Special Events + Workshops

Workshop: Book Club – L’Arminuta (In person)

Saturday, June 25th, 4:00PM - 6:30PM

Cost: $35

Book: L’Arminuta – Donatella di Pietrantonio

Italian Level: da Pre-Avanzato

In person @ SFIAC (S F Italian Athletic Club) 1630 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

“I was the Arminuta, the girl returned. I spoke another language; I no longer knew who I belonged. The word ‘mama’ stuck in my throat like a toad. And, nowadays, I really have no idea what kind of place a mother is. It is not mine in the way one might have good health, a safe place, certainty.”

Told with an immediacy and a rare expressive intensity that has earned it countless adoring readers and one of Italy’s most prestigious literary prizes, L’Arminuta is a powerful novel rendered with sensitivity and verve. Set against the stark, beautiful landscape of Abruzzo in central Italy, this is a compelling story about mothers and daughters, responsibility, siblings, and caregiving.

Once everyone has read the book, we will host an in-person meeting at the SFIAC (S F Italian Athletic Club) to discuss it. During the meeting, our teacher Valentina Medda will guide all of you to the analysis by introducing the book and stimulating the conversation and comments of the group on the topics present in the text.

Workshop: Book Club – Tre Cavalli (Zoom)

Saturday, July 2nd, 10AM - 12PM

Cost: $30

Book: Tre Cavalli – Erri De Luca
Italian Level: Intermediate

Via Zoom

From Argentina to Italy, the intense, metaphysical, and poetic story of a gardener in love, by Italy’s most prominent writer. “A man’s life lasts as long as three horses. You have already buried the first.” Somewhere along the coastline of Italy, a man passes his days in solitude and silence, tending a garden and reading books about travel and adventure. Using a language that is both gripping and contemplative, Three Horses is an unforgettable tale.

Once everyone has read the book, we will host a Zoom meeting to discuss it.

During the meeting, our teacher Alice Rocchi will guide all of you to the analysis by introducing the book and stimulating the conversation and comments of the group on the topics present in the text.

Workshop: Book Club – Scherzetto (Zoom)

Saturday, June 25th, 10:30AM - 1PM

Cost: $30

Book: Scherzetto – Domenico Starnone

Italian Level: Pre-Avanzato

Via Zoom

Starnone’s sharp novella unfolds within the four walls (and a balcony!) of the apartment where the grandfather grew up, now the home of his daughter and her family, where the rage of an aging man meets optimism incarnate in the shape of a four-year-old child.

Lurking, ever-present in the conflict is the memory of Naples, a wily, violent, and passionate city where the old man spent his youth and whose influence is not easily shaken.

Once everyone has read the book, we will host a Zoom meeting to discuss it.

During the meeting, our teacher Valentina Medda will guide all of you to the analysis by introducing the book and stimulating the conversation and comments of the group on the topics present in the text.