A few months ago and in the midst of Italy’s severe lockdown, Kathleen Ann Gonzalez, California based editor, writer, teacher and lover of Venice, asked me to join a group of Venetian writers, artists, craftspeople and locals, and write about my firsthand perspective and experiences with the two disasters that recently hit Venice: the exceptional high tides of November 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, Kathleen has edited and published our stories, and made them available in the book: Venice Rising: Aqua Granda, Pandemic, Rebirth. Available in paperback on Amazon and in eBook on Smashwords, proceeds from book sales will go to the grassroots organizations:

We are Here Venice

No Grandi Navi

Venice Calls

What reviewers are saying:

"...This timely, moving book tells the story of those extraordinary months, image by image, memory by memory, in the voices of the Venetians themselves."

-- Michelle Lovric, author of The Book of Human Skin, The Remedy, and Carnevale

"I loved Venice at first sight, but it wasn't until I read Venice Rising that I truly appreciated -and fell in love with--Venetians.  They are, as historian William Thayer observed a century ago, "magnificent by nature..."

--Dianne Hales, author of La Bella Lingua, La Passione, and Mona Lisa

Let me know what you think, too.

Grazie, Marie Ohanesian Nardin

  • Marie Ohanesian Nardin

Grab a glass of your favorite drink because Ingrid Christensen of has invited me to online LIVE chat with her about how I came to live in Italy and write my novel "Beneath the Lion's Wings", what life in the Bel Paese is like, what the future holds, plus time for questions from you!

*Mark your calendars*

Monday July 20, 2020

6 pm Italy time; 12 noon EDT; 11 am CDT; 9 am PDT.

Event Link!

For many reasons I am partial to today's NBCNews special. My husband Roberto sharing his hopes for his city's future post COVID-19, his first cousin Giovanni (Nardin) Fracassi of Ristorante Da Ivo speaking honestly and coincidentally interviewed on the same piece, and my pre-production contribution all go to the heart. Thank you, Claudio Lavanga of NBC for the precise and empathetic narrativa and message. So well done. Click here to


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