The annual international “Festival
of Writers” is currently taking place in
Florence. All events are free except the movie screening. More
has a new novel, entitled Broken
Chord, out on 14 April. Published
& Grace, it's a crime thriller in an Italian
setting and it is the first in a series. Welcome to investigating
magistrate Jacopo Dragonetti...
new novel, Gateway
to Forever, is available from Amazon as a digital
download. It's on special offer for a few days, so hurry!
Cirigliano, who lives and writes in Florence, has
Literature without Borders book festival to our
attention. It takes place in Pisa from November 7 - 9 and is
very worth visiting. Also, the website of Magenta
Publishers, the English language publishing house
that she runs, has had a recent makeover. Have a look at what
new book, The
True & Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters
is published on July 5th by Bloomsbury. The publishers have
created a Pinterest
board about long hair and literature. We wish her all the
Art of Writing, Lisa Clifford's
writers' retreat is offering an original course this autumn.
TASTE EVERY WORD is not a cooking course but
rather a course in how you convey food in all forms of writing
and it'll run from 31 August to 6 September.
Lisa Clifford has a new book out with Penguin
Australia - an honest look at Naples, with photographs
by Carla Coulson. Through Carla’s intimate
portraits and stunning atmospheric shots coupled with Lisa’s
touching and honest reportage, Naples A Way of Love
takes us away from the tourist trap and into the heart and soul
of the city, a mystical paradise of hidden cobblestoned alleyways,
shrines to the saints, ancient crypts filled with skulls, street
art, fishermen’s quarters, and some of the most breath
taking architecture in the world.
Read more about the writing of the book in our February
Mary Jane Cryan will be presenting her new
Storie & Segreti:
venerdi 7 febbraio, ore 17, Prefettura di
Viterbo, Piazza del Plebiscito, Viterbo
sabato 15 febbraio, ore 16:30, Libreria Libroteca,
davanti al Duomo, Civita Castellana
a marzo... data ancora da decidere
Fondazione Besso, Largo Argentina, Roma
Disponibile da Etruria Editions Via Cassia
88 , Vetralla tel. 0761-485008 o nei seguenti punti vendita:
a Vetralla - Libri di Natura, Via Cassia interna
a Viterbo - Museo del Colle, Museo dei Facchini
di Santa Rosa, Promotuscia, Libreria Salici,
a Roma - Anglo American bookshop, via della
Vite e Libreria Prati , Via Properzio 18
Laura Graham has more cats out - her new book
for children and anyone young at heart is Tuscan Cats
go to Elba. It's available on Amazon and in the Italian
version in bookshops in Cortona, Firenze and Siena. In June
in Cortona there will be an exhibition of the art work for this
series of books.
Mary Jane Cryan e' felice di annunciare
la pubblicazione del suo nuovo libro, in italiano... which
means her new book is out: Etruria, Storie e Segreti.
More stories about the area she knows so well... this time in
Italian. Here are links for further information:
"In questi giorni stiamo preparando il calendario
delle presentazione per 2014."
The indefatigable Michelle Lovric is coming
out with her next book in both the US and the UK in June 2014.
It's titled The
True and Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters,
and meanwhile, we've got a look at the cover of the Bloomsbury
Lisa Clifford’s June 2013 Art
of Writing Retreat in Tuscany is now fully booked.
is Lisa’s one week retreat for emerging and established
writers. Some English Writers in Italy members will also attend
in 2013, to teach, talk and share their writing journeys with
retreat attendees from England, Scotland, Australia and America.
Held in the second week of every June, English Writers in Italy
can announce that the Art of Writing will now
be an permanent feature of the annual Tuscan Cultural Calender
with two retreats set for 2014!
Michelle Lovric's new children's book The
Fate In The Box will be out next month, published by
Orion Children's Books. Crocodiles in the Venice
lagoon snacking on innocent little kids? You can pre-order on
Laura Graham's new Tuscan Cats book is due
to be published next month, just in time for Christmas - Tuscan
Cats Get Into Mischief. And Tuscan Cats Go To Elba
is scheduled for next year.
Conor Fitzgerald's new thriller, the third
in the Alec Blume series, is out this month - The Namesake,
published by Bloomsbury. Alec Blume is an inspired
creation, says the Guardian.
Michelle Lovric’s new novel for children,
Talina in the Tower, will be published by Orion
Children’s Books on February 2nd
You can find out about Mary Jane Cryan's new
book The Irish and English in Italy's Risorgimento
here, as well as on the Elegant
Etruria website. This Friday, 4 November at 17.00,
Mary-Jane is giving a talk about Unknown Tuscia
in Viterbo at the Palazzo della Prefettura
Laura Graham's new book for children, A
Tale of Two Tuscan Cats, will be published by Brighthouse
Publications on 1 October.
Lovric's novel The Book of Human Skin
will be featured on the Channel
4 TV Book Club. Find
Mary Jane Cryan's new book The
Irish and English in Italy's Risorgimento
has just been published, with presentations last week in Viterbo
and Rome. Copies are on sale directly from her website
or from Etruria bookshop, Via Cavour, Viterbo
and the Anglo American Bookshop, Via della
Vite, Rome. You can also hear Mary Jane in an online discussion
about Etruria on the Eye
on Italy podcast website.
Conor Fitzgerald's latest
book in the Alec Blume series, The
Fatal Touch, is published this year on both
sides of the Atlantic by Bloomsbury.
It's out now in the UK and due to come out in the US in July.
The first book in the series, The Dogs of Rome
(also Bloomsbury, published last year) is now out in Italian
translation - I
Cani di Roma, published by Ponte alle Grazie.
Laura Graham's book Down a Tuscan
Alley is scheduled to be published at the end of this
summer by Solstice Publishing.
Il romanzo di Michelle Lovric Il
Grimorio di Venezia e’ uscito in italiano
– e' da oggi nelle librerie! Cliccare
qui per saperne di piu'.
E la sua casa editrice inglese ha anche fatto un video qui.
Michelle Lovric’s new novel for young
readers, The Mourning Emporium, is published
on October 28th. It is the sequel to her first
children’s novel set in Venice, The Undrowned
Child, which has just been longlisted for the United
Kingdom Literacy Association’s 2011 Children’s Book
Mary Jane Cryan's new book "Etruria
- Travel, History and Itineraries in Central Italy"
is published this month. The book is available at top bookshops
in Vetralla (Libri di Natura), Viterbo (Etruria, Museo del Duomo,
Promotuscia, Libreria del Teatro ) at Villa Lante's Pegaso shop,Tusciadoc
at Caprarola and in Rome (Anglo-American) as well as in ebook
format from ww.edizioniarcheoares.it
You can find out more about Mary Jane's many activities via
On December 6 Michelle Lovric
will be “In Conversazione” with
Maxim Jakubowski at the Italian Cultural Institute in
London. She is in very exhalted company
in this series of literary talks that will run from this September
to May 2011, featuring eight writers who have made Italy a focus
of their work.
This month Patricia Guy, our intrepid wine
writer, will be a judge at
Verona Wine Top - 4 intensive days of tasting
the principal wines of
the Veneto: Amarone, Valpolicella, Soave and Bardolino. Then
in August she is off to Cape Town to be part
of the tasting panel for the Michelangelo International
Wine Awards South Africa 2010.
One of our members, Elizabeth Jennings, runs
the annual Women's Fiction Festival in Matera.
Read her account of
the changes that have accompanied her time in Matera,
and find out how the Matera book festival was started.
Peter Popham has been commissioned by Random
House to write a biography of Burmese democracy leader
Aung San Suu Kyi. To be delivered next year.
The Wellcome Collection’s next big exhibition
is about SKIN, opening June 10. Michelle
Lovric will be leading a personal tour of the exhibition
on July 28th, and doing a library event there
the afternoon of July 3rd, based on her recent
novel, The Book of Human Skin. See more about
the Wellcome Collection
Apart from this, Michelle has also been appointed
Royal Literary Fellow at the Courtauld
Institute of Art, starting September 2010. Impressive!
Michelle Lovric has been on Woman's
Hour on BBC Radio 4 talking about her new novel The
Book of Human Skin.
Listen to her interview here.
Simon Mawer's Man Booker shortlisted novel
The Glass Room is now out in paperback, published
by Abacus. It is also on the shortlist for the brand
new Walter Scott Prize for Historical
Novels as well as the Jewish Quarterly Wingate
Michelle Lovric’s fourth novel for adults,
The Book of Human Skin, is out this month published
by Bloomsbury. Read an extensive interview with Michelle
and read about the new book here.
Michelle is also due to give the Venice in Peril lecture in
Venice in Peril Summer Lecture
by Michelle Lovric
with an introduction by John Julius Norwich,
The Royal Geographical Society, 7pm, Tuesday
1 June 2010
The Night Venice Nearly Died
The Conspiracy of Bajamonte Tiepolo 1310–2010
tumultuous applause (from us, as well) Patricia Guy
was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars
at the annual Sherlock Holmes Birthday Dinner
at the Yale Club in New York City. Here she
is, looking proud.
Ah well, The Glass Room didn't win the Man
Booker Prize but in the last few days before the announcement
it made a late run and became second favourite at the bookie's!
However, making the shortlist is pretty good. Details may be
found on Simon
latest novel, The Glass Room, has just been
included in the shortlist for the Man
Michelle Lovric's new novel for children,
The Undrowned Child, was published by Orion
on 2nd June. Go to the
website to find out more... and be sure to have
the sound turned on!
15/5/2009 Hot news! Patricia Guy
has just been awarded a 2009 Riviera Internazionale
Prize for distinguished writing on
an international level. She'll be at the award ceremony in June.
More details to follow...
Elizabeth Jennings and a few others are meeting
up in Florence over lunch on either the 25th
or the 26th April. Get in touch with Elizabeth
if you are interested in joining them.
Michelle Lovric’s fourth novel for adults,
The Book of Human Skin, will be published by
Bloomsbury in April 2010
A story of unmitigated villainy, Holy Anorexia, quack medicine,
murder, love and a very unusual form of bibliomania, it is set
in Napoleonic Venice and Peru in the last picaresque days of
colonialism. Michelle's first novel for children, The
Undrowned Child, will be published by Orion on July
2nd 2009. The book looks like this...
Simon Mawer's new novel The Glass
Room is out, published by Little, Brown.
It has attracted numerous excellent reviews from the major newspapers
and journals. Read
Patricia Guy has won the Singapore leg of
the GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK AWARDS 2008 for
the best book on matching food and wine. Her book Wine
with Asian Food now goes on to face the world at the
finals in May 2009. More details at www.patriciaguy.com
Greek translation rights to Simon Mawer's
latest novel, The Glass Room, have just been
sold. This is on top of Portuguese (both Portugal and Brazil),
Dutch, Italian and Czech. Find
out more here.
Congratulations are due to Alastair
McEwen. He has been voted runner up in the 2008 John
Florio Prize for Italian translation with his translation
of Umberto Eco's Turning Back the
Clock. The John Florio Prize is administered by
the Society of Authors and is awarded biennially.
on the Lake anthology is now out. Main theme: language,
esp. in relation to poetry. Details may be found here.
After eleven years of deep suspicion, Miranda Innes
and her partner Dan Pearce have decided to
get married this summer. Perhaps to mark this, Dan's cartoon,
Oscar, the Second Coming, will begin to be
serialised from July in an august French literary ezine. It
will be visible on www.oscholars.com.
Their riad in Marrakech is available for rent.
Michelle Lovric’s first children’s
novel, The Undrowned Child, will be published by Orion in early
2009, with a sequel in progress for the following year. She
will be in conversation with the Italian writer Tiziano Scarpa
at the Italian Cultural Institute in London
on July 10th, discussing how and why people write about
Venice. Find out more on www.michellelovric.com.
Prolific wine writer and enthusiastic Sherlockian, Patricia
Guy, had three books published last year. Find
out all about them here.
Alastair McEwen, translator extraordinaire,
had three of his translations from Italian published in 2007,
including two of books by Umberto Eco - as well as a translation
of the libretto of a popular opera. Details