Harvey Wins Italy's Libro del Mare
(Kenneth J. Harvey with Claudio Borea [left], the mayor of Sanremo, and Monica Belmondo, Harvey's Italian interpreter [click photo to enlarge])
Newfoundland author Kenneth J. Harvey has become the first Canadian to win Italy's 'Libro del Mare' for his book The Town That Forgot How to Breathe (La città che dimenticò di respirare).
Harvey received the award in Sanremo, Italy on July 27th during a ceremony in the rooftop garden of the Sanremo Casino. A cheque for 5,000 Euros ($7,200) was also presented.
Sanremo is situated along the Italian Riviera, and neighbours Monte Carlo, Nice and Cannes.
The 'Libro del Mare' was conceived by renowned Italian literary figure and filmmaker, Folco Quilici, and is presented each year to the best book published in Italy which deals with the sea.
The Town That Forgot How to Breathe has been sold in over thirteen countries, and has been translated into French, German, Italian, Russian, Dutch and other languages.
(Harvey with prize president, Folco Quilici)