Wednesday, September 11, 12:00 p.m.
Century Club (members and guests)
San Francisco, CA

Sunday, October 13, 12:00 p.m.
Special Celebration of Columbus Day and Italian American Day
Italian Cultural Society of Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

Monday, October 21, 6:00 p.m.
Ciao Philadelphia! and the America-Italy Society of Philadelphia
230 South Broad Street, Suite 1105
Philadelphia, PA

Friday, October 25, 6:30 p.m.
Italian American Committee on Education (IACE) and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Italian Cultural Institute)
686 Park Ave
New York, NY

My thanks to the hosts of previous presentations of La Passione:

  • Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco
  • Libreria Pino, San Francisco
  • Il Cenacolo, San Francisco
  • Book Passage, Corte Madera
  • Stanford Women’s Book Club, East Bay
  • Orinda Books, Orinda
  • Italian Cultural & Community Center, Houston, TX
  • American Italian Cultural Center, New Orleans, LA
  • Eagle Eye Book Shop, Atlanta, GA
  • Friends of San Filippino, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
  • IBS Books, Florence, Italy
  • Kent State University Florence Summer Institute
  • British Institute of Florence

Dianne Hales has given presentations throughout the United States, Canada and Italy. Below is a brief clip of one of her talks and a list of sponsors of her events.

Sponsors of Dianne’s presentations include:

Italian Consulates in New York City, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago and Toronto
Italian Cultural Institutes in San Francisco, New York City and San Diego
Italian American Committee on Education (IACE), New York City
Italy-America Society of Philadelphia
Italian Cultural Society of Sacramento
Italian Cultural & Community Center, Houston
American Italian Cultural Center, New Orleans
Museo Italo-Americano of San Francisco
Garibaldi-Meucci Museum
Westchester Italian Cultural Center
Italian Community Center, San Diego
Amici della Lingua Italiana, New Jersey
Branches of the American Association of Teachers of Italian
Columbia University / Barnard College
University of California, Berkeley
Stanford Women’s Book Club
California State University, Chico
Rutgers University
Kent State University Florence Summer Institute
Sarah Lawrence Florence Program
ItaLingua Institute of San Francisco
Il Cenacolo, San Francisco
Chapters of the Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy, UNICO and Rotary International 
Commonwealth Club
Century Club
Metropolitan Club
Mechanics Library, San Francisco
Salem Athenaeum
Emporio Armani
Independent bookstores, including Book Passage (Corte Madera, Ca.), Eagle Eye Books (Atlanta), Libreria Pino (San Francisco), Mrs. Dalloway’s (Berkeley), Paperback Exchange (Florence), IBS Books (Florence) and Poisoned Pen (Scottsdale, Az.)
Local libraries in Mill Valley, Larkspur and Tiburon, California
British Institute, Florence
Friends of Florence
Palazzo Tornabuoni
International Studies Institute
Società Dante Alighieri, Florence
Friends of San Filippino, Castiglione Fiorentino
Hotel Il Pellicano, Porto Ercole

To inquire about a potential speaking engagement, please email