40 years of the Umberto and Elisabetta Mauri Booksellers School: the 2023 program

After two online editions due to the health emergency, the Advanced seminar of the School for Booksellers organized by Umberto and Elisabetta Mauri Foundationnow in its fortieth edition, is back in presence in the traditional four-day appointment at the historic Giorgio Cini Foundation Of Venice.

The annual Seminar involving Italian and international publishers and booksellers, organized by Umberto and Elisabetta Mauri Foundation with the contribution of Messaggerie Libri and Messaggerie Italiane, and in collaboration with the Italian Publishers Association, the Italian Booksellers Association, and the Center for Books and Reading, will take place from 24 to 27 January 2023. The online mode, which in previous years was an opportunity for further international opening, will in any case be maintained, to allow operators in the publishing chain to follow the final day, subject to registration.

The Seminar will open on Tuesday 24 January at 3.30 pm with welcome greetings from Achille Mauri (Italian Messaggeries and the Umberto and Elisabetta Mauri Foundation), Ricardo Franco Levi (Italian Publishers Association and Federation of European Publishers) e Paul Ambrosini (Italian Booksellers Association).

This will be followed by the presentation of the two didactic days by Albert Ottieri (Italian Messages and Emmelibri), of the Final Day edited by Stephen Mauri (Italian Messaggerie and Mauri Spagnol publishing group) and student booksellers and booksellers by Romano Montroni (School for Booksellers Umberto and Elisabetta Mauri). To follow, at 16.30, the writer Nadia Wassef he will talk about his experience during the meeting Selling books in Cairo.

The day will end at 5.15pm George Brunetti (University Luigi Bocconi, Milan) with the intervention The library is also a company.

On Wednesday 25 January the theme of The economic and financial management of the library. To open the day at 9.00 will be Angel Paletta (University of Bologna) with the meeting The economic and financial performance of the bookstorewhich will be followed at 10.50 by the intervention of Robert Miglio (Italian messages) e Mirco Dordolo (Libraccio Group) The economic and financial management of the library. At 14.30 Susanna Sancassani (Politecnico di Milano) will hold the Presentation of the “World Café” method for group work which will be tested by the students. At 17.00 Julia Fossati (Mauri Spagnol editorial group) will interview the booktokers Megi Bulla And Valentina Ghetti.

The theme of the day on Thursday 26 January will be Customer centricity. It will open at 9.00 with the meeting On the road to customer centricity: where are we? Of Michelle Addis (Roma Tre University), followed at 11.45 by the speech Competence and courtesy: the pillars of customer service Of Romano Montroni (School for Booksellers Umberto and Elisabetta Mauri).

After the delivery of the diplomas to the pupils, the round table will be held at 14.30 Customer centricity with Michael Busch (Thalia) e James Daunt (Waterstones and Barnes & Noble), moderated by Porter Anderson (Publishing Perspectives). At 16.30 again Michelle Addis will hold the meeting Take Home Value. From Venice to my bookstore: concrete actions to put the customer first. It will close the day Anna Maria Bottero (Microsoft Italy) with the intervention Customer Experience at Microsoft.

The final day of Friday 27 January, entitled Read the changewill open at 9.30 with the Economic market scenariostwo meetings introduced and coordinated by Alberto Ottieri (Messaggerie Italiane and Emmelibri): Projections for 2023: where is Italian household spending going? Of Angelo Tantazzi (Prometheia) e The European book market Of Ricardo Franco Levi.

As usual, the delivery will take place at 10.20 Prize for booksellers Luciano and Silvana Mauri (now in its 17th edition) at Lovat library Of Willorba and the Nick Perren Job Exchange (now in its 4th edition), followed at 11 by the round table The generational change of readers in which they will participate Michael Busch (Thalia), James Daunt (Waterstones and Barnes & Noble), Sonia Draga (Sonia Draga Publishing Group), Gilles Haéri (Editions Albin Michel), Stephen Mauri (Italian Messaggerie and Mauri Spagnol publishing group), Madeline McIntosh (Penguin Random House), moderated by Porter Anderson (Publishing Perspectives).

Finally, the intervention of the writer is expected Claudius Magris Books and Memory. The President of the School will close the Seminar Achille Mauri.

The Seminary has always been an important moment of discussion on the world of bookswhich examines the various aspects and critical issues of a fascinating and fundamental activity for the dissemination of culture such as that of bookstores: management, organization, distribution, marketing and promotion. A laboratory therefore in which one wants to plan, discuss, learn about the dynamics of a complex but always vital world that has the book at its center.

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40 years of the Umberto and Elisabetta Mauri Booksellers School: the 2023 program