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Lerici Legge il Mare X edition 2021

LERICI LEGGE IL MARE 2021 

X EDITION

“THE CRAFTS OF THE SEA” 

SEPTEMBER, 17th-18th-19th 2021

Here we are at the X edition of LERICI LEGGE IL MARE, the first Italian event of Literature and Maritime Culture. Designed and conceived by Bernardo Ratti, President of the Società Marittima di Mutuo Soccorso (Maritime Mutual Relief Society), which has been promoting and organizing the event together with the Municipality of Lerici (Tourist Office), the S.T.L. Lerici, in partnership with Ricci bookstore in La Spezia. During the last editions, the event was also organized by Mursia publishing house, with the important collaboration of Lorenza Sala and her staff members.
Why Lerici? Because it is one of the most famous seaside villages with a strong maritime tradition for centuries. The Ligurian hamlet is therefore the natural site for an international maritime sailing event. Liguria, Lerici, land of great sailors, great dealers and explorers, Lerici with its culture and its being openminded toward the world: sea does not divide people, but it connects people. 

International guests, maritime bookshops, authors, conferences, boat races, activities for kids and youngers, maritime activities, music, solidarity, books on board, adventures in the Gulf of Poets, sailing ships, exhibitions, photo competitions, gastronomy etc … all of this is LERICI LEGGE IL MARE. 

Human beings have always been living and loving the sea to discover new worlds and new people, to recognize the sea as their natural element. A sea to live, to read and to talk about. 

 

SEPTEMBER 16th – from 10:00 a.m. – video preview :

“Sea taste sandwiches” by Achille Lanata, known as Biscotto

Available on the Lerici Legge il Mare FB account and on the Società Marittima di Mutuo Soccorso’s Youtube channel

Hours16:00: children sailing race organized by the local Sailing Club “Erix”

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th 2021

The ships arrive to the harbour in Lerici, Calata Mazzini.

Hours 16:45: Exhibition Opening in Piazza Garibaldi with the participation of Leonardo Paoletti, major of Lerici, Bernardo Ratti, president of the Società Marittima di Mutuo Soccorso and Lerici legge il mare’s creator, Lisa Saisi, Lerici culture managing director, Loris Zanelli, president of S.T.L. and Lucrezia Ricci, owner of Libreria Ricci in La Spezia. 

Guests of honour: ANTONIO MUSARRA and DARIO VERGASSOLA

Sea bookstore opening with the Ricci bookstore. 

Award “Marittima alla Solidarietà in mare” in memory of Gianni Iacoviello.

 

Hours 18:00:  DARIO VERGASSOLA opens up about his last book entitled “True stories of an imaginary world. Five tales about the Cinque Terre”. Gabriella Tartarini presents the author. 

Hours 19:30: Happy Hour with mussels at the Arci Borgata Marinara (upon payment).

Hours 21:00: in memory of  Vittorio Baudone.

Hours 21:30: Historical meeting with ANTONIO MUSARRA. 

An introduction to the “Maritime Middle Ages – boating during the Italian Middle Ages”, talking with Margherita Manfredi about the rule taken by Lerici in the Genoese maritime context of that historical time. 

Introduced by Bernardo Ratti 

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th 2021

Hours 08:30: Mass for all the sailors in San Francesco church – Lerici

Hours 09:30: visiting Lerici inside its maritime heart with the “Coop art and nature” tourist guide (upon payment)

Hours 10:00: Onboard with the typical Ligurian sailing boats – following all the Sars-Covid -19 prescriptions (booking requested at the Sea Bookstore)

Hours 10:30: Kids Labs – Maritime Labs – Storytales for children with Alessandro Lana 

Hours 11:15: Sirens at the harbour by Ligurian Pod

Hours 11:30: GIOVANNI PANELLA presents his new book “Stories of the ‘gozzi’ – Mediterranean boats”  with Cesare Cortale, “master of axe”.

Hours 15:30: LORENZO BONO presents his book entitled “Three Oceans” about the story of Francesco Aurelio Geraci, the first Italian man circumnavigating the world in 1932. With a ten meters wooden made sailing boat, he spent almost three years crossing seas and oceans without any engine and any radio. Attilio Cozzani introduces the author. 

Hours 16:30: FEDERICO ZATTI presents his latest book, “A strange fog” about one of the most tremendous sea accidents occurred in Italy. In Livorno, on the night of April 10th 1991, the “Moby Prince” ferry boat while getting off the Livorno harbour, made a collision course with the Agip Abruzzo oil tanker. A huge fire caused the death of 140 passengers. Enzo Millepiedi introduces the author.

Hours 17:30: “WHICH ARE THE NEXT FUTURE CRAFTS OF THE SEA?” 

The crafts of the sea in Lerici and in the Liguria region, where the sea and the economy have always been connected over the years. With the participation of:

LUIGI MERLO – Vice President of the “RINA”

STEFANO SARTI – President of “Legambiente” – La Spezia

MARIO SOMMARIVA – President of the “Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea”

EGIDIO TESSONI – Merchant Ship Captain

Moderator: Laura Ivani, journalist of the “Secolo XIX” newspaper 

 

Hours 21:15: “THIRTY YEARS AGO SINCE THE ALBANIAN EXODUS”

With the participation of Julian Topcija, President of the “At Gjergj Fishta Association” and some witnesses who were on board of the two huge motor boats from Albania with 6.500 passengers, on March 7th 1991.

With the participation of:

FILIPPO PAGANINI –  President of the Ligurian Journalists Order

BESNIK MUSTAFAJ – Writer

GIUSEPPE MARIA DURAZZO – Albania Honorary Consul in Genoa.

 

SUNDAY 19th SEPTEMBER 2021

 

Hours 09:00: “Little fishermen are growing up” – Fishing contest on the Lerici’s rocks at the Calata Mazzini, organized by “Il Gabbiano”.

Hours 09:30: visiting Lerici inside its maritime heart with the “Coop art and nature” tourist guide (upon payment).

Hours 10:00: Onboard with the typical Ligurian sailing boats – following all the Sars-Covid -19 prescriptions (booking requested at the Sea Bookstore).

Hours 10:30: MONICA CALLEGARI and her new book “I notabili”. Lisa Saisi, Lerici’s culture managing director, presents the author. 

Hours 11:30: MARCO CALIGARI tells about the transformation of the Genova’s Harbour over the years with the shipping containers development that has been changing the maritime economy, focusing the position of the international corporations. Emanuele Nebbia Colomba and Fabio Quaretti present the author.

Hours 11:00 Sirens at the harbour by the Ligurian Pod

Hours 11:00-12:30: maritime kids Labs with Elmo Medusei

Hours 15.15: SUSY ZAPPA and her book “The magic of the lighthouse” set on the windy coast of Pays des Abers in Brittany during the World War II. Michela Ceccon presents the author.

Hours 16.15: LUCA LO BASSO, modern history professor at the University in Genoa, has been studying the time between 1880 and 1920 during the Italian merchant ship transition from sailing to steam. “From wind to steam” is the title of the book introduced by Angelo Bergonzoli.

Hours 17:00: Reading time with children – RICCARDO MONOPOLI and his book “Adventures of two flying friends” 

Hours 17:15: MARIO DENTONE is here with his new adventure of the third book of the trilogy “La Capitana – There’s no a last wave”. A book with the breath of the sea, introduced by Mara Borzone.

Hours 18:15: PERSIO TINCANI with his intimate memories of a past, back and forth inside the Eastern Macondo where the whales live and the gods are constant. Riccardo Bonvicini introduces the author.

Hours 21:15: “EATING MARINARO” with Admiral ROBERTO LIBERI culinary researcher in the Navy way of eating and cooking and BERNARDO RATTI, President of the “Società Marittima di Mutuo Soccorso” and Eastern Ligurian cuisine expert. Ingredients, history, tips, recipes of the typical culinary arts of Lerici together with the great menu of the navy gala. 

Moderator: Nicola Carozza, President of La Spezia Tasting Academy. 

Conclusions

 

books and authors

DARIO VERGASSOLA

“Storie Vere di un mondo immaginario” – (Baldini ed.)

Dario Vergassola is an Italian  stand-up comedian, songwriter, humorist, writer and actor. He was born in La Spezia and he represents in this book entitled “Storie vere di un mondo immaginario” (“True stories of an imaginary world”) animals, sirens and human beings that are all turned upside down in a completely and provocative changement of rules. Sea animals and sirens are talking with eachother, together with all the typical Ligurian fishes, becoming finally the first actors of a world where the men and the women are behind and not in the center of the scene. The Cinque Terre aren’t the perfect tourist place anymore, because they become a fairy-tale and  ruthless world, until assuming the features of a legendary place. 

ANTONIO MUSARRA

“Medioevo marinaro” (Il Mulino ed. )

Antonio Musarra is professor of Middle Ages history and he’s also Middle Ages researcher at the Sapienza University in Rome. In this book entitled  “Medioevo marinaro” (“Maritime Middle Ages”) the author describes how was the Mediterranean sea during the Middle Ages. At those times the Mediterranean was the center of the commerce, the deals, the economy, in one world it was the center of the life. Battles, wars, pirate attacks and the exploring missions from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean. 

GIOVANNI PANELLA

“Storie di Gozzi – Barche nel Mediterraneo (Nave di carta ed. )

Giovanni Panella is a maritime culture journalist, very fond of the story of the typical ligurian boats, the so called “gozzi”. In his books he tries to keep the attention alive on this kind of wooden boats which have been characterizing  the way of going by the sea, along the beautiful Ligurian coasts.

LORENZO BONO 

“Tre Oceani” (Nutrimenti Ed.)

Thanks to his sailing passion and to the happy encounter with Marina Geraci, the author knew the incredible story of Geraci’s grand father – Francesco Aurelio – who, in 1932 and after a short break, completed the circumnavigation in almost three years and after 27.775 miles, with a ten meters wooden made sailing boat without any engine and any radio. All this incredible journey has become a novel, “Tre Oceani”  (“Three Oceans – the first Italian sailor’s travel around the world”). 

FEDERICO ZATTI 

“Una strana nebbia” (Mondadori Ed.)

Federico Zatti is a RAI’s journalist and author and he’s in charge for the current news writing for radio and tv programme’s hosts. He presents his latest book,  “Una strana nebbia” (“A strange fog”) about one of the most tremendous sea accidents occurred in Italy. In Livorno, on the night of April 10th 1991, the “Moby Prince” ferry boat while getting off the Livorno harbour, made a collision course with the Agip Abruzzo oil tanker. A huge fire caused the death of 140 passengers.  

MONICA CALLEGARI

“I Notabili” (Agorà & co.)

Monica Callegari is a teacher and interpreter. The novel “I notabili” is set at the beginning of 1900, at the Nazism dawn and inside little Ligurian villages where the main characters live the culture and life transformation due to the tragic facts that will be soon moving into the World War II. 

MARCO CALIGARI

“Dall’uncino ai container” (Franco Angeli Ed. )

MARCO CALIGARI is a job history specialized researcher and he’s got a history degree at the Bologna University. In his book entitled “Dall’uncino ai container” “From the hook to the container”, he writes about  the transformation of the Genova’s Harbour over the years with the shipping containers development that has been changing the maritime economy, focusing the position of the international corporations. 

 

SUSY ZAPPA

“La magia del faro” (Il Frangente Ed.)

Susy Zappa is an artist and she has been writing books about the lighthouses. In this novel entitled “La Magia del Faro” set on the windy coast of Pays des Abers in Brittany during the World War II, she describes the story of two women whose destiny has been linked by the war and by the magic atmosphere of the lighthouse in this lonely corner of the west coast of France. 

LUCA LO BASSO 

“Dal vento al carbone” (Città del silenzio Ed.)

Luca Lo Basso is a modern history associated professor at the Genoa University. Studying the time between 1880 and 1920 during the Italian merchant ship transition from sailing to steam, the author describes the transformation occurred to the shipping field, forcing the sea and harbour workers to a radical transformation.

MARIO DENTONE

“La Capitana 3 – Non c’è mai l’ultima onda” (Mursia Ed.)

Mario Dentone is an University assistant at the Genoa University in the following subjects: Italian Language, Theater and Performance History, Lab and Creative Writing. In this latest novel he presents  the new adventure of the third book of the trilogy “La Capitana – There’s no a last wave”. A book with the breath of the sea, set in Genoa. 

PERSIO TINCANI

“Come un solco nel mare” (GM Libri Ed.)

Persio Tincani is an Interpretation Theory, Computer and Philosophy Law Associated Professor  at the Law Departement of the University in Bergamo. In his novel, he’s walking back and forth between his intimate memories of the past ,  inside the Eastern Macondo where the whales live and the gods are constant.

RICCARDO MONOPOLI 

“Le avventure di due amici in volo” (Giacchè Ed.)

A sparrow and a blackbird are the main characters of the novel entitled “Le avventure di due amici in volo” (“The adventures of two flying friends”),written by Riccardo Monopoli, actor and writer. Entirely set in the town of La Spezia, it’s a sort of discovering from the hidden corners mostly unknown to the inhabitants themselves, to the central streets, to the most popular monuments and places of La Spezia. Thought as a book for kids, it will be useful to discover the town, as a funny manual instruction.

 

Our fleet

LEUDO ZIGOUELA
It’s an antique triangular latin sailing boat for the goods transport. A safe and solid boat, for off coast and coast sailing, full loaded, too. Easy docking also outside the harbour. A special thanks to its crew, an appreciated presence at our events.

 

 

GOLETTA PANDORA
Faithful reconstruction of a XVIIIth century Russian “gabbiola Goletta”, very fast boats for customs and mail services