From the 22nd to the 25th of October, Milan will host the fourth edition of BookCity Milano, a festival devoted entirely to books and literature. More than 800 among meetings, readings and events will take place during the four days throughout the city, in a rage of about 200 diverse and exciting locations, including Castello Sforzesco, Teatro Dal Verme and La Triennale.

For the occasion, writers, journalists, editors and bloggers will attend a series of conferences, bringing together their passion for books directly on the ground. BookCity is an event, which will promote reading and writing through a range of exciting ways to attract audiences of all ages.


The fourth edition of BookCity Milano will be inaugurated on Thursday, October 22nd at 8:30pm at ex Ansaldo Area. Isabel Allende will receive the Seal of the City from the Mayor of Milan Giuliano Pisapia, with a live talk following between Allende and Barbara Stefanelli. The event will close Sunday, October 25, at 9pm, at the Teatro Franco Parenti with Claudio Magris in conversation with Ferruccio De Bortoli.


In a year of extraordinary visibility and international opportunities for Milan, BookCity Milano  will also be attended by a number of prestigious international guests, including Nobel prize laureate Herta Müller, Adrien Bosc, Irene Brežná, Edward Carey, Jeffery Deaver, Amitav Gosh, Hélène Grémillion, Kristin Harmel, Joanne Harris, Jonas Jonasson, Julie Kagawa, Judith Katzir, Hape Kerkeling, Mary Kubica, Maria Tatsos, Björn Larsson, Guillaume Long, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Luis Sepúlveda, Nassim Taleb, Abraham Yehoshua, Kim Young Ha, Theodore Zeldin.

This year also marks the beginning of the partnership with #FFF2015, the Festival of French Narrative, organised by the French Embassy in Italy and the Institut Français Italia, which will bring four French writers to BookCity with a series of meetings hosted by the Institut Français in Milan.


BookCity Milan is divided into thematic areas dedicated to specific topics:

ART | Royal Palace, Conference Hall of the Culture

CHILDREN | Muba and Libraries Library System in Milan

CINEMA | The Milan Triennale

CULTURE | Museum of Cultures

DIGITAL | Former Ansaldo

UNIVERSAL EXHIBITIONS | Portaluppi Foundation

PHOTOGRAPHY | Frigoriferi Milanesi

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND JOB | Italian Stock Exchange, Palazzo Mezzanotte

ITALY | Expo Gate

MAFIA | State Archives

MEDICINE AND HEALTH | Ospedale Maggiore Ca ‘Granda

CRAFTS BOOK | Sormani library and laboratory Formentini

MILANO | Catella Foundation

MUSIC | Teatro Dal Verme and the Institute for the Blind

THOUGHT AND INNOVATION | National Museum of Science and Technology “Leonardo da Vinci”

POETRY | House of Arts Space Snowshoeing

SCIENCE | Museum of Natural History

SUSTAINABILITY | Sustainability Hub Lavazza Novamont

ENTERTAINMENT | Piccolo Teatro Cloister Nina Vinchi and Teatro Franco Parenti

SPORT | Arena Civica

| Risorgimento Museum and House of Memory, TRAVEL | Touring Club


BookCity Milano 2015 is powered by Expo Milan 2015, which will provide two spaces in the city center for the festival’s activities: the Expo Gate and the Expo 2015 Agora, a wooden structure inside Castello Sforzesco, which will host BCM’s bookstore.

BookCity Milan is free to the public unless otherwise indicated. Booking is strongly recommended. The complete program is available online at  #BCM15

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