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Author of ‘After Italy’ speaks in Belfast, July 9

Author of ‘After Italy’ speaks in Belfast, July 9

BELFAST — Left Bank Books, in downtown Belfast, invites the public to a free reading and book signing by author and university professor Anna Monardo on Tuesday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the bookstore. Her recently published memoir, After Italy: A Family Memoir of an Arranged Marriagetells the story of two marriages undone by a dowry and the consequences of that rift for three generations of a southern Italian family.

In After ItalyMonardo charts her grandfathers’ immigration to Pittsburgh, her father’s wartime medical student in Naples, the family’s marriages – including her own – tainted by an Old World curse, and an unlikely path to international adoption. She writes, “To tell my family’s story, I could go anywhere: 1915, 1950, 2024. I could start in Italy, Pittsburgh, New York, or Nebraska. Start with my parents, my grandparents or me, and from every point our story is the same: three generations unlucky in love.

Anna Monardo lives in Nebraska, where she teaches at the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her first novel, The courtyard of dreams, was translated into German, Norwegian and Danish; nominated for a PEN/Hemingway Award; recommended for National Book Critics Circle Award; and has been adapted as a classroom text at many universities and high schools.

Monardo received a Nebraska Arts Council Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction; the Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; and residency grants from the Djerassi Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her stories, essays and poems have been published in The Sun, Fourth Genre, Indiana Review, Salon.com, Huffington Post and other magazines and trade journals.

Seating for this free event is limited and reservations are strongly recommended by calling the bookstore (2070-338-9009) or emailing: [email protected]. There is ample parking in front of the store and in an adjacent public car park.