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Christopher Castellani is the artistic director of Grub Street and author of the Massachusetts Book Award-winning A Kiss from Maddalena. His novel The Saint of Lost Things was selected as a BookSense Notable Book and was long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2006. Castellani is on the faculty of the Warren Wilson MFA Program and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His most recent book, All This Talk of Love, focuses on the dual identity of an Italian-American family, as two generations struggle to understand themselves in terms of their adopted and inherited cultures. (rhbouchard)… (mais)
All this talk of love is the final installment in Castellani's "Maddalena trilogy" and his best yet. This is an instantly engaging and authentic story about a multigenerational Italian-American family planning a trip to their ancestral village. Love, resentment, deception and tenderness--all the complexities of a family in love and in conflict are handled with beauty and precision. There is not a single false note in this moving novel by a very gifted and assured writer. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds
Christopher Castellani is the son of Italian immigrants and a native of Wilmington, Delaware. He resides in Boston, where he is the artistic director of Grub Street, one of the country's leading independent creative writing centers. He is the author of three novels: All this talk of love, A Kiss from Maddalena --winner of the Massachusetts Book Award --and The Saint of Lost Things, a BookSense (IndieBound) Notable Book. In addition to his work with Grub Street, Christopher is on the faculty of the Warren Wilson College Low-Residency MFA program and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Christopher was educated at Swarthmore College, received his Masters in English Literature from Tufts University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Boston University. He is currently at work on his fourth novel.
Location: Street: 4869 Main St Additional: City: Manchester Center, Province: Vermont Postal Code: 05255 Country: United States (adicionado a partir de IndieBound)… (mais)
Night of Fiction with Randy Susan Meyers & Christopher Castellani (Andover)
It’s been fifty years since Antonio Grasso married Maddalena and brought her to America. That was the last time she saw her parents, her sisters and brothers—everything she knew and loved in the village of Santa Cecilia, Italy. Maddalena sees no need to open the door to the past and let the emotional baggage and unmended rifts of another life spill out. But Prima was raised on the lore of the Old Country. And as she sees her parents aging, she hatches the idea to take the entire family back to Italy—hoping to reunite Maddalena with her estranged sister and let her parents see their homeland one last time. It is an idea that threatens to tear the Grasso family apart, until fate deals them some unwelcome surprises, and their trip home becomes a necessary journey. All this talk of love is an incandescent novel about sacrifice and hope, loss and love, myth and memory.
Christopher Castellani is the son of Italian immigrants and a native of Wilmington, Delaware. He resides in Boston, where he is the artistic director of Grub Street, one of the country's leading independent creative writing centers. He is the author of three novels: All this talk of love (Algonquin, February 5, 2013), A Kiss from Maddalena (Algonquin, 2003)--winner of the Massachusetts Book Award --and The Saint of Lost Things (Algonquin, 2005), a BookSense (IndieBound) Notable Book. In addition to his work with Grub Street, Christopher is on the faculty of the Warren Wilson College Low-Residency MFA program and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Christopher was educated at Swarthmore College, received his Masters in English Literature from Tufts University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Boston University. He is currently at work on his fourth novel.
Five years ago, Tia fell into obsessive love with a man she could never have. Married, and the father of two boys, Nathan was unavailable in every way. When she became pregnant, he disappeared, and she gave up her baby for adoption. Five years ago, Caroline, a dedicated pathologist, reluctantly adopted a baby to please her husband. She prayed her misgivings would disappear; instead, she’s questioning whether she’s cut out for the role of wife and mother. Five years ago, Juliette considered her life ideal: she had a solid marriage, two beautiful young sons, and a thriving business. Then she discovered Nathan’s affair. He promised he’d never stray again, and she trusted him.
But when Juliette intercepts a letter to her husband from Tia that contains pictures of a child with a deep resemblance to her husband, her world crumbles once more. How could Nathan deny his daughter? And if he’s kept this a secret from her, what else is he hiding? Desperate for the truth, Juliette goes in search of the little girl. And before long, the three women and Nathan are on a collision course with consequences that none of them could have predicted. Riveting and arresting, The comfort of lies explores the collateral damage of infidelity and the dark, private struggles many of us experience but rarely reveal.
Randy Susan Meyers is the author of The Murderer’s Daughters, a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award. She currently lives in Boston with her husband.
Location: Andover Bookstore Street: 89 R Main Street City: Andover, Country: United States (adicionado a partir de IndieBound)… (mais)
Adventure with Christopher Castellani in San Diego
Mysterious Galaxy is proud to be partnering with Adventures by the Book for an exciting off-site event with author Christopher Castellani in San Diego.
Your adventure includes the elegant tea, book discussion, Q&A, author signing, and an opportunity to meet Christopher Castellani up close and personal in an intimate and luxurious setting at the historic Westgate Hotel.
For reservations and information, please visit the Adventures by the Book website.
If you cannot make the event, but would like a signed copy, contact the San Diego store, at (858) 268-4747.
Location: Street: Westgate Hotel Additional: 1055 Second Avenue City: San Diego, Province: California Postal Code: 92101 Country: United States (adicionado a partir de IndieBound)… (mais)
Christopher Castellani - author of "All This Talk of Love"
Christopher Castellani - author of All this talk of love Thursday, February 28 - 7:00 p.m. Books & Company Chris Castellani has published two previous novels, A Kiss from Maddalena, which won the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction; and The Saint of Lost Things. He is the artistic director of Grub Street, the Boston-based non-profit creative writing center. All this talk of love is the story of the Grasso family: Italian immigrants Antonio and Maddelena, their adult children Prima and Frankie, and their grandchildren. In a year that will change their lives forever, Prima and Frankie travel with their parents back to their ancestral Italian village, Santa Cecilia. The trip, and Italy itself, takes on different meanings for each family member as it approaches, and as secrets from the past – especially unanswered questions around the death of the family’s first-born son – are revealed. Christopher Castellani, himself the son of Italian immigrants, brings his unique and insightful perspectives on the immigrant experience -- indeed, the American experience -- to every page of All this talk of love. Drawing on his rich understanding of both Italian culture and the mechanics of a family, Castellani paints an incredibly moving, tender, and textured portrait of the many generations of Grassos and the ties that bind them.
Location: Street: 1039 Summit Ave City: Oconomowoc, Province: Wisconsin Postal Code: 53066-4457 Country: United States (adicionado a partir de IndieBound)… (mais)
Castellani, Christopher author of All This Talk of Love