“While I was writing my story, I never imagined winning an award. I wrote in simple words, without comments, without judgments, leaving the readers, especially the kids, to reflect. The book is not a novel, it is my real life, with its moments of very serious difficulties, but also of unexpected joys, of overcoming the dream and of a new rebirth. I denounced the violations of human rights but I also told about the power of hospitality “. Thus the Afghan journalist Alidad Shiri, who today lives in Bolzano, yesterday, at the Ridotto of the Municipal Theater, first classified at the Melvin Jones literary prize with ‘Away from the mad war’ (Harper Collins). An event conducted by the journalist Camilla Ghedini and organized by the Lions 108 Tb District – which includes clubs from Bologna, Ferrara, Modena, Reggio Emilia, Parma, La Spezia, Santa Maria Maddalena, Governor Giordano Bruno Arato – which to the founder, Melvin Jones (1879 –
1961), dedicated it. To receive the candidates, with a video message, Moni Ovadia, director of the Municipal who praised the spirit of the award, entitled ‘Courage, strength, resourcefulness solidarity to improve the world’, defining solidarity one of the highest and most beautiful words, ” because it is not charity, it is not charity, it is a value that has to do with the relationship. It is the recognition of equality “. Satisfaction also for Shiri, “who has chosen an arduous path, of transformation of her life, to find peace”. Seconds tied, Viola Ardone and Marco Balzano, both Einaudi stable, with Olivia Denaro and When I return. Third Antonella Boralevi, with All the sun that exists (La Nave di Teseo). Anna Quarzi, Lions president and coordinator of the project, created in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary History, which she chairs, insisted on the meaning of the award. The councilor Marco Gulinelli spoke about Ferrara, a city open to the many variations of culture. Theatrical actress Gianna Coletti was present on behalf of the jury, also composed of Macello Fois and Rita Coruzzi. The award supported by the Guidetti Recycling System company.