John Fante Festival ‘The god of my father’ comes alive

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– TORRICELLA PELIGNA, 20 AUG – The John Fante Festival “The god of my father”, directed by Giovanna Di Lello, is now in its 16th edition in Torricella Peligna in Abruzzo. The opening day saw the reading of messages from Fante’s children, Victoria and Jim. The event, which since the first edition has been organized by the Municipality of Torricella Peligna, aims to remember and pay homage to the American writer John Fante (1909-1983), whose father Nicola was a bricklayer originally from Torricella Peligna. A day full of guests and contents that ended with “Italy – Usa.

The American friend “, meeting in the square with the journalist Andrea Purgatori, with an introduction by Luciano D’Amico (University of Teramo). Tonight at 9.30 pm in Piazza Unità d’Italia reading by the landscape poet Franco Arminio from the opera “Letters to those who weren’t there. Words from moved lands “(Bompiani 2021).

Tomorrow, Saturday 21 August, the final day will include a meeting with Giada Perissinotto, illustrator of PaperDante (Giunti 2021) and Veronica Dilisio, editorial director of the Disney division for Giunti Editore, in dialogue with the writer Alessio Romano. In the afternoon in the municipal pine forest the meeting “The influence of South American magic realism in the novels of John Fante” with Matteo Cacco (University of Cologne). “Pro-Mussolini man but a mighty democrat”: the paradigm of Nicola Fante and the political orientation of the Italian Americans intervention by Stefano Luconi.

At 6.30 pm award ceremony of the journalist and writer Fabrizio Gatti, winner of the “John Fante Vini Contesa 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award”, the journalist Maria Soave intervenes. At 9.30 pm in Piazza Unità D’Italia, the award ceremony for the “John Fante Opera Prima” 2021 Award: three finalist books: “Adoration” by Alice Urciuolo (66thand2nd, 2020), “It’s what you deserve” by Barbara Frandino (Einaudi , 2020), “Of war and of us” by Marcello Domini (Marsilio, 2020). Following reading dedicated to John Fante by the actor Tonino De Laurentiis with the music of Marco Pellegrini. (HANDLE).