus it is a mandatory event that brings the famous FILA pen and
Subway-Literature together each year, collecting 700 stories and
200 poems since 2008, awarding 12 novelists and
7 poets, all equal winners of national publication
and distribution rights. Starting May 21, the Literary
Jukeboxes 2008 (the typical book distributors) will be
installed in the Milan tube stations until June 11, moving on to
the other cities in the Subway circuit.
In circulation between May and October, 13
booklets, all printed on 100% recycled
paper, reaching an unprecedented number of copies this
year: 4 million (more than 300,000 per title).
Each published book will be enriched and commented by a preface
signed by one of the members of the jury.
In addition to the literary event, the seventh edition of
Subway-Literature includes two new initiatives:
The first is the "Tratto cover pages" contest,
co-promoted in partnership with Tratto Pen, legendary event sponsor
and pen-marker that has "guided" the hands of many talents for more
than thirty years. Chaired by illustrator Alfredo
Chiappori, the contest is open to young illustrators under
35 to create the cover pages for the winning works.
The second, also starting May 21st, is the renewed www.subway-letteratura.org website, the vast
virtual jukebox to which young Italian authors can send their
stories and poems and hold lively literary discussions throughout
the year. Interaction and exchanges between authors will be further
enhanced by the introduction of a new literary
blog dedicated to writers, poets and readers who, after
registering, can open discussions and send comments and opinions,
creating a virtual network that will expand the books' physical