Rethinking dyslexia through accessible literature: The magician Pitré

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On 19 January 2018 at 18:00 hrs in the Binaria Book – Centro commensale del Gruppo Abele (Via Sestriere, 34 – Turin), the presentation will be held for the publishing project of Il mago Tre-Pi, or The magician Pitré in the English version (by Lilith Moscon, illustrations by Marta Pantaleo, Telos edizioni), a children’s book (recommended for 9+) in paper and digital format, which is accessible to dyslexic readers. The project is devoted to the right to and freedom of reading for all types of readers, especially dyslexic readers.

A discussion will be held on the issues of: “dyslexia”, “literature” and “accessibility”, involving the speakers: Luana Astore (publisher Telos edizioni), Federico Alfonsetti (designer, creator of the Easyreading font), Fabiana Illiano (psychologist and SLD tutor).
The contributions will be moderated by Elio Benvenuti. Copies sold during the evening will be donated to the Turin section of the Italian Dyslexia Association, the Civic library of Nichelino and to the structure in Turin which hosts foreign children “Villaggio che cresce” (The growing village).
The magician Pitré is a publishing project of the new publishing house, Telos, which unites two fundamental axes: A. Literature B. Instruments for reading accessibility.

  1.  Literature
    Strong belief was placed on the fact that all types of readers, dyslexic readers included, want stories that leave a mark and are well balanced between text and images.
    The magician Pitré (by Lilith Moscon, illustrated by Marta Pantaleo) is a story inspired by the real life of the Sicilian doctor and writer Giuseppe Pitré. This physician, who collected fairy tales, proverbs, customs and games, appears on a carriage, which is his mobile office and which can turn instantly into a little sitting room where coffee can be sipped in pleasant company. Nicola is a somewhat shy little boy, who is invited into the four-wheeled sitting room of the mysterious magician and embarks, together with him, on three journeys posing respectively three questions: what are thoughts, dreams and cities made of?
    Giuseppe introduces Nicola to the dreams that marked out his life and to the art of dreaming. We have to believe in our dreams, including those that seem absurd at first sight. This novel describes the life of Giuseppe Pitré and the objects of his thoughts and dreams: we have to believe in them before they disappear from our view, and accept to climb aboard their mobile offices.
  2.  Instruments for reading access
    –    Font: The typography character was chosen for both paper version and digital version of the book
    –    Paper: The paper version is printed on ivory paper to make reading easier and reduce eyesight stress.
    –    “Non justified”, right aligned layout of the text, to follow the reading rhythm without interrupting the words and unity of meaning within a sentence.
    –    Interactive digital version, multilingual (Italian, French, English and Spanish) and accessible to dyslexic readers, created jointly with the French partner.