Tag Archives: First Spritz Is Free

Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Marco Zecchin

Marco Zecchin and I met in, I think, 2005 when we were both selling our books at the Italian American Heritage Foundation event in San Jose. We hit it off immediately and have been friends ever since, enjoying dinners together, … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Candace Magner

Candace Magner is a lyric singer, baroque guitarist, and musicologist. She created the website BarbaraStrozzi.com to collect all the known information, and has now finished publishing The Complete Works of Barbara Strozzi along with co-editor Dr. Richard Kolb through her … 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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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Roger Feuerman

‚ÄúSignorina Kathleen, It is I, Casanova, from here in the 18thcentury. And not First Spritz Is Free contributor Roger Feuerman. He claims he is too exhausted from laboring to finish his Venetian young adult fiction novel and penning a new … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Liz from DreamDiscoverItalia

WordPress brought us together… I met Elizabeth Salthouse when she reached out to me after reading my blog here on WordPress. In fact, we met up in Venice, checked out some Casanova sites together, had a spritz, and hit it … Continue reading

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Appassionata!

Taken by passion: Appassionata! This is the theme that flows through Dianne Hales’ new book La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World. In her Introduction, one of Dianne’s Roman friends says, “There is a passion that you take to bed, … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Scott Stavrou

I was introduced to Scott by another Venetophile, shortly after he published his novel Losing Venice. Luckily for me, he also agreed to write a chapter for First Spritz Is Free: Confessions of Venice Addicts. Though Scott used to live … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Rita Bottoms

Venice brought us together. Rita and I met through my blog and developed an online friendship until we met in person last year to attend the Casanova exhibition together last year in San Francisco. Since we live only about 45 … Continue reading

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Who Doesn’t Love a List?

Not me! I love lists–making them, reading them, checking them off…. Katia from The Venice Insider blog has posted her end of the year best books on Venice list. I’m happy to share it here. It’s impressive–she must read a … Continue reading

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