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

Join the Italian Book Club!

The Italian Book Club in Vancouver is a cultural activity promoted by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto,
supported by the BC Chapter of Dante Society and hosted at the Italian Consulate General in Vancouver.

People at the Italian Book Club meet 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, 1857)

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!

Conversation is in Italian and is facilitated by Silvia Giabardo, herself an avid reader and one of the Dante Italian Language School instructors of Italian as a second language. 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, Buzzati, Morante, Terzani, Ginzburg, Loy, Mazzucco, Murgia, Tabucchi, Sereni… just to name a few. So many books and authors are out there for us to read, discuss and enjoy together.

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


The Italian Book Club meets the third Tuesday of each month. 

Location: The Italian Consulate General, at 510 W Hastings St. - suite #1100

(West Hastings @ Richards St.)

Day: the third Tuesday of each month (Please check out our schedule below)

Time: 5:45 pm


The upcoming book for September 2017 will be:

  • Oriana Fallaci - Un cappello pieno di ciliege (2008)

The Book Club schedule for 2016 (September to December)

and the books that we read and discussed:

  • September 20 - Melania G. Mazzucco - La lunga attesa dell'angelo
  • October 26 - Francesca Melandri - Eva dorme 
  • November 15 - Dino Buzzati - La boutique del mistero
  • December 13 - Alessandro Perissinotto - Coordinate d'Oriente

The Book Club schedule for 2017 (January to June)
and the books that we will read and discuss in the next months:

  • January 17 - Lidia Ravera – Gli scaduti
  • February 21 - Raffaella Romagnolo – La Masnà
  • March 21 - Umberto Eco – Pape Satàn Aleppe
  • April 18 - Primo Levi – Il sistema periodico
  • May 16 - Fruttero & Lucentini – Enigma in luogo di mare
  • June 19* - Tiziano Terzani – Un’idea di destino (*please note the change of date)

During the summer 2017 we will read:

  • Oriana Fallaci – Un cappello pieno di ciliege

Contact: For further information contact  Silvia Giabardo,

The Dante Alighieri Society of British Columbia

 For the promotion of Italian language and culture

The Italian Book Club, Roman.