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Lerici Legge il Mare IX edition 2019

marinaresca 01 300Here we are at the 9th edition of LERICI LEGGE IL MARE, the first Italian event of Literature and Maritime Culture. Designed and conceived by Bernardo Ratti, President of the Maritime Mutual Relief Society, which has been promoting and organizing the event together with the Municipality of Lerici (Department of Culture), 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 in 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.

Friday, September 6th 2019

Hours 5.00 p.m.: Exhibition Opening – Guest of honor, Mr. Björn Larsson

Hours 5.30 p.m.: Children’ sailing race award ceremony and exhibits’ opening

Hours 6.00 p.m.: Historical meeting with Luca Lo Basso – Antonio Musarra
Antonio Musarra’s book launch: “1284 La battaglia della Meloria” (ed. Laterza)
On Aug 6th, 1284 off-shore the Livorno coast at the Meloria shoals, Genoeses and Pisans faces themselves in one of the biggest naval battles of the Middle Ages. The Meloria battle has been the arrival point of several upheavals in the Mediterranean area, from the fallen of the Costantinopoli Latin Empire to the rise of the Angevin authority to the Vespro war. The battle consequences were strongly evident in different fields inside the two towns, expecially in the improvement of the naval tactical-strategical mindset. Thanks to the Meloria, naval war’s methods and techniques have been improved, obtaining that “nautical revolution” in the effort of getting out of the Mediterranean borders. The author, with his accurate report of the events, thinks about the naval war from a true and deep maritime perspective.
Antonio Musarra (born in 1983) is a Middle Ages historic researcher at the Sapienza University in Rome. Ahmanson Fellow 2016-2017 at Villa I Tatti (Harvard University), research fellow at the Università degli Studi in Florence (2017-2018 and 2018-2019), associate of the Naval and Maritime Historical Laboratory at the Università degli Studi in Genoa. He’s been dealing with Middle Ages Mediterranean history, mostly about the history of the Crusades and the pilgrimages, the naval war, the Genoese Middle Ages institutional, economic and political history and the Franciscan history. Among his most recent books, “Acri 1291. La caduta degli stati crociati”, Bologna il Mulino ed. 2017; “1284 La Battaglia della Meloria”, Roma-Bari Laterza ed. 2018; “Il crepuscolo della crociata”, Bologna, Il Mulino ed. 2018; “Processo a Colombo. Scoperta o Sterminio?”, Viareggio La
Vela ed. 2018; “Gli Italiani e le crociate”, Roma Istituto per l’Oriente “C.A. Nallino” ed. 2019.

Hours 9:00 p.m.: Book launch: Biörn Larsson, “La lettera di Gertrude” (ed. Iperborea)

At Lerici Legge il Mare the new Björn Larsson’s novel: a story about the identity, the freedom, the choice … and about the price sometimes it must be paid for having the right of making this choice. While sprinkling his mother’s ashes, Martin Brenner, a brilliant geneticist at the top of his professional career, an happy husband and father, starts asking himself about his relationship with her: why doesn’t he feel any sorrow, why has there always been a sort of veil between the two of them? There was a secret between them, separating them: his mother’s name wasn’t Maria, but Gertrud, an Holocaust surviving Jew. Therefore, what does it mean to be a Jew? He starts reading books, discussing with his friend Simon and Golder the rabbi, to understand which way to choose: keep this secret or accept his Jewishness, shocking not only his life but also his family’s. In addition to face that quiet relationship of mutual indifference with God.
With this book, Larsson would like to claim the right of every single person to be seen and judged only from one single perspective: being individual persons.

Björn Larsson was born in Jönköping in 1953. He is a French literature teacher at the Lund University. He is also a philologist, a writer, a translator and he loves sailing; in Italy he is one of the most famous Swedish authors.
He wrote very successful books all published by an Italian publishing house, “ Iperborea” .
He wrote “La vera storia del pirata John Silver”, “Il cerchio celtico”, “Il porto dei sogni incrociati”, “I poeti morti non scrivono gialli” and “L’ultima avventura del pirata Long John Silver”.

Saturday, September 7th 2019

Hours 8.30 a.m.: Mass for all the sailors in San Rocco church

Hours 10.00 a.m.: On board with the authors (program to follow) – A swim to Tellaro – Sailors’ in Piazza Garibaldi, Lerici

Hours 10.30 a.m.: Award ceremony of the Photo Contest organized by the Maritime Society of Mutual Relief Lerici together with Avis Lerici 

Hours 11:00 a.m.: Book launch: Alberto Cavanna, “A tradimento” (ed. Cairo)
In the old family house in the Ligurian Appennines, a man disappointed by the life’s adversities, spends his days alone without doing anything. His daughter, Anastasia, who lives in La Spezia together with her mother, moves to Acquabuona trying to fill the distance between her and her father. The man tells her the story of the members of his family, interlacing past and present, allowing the two to finally talk to each other in a mutual connection. But a shadow is threatening them, as soon as the August 14th, 2018 is approaching: the ponte Morandi’s collapse.

Alberto Cavanna was born in 1961 in Albisola Superiore and he is an Italian writer, translator and illustrator. In 1988 he moved to La Spezia where he became shipyard’s manager. At the top of his professional career, he left his job to completely dedicate himself to the writing and artistic activity. In 2001 he published “Storie di navi, di viaggi e di relitti” and the historical novel “Bacicio do Tin” in 2004, ranking the second position at the Bancarella Prize in 2004. In 2009, he won the Marincovich Prize and in 2010 the Città di Sanremo Casinò Prize. In 2016, with the historical novel “La nave delle anime perdute”, he won the Marincovich Prize. On July 2016, he translated and illustrated the J. Conrad’s novel “The Rover”. He collaborates with the “Arte navale” magazine. All his artistic activity has very deep roots in the inherited maritime tradition and also in the working culture, conceiveing the job not only as a surviving medium, but as a life code of ethics.

Hours 5 p.m.: Book Launch: Annamaria “Lilla” Mariotti: “Storie di pirati e piratesse del XVIII secolo” (ed. Addictions-Magenes)
It’s well known that all the pirates, famous or not, have been part of the same brotherhood, having all together the same goal: assault and plunder as many ships as possible to collect treasures. What about the reasons some sailors have been pushed by to go sailing leading a desperates’ crew? Which European countries have been involved against this true or supposed plague?

Annamaria “Lilla” Mariotti is a writer from Camogli, where she was born and where she actually lives and works. She writes sea stories and legends, expecially about tunas and tuna-fishing nets, lighthouses and lighthouse keepers, the last hermits. The sea represents for her a huge open and old book to leaf through, finding out never ending stories. She’s always a very appreciated guest at Lerici Legge il Mare.


Hours 4:30 p.m.: FOR KIDS ONLY!

Geronimo Stilton is glad to invite all the kids at the: “Missione Pirati – Viaggio nel tempo 12” (ed. Piemme)

Stratopic day in Lerici!!! From Topazia, the Eco del Roditore’s journalist, editor and director mouse presents its last new book.

“My dearest rodents, follow me during this amazing Time Journey …Inside the Botanix, the new Time Machine designed by Ficcagenio Squitt, we’re going to travel to Mauritius in 1608 … over there, we will be catched by the cruelest pirates. Then, we will move to Venice in 1508, where we will meet Giorgione the painter and then we will move to Poitiers in 1168 at the Eleonora of Aquitania’s court. At the end, we will travel to Alessandria of Egypt in the first century A.D., where we will meet Erone. What a breath-taking adventure!!!


Hours 6:00 p.m.: LERICI LEGGE IL MARE is pleased to invite Eraldo Pizzo, “Il Caimano”, the strongest water polo player of all times.

Eraldo Pizzo and Claudio Mangini present the book “Caimani come me” (ed. Sagep)

June, 22nd 1951: a memorable date for the Italian water polo: a very young Eraldo Pizzo, he was only 13 years old, was playing his first water polo match for the Pro Recco team against the Camogli team. His debut started with a goal. In this way, the story of one of the most famous Italian and international water polo players had begun. He left his sign in every team he played for, in every competition he competed for, whether it was the Olimpic games or a less important league. He had the right technique, the geniality, the smartness, the personality: he was simply a high-level player.

What a chance to hear directly from him his incredible story!

Hours 9:00 p. m.: The “Società Marittima alla Solidarietà in Mare 2019” award goes to Pietro Bartolo, Lampedusa’s doctor.

Pietro Bartolo and Lidia Tilotta book: “Lacrime di sale” (ed. Mondadori)

The Lerici’s Maritime Society of Mutual Assistance at the Lerici Legge il Mare 9th Edition is pleased to give the “Società Marittima alla Solidarietà in Mare 2019” award to Dr. Pietro Bartolo, the Lampedusa’s brave doctor, who has been assisting migrants arriving on the island for almost thirty years. He became a symbol of humanity, reaching also Hollywood, thanks to the “Fuocoammare” movie, by Gianfranco Rosi director. He has always been very operative on the humanitarian committment side.



Sunday, September 8th 2019

Hours 9.30 a.m.: “Hiking on the green paths”,  by Avis Lerici’s

Hours 10.00 a.m.: On board with the authors (program to follow) – Latin sailing exhibit – Microplastic survey and collection

Hours 11:00 a.m.: Pier Paolo Cervone’s book launch: “Thaon di Revel. Il grande ammiraglio” (ed. Mursia)

“When he was a child, he made his life choice: forever sailor. He reached the top of the professional career. To celebrate his glory, at that time they had to invent a new rank, the Great Admiral rank.” Paolo Thaon di Revel has been the man that more than others innovated and changed the Italian Navy. He was born in Turin, on June 10th 1859, dedicating all his entire life to the sea. He joined the Libya war, he was Navy Major State Head during the World War I. He introduced new military instruments, the MAS, the special forces that later will become the Raiders. He was an old style admiral always with an eye toward the future.

Pier Paolo Cervone was born in Finale Ligure on Jan 25th 1953. He got his degree at the University of Genoa in Politic Sciences. He wrote several history books, winning two awards, “Libro ligure dell’anno” at the Peagna exhibit in 2009 with the “I dittatori, i generali e il piccolo re, diario di Enrico Caviglia” book and the “Mario Soldati for the history divulgation” award in 2010 with “La grande guerra sul fronte occidentale” book.

Hours 3:00 p.m: MAURO PANDIMIGLIO book’s launch, “Modus Navigandi” (ed. Hoepli)

Going by the sea, all the physical disabilities disapper, entering among the uniquenesses of which the Nature is a powerful expression. This book presents an experiment of disability inclusion on board. Going sailing is a way to learn, leaving from the inner part of us.

Mauro Pandimiglio, capable sailor, has founded the Supportive Sailing Italian Union, the Seasickness Club and, in 2001, the Handy Cup, the first European Competition where it’s possible to join only having an handicapped person on board.



Hours 4:00 p.m.: FABIO FIORI’s book launch: “L’odore del mare” (ed. Ediciclo)

The “Little travel philosophy” series invites Fabio Fiori, sailor and wandering, to tell the smell of the sea by an intimate and daily conversation with the water, the wind and the light, made by walking along the seaside. Sea lovers want to hear its voice and to see its colors. But they want also to touch it, to smell it and, sometimes, to taste a little of its salted taste. Going barefoot on its sand gives a sensual pleasure, mostly off season, when the wind is beating and the rain is falling down. Walking by the sea is a simple and free way to live the sea, in Marseille as in Palermo, in the Itaca island as in the Gargano promontory.

Fabio Fiori was born in Rimini in 1967. Sailor and wandering, he usually goes sailing  by oars, by feet and by pedals. He wrote several books, like “Un mare” (Diabasis, 2005), “Abbecedario Adriatico” (Diabasis, 2008), “Vela libre” (Stampa Alternativa, 2012) and more.  He’s been editing for years the project www.maregratis.blogspot.com

Hour 5:00 p.m: MARIO DENTONE book’s launch: “La capitana – 2. l’orgoglio del mare” (ed. Mursia)

Mario Dentone is one of the Lerici Legge il Mare habitué. After the trilogy “Geppin” from Moneglia, we’re arrived at the second chapter of the Elisa’s epic tale: La Capitana. The presence of a woman at the big Genoa harbour doesn’t scandalize anymore the sailors and the “Camallis”. She conquered her position paying a very high price, winning battles on the sea and also fighting off the sea, loosing her beloved Gu. But she has to be very careful, because the harbour boss  wants her death, but she is going to fight tooth and nail.

Mario Dentone was born in Chiavari in 1947, he grew up, in Riva Trigoso and he actually lives in Moneglia. He is a writer and he published several novels, like “La badessa di Chiavari” in 2007 with whom he won the first prize at the “Il Maestrale” competition, “Il padrone delle onde”, in 2010, “Il cacciatore di orizzonti”, in 2012, “Il signore delle burrasche”, in 2014, “La Capitana – 1. l’ammutinamento”, in 2016.

Hours 9:00 p.m.: Massimo Minella tells the extraordinary and futuristic Exhibition assigned by the Kingdom of Italy to the Genoa city in 1914, “The International Navy and Maritime Hygiene Exhibition”.

Massimo Minella tells by pictures of that old time the extraordinary and futuristic exhibition assigned by the Kingdom of Italy to the Genoa city in 1914, “The International Navy and Maritime Hygiene Exhibition”. Dedicated to the hygiene theme, it has been launched by King Vittorio Emanuele the III and by Queen Elena on May 23rd 1914. It was a very huge success, like the 2015 Expo in Milan (in correlation). That kind of “Expo” treated not only the hygiene subject, but also the Economy of the sea, the Colonialism and the relationship with the Americas. In that occasion, an electric monorail has been built, connecting for 2.2km the Giano pier to the Bazzecca bridge.

Massimo Minella was born in Voghera, he is a journalist and he lives in Genoa. He is actually vice copy-editor at “La Repubblica”’s Genoa edition newspaper.