Rome's annual Festival delle Letterature (Festival of Literature) originally took place in the Basilica of Maxentius in the Roman Forums, but is now spread over a variety of venues including Piazza del Campidoglio and the Casa delle Letterature. Details of the 2017 lineup and dates haven't yet been announced, but expect the festival to run for around two weeks somewhere between May and July.
The festival features a wide range of international and domestic writers, who present a piece of work specially written to the theme of the festival: previous years' themes have included "fear/hope", "real/imaginary" and "Simple/Complex". Entrance is free, but limited by the number of available seats.
The range of authors appearing is always an unusual one that caters to a wide variety of tastes: in the past Banana Yoshimoto, Paul Auster, Salman Rushdie, Susan Sontag, Doris Lessing, Jonathan Franzen, Amos Oz, Sophie Kinsella and Gore Vidal have all appeared.
We'll be updating this page with information as it comes in, or see the official website at www.festivaldelleletterature.it.