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Discover the International Book Fair, the annual event in Turin

Turin is one of Italy's cultural capitals, and literature is one of the city's obsessions. It was the birthplace of literary giants like Primo Levi, Italo Calvino, Antonio Gramsci, Umberto Eco and Cesare Pavese, among many less well known authors.

With a history like that, it's no surprise that the capital of Piedmont hosts Italy's premier book festival: the Turin International Book Fair.

This year the event runs from the 18th-22nd of May and will be organised around the theme of "Crossing the Border". As ever, it promises to feature a packed schedule of talks, film screenings and musical concerts that culture lovers will adore.

In keeping with the festival's theme, there will be events dealing with the modern Middle East, like the return of Anime Arabe. Expert speakers will talk about women's rights worldwide and the roots and experience of migration, while the GasTrOnomica section will feature international foods along with input from 17 Italian regions. It promises to be a fascinating multicultural event.

The International Book Fair also regularly honours great literary figures, and this year is no exception. There will be talks, readings and film screenings dedicated to Stephen King, who turns 70 this year, along with a program of events centred around JRR Tolkien, whose Hobbit was published 80 years ago.

Expect entertaining readings from these superstars. But that's not all; the Book Fair coincides with an international Tolkien rendezvous in Turin on May the 20th, which will draw thousands of costumed fantasy fans. If you love to cosplay, be sure to pack your elf uniform when you visit.

Back at the fair itself, fans of Primo Levi will be able to attend events to coincide with the 30th anniversary of his death. There will also be events to mark the 50th anniversary of the deaths of comic actor Totò and the campaigner for peace father Lorenzo Milani.

As ever, kids will be well catered for. This time, younger visitors can visit Bookstock Village, where there will be readings from children's authors, demonstrations of robots and art events.

Anyone who is wondering what to do in Turin during May 2017 need look no further. The Turin International Book Fair will offer engaging talks on political themes, homages to literary superstars and plenty of attractions for casual literature fans - so, book your tickets today.