The Book of Venice - Launch Event

5 May 2021 - 7.00PM

Comma Press launches The Book of Venice with editor Orsola Casagrande and three contributing authors.

Join Comma Press for Aperitivo Hour on Wednesday 5th May, 7-8pm, as we launch The Book of Venice!

Chaired by editor and translator of the anthology, Orsola Casagrande, this event will include readings and discussion of The Book of Venice with three of the contributing authors, Enrico Palandri, Ginevra Lamberti and Michele Catozzi.


You will receive a Zoom link to attend upon booking, along with a recipe for the perfect aperitivo. Admission + book tickets are available. Reserve your place at Eventbrite here.


In his 1882 essay ‘Venice’, Henry James famously wrote that there “was nothing new” to be said about Venice. But the short stories gathered in this anthology – each written by writers based in or from the city – challenge this notion. The characters we meet are in mourning for a Venice that has since passed, many of them locals trying to balance their loyalty to the beloved city they’ve called home against their aversion to its descent into tourism and overcrowding. Once regarded for its beauty and its art, The Book of Venice offers an inside glance at how its population finds itself pushed to the peripheries by its visitors, the very same visitors who keep their city afloat.


Orsola Casagrande is a Havana-based journalist and film-maker. As a journalist, she worked for 25 years for the Italian daily newspaper il manifesto, and is currently co-editor of the web magazine Global Rights. She writes in Italian, English, Spanish and Turkish, and speaks Kurdish and French, as well as having basic conversational skills in Farsi and the Basque language. Based between Barcelona and Havana, Orsola writes regularly on Spanish, Catalan and Basque politics, as well as the Colombia peace process. She has collaborated with international peace mediator Brian Currin on peace negotations in the Basque country, Kurdistan, and Colombia. She has translated numerous books, as well as written her own.


Enrico Palandri (born in Venice, 1956) is an Italian academic, writer, essayist, poet and translator. His early books (Boccalone 1979, Le pietre e il sale 1986 translated into English as Ages Apart, 1989) are narrated in the midst of the Italian political climate of the 1970s. After his third novel (Le vie del ritorno, 1990, translated in German, French and English as The Way Back, 1993), Palandri explored storytelling in an unrealistic, fantastic mode (Allegro fantastico, 1993). Other novels are, Le colpevoli ambiguità di Herbert Markus, (The Guilty Ambiguities of Herbert Markus, Bompiani, 1997), Angela prende il volo, (Angela Flies Off, Feltrinelli, 2000), L’altra sera (The Other Evening, Feltrinelli 2003), and I fratelli minori (Younger Brothers, Bompiani, 2010). The six novels between 1986 and 2010 were woven into a newly written single narrative as Le condizioni atmosferiche (Atmospheric Conditions, Bompiani, 2020). Palandri’s latest novel was published in 2017, L’inventore di se stesso (The Inventor of Himself, Bompiani); it explores some features of the history of Venice through a redefinition of a father and son relationship. He has also published poems, hundreds of articles and radio programmes.


Ginevra Lamberti was born in 1985 and lives in Venice. Her first novel, La Questione più che altro, (The Question, More than Anything Else) was published in 2015 by Nottotempo, and translated into French with the title Avant tut, se poser les bonnes questions (Le serpent à plumes, 2017) and Perché comincio dalla fine (Why I Begin at the End, Marsilio, 2019) also published by the Brazilian publisher Âyiné. Her short story ‘Carnival’ has been translated into German for the anthology Venedig (Wagenbach, 2017).


Michele Catozzi was born in Mestre, Venice in 1960 and has lived for many years in Veneto, where he worked in publishing and journalism. He has been editor in chief of the magazine Auto d'Epoca for 25 years and has been writing short fiction since 1999. His first novel is Il mistero dell’isola di Candia (The Mystery of the Island of Candia, GeMS, 2011). Several of his short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines. In 2014 he won the Io Scrittore literary prize for Acqua Morta (Dead Water, TEA, 2015) the first in a series of crime novels featuring Commissioner Nicola Aldani, a series that has since included Laguna Nera (Black Lagoon, TEA, 2017), Marea Tossica (Toxic Tide, TEA, 2019) and Muro di Nebbia (Wall of Fog, TEA, 2021). Inspector Aldani’s investigations are often inspired by real life events and are interwoven with the city’s current problems.