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MILAN – Carlo Feltrinelli, A.M. Homes, Craig Mod and Oscarwinning film director Gabriele Salvatores have been chosen as the Prada Feltrinelli Prize jury members. They will be responsible for selecting the winners of the third edition, who will be named in September.

The new edition of the Prada Feltrinelli Prize welcomed the participation of more than two thousand writers worldwide, who were invited to express their creativity on this year’s theme: “Illuminations, shadows and mirages. Things are not always what they seem.” The storytelling of the third edition evolves into a three-dimensional literary experience through a digital performance featuring the winning stories in a modern “Theatre of Conversation and Exchange.”

The Prada Journal literary contest was launched in 2013 with the aim of creating an independent literary research platform open to new writers from across the world who are able to capture the subtleties and myriad aspects of reality and translate them into the written word.

For more information, visit prada.com/journal.

Here are the jury biographies provided by Prada:

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Carlo Feltrinelli

Carlo Feltrinelli, born in 1962 is President of Feltrinelli Group, leading integrated cultural player operating in the industries of book publishing, retail, television, sociological research. The Feltrinelli Editore Publishing House was founded in 1955 by his father, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. In the retail industry, the Group counts 116 bookstores all over the Italian territory. Since 2001, Mr Feltrinelli is President of the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation, one of Europe’s foremost centers for scholarly research on social, political and economic thought and history. He is also the author of Senior Service, which has been translated and published in over 10 countries, besides Italy.

A.M. Homes

Amy Michael Homes was born in Washington D.C. and lives in New York. She is considered one of the most innovative American novelists. She has been the recipient of numerous literary awards and appears frequently in “Vanity Fair”, “The New Yorker”, “Granta”, “McSweeney’s”, “Art Forum” and the “New York Times”. She is the author of the novels: This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers and Jack, as well as the short-story collections, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects, the best selling memoir The Mistress’s Daughter, along with a travel memoir, Los Angeles: People, Places and The Castle on the Hill, and the artist’s book Appendix A:

Craig Mod

Craig (craigmod.com) is a writer and designer who splits his time between Tokyo and New York. Previously a product designer at Flipboard, he is also a TechFellow award recipient and a 2011/2012 MacDowell writing fellow. He’s currently an advisor for Medium.com and the Japan based SmartNews. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, California Sunday Magazine, Aeon, Virginia Quarterly Review, New Scientist, Contents Magazine, Codex Journal of Typography and other publications. He is the co-author of Art Space Tokyo and the essay collection, Bokura no Jidai no Hon (The Books of our Generation), published in Japanese (2014) and Korean (2015) and the upcoming photography collection, Less Important Than Sensible Shoes (2016).

Gabriele Salvatores

Gabriele Salvatores was born in Naples in 1950, then moved to Milan where he graduated from the Accademia d’Arte Drammatica of the Piccolo Teatro.

In 1972 he was one of the founders of the Teatro dell’Elfo, where he directed 21 theater productions during the ‘70s and ‘80s. In 1981 he produced a rock musical based on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, which in 1983 was adapted into his first film. In 1986, alongside Maurizio Totti and Diego Abatantuono, he founded the Colorado Film Production, which achieved immediate success with his second film, “Kamikazen – Ultima notte a Milano” (1987). In 1989 he directed “Marrakech Express” and “Turné”, and then “Mediterraneo” (1991), winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. In 1992 “Puerto Escondido” was released, followed by “Sud” (1993), “Nirvana” (1996) and “Denti” (2000). In 2001 he directed “Amnésia” and a year later “Io non ho paura” (I’m Not Scared), from Niccolò Ammaniti’s bestselling novel, presented at the Berlin Film Festival and nominated for an Oscar in 2004. The same year he directed “Quo Vadis Baby?”, followed by “Come Dio comanda” (2008), again from one of Niccolò Ammaniti’s novels, and the comedy “Happy Family” (2009). In 2010 he was a member of the jury at the 67th Venice Film Festival and presented the documentary “1960”. In 2013 he released “Educazione siberiana”, adapted from Nicolai Lilin’s book, starring John Malkovich. The same year he also worked on the project “ITALY IN A DAY”, the first collective film shot entirely by thousands of Italian people documenting fragments of their day. His most recent film, “The Invisible Boy”, came out in December 2014.

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