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  The ICC 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.

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

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Upcoming events

    • 29 May 2014
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502
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    All This Talk of LoveThe ICC is excited to announce a new, very special Book Club and Author Meet and Greet event!  Now is your opportunity to read "All This Talk of Love", written by Italian American author, Christopher Castellani, participate in a discussion of the book, and meet Chris in person! Chris was just awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2014!

    Participants will be asked to read the book on their own.  On Thursday, May 29th, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m., Book Club members will gather in suite 50, of the Hennepin Center for the Arts building, 528 Hennepin Avenue. We are delighted to welcome Vanessa Ramos, Program Manager at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, who will lead the event and facilitate a discussion of the book.

    Cost for the Book Club only will be $8 per person, and you may register here.  Space will be limited.  Purchase a copy of "All This Talk of Love" with this link http://www.amazon.com/All-This-Talk-Love-Novel/dp/B00CF70SBM/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1396668205&sr=1-1&keywords=all+this+talk+of+love+christopher+castellaniand  You are encouraged to begin reading and register to attend the discussion event on May 29th.

    Finally, on June 18, 2014, we are proud to report that author, Christopher Castellani, will join us at Nonna Rosa's Ristorante, in Robbinsdale.  Details will follow shortly, but those who register for the evening at Nonna Rosa's  will have the opportunity to meet Chris, listen as he reads from the book, and share a light meal provided by Tina, Francesco, and the staff! 

    Please contact Peggy at info@theitalianculturalcenter.org with your questions.  All events must be cancelled 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative fee.


    CHRISTOPHER CASTELLANI BIO: Christopher Castellani is the author of three novels, each published by Algonquin: All This Talk of Love (2013), a New York Times Editor?s Choice; The Saint of Lost Things (2005); and A Kiss From Maddalena (2003), which won the Massachusetts Book Award. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Ploughshares and numerous anthologies, including Mentors, Muses and Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives. His next book, The Art of Perspective, a collection of essays, is forthcoming from Graywolf.

    As the former executive director and current artistic director of Grub Street, Christopher has spent the past fourteen years helping to build the Boston-based organization into one of the country's leading non-profit writing centers. In 2008, he joined the fiction faculty of the MFA Program at Warren Wilson, where he serves on the academic board. He has been on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and for two semesters he taught the Advanced Fiction Workshop at Swarthmore College.

    The son of Italian immigrants, Castellani grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, earned a B.A. at Swarthmore, an M.A. in English Literature at Tufts (where he is ABD), and an M.F.A. in Fiction at Boston University. He now lives in Boston.





    • 18 Jun 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nonna Rosa Ristorante Italiano, 4168 West Broadway Avenue, Robbinsdale, MN 55422
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    All This Talk Of Love, a novel by Christopher CastellaniNow is your opportunity to meet Italian American author, and 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship winner, Christopher Castellani.  The ICC will be honored to introduce Chris, at a Meet and Greet, to be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Nonna Rosa Ristorante Italiano in Robbinsdale.

    Tina, Francesco and staff will prepare a wonderful dinner, including chicken marsala, salad, bread, gelato and a soft drink.  A cash bar will be available. Join us for a delicious meal, and to listen as Chris talks about his life, and reads from his latest book, "All This Talk of Love".

    Cost for the event will be $29 for members, and $34 for non-members. Please register and remit payment here. Space will be limited.  Join us, and welcome Chris to the Minneapolis area!

    Please contact Peggy at info@theitalianculturalcenter.org with your questions.  All events must be cancelled 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less an administrative fee.

    NOTE:  If you wish to participate in the book discussion, scheduled for Thursday, May 29, please refer to the event page on our website for details and to register.

    CHRISTOPHER CASTELLANI BIO: Christopher Castellani isthe author of three novels, each published by Algonquin: All This Talk of Love (2013), a New York Times Editor?s Choice; The Saint of Lost Things (2005); and A Kiss From Maddalena (2003), which won the Massachusetts Book Award. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Ploughshares and numerous anthologies, including Mentors, Muses and Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives. His next book, The Art of Perspective, a collection of essays, is forthcoming from Graywolf.

    As the former executive director and current artistic director of Grub Street, Christopher has spent the past fourteen years helping to build the Boston-based organization into one of the country's leading non-profit writing centers. In 2008, he joined the fiction faculty of the MFA Program at Warren Wilson, where he serves on the academic board. He has been on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and for two semesters he taught the Advanced Fiction Workshop at Swarthmore College.

    The son of Italian immigrants, Castellani grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, earned a B.A. at Swarthmore, an M.A. in English Literature at Tufts (where he is ABD), and an M.F.A. in Fiction at Boston University. He now lives in Boston.
 
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