The Festival degli Scrittori is Florence's first and only literary festival, which aims to provide an international forum for writers and the Italian public to meet and discuss literature and the world of ideas. Taking place each year over three days in June, it showcases the most prominent contemporary writing, via readings, roundtables and theatrical recitals in prestigious venues throughout the city.
The festival opens with the lectio magistralis, presented by an renowned international writer on a subject relevant to them. Following on from Claudio Magris, John Banville, Carlos Fuentes, Michael Cunningham, Zadie Smith, Michael Ondaatje, Patrick McGrath, Emmanuel Carrère and Jhumpa Lahiri, this year La Cappella dei Pazzi di Santa Croce will host the much celebrated Israeli author Etgar Keret.
Founded in 2007 in honor of the Central European novelist and memoirist, the Premio Gregor von Rezzori – Città di Firenze was initially held in the monastery of Vallombrosa. After immediate success, it moved to Florence in 2010 to become the cornerstone of the Festival degli Scrittori. The prize is awarded is for the best work of foreign fiction published in Italy within the last year by international jury . In 2015, the prize was given to Vladimir Sorokin's, The Day of the Oprichnik.