After twenty years, our Italian colleague Lea Iandorio re-edits this publishing literary project. Even though it is reborn on an on-line platform, the exlibris magazine (now exlibris20) is still touched by the romanticism of those “distant 90’s”. Originally written in Italian, exlibris20 is willing to welcome worldwide contributors in English, French, German and Spanish (by now)
Twenty years have passed since the first issue of this monthly books magazine, exlibris. A magazine that went against any classic editorial rule: it was a small, rectangular, colorful magazine written by fans and not critics, self-produced in the south of Italy and self-distributed throughout the country.
Ever since I was little, my dream was working in publishing. Back in the south after studying in the north, in that distant 1996, I decided to bring home publishing. So, I convinced my old friends and my new friends to follow me in this project and the magazine was born!
exlibris was gorgeous thanks to the graphics and care of Bruno Ruffilli, a man of great intelligence and taste. The press was curated by an “avellinese” typographer who I remember for his kindness and warmth, Jacelli. The ideas were shared with Roberto, Sara, Elena, Tiziana, Marisa, Barbara, Elvira, Daniela. Then, after Bruno, came Carmine Picone.
With Carmine we have been (and are) a very strong team. It is our fault that exlibris20 were born. We found ourselves on a Sunday in a bar in Turin and decided that we wanted to put in circulation the ideas of exlibris. There was no online archive and the magazines were (and are) almost unobtainable. So we decided to publish all the issues at the same rate of publication than twenty years ago. One issue per month for five years. The magazine will have contemporary incursions with insights that will give an idea of how literature and publishing have changed in the recent years. But above all, it will provide cues of reading out of time and out of the logic of editorial promotion. How we like it, from one friend to another.
Enjoy the reading.
Want to write for exlibris20.it? Here’s how to do it.
exlibris, first, and exlibris20, then, has always been a place where the protagonists are readers who are willing to share their own readings and their reflections on the world of books. So, we reopen our space to readers, inviting them to propose articles for this section.
Could you recommend me a book?
Every Monday, we publish a review of a book read by a reader. The book is chosen by the reader and can be a novel, an essay, a graphic novel, a collection of poems, a book for kids, a book in the original language; a book just released or a classic. All in all, it could be anything. The important thing is that it is a book, a story, a piece of writing you would like to advise a friend.
This is a column that wants to deepen into the topics of the literary world, with a monthly cadence.
The line of this column is given directly by the editorial team by either choosing the authors we think are best suited to write about that topic or by launching the “expert” request directly on the Facebook page.
There will not be a fixed day to offer reviews for this section. Strabook! wants to tell about cult books or writers that no one remembers anymore today (or almost). So, if the book or author you want to review fits within this category, Strabook! is the place to go for it.
exlibris20 is reborn, especially, because of this section: we want to talk about how to educate readers and how to promote reading through stories of success and interviews to those who can have ideas about it.
You may propose ideas for articles with these features. There are no deadlines.
Books, besides not having a reading time, do not even have a single place of belonging.
Therefore, exlibris20 wants to become international, but in a smooth way. There is no a translated section into English or another language, but an address book – this- where you may publish articles in your own language. Articles may be reviews already published in Italian and translated into other languages or even articles written directly in another language. So, if you do not speak and write in Italian and you are reading these instructions, be aware that we also welcome proposals in English, French, German and Spanish. At the moment.
Steps to propose your own articles
- Check the writer’s index in order see if the book has been reviewed.
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the section concerned in the subject; indicate in the mail the book or the topic of the article you want to propose and why (in a few lines); who are you and how did you know about exlibris20.it.
- Wait for the answer and, then, once the request is accepted, write a text of at least 400 words and maximum.
- Submit the review in Word format, with the references of the book (if it’s a translation, always remember the name of the translator), a photo taken by you (horizontally, if possible) where the book and your social addresses can be seen); also, if there are any hypertext references inside, they should be indicated.
- Once the article is published, we will ask you to share it on your social channels and become a spokesperson for the project exlibris20.it
About Lea Iandiorio
Lea Iandorio was born in Wimbledon and has been living for twenty year in a little place called Manocalzati in the South of Italy (near Naples) and now lives in Turin with her family. Lea was a student in the first class of Scuola Holden in Turin in 1994. She studied Arts and then Business Administration. Currently she is Senior Cultural Strategy Consultant after sixteen years as COO of Scuola Holden. She has founded a magazine online called exlibris20 (www.exlibris20.it), a “place” where common people writes about book as passionate readers and where it’s possibile to discuss about how and if it’s