|Caryl Phillips reads from his work in the Santa Margherita Auditorium of Ca' Foscari|
The events are free to the public, though one must make an online reservation in advance to be assured of a ticket. And in almost every case it's a very good idea to make your reservation--which is quite easy to do online--as soon the festival website begins taking them. Each of the three events I attended this past weekend--the American writer and critic Daniel Mendelsohn on Friday night; the American poet, playwright and novelist Rita Dove, and the English novelist, playwright and essayist Caryl Phillips on Saturday-- consisted primarily of substantial and lengthy discussions with the authors. Each of the authors I saw were excellent, their interviewers all did a good job, and each program lasted for at least 90 minutes (much longer than most of the American literary events I'm used to).
You can see a complete program for this year's festival, and a full archive of programs from each previous year, at: http://www.incrocidicivilta.org/
If you plan on being in Venice in early spring of next year, it's a site worth bookmarking and keeping in mind. And perhaps for some people it may be even worth a trip in itself.
|Rita Dove in conversation with Sally Michael and Duccio Basosi|
|Daniel Mendelsohn in conversation with Pietro del Soldà in the Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi|
|Caryl Phillips in conversation with Maureen Freely and Annalisa Oboe|