Literary coffee

«This refined drink spreading a delightful excitement throughout the whole body was called intellectual drink, friend of intellectuals, scientists and poets, because by shaking your nerves it clears your head, makes your imagination livelier and way of thinking quicker». This is how Pellegrino Artusi describes and celebrates coffee in his essential book, “La scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangiare bene” (Science in the kitchen and the art of eating healthy).

A common thread connects coffee to the world of art, literature in particular. One time, when there were no publishers, the selection was entrusted to the so-called literary society, a voluntary association of writers, who exchanged mutual advice and support on the curious basis of non-written and unmentioned agreements. And they did it while meeting in exclusive places, bookshops, but above all cafés. It’s easy to imagine that some of the most beautiful literature pages ever were written on bistro tables in Paris or beneath pergolas of Roman coffee bars, where next to hot cups ink gave life to male and female heroes on white paper, destined to immortality of those books. And to continue this tradition of “connivance” between coffee and literature, since the year 2000 Moak has been promoting Caffè Letterario Moak, a national narration contest promoting both young talented artists and expert writers.

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In primo piano

Caffè Letterario 2016
letterario 2016

28.06 With more than 300 short stories arrived from all over Italy, the 15th edition confirms its annual success. Announcement is closed, and now we just wait for the outcome of the panel to see who is going to step on the podium. Cinzia Tani, a woman, will preside over the panel this year.

Moak at Taobuk 2016

01.09 Moak partner of Taobuk 2016, the International Book Festival, which will be held on September 10-17 in Taormina. Coffee will be, once again, an occasion to talk about art and literature. Together with the Grand Hotel Timeo, Moak is going to host some of the events scheduled for September 14th.

Fuori Fuoco 2017

22.07 Laura Seraniwill preside over the 2017 edition of Moak’s international photography contest Fuori Fuoco. Laura lives in Paris, where she has been “Présidente du Jury at the Prix Résidence pour la Photographie de la Fondation des Treilles” – director of the panel for photography at Fondation Les Treilles – since 2015.