We have just finished the author “tour” with Alessandro Perissinotto to discuss his books and celebrate the publication of the English version of Una Piccola Storia Ignobile (Blood Sisters).
The events, at the Italian Cultural Institute (ICI), the Royal Holloway and the University of Leeds, went extremely well, with a very interested and engaged audience. Alessandro talked at the Italian Cultural Institute with Michael Gregorio (pen name for Daniela de Gregorio and Michael Jacob) in conversation with the always brilliant Barry Forshaw, who discussed with the authors anecdotes on their first meeting, and the north-south divide in Italy together with the stereotypes that go with it.
At the Royal Holloway, in the Department of Italian, the discussion was more literary and was centred on the giallo and its developments and origins.
In Leeds the discussion expanded onto his latest book, Per Vendetta, which is not a crime fiction book but a more investigative journalism take on the connections between the Vatican, Italian politics and the Argentine dictatorship, continuing on talking about the latest generation of crime fiction writers in Italy and predictably on the current Italian political situation. The conversation continued in a nearby pub accompanied by local ale!
So thank you to all involved for their great hospitality, the stimulating discussion and the great company!
A blog entry on the ICI event by Ayo Onatade in Shots Magazine is here.