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Costa Smeralda Award 2024: the finalists and special prizes (including one to Salmo)

After the success of the last edition, the Costa Smeralda Awardorganized and promoted by Costa Smeralda Consortium, returns to shine a light on the national literary panorama through the care of the selection and the attention to small details. During the press conference in the presence of Renzo PersicoPresident of the Costa Smeralda Consortium, Mario FerraroVice President of the Costa Smeralda Consortium, e Stefano SalisArtistic Director of the Prize, we discover both the three finalists of the Costa Smeralda Award in the two awarded categories, namely Storytelling And Nonfictionselected within the vast panorama of Italian editorial production throughout the year, and both the winners of the special categories who, for 2024, are the scientist and popularizer Mariasole Bianco (Mediterranean Culture Award); Alicia Giménez-Bartlett, one of the most read Spanish writers of recent years (International Award); and the rapper and record producer Psalmstage name Maurizio Pisciottu, who this year won the Special Prize.

As regards the actual selection, the titles selected by the quality jury composed of Lina Bolzoni, Marcello Fois, Elena Loewenthal And Chiara Valerio led by Stefano Salis are: Ginevra Lamberti with The well is worth more than time (Marsilio), Eugenio Murrali with his debut novel Marguerite was here (Neri Pozza) ed Evelina Santangelo with The feeling of the sea (Einaudi) for Narrative, e Vera Gheno with Words of a different kind (Rizzoli), Maurizio Ferraris with Learning to live (Laterza Publishers) e Vincenzo Trione with Heavenly prologue. In Anselm Kiefer's atelier (Einaudi) for non-fiction. The appointment with the awards ceremony is Saturday 4 May on the stage of Conference Center Of Porto Cervothe date on which the winners will be awarded, in addition to a cash prize, a work by the sculptor Giuseppe Sannaconsisting of a naturally shaped stone for each category, basalt for Fiction, trachyte for Non-Fiction, granite for the International Prize, marble for the Mediterranean Culture Prize and limestone for the Special Prize.

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«The Costa Smeralda Award confirms its independence and quality of judgment once again in this edition. The jury's work allows us to bring to attention books and characters that embody the many souls of contemporary culture, taking a look at young people and the different sensitivities that are often overlooked. In short, an award that looks to the future without forgetting the quality and experience of the past, just as Costa Smeralda wants to do” – he says Stefano SalisArtistic Director of the Prize, while the President of the Costa Smeralda Consortium Renzo Persico underlines the “recognized excellence” of the Costa Smeralda Award In the Italian cultural panorama. Partner and main sponsor of the event is Smeralda Holding. The operational organisation, scenographic set-up and production of the awards event is entrusted to Filmmaster who also created the logo, the coordinated graphic image and the concept of the material prize.

Source: Vanity Fair

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