By Edward Nawotka
On April 23, the Italian Publishers Association led a national campaign to promote reading. As part of the project, they recruited 35,000 young “ambassadors” who posted some 100,000 social media messages in encouraging people to read, while more than 20,000 people attended live events in five cities — Turin, Rome, Vicenza, Sassari and Cosenza. Television stations RAI3 dedicated three hours of prime time programming to the event.
But the most impactful of all the may be the song composed by Samuele Bersani and Pacifico dedicated to books: Le storie che non conosci (Stories that you don’t know), which tells the story an “old book” and the “stories of its life.”
Pagine unte con le briciole addosso
Cerchi olimpici di vino rosso
E una formica pietrificata del secolo scorso
A loose translation of which reads:
Greasy pages with crumbs on
Olympic rings of red wine
And a petrified ant from the past century
Revenue from sales of the song will be donated to the Fondazione LIA, the Italian Publishers Association’s initiative for supporting reading for visually impaired people.