Highlight of the season will be the visit of esteemed novelist Jonathan Coe to Florence who will appear in conversation with our own Baret Magarian at Le Murate Literary Café on March. 17th at 6:30 pm. Birmingham born, London resident, Coe is the author of eleven novels, including the three prize-winners What a Carve Up!, The House of Sleep, and The Rotters’ Club and, most recently, Number Eleven. His biography of the novelist B. F. Johnson , Like a Fiery Elephant, also won the 2005 Samuel Johnson prize in the best non-fiction book of the year category. Coe’s longtime friend and interlocutor at Le Murate, Baret Magarian, is a British-born Armenian writer residing in Florence, writing and teaching literature at various US universities in Italy. He’s fresh off of readings of his own work at both the British Institute and at the Florence Writers series at St. Mark’s church. You can also hear his original music online under the name Floto Music. Baret promises “A searching and profound dialogue about the art of fiction and about literature’s importance.” Can’t wait!
The Florence Writers group at St. Mark’s Church in Via Maggio is, as usual, hosting a series of literary events this spring, highlighted by publishing day on May 14th. This all-day mega-event will allow prospective authors to meet with literary insiders and discuss publishing with a panel consisting of literary agents Kimberley Cameron and Andrea Cirillo, an editor at HarperCollins, Martha Ashby, and author Nuala O’Connor. If you’re interested in attending this exciting opportunity to get the inside scoop on the publishing process from these three points of view, please register by March 15th to insure yourself a spot—there is a fee and participation is limited. See the FlorenceWritersItaly facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Also up at St. Mark’s this spring, on Tuesday, March 15th, Stephen Citynskyj will launch his recently published book, Sasha. The novel tells the story of a woman’s awakening to family mysteries in the wake of the passing of a loved one. Also St. Mark’s annual open mic will take place on the evening of Thursday April 7th at 7 pm. Always an interesting and diverse evening, all are invited to listen and sign up and read from their own works or a favorite poem. Negronis will be served to stir resolve.
The other contingent of the Florence Writer’s group are still running their monthly Open Mic at the Hostel Tasso in Via Villani, near the piazza named for the troubled Ferrarese poet. Already through their ninth edition, this open celebration of prose, verse, and song happens on the first Wednesday of every month—all are welcome to read or perform their original work to the liveliest audience in town! Scottish magician and playwright Lorenzo Novani will be handing the hosting duties for the March edition.