Monday, 28 May 2012

Book-lovers in the Piazza

On the Duomo steps
 Yesterday was a day for book-lovers in Pietrasanta.  Volunteers were invited to read books aloud to whoever was passing by and their pitches were marked by a suitcase of reading material and a red balloon.  The books were all in Italian, ranging from classics such as Dante, to modern authors like Andrea Camillieri.
A fairy-tale for mother and daughter

 If we'd known about it in advance, we might have been able to rustle up a few volunteers for books in other languages, since there's such a large population of expats here.  But it was a lovely experience, though we didn't find anyone reading from a Kindle.

With hand gestures!

7 comments:

  1. What a refreshing event.
    Would a kindle be quite welcome at such an event?

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  2. Fun! Sounds like an event to really make books come alive :)

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  3. How wonderful! I love the reader with the hand gestures - am wondering what they were reading :)

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  4. How delightful. I think reading aloud is on the way back. I know a few adults who do it for other adults.

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  5. Just a lovely idea! I'd like to think we could do it here.

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  6. Great idea! Was it the Italian version of World Book Day, do you think?

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  7. Apparently it was an idea thought up by the proprietor of a small bookshop in Pietrasanta and he rounded up a group of volunteers and gave them the books. Maybe other bookshops could copy this because it was a great success - people loved being read to.

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