The writer, Chris Castellani, will be at the Institute, Wednesday, August 9th, at 7.00 pm, to read from his latest novel, Leading Men, about the relationship between playwright Tennessee Williams and his lover and muse Frank Merlo, in what may have taken place in Portofino, Italy in the early 1950s. The novel, for which Castellani researched the playwright’s personal letters and diaries, received stellar reviews from the New York Times and the Boston Globe, among other publications.
Christopher DiRaddo will animate the evening.
Christopher Castellani has published five books, most of which center on the Italian, Italian-American, and/or queer experience. His first novel, A Kiss from Maddalena (Algonquin, 2003) won the Massachusetts Book Award in 2004; its follow-up, The Saint of Lost Things (Algonquin, 2005), was a BookSense (IndieBound) Notable Book; the final novel in the trilogy, All This Talk of Love (Algonquin, 2013), was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Literary Award. His most recent novel is Leading Men, for which he received Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, MacDowell, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
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