Dianne Hales

La Passione

Cari amici,

While many people in northern climes are eagerly awaiting the first signs of Spring, I'm also counting the days to publication of LA PASSIONE on April 16. Here's what Publishers Weekly wrote in its pre-pub review:

"In this inquisitive celebration of the Italian spirit, Hales traverses the country, exploring its history and culture...The chapters on food will delight readers with descriptions of artisan foods... Sure to inspire many vacations, this volume shows Italy's many contributions to the world and captures the essence of the very things that make it such a wondrous place."

You can find more comments and early interviews online and preorder a copy here.

My publisher and I are beginning to schedule talks and book signings. If you're in the San Francisco Bay area, save the following dates:

Wednesday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.
Italian Cultural Institute
Frances Mayes and I will present our new books
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA

Sunday, April 28, 4:00 p.m.
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA

As we firm up the dates, we will post other speaking engagements on the events page of my website.

If you're in Italy, please join me in celebrating the Italian passion for joy at a special book presentation on Sunday, June 9, in Castiglion Fiorentino, a postcard-pretty Tuscan town near Cortona.

Castiglion Fiorentino

As I recount in La Passione, this is where Rita Morgan Richardson, a sister appassionata, created the nonprofit Friends of San Filippino to save an abandoned chapel dedicated to the patron saint of joy. Rita and I are also planning events in the United States. If you belong to a community or an Italian-American group that may be interested in learning more, please contact Rita.

I hope to meet many of you on my travels. Until then, I send warm wishes for an early Spring!


Dianne Hales

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