Pompeii, Italy Premiere Lit Event Features American Writers

Pompeii, Italy, July 07, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Italian Lit Event Premieres with American Writers

Words in Journey: Pompeii and the Grand Tour

July 23rd & July 29th in the Archeological Theater Area

Gore Vidal returns to Southern Italy July 23rd with “The Last Station” author Jay Parini to celebrate the premiere of “Words in Journey: Pompeii and the Grand Tour” created by Neapolitan novelist, Angelo Cannavacciuolo. A second evening, July 29th, Jim Nisbet of thriller “Windward Passage” and Ethan Canin, “Carry Me Across the Water,” follow in the recently restored archeological theater.

Recalling the Grand Tours of previous centuries, the event focuses on literature and travel in the region of Campania – the bed of Italy’s rich cultural history.

The featured writers will discuss their thoughts on literary and cultural influences to inaugurate Words in Journey part of the Pompeii Viva summer program of Marcello Fiori - archeological commissioner of Naples and Pompeii.

Parini, Nisbet and Canin’s reflections on the Grand Tour will be published in a high-quality art book that features a photographic essay by Mimmo Jodice, an international maestro in the art of photography. POMPEII: Echoes from the Grand Tour, published by Contrasto, is scheduled for presentation in Naples then available at the literary event.

Cannavacciuolo intends to offer a contemporary forum to explore his native land by making the voice of the writers available to the public – something that did not happen during the traditional Grand Tours. “Writers, artists and intellectuals stayed within preferred circles while their travelling was almost unknown to the local population. We would like to give the public the opportunity to hear of these experiences from the voice of the writers.”

To foster literary appreciation in Campania’s youth, a competition for young writers is in the event design. Cannavacciuolo’s vision is to extend the Pompeii event annually to international writers within one of the most visited archaeological sites in the world.

For more information, check for updates to: http://www.pompeiisites.org/

Facebook page: Words in Journey: Pompeii Literary Grand Tour or Parole in Viaggio

Contact: Barbara Burdick
For Immediate Release
415 290-9373
Italy: Brunella Bianchi

Pompeii Literary Grand Tour
Barbara Burdick
Italy: Brunella Bianchi