The Festival

The fascinations of literature combined with the beauty of a unique place in the world. It is the perfect combination of Taobuk, an international literary festival which brings together the tradition of Taormina as cosmopolitan capital of literature and arts, refuge for eccentric and excellent personalities such as Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Picasso, Richard Strauss.

The Festival is conceived and directed by Antonella Ferrara.

Every year Taobuk chooses a theme around which the calendar of meetings takes shape with the help of authoritative writers, thinkers and artists, in a tight flow of ideas and novelties.

At the core of the festival there is literature seen through the point of view of international writers. Taobuk’s program, however, is also embellished with exhibitions, theatrical performances, dance pieces and film retrospectives shown in evocative locations: first and foremost the Ancient Theatre, along with the city’s palaces and major hotels.

Antonella Ferrara

In 2011, after a long experience in the cultural sector and events, Antonella Ferrara has designed and launched the Taormina International Book Festival dedicated to Fine Arts. Here she brings to its natural development her personal and professional history of literature passion. She has been Sales Director of an important Sicilian Publishing House and she currently organizes and produces cultural events.

the scientific committee

Matteo Collura Writer and journalist

Originally a Sicilian, he lives in Milan. After a young experience as a painter and after taking up the profession of journalism, in 1979 he made his literary debut with the novel Associazione indigenti, published by Einaudi with the approval of Italo Calvino. In 1996 he published the biography of Leonardo Sciascia, who was his friend: Il maestro di Regalpetra, followed, in 2002, by Alfabeto eretico (now in the Longanesi catalogue with the title Alfabeto Sciascia). In 2010 he published Il gioco delle parti - Vita straordinaria by Luigi Pirandello. Matteo Collura has dedicated several other books to his region, including: In Sicilia; L’isola senza ponte; Sicilia, la fabbrica del mito (edited by Longanesi) and Sicilia sconosciuta (Rizzoli). He writes culture articles for Corriere della Sera and Il Messaggero.

Paola Gribaudo Art Historian

Graduated with honors in History of Art Criticism, she has worked as a consultant for publishers, art galleries, artists, collectors, museums and foundations since 1983. She collaborated with publishing houses such as Skira, Gli Ori, Rizzoli International, Thames & Hudson, Cercle d'Art. She has won prestigious awards and deserved the covers of literary magazines, such as The book review of the New York Times (2004). She was awarded the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by Minister Frédéric Mitterand and she is an Academician of Honour at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin. In 2016 she was invited to exhibit her “Libri and Librini” to the Taobuk Festival.

Roberto Grossi Superintendent Theatre Massimo Bellini in Catania

Superintendent of the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania since 2015, he is President of Federculture, of which he was one of the founders, and President of the Committee for Orchestras and Children's and Youth Choirs in Italy. He has been President of the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome, Vice President of the MAXXI Foundation (National Museum of XXI Century Arts), General Director and Board Member of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia. He has directed specialized magazines and taught "Art and Performing Arts Design" at the University of Florence. Among the numerous publishing activities, he has published the book Cantiere cultura with Il Sole 24 Ore and Il Finanziamento della Cultura with CieRre.

Salvatore Cuzzocrea Rector at the University of Messina

Full Professor at the Department Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences

the curators

Fernanda Roggero Fud Hub

She has worked for a long time at Sole 24 Ore dealing with design, cinema, cultural heritage, internationalisation and Europe. Now she has focused her interests on Food & Wine following the online section of the newspaper that deals with these issues, looking carefully at the economic and system aspects. With the project “I mestieri del cibo” (a series of video-interviews with craftsmen/chefs/entrepreneurs and start-ups) she has analyzed new jobs related to the food world, paying attention to the wide range of innovative digital projects.

Claudio Masenza Cinema

Cinema expert and author of television programme such as Cinema!, Effetto Cinema, Producer, Parla con me. He has written television biographies of American film stars (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Marlon Brando) and a TV film, "Hitchcock, il brivido del genio", presented at various international festivals. His "Stelle Migranti" has been invited to the Venice Festival. Former collaborator of "Il Venerdì di Repubblica", he currently writes for "Ciak". He was a member of the selection committee of the Venice Film Festival, artistic director of the Aruba Film Festival and consultant to the Rome Film Festival.

Roberta Scorranese Arti Visive

She's from Abruzzo but she was adopted by Milan. She graduated in Literature and she was trained at the school of Journalism in Perugia. Today she is a journalist for Corriere della Sera, where she works as vice deputy service head in the editorial staff of Cultural Events. She deals mainly with issues related to art, costume and current affairs. She wrote, together with Pier Mario Fasanotti, the biography of Salvador Dalí entitled Io non sono pazzo – Splendori e miserie di Salvador Dalì and published by Saggiatore.

Annalisa Galeano Taokids

Graduated from the Faculty of Education Sciences in Catania, she is a teacher in kindergarten and primary school. Working with children has always been her passion: she started as an animator and opened a playroom. Subsequently she managed an animation team specialized in services for children during cultural events, realizing didactic projects in public and private institutions. She played the role of teacher-educator at the Institute Orphanage Divino Zelo of Giardini Naxos. Over the years she has learned to listen to and read the different needs of children, to organize different recreational educational strategies addressed to individuals or groups and with recreational purposes including telling stories (animated readings) and educate to learning and enriching the first experiences of the child.


Antonella Ferrara President and Art Director
Alfio Bonaccorso General Coordination and Event Management
Caterina Andò Regional Press Office Head
Clarissa Cusimano Web Content and Social Media Manager
Carmen Valisano Web Content and Social Media Manager
Rosa Maria Di Natale Web Content and Social Media Manager
Emilio Pintaldi Regional Press Office
MaraVitali Comunicazione National Press Office
Chiara Carmeni Video Communication
Lillo Sciliberto External Relations and Marketing
Fabio Longo Communication and Promotion
Cristina D’Arrigo Administrative Office
Rossella Fallico Administrative Office
Elena Dardano Administrative Office
Francesca Cannavò Insallations Technical Management
Giampiero Gobbi Ceremony, Guest Coordination and Taobuk Lab
Federica La Spina Ceremony, Guest Coordination and Taobuk Lab
Cirino Cristaldi Ceremony, Guest Coordination and Taobuk Lab
Giampiero Caminiti Photographer
+ ADD DESIGN Graphics and Web Design