In May 2018 Italian author Francesca Melandri will be working and living as a writer-in-residence in Amsterdam, upon invitation by the Dutch Foundation for Literature. Her latest novel Sangue giusto will be published in Dutch translation (by Etta Maris) by publishing house Cossee on May 7th.
Francesca Melandri (1964) writes scenarios for movies and makes documentaries that where shown on the IDFA, for example. Eva dorme (Eva slaapt), her debut novel, was translated into Dutch by A. Habers and published by Cossee in 2013. For that novel, she was awarded six literary prizes. Eva dorme was a success in Italy, Germany, France and The Netherlands. Più alto del mare (Hoger dan de zee) was translated into Dutch by Jan van der Haar and published by Cossee, also in 2013. It was a success in Italy and Germany and has been nominated for the Premio Campiello 2012. Her latest novel Sangue giusto, translated into Dutch by Etta Maris as De lange weg naar Rome, will be published in May 2018 by Cossee. For the original version of this novel she was recently nominated for the Premio Strega, the most prestigious literary prize in Italy.
- Monday 14 May: from 8pm Francesca Melandri will take part in the series ‘Literary meetings with contemporary Italian authors’ together with Italian documentarian Sabrina Varani in the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. Moderators of this converation will be Monica Jansen (Universiteit Utrecht) and Maria Bonaria Urban (UvA). Italian spoken evening.
- Tuesday 15 May: from 7pm Melandri will be interviewd by an Italian journalist about her work in the Espace Banca Montepaschi Belgio in Brussels. This event is Italian spoken.
- Tuesday 22 May: from 7.30pm Francesca Melandri will be interviewed by Rosita Steenbeek about her latest novel Sangue giusto at Athenaeum Bookstore and News centre at the Spui in Amsterdam. Reservations can be made through the website of Athenaeum. English spoken evening.
- on Wednesday 30 May, Melandri will be in Belgium for two meet & greet-moments: first at 3pm at bookstore Bar Boek in Leuven, and then from 8pm at bookstore Paard van Troje in Ghent. Both events will be English spoken.
- Residency for Writers in Amsterdam