Great success for the fifteenth edition of the Book Fair for Boys of Bra, which from Wednesday 21 to Sunday 25 May brought under the Zizzola the best of publishing industry, level authors, shows, exhibitions and concerts, with over 15 thousand visitors and many initiatives dedicated to freedom, 2014 theme of the kermesse.

A moment of the award ceremony

Traditional closing of the event was the delivery of the "Premio Giovanni Arpino", an award for children's literature. For the "primary schools" category, the jury - made up of young people of the City Council, who in recent months have read all the volumes in competition - has rewarded Angelo Petrosino with his "Hello, my name is Antonio", Sonda editions. "This book - says the motivation - tells in an exciting way the adventures of a child of our age. Using a clear but captivating language, he manages to convey deep emotions and allows the reader to reflect on important values ​​such as honesty and justice ". The second prize, again for the elementary school section, goes to Maria Strianese's "Swing of Happiness", Raffaello Editrice, "a compelling and emotional story that reflects on the value of the affections and how the loved ones who are next to us influence the path of growth of each of us ".

In the "first grade secondary school" category the "History of Malala" triumphed by the journalist Viviana Mazza (Mondadori Editore), a book in which "the strength with which the protagonist faces the adversity she encounters on her path" emerges - explain the young jurors -. His behavior and his courage are an example for all of us, which stimulates us to look to the future with greater positivity, but also to become aware of the abilities we all have and of which sometimes we do not even realize. " In second place "Ricordare Mauthausen" by Patrizia Marzocchi (Edizioni Raffaello), a volume that "interweaves in an engaging way and problems of our days such as bullying, unemployment, intolerance, poverty and racism, with a more historical part, which connects to the concentration camps and the consequences they have caused to those who have been victims of it. The story told - the municipal council members explain - deals with challenging issues, but reading is pleasant and compelling, and the author is very skilled in making the characters realistic and interesting ".

In addition to the authors of the "Premio Arpino", the Bra Children's Book Fair has also awarded schools that have participated in the "Freedom from ... freedom of ...": receive a voucher to buy 500 euro to spend on school material "Primo Levi" in Fossano, the Coccinelle section of the "Sant'Andrea Centro Storico" nursery school in Bra and the "San Domenico Savio" Salesian Institute in Bra.

The Children's Book Fair was organized by the Municipality of Bra and the Politeama Teatro del Piemonte Foundation in collaboration with the Piedmont Region, the Province of Cuneo, the Alba Bra Langhe and Roero Tourism Authority, the CRC Foundation, the CRBra Foundation, the Piemonte Paesaggio Umano Cultural Park, the International Book Fair of Turin, the Braida bookshops "Crocicchio Cartoleria" and "Premiata Libreria Marconi" and Baratti and Milan. (Em)

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