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Release Party for Elena Ferrante's Two New Titles:

 With The Beach at Night, Elena Ferrante returns to a story that animated the novel she considers to be a turning point in her development as a a writer: The Lost Daughter, available now.  But this time the tale takes the form of a children's fable told from the point of view of the lost (stolen!) doll, Celina. Celina is having a terrible night, one full of jealousy for the new kitten, Minu, feelings of abandonment and sadness, misadventures at the hands of the beach attendant, and dark dreams. But she will be happily found by Mati, her child, once the sun rises.

Frantumaglia: A Writer's Journey is the author Elena Ferrante's (of My Brilliant Friend fame) invitation to readers into a writer's workshop.

Pre-order them both!  And, come to our #FerranteNightFever release party Tuesday, 1 November 2016.  Details are still being worked out, but here's a preview:

  • Reading of The Night at the Beach
  • Toast with a red or a white wine from Naples/Compania (or sparkling apple juice)
  • Drawing for a prize or two, like a Melissa & Doug plush Minu the kitten look-a-like


Festivities start around 5pm.
And then, by 6:30pm, we're off to a fantastic prix fixe Neapolitan dinner & wine pairing at Orom Restaurant. Be sure to make reservations to join us. While the menu is not yet set, this wonderful treat promises to be delizioso! (or, in Neapolitan, sapurito!)For more information, call 815-677-9341 or tweet @mark_framke

(Can't make it to dinner on Tuesday? Orom will also offer this fine dinner & wine pairing on Wednesday, 2Nov2016)



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