More Books, More Freedom


The National Fair of Small and Medium Publishing Houses, promoted and organized by the Italian Publishers Association (AIE), took place this year in Rome from 7-11 December. The event, dedicated exclusively to independent publishing, highlighted the important issues of our time, starting with the war that has returned to bloody the heart of Europe, reminding us that never has it been as urgent as it is today to strive for freedom against repressive regimes.

In keeping with its purpose, the Fair approached the theme of Freedom through use of the formidable weapon of books. About 500 exhibitors from all over the country were present, offering the public an intense cultural program of more than 600 events over the course of five days, geared to all tastes and all ages. The agenda gave the public the chance to meet and dialogue with authors, attend readings and debates, participate in initiatives for the promotion of reading, and enjoy live music and performances. A particularly rich representation of national and international guests brought to Rome input concerning major social and political issues, fascinating literary strands and evocative interweavings of styles and content. The FSPs, who have participated in this annual Fair from its very beginning, were present this year too with a wide variety of publications, including material suitable for Christmas.