I got a nice surprise a couple days ago when I visited Giovanni DiStefano, my publisher at Supernova Edizioni here in Venice. He runs the bookshop in the tourist information center at Piazza San Marco. (If you’ve ever gone in there and have seen the long line, then decided to ask the gray haired guy at the other counter, and he just told you to get in the long line, that’s him.) When I first met him, I didn’t know what to think of him: he can delve into doing something, like looking up something on his computer, and forget to talk to me at all. Or he writes lots of one word emails. But I’ve developed a definite fondness for him, and I think he had a look of genuine delight when I walked into the shop.
Anyway, the surprise was his new book. When I was here last February, he told me he was working on a small book about how Venice was built, and he asked if I would edit it for him. It was already translated to English, so it was just my job to edit for flow, so it would sound more like a native speaker. We accomplished the work over email, once I was back home, and then I forgot about it.
Well, the book is now out and on the shelves, and Giovanni gave me editing credit for it. What a happy surprise! It’s a lovely little book you can plunk into a pocket and take along anywhere. And at the back is a list of other Supernova publications, including Casanova’s Venice: A Walking Guide. The summer edition of Nexus, Supernova’s journal, is also out, with my Casanova book listed there as well. It has a creepy cover photo that reminds me of one of Dante’s levels of hell, except the heads are sticking out of the pavement at the Piazza San Marco.