Francesca Mari has written for The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, The Believer, and other publications.

A report from last month’s Turin Book Fair where famous authors from India and Italy gathered to discuss the Kama Sutra, America, and, of course, Berlusconi’s exploits. Francesca Mari reports from the festival.

Enterprising fiction writers are marketing themselves to book groups in person, by phone, and over Skype to boost sales. Meet the new breed of literary types on the make.