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:
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