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Book Club and Tavola Rotonda

  Our Book Club was established for the purpose of improving reading, pronunciation and listening skills in Italian. In our meetings, we read and discuss Italian classics and modern literature in a relaxed atmosphere. While all participants take turns reading aloud, the group leader ensures that everyone has a grasp of the meaning and conducts the discussion in Italian as much as possible. Previous books included Pinocchio, I Promessi Sposi, and Inspector Montalbano‚Äôs novels, to name a few.

The Tavola Rotonda Book Discussions are for those with advanced language proficiency and prefer to read an Italian book on their own.  Once a new book has been chosen, participants will purchase and read the book prior to attending the discussion session. Our native instructors will lead the discussion and help participants further understand the book.

Check our website regularly to find out about the next Book Club or Tavola Rotonda meetings and the appropriate reading level.  ICC members and non-members are welcome.

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Upcoming events

    • 13 Jun 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • 18 Jul 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502
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      Book Club is back!  Are you interested in improving your reading, pronunciation, and listening skills in Italian?  We would like to encourage you to become part of our Book Club.

    Our Book Club will welcome ICC members who are upper intermediate to advanced speakers of Italian.  Our first meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 13, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. This is a 5 week course, and there will be no class the week of July 4th. We will gather in Suite 502 of the Hennepin Center for the Arts building, and the Book Club will be facilitated by native Italian, Elisabetta Re.  We will read and discuss Italian literature in a relaxed atmosphere.

    We will begin reading "La casa nel bosco". The book can be purchased through Amazon using this link: 

    A memoir written by two brothers, Giarrico, the writer, and Francesco, the architect and film director. It weaves lost friendships, stolen lovers, old cartoons and ricotta cakes. A family collection of recipes, real and methaphorical, spanning from childhood through adolescence to the adult life of the two brothers.

    Giarrico and Francesco end up in spending time together when their old vacation home, the house in the woods, is sold.  While moving out the few things left in the house, they embark on a journey back to their past. Every object, smell, and taste becomes the springboard for a memory and a moment of sharing.      

    Please contact Peggy at with questions.

    Please note:  Book Club must be cancelled 72 hours in advance of the start date to receive a refund, less an administrative fee.

The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
 528 Hennepin Ave | Minneapolis, MN 55403 | (612) 295-4111 

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