20 May-22 June 2010. The festival, which celebrates international writers and the written word, returns to the magnificent stage in the Basilica di Massenzio.

The theme chosen this year is La Vita Dolce. Il ritmo del pensiero, a clear reference to the 1960s of Federico Fellini. In keeping with tradition, the programme presents ten evening events, each one focusing on a particular sub-theme.

In all 16 writers have been asked to write a text inspired by the theme, as well as selecting an excerpt from a published work translated into Italian. The novelty this year is that seven philosophers and an economist have been invited to participate and will interact with the authors on stage. Live music and a DJ set provide the backdrop to the readings.

Some big names include Tahmima Anam, Joyce Carol Oates, Herta Muller, Sapphire, Kathy Reichs and Elizabeth Strout. Entry is free, but tickets must be picked up at least two hours before the event begins at a specially constructed box office in Via dei Fori Imperiali.

General Info

Address Basilica di Massenzio, Rome. For information tel. 060608, www.festivaldelleletterature.it.

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Letterature 2010. Festival Internazionale di Roma.

Basilica di Massenzio, Rome. For information tel. 060608, www.festivaldelleletterature.it.