Tag Archives: books

“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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A Giant Among Books

You all know that I’m a big fan of Venice (obviously!), but I’m also a big fan of Laura Morelli and her books set in Venice. Her newest book has just come out, and, though it’s set in Florence (gasp!), … Continue reading

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Recreations: Lucrezia Marinella

Karen has recreated this image of Lucrezia Marinella, the genre-defying author from the 1500s. I don’t know how the women back then created those little horns with their hair, and I don’t blame Karen for not trying to mimic that … Continue reading

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Recreations: Maria Boscola

Inspired by the recent wave of artwork recreations, I attempted to recreate the 1784 portrait of Maria Boscola, the regatta racer famed for winning five races (four firsts and one second) in a 44 year span. She’s still remembered by … Continue reading

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Sharing: How to Support Venetian Businesses

Rita shared this with me. In these times as we, who are far away, want to help keep Venetian businesses alive, here is a real way to help. Buy a book or just make a donation to Damocle Bookstore, near … Continue reading

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Unboxing Campari

I got a cool gift in the mail recently, related to First Spritz Is Free. This is my first ever “unboxing” video. Hope I did okay! A toast to Campari CEO Bob Kunze-Concewitz for sending me this lovely book, and … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Katia Waegemans

Like so many other “Venice, My Muse” interviewees, I met Katia because she is a Venetophile who I invited to contribute to First Spritz Is Free. She runs an excellent blog, The Venice Insider, with many great tips and insights … Continue reading

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What Does Casanova Read?

“I discovered that a man shut up in solitude and deprived of any possibility of occupying himself, alone in an almost dark place, where he does not and cannot see anything except, once a day, the person who brings him … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty: Giustina Renier Michiel

How does one go about translating Shakespeare into other languages? His language is so particular to its time and place, and he coined so many new phrases and has such an immense vocabulary. Yet Giustina Renier Michiel was arguably the … Continue reading

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Casanova in Place: The Author Panel

As part of the Sunday June 30 program for the Casanova in Place Symposium, Malina Stefanovska moderated a panel of authors who have written about Casanova. Authors included Michelle Lovric, Barbara Lynn-Davis, Ian Kelly, and myself, Kathleen Gonz├ílez. Michelle and … Continue reading

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