The International Mountain Book Fair
From Petrarch to Erri De Luca, Dino Buzzati and Mauro Corona, “recounting” the mountains with words is an art that is even older than depicting them with images.
Since 1987, the MontagnaLibri fair, an annual international showcase dedicated to publishing and organised in conjunction with the film festival, has become a regular appointment for all lovers of literature linked to mountain themes, exploration, adventure and mountain cultures.
Guidebooks, manuals, studies, treatises, photography books, climbing stories, reports, diaries, novels, children’s books, biographies and autobiographies offer an evocative journey through ‘mountains of paper’, presented to the public each year at a unique exhibition, where it is possible to see at first hand new works published in the last 15 months by publishers from all over the world.
MontagnaLibri welcomes visitors to three main events during the year: it opens in spring, during the main edition of Trento Film Festival, in the historic Piazza Fiera in the heart of the city of Trento. In September it moves to Bolzano, for the autumn edition of Trento Film Festival. Finally, in November, it stops off at Brig, in the Valais canton of Switzerland, where it gave rise to the highly popular literary event “BergBuchBrig” in 2002. This important partnership, now almost twenty years old, enriches MontagnaLibri’s range of publications with the addition of numerous works in French and German, and extensive involvement of publishers throughout the alpine area.
In the city of Bolzano, MontagnaLibri pioneered the autumn edition of Trento Film Festival, paving the way for creation of a second full-scale festival that now includes screenings, meetings with authors, climbing evenings, children’s workshops and food and wine events.
A specialist mountain bookshop
Thanks to cooperation with local bookshops, MontagnaLibri also offers a bookshop specialising in mountain literature. Always up-to-date and well-stocked, it is a point of reference for those wishing to purchase the latest publications and series dedicated to the world of the mountains.
“Emotions in the pages”: literary meetings during and outside the MontagnaLibri Fair
MontagnaLibri offers a wide range of events with authors at each edition of Trento Film Festival,
One area of the exhibition hall is dedicated to a lively literary salon, offering unique opportunities to meet leading figures in the current literary scene.
MontagnaLibri also enjoys escaping from its own space and occupying evocative locations in Trento and Bolzano, such as historical buildings, city parks and underground archaeological sites. In these exceptional settings, the search for “emotions in the pages” continues in the company of established or emerging writers from the literary scene and the world of mountaineering, travel and exploration literature.
In the past, the literary meetings at Trento Film Festival have featured figures, authors and climbers such as Mauro Corona, Erri De Luca, Kurt Diemberger, Reinhold Messner, Dacia Maraini, Susanna Tamaro, Margherita Hack, Siba Shakib, Joe Simpson, Claudio Sabelli Fioretti, Michael Palin, Enrico Brizzi, Marco Albino Ferrari, Syusy Blady e Patrizio Roversi, Mario Tozzi, Tony Wheeler, Andy Holzer, and Maria Pia Veladiano.