Campiello Literary Prize - Venice
Now marking its forty-fifth anniversary, the prize has been, since 1963, one of the highlights of the Venice cultural season. On Saturday, September 1st (a week earlier than its traditional date), the award ceremony is to take place in a gala evening at the Fenice Theatre, when the coveted literary prize (established by the Veneto Industrials) will be handed out.
The winner will be selected live by a jury of 300 readers out of the five writers in the short-list selected earlier by a jury of literati. The president of that latter jury this year is an illustrious personality, and for the first time this year in the Campiello history a non-Italian, the Spanish-native Joaquin Navarro-Valls, who served as the Vatican spokesman for many years. The event (parteciapation by invitation only) will be broadcast (with slight deferment) on RAI Television.