We were thrilled to host the Bridge Book Award Virtual Ceremony for the prize’s Italian winners. The Bridge Book Award unites the Italian and American communities through an exchange of premier literature. Each year, the award honors a work of fiction and a work of nonfiction, and the winners receive free translation of their books into the English language. The winners of this year’s Bridge Awards are Romana Petri (Fiction) and Massimo Castoldi (Nonfiction). Readings from each of the winners followed the presentation of the awards,.
The Bridge Award has been created and curated in 2015 by Maria Ida Gaeta, director of the House of Literature and the Festival of International Literature of Rome, with the collaboration of Maria Gliozzi, founder of the American Initiative for Italian Culture Foundation (AIFIC).
Since its first edition, the Prize has benefited by the support of the Embassy of the United States of America of Rome, the Italian Federation of Writers (Federazione Unitaria Italiana Scrittori FUIS), the American Academy in Rome, the Italian Consulate in NY, the Italian Cultural Institute in NY, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and other Italian and American cultural institutions and universities. For several editions the Prize has been supported also by the Centro per il Libro e La Lettura of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage in Rome (CEPELL) and the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) in New York. Starting from 2019 the prestigious institution Center For Fiction in New York has taken over the role of Managing Body of the Award.