The Italian Book Club  is open to anyone interested in the Italian language and culture.

Join the Italian Book Club!


The Italian Book Club in Vancouver is a cultural activity promoted by the Italian Institute of Culture in Toronto, supported by the General Consulate of Italy 

and the BC Chapter of Dante Society in Vancouver. Meetings are hosted at the Dante Italian Language School in Vancouver.


The Italian Book Club meets once a month for a friendly, relaxed and thought-provoking discussion (in Italian) of an Italian book: fiction, non-fiction, classics, prize-winners, contemporary.

“Do not read as children do to enjoy themselves, or, as the ambitious do to educate themselves. No, read to live.” - Gustave Flaubert


Everyone knows the benefits of reading!

  • Reading helps to stay grounded
  • Reading helps to reduce stress
  • Reading makes you smarter and develops your verbal abilities
  • Reading improves your focus and concentration
  • Reading improves your imagination and your memory
  • Reading makes you interesting and attractive
  • Reading brings you elsewhere, anywhere you want
  • Reading is the secret of many successful people
  • Reading keeps you away from television
  • Reading is much fun


Reading in a foreign language makes the effort a little more challenging, but is also intensely rewarding, enhancing all the above benefits.

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” - Groucho Marx

Join the Italian Book Club!











photo by M. Giannoccaro









The ITALIAN BOOK CLUB normally meets the third Tuesday of each month (please see schedule below)

















The ITALIAN BOOK CLUB will take a break for the summer.
Meetings will resume in September, as usual.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to:

Laura Trainini, international music scholar and professional flute player who played "Intermezzo" from "Cavalleria Rusticana" by Pietro Mascagni at the last meeting;

Cinzia Candela, coordinator of the 2019-2020 Italian Book Club, for her enthusiasm and professional dedication to the project;

all our members, friends and followers, for your attendance, participation, patience in these latest few months of adjustment.


SPECIAL THANKS to the Italian Institute of Culture in Toronto, the General Consulate of Italy in Vancouver and the BC Chapter of the Dante Society.


Happy summer and happy reading!

Stay tuned for some news about the upcoming 2020-2021 edition of the ITALIAN BOOK CLUB.


The next ON-LINE MEETING of the Italian Book Club is scheduled on Tuesday September 15, 2020 

For info, please e-mail info@dantesocietybc.ca


SUMMER 2020 READING:

Stefania Auci, I leoni di Sicilia, Editrice Nord, 2019

                        

                                             SAVE THE DATE!       


WHAT WE READ in the past editions:

The Italian Book Club

For further information write to: info@dantesocietybc.ca

2017 - 2018

  • Silvia Avallone – Marina Bellezza
  • Alessandro Baricco – Il nuovo Barnum (#3)
  • Italo Calvino –Gli amori difficili
  • Lalla Romano - Maria
  • Melania Mazzucco - Sei come sei
  • Paolo Cognetti – Le otto montagne
  • Salvatore Satta – Il giorno del giudizio
  • Alessandro D’Avenia – Ciò che inferno non è
  • Alessandro Marzo Magno – Missione grande bellezza
  • Summer 2018 - Goliarda Sapienza – L’arte della gioia

​​

Where to borrow Italian books in Vancouver

BIBLIOTECA DEL CONSOLATO GENERALE D'ITALIA DI VANCOUVER - Catalogo dei titoli (fiction titles from page 31)

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - Digital Library


Where to buy Italian books on-line, some suggestions

Case Editrici Italiane

​Libreria IBS - Internet Bookshop Italia 

AMAZON Italia

ABE BOOKS Canada

Professional flute player, Laura Trainini

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss


"You see, in my view a writer is a writer not because he/she writes well and easily, because he/she has amazing talent, because everything he/she does is golden. In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway" - Junot Díaz

2018 - 2019

  • Romana Petri - Tutta la vita
  • Natalia Ginzburg - Mai devi domandarmi
  • Donatella Di Pietrantonio - L'Arminuta
  • Lorenzo Marone - La tentazione di essere felici
  • Donato Carrisi - La ragazza nella nebbia
  • Domenico Starnone - Lacci
  • Alessandro Marzo Magno - Il genio del gusto
  • Melania Mazzucco - Io sono con te, storia di Brigitte
  • Roberto Perrone - La ballata dell’amore salato
  • Summer 2019 - Maria Bellonci - Rinascimento privato

Coordinator Cinzia Candela

FreeImages.com, Roman.

2019 - 2020

  • Giorgio Faletti - Io uccido
  • Andrea Camilleri - Biografia del figlio cambiato
  • Gianrico Carofiglio - La manomissione delle parole
  • Vincenzo Cerami - Vite bugiarde. Romanzo d’appendice
  • ​ Luciano De Crescenzo - Il caffè sospeso. Saggezza quotidiana in piccoli sorsi
  • Cristina Comencini - L’illusione del bene
  • Antonio Tabucchi - Il tempo invecchia in fretta
  • Roberto Costantini - La moglie perfetta
  • Niccolò Ammaniti, Anna
  • Summer 2020 - Stefania Auci, I leoni di Sicilia

2016 – 2017

  • Francesca Melandri - Eva dorme
  • Dino Buzzati -La boutique del mistero
  • Alessandro Perissinotto - Coordinate d'Oriente
  • Lidia Ravera – Gli scaduti
  • Raffaella Romagnolo – La Masnà
  • Umberto Eco – Pape Satàn Aleppe
  • Primo Levi – Il sistema periodico
  • Fruttero & Lucentini – Enigma in luogo di mare
  • Tiziano Terzani – Un’idea di destino
  • Summer 2017 - Oriana Fallaci - Un cappello pieno di ciliege



Readers in attendance on Whereby

Conversation is in Italian and is facilitated by Cinzia Candela, herself an avid reader and one of the instructors at the 

Dante Italian Language School.

The Italian Book Club is not a language class, but an opportunity to get together with other bibliophiles, share ideas, compare notes, and deepen one's understanding of Italian literature, history and culture. It is also a great opportunity to practice reading and conversation in Italian. 

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.” - J.D. Salinger

Here are some of the authors who have been read: Pirandello, Sciascia, Ferrante, De Luca, Fo, Baricco, Maraini, Meneghello,

Eco, Buzzati, Morante, Fallaci, Terzani, Ginzburg, Loy, Mazzucco, Murgia, Fois, Tabucchi, Calvino, Sereni… just to name a few. So many books and authors are out there for us to read, discuss and enjoy together. Join the Italian Book Club!

The Dante Alighieri Society of British Columbia

 For the promotion of Italian language and culture