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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’s 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

    • 07 Sep 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Common Good Books, 38 Snelling Avenue South, St. Paul, MN 55105
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    Now is your opportunity to meet Olivia Kate Cerrone, Sicilian American and author of the historical fiction novella, "The Hunger Saint". Olivia will travel from Boston and will visit the Twin Cities on Thursday, September 7th, for a book discussion/reading event. She has received numerous literary honors, and her historical fiction novella, about the child sulfur miners of Sicily, has been highly praised.

    Join us in an exciting new venue, Common Good Books, located at 38 Snelling Avenue South, St. Paul, and learn more about Sicilian history!  Olivia will discuss her career path, her discovery of the "carusi", her research in learning more about them, and she will read some powerful passages from her book.  This is an evening you won't want to miss!

    This is a FREE event!  Please register here today, welcome Olivia to the Twin Cities, and take part in what promises to be a fascinating evening!

    Date: Thursday, September 7
    Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
    Place: Common Good Books
    38 Snelling Avenue South
    St. Paul, MN  55105

    Please contact Peggy at with your questions.  

    Light refreshments will be served.


    Olivia Kate Cerrone's Bio:

    Olivia Kate Cerrone’s The Hunger Saint (Bordighera Press, 2017) was praised by Kirkus Reviews as “a well-crafted and affecting literary tale.” Her Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction won the Jack Dyer Prize from the Crab Orchard Review. Cerrone’s writing has also appeared or is forthcoming in Salamander, The Huffington Post, The Brooklyn Rail, New South and other journals. She's received various literary honors, including residencies at Ragdale, the VCCA, and the Hambidge Center, where she was awarded a "Distinguished Fellowship" from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently at work on a novel called DISPLACED.

    Reviews of "The Hunger Saint"

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