Salone di Torino Reports High Rights Fellowship Interest

In News by Porter Anderson

The rights-professional fellowship at Torino’s book fair has attracted a record 371 applications from 55 nations for the May 17 to 19 show.

Trading at the Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino’s rights center in 2022. Image: Salone Internazionale del Libro

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Our Next Rights Edition Runs Friday (February 10)
Last month, we had news from the Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino about its upcoming (May 17 to 19) rights center program at the Centro Congressi Lingotto, near the main exhibition hall.

With a new Rights Edition coming on Friday (February 10) to Publishing Perspectives, we wanted to update you today on the Torino program’s unexpectedly strong uptake for this spring.

A news conference is planned for the Grattacielo Intesa San Paolo in Torino, and in that program, it will be announced that applications for the rights-professional fellowship, which has the backing of the Italian Trade Agency, ITA (not to be confused with the latest iteration of the national airline, ITA, which has followed Alitalia).

The Torino fair’s call for fellowship applications, amplified in our coverage here, has blown past previous levels of interest with a total 371 applications.

This has cheered organizers who were pleased in 2022 to have 450 participants from 21 countries. There were 150 tables booked in the center, which recorded a reported total of 5,200 meetings.

Fifty of the rights-center participants were from the film industry.

Honorati: ‘So Many Countries and Cultures’

In the 2022 rights center at Italy’s Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino. Image: Salone Internazionale del Libro

This year’s unusually large group of fellowship applications has come from 55 nations, and the program is stressing that it will facilitate meeting not only between publishing professionals but also between those in film and television production, for publishing-house rights directors, international rights agencies, and scouts.

Lorenza Honorati

In a prepared statement, Lorenza Honorati, who coordinates the rights center with Giorgia de Angelis, is quoted, saying, “We are extremely pleased to announce this unprecedented success in participation, which shows the extent to which the Torino trade event is becoming pivotal in international publishing negotiations.

“We look forward to welcoming so many professionals from so many countries and cultures.”

Programming is being created to accommodate and emphasize this cross-media range, with sessions focused on:

  • “Book to Book” looks at Italian and international publishing and translation rights
  • Book to Screen” programming, of course, on books, and development for television and film
  • “Book to Sound” programming relative to podcasts and audiobooks

The public-facing book fair at Torino is not as well known among many in the world, but is 35 years old, based on its creation in 1988. It annually sees what it reports is some 168,000 attendees and stages festival-like programming for the public, featuring as many as 2,000 personalities.

While the fellowships application period has closed, registration for a rights-center table at early-bird rates of €250 (US$271) remains open to February 14. Participating publishers and editors can register for meetings here. Interested potential exhibitors are directed to this page for registration.

More news focused on international rights trading in the world publishing industry will be the focus of our edition on Friday, February 10. You can sign up for our rights and licensing newsletter–as well as our daily newsletter–free of charge here.

More from us on the Torino International Book Fair is here, more on international book fairs and trade shows overall is here, and more on the Italian book publishing market is here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.