Strega Prize 2021

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The Strega Prize is the most important Italian literary award since 1947. Each year it honours

the best work of prose fiction written in the Italian language by an author of any nationality.

The Dante Alighieri Society of BC

has been nominated Literary Presidium of the Strega Prize 2021.

If you would like to know what being a Literary Presidium means, click here


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Edith Bruck (Il pane perduto); Giulia Caminito (L'acqua del lago non è mai dolce); Emanuele Trevi (Due vite) 
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Andrea Bajani (Delle case); Maria Grazia Calandrone (Splendi come vita); Daniele Petruccioli (La casa
delle madri

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Teresa Ciabatti (Sembrava bellezza); Alice Urciolo (Adorazione); Roberto Venturini (L'anno che a Roma fu due volte Natale)

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Donatella Di Pietroantonio (Borgo Sud); Lisa Ginzburg (Cara pace); Giulia Mozzi (Le ripetizioni).

Discover the twelve semi-finalists of the 2021 edition!

On Sundays from May 9 to June 6 there will be a presentation streamlined on Youtube with three of the twelve authors

The videos will be available on Youtube for free after the event.

Don't miss this unique chance of meeting & learning
about your favorite writer!

ON the below event's sponsor
BPER Banca Forum Monzani

To celebrate the nomination of the Literary Presidium of Strega Prize,

we have launched our brand new Writing Club: B-Creative

It will work alongside our established Italian Book Club & the Dante Italian Language School


Here is the List of the Five Finalists for the 2021 Strega Prize:

For the first time in 75 years, the proclamation of the five nominees happened in Benevento,

the native city for the famous Italian beverage Liquore Strega.
The announcement of the results was live on Rai Play.

The TV host for the evening was Gigi Marzullo and, as he interviewed the candidates, the votes were counted live.
The five titles, also known as cinquina, were then announced by Sandro Veronesi,

chairman and winner of last year's edition of the Strega Prize

Here are the votes for each nominated title:

Emanuele Trevi, 256 votes;
Edith Bruck, 221 votes;
Donatella Di Pietrantonio, 220 votes;
Giulia Caminito, 215 votes;
Andrea Bajani, 203 votes.

...What is the Strega Prize?

The Strega Prize originated in Italy in 1944 as a literary salon in Rome, at its original founders' home, Maria and Goffredo Bellonci.

These were Sunday gatherings of writers, artists and intellectuals, some of the most notable figures of the Italian cultural life. The group became known as the Amici della Domenica, or ‘Sunday Friends’. In 1947 Guido Alberti, owner of the firm producing the iconic yellow 

Strega liqueur, joined the Belloncis, to sponsor a prize for fiction, the winner being chosen by the Sunday friends.

This intellectual institution continued throughout the years, becoming the most honorable literary prize in Italy ever since.

Every year, the best prose writer is nominated for the award: the first writer to receive such a prize was Ennio Flaiano with the novel 

Tempo di Uccidere (The Short Cut); the first woman-writer was Elsa Morante in 1957, with L'Isola di Arturo (Arturo's Island).  

To learn more about the winning titles nominated throughout the years click here

The selection is based on the votes of 400 individuals, still called Amici della domenica. Each member selects three of the twelve titles that

they liked the most and only 5 books can become the finalists. The last round of votes determines the final winner of the the Strega Prize! 

This year for the first time, The Dante Alighieri Society of BC has become a Literary Presidium, an active part of the Amici della domenica committee and will be contributing to the nomination of the 2021 Strega Prize winner!