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The Guild of St. George, Ruskin, and Me

Peter Burman, the Director of the Guild of St. George, has been enjoying his copy of Venice Rising at his home in Scotland. In fact, he has written a book review, which you can read here. It was shared this … Continue reading

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Beneath the Lion’s Wings: Book Review

It’s a fairly common daydream of many travelers to Venice to fall in love with a gondolier. The most romantic boat in the most romantic city, and many of these guys know how to charm their passengers. But what if … Continue reading

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Announcing Venice Rising!

Woohoo! Sound the Marangona bell at the Basilica! The new anthology Venice Rising: Aqua Granda, Pandemic, Rebirth is now available! It’s a collection of 31 chapters, stories by people living in Venice during the flooding of November 2019 and the … Continue reading

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“A” Is for Amore

I was going to come up with my own snappy title for this post, but Dianne Hales already has the best title! This is her new book, a joyful read you can dip into whenever you need an infusion of … Continue reading

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Losing or Gaining Venice?

How does one lose a city? Lose it to tourism? Lose it by falling out of love with it? Lose it to memory loss as one ages? Or, as the protagonist Mark thinks to himself, “What myriad assortment of fickle … Continue reading

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Murder Can Be Fun, Too

When I taught freshman English for many years, it was all about suicide. Romeo and Juliet. Antigone. Dead Poets Society. Eek! How could we have any fun in a classroom like that? And yet we still found ways to play … Continue reading

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50 in One Fell Swoop

There I was, lying in bed reading, wincing and grimacing as the book reached its climax. I don’t want to say any more, so that you get to experience this thrill yourself! I recently read The Four Horsemen, the last … Continue reading

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Casanova’s Secret Wife

No, that’s not my clever title for a blog post. It’s the title of a new book out by Barbara Lynn-Davis about Caterina Capreta (sometimes Capretta), one of Casanova’s great loves. I had ┬áthe great pleasure of zooming through this … Continue reading

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Venice: Writing Under the Influence

I wish that were my title, but it actually belongs to a little book of poems by Rita Bottoms. I am often “under the influence” of Venice, so this book appealed to me. Turns out that Rita also has a … Continue reading

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Irresistible North

Venetians discovered North America? Not that insufferable wanderer, Cristoforo Colombo, as my third grade teacher taught me? According to Andrea Di Robilant’s new book, Irresistible North, Venetian noblemen Nicolo and Antonio Zen sailed to North America and back and came … Continue reading

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