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  • Carmine Abate was born in Calabria, southern Italy. He immigrated to Germany at a young age and now lives in Trentino, northern Italy, where he teaches university. His first book, a collection of...
  • United States

    Chantel Acevedo

    Chantel Acevedo was born in Miami to Cuban parents. She is the author of A Falling Star, Love and Ghost Letters, winner of the Latino International Book Award, Song of the Red Cloak, and...
  • Simonetta Agnello Hornby was born in Palermo in 1945. Her bestselling debut novel, La Mennulara, published in Italy by Feltrinelli in 2002 and subsequently published in twelve languages, was the...
  • Italy

    Milena Agus

    Milena Agus was a finalist for the Strega and Campiello prizes, and was awarded the prestigious Zerilli-Marimò prize for Mal di petra ( From the Land of the Moon). It is her first novel. Agus...
  • Salwa Al Neimi was born in Damascus, Syria. Since the mid-seventies, she has lived in Paris, where she studied Islamic Philosophy and Theatre at the Sorbonne. She has published three volumes of poetry...
  • Italy

    Altan

    Altan worked as a screenwriter in Rome before moving to Rio de Janeiro in 1970, where his first comic strips were published in local papers. His most famous creations, including Timpa, began appearing...
  • Turkey

    Ahmet Altan

    Ahmet Altan, one of today’s most important Turkish writers, was arrested in September 2016 for his work as a journalist. An advocate for Kurdish and Armenian minorities and a central figure in the...
  • Alberto Angela hosts two of Italy’s most popular science television programs, Superquark and Quark Speciale. He is the author of Life-sized Museums (1988) and, with his father Piero...
  • France

    Daniel Arsand

    Daniel Arsand was born in Avignon in 1950 and currently works as an editor with Éditions Phébus in Paris. He is the author of several novels, including The Land of Darkness, winner of the Prix...
  • Britain

    Jenn Ashworth

    Jenn Ashworth studied English at Cambridge University and Creative Writing at Manchester. She works as the Head Librarian in a prison. In 2006 an extract from A Kind of Intimacy was shortlisted...
  • Beryl Bainbridge was the author of seventeen novels. The Dressmaker, The Bottle Factory Outing, An Awfully Big Adventure, Every Man For Himself and Master Georgie were all finalists...
  • Australia

    Tim Baker

    Born in Sydney, Tim Baker moved to Italy in his early 20s and lived in Spain before moving to Paris as director of consular operations at the Australian embassy in France. His short fiction has appeared...
  • Alessandro Barbero is the author of The Battle: A New History of Waterloo (Walker & Co., 2005), Charlamagne: Father of a Continent, and Master Pyle’s Bella Vita and Other People’s Wars...
  • Muriel Barbery is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Europa, 2008), Gourmet Rhapsody (Europa, 2009), and The Life of Elves (Europa, 2016). She...
  • Alessandro Baricco, beloved by readers worldwide for his innovative take on magical realism, his atmospheric novels and memorable characters, is one of Italy's bestselling and most critically acclaimed...
  • Fabio Bartolomei works in advertising and lives in Rome. Alfa Romeo 1300 and Other Miracles is his first novel.
  • Britain

    Richard Beard

    Richard Beard is the author of four novels, including Damascus (Arcade, 1999), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Dry Bones (Secker & Warburg, 2004). He has written three works...
  • Germany

    Gioconda Belli

    Gioconda Belli was born in Nicaragua. She is famous throughout the world for her novels and her poetry. The Butterfly Workshop is a story both for children and for adults who have not lost the...
  • Tonino Benacquista was born in France in 1961. He is a screenwriter, cartoonist, dramaturge, and the author of four crime novels published by Bitter Lemon Press, among them Holy Smoke. Benacquista...
  • Stefano Benni is widely considered one of Italy’s foremost novelists. His trademark mix of biting social satire and magical realism has turned each of his books into a national bestseller. His many...
  • Romano Bilenchi was born near Siena, Tuscany, in 1909. He was a member of the Italian Resistance during the Fascist period and in the years following the end of WWII became an active member of the...
  • Italy

    Carlo Bonini

    Carlo Bonini is a staff writer at the Italian national daily, La Repubblica.
  • Kazimierz Brandys was born in Poland in 1916. He was awarded numerous prizes, including the Jurzykowski (1982), Prato-Europa (1986) and Ignatio Silone (1986). Brandys was made a member of the French...
  • Russia

    Alina Bronsky

    The Daily Beast calls Alina Bronsky "an exciting new voice in the literary world." Bronsky is the author of Broken Glass Park and The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, which was named...