The Dante Alighieri Society of British Columbia

 For the promotion of Italian language and culture

WHAT WE READ in the past editions

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

2015 - 2016

  • Antonio Pennacchi – Canale Mussolini
  • Cesare Pavese –La luna e i falò
  • Marcello Fois – Luce perfetta
  • Italo Calvino – Il Barone rampante – Il Visconte dimezzato
  • Alessandro Perissinotto –Le colpe dei padri
  • Dacia Maraini –Il treno dell’ultima notte
  • Silvia Avallone -Acciaio
  • Rita Levi Montalcini – Elogio dell’imperfezione
  • Nicola Lagioia –La ferocia
  • Summer 2016 - Melania Mazzucco - La lunga attesa dell’angelo

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 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

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, 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.

“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

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

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 the schedule below)

Time: 5:45 pm


  •  Alessandro Marzo Magno – Missione grande bellezza - Garzanti, 2017

     Upcoming Italian Book Club meeting: Tuesday, 19 June 2018

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WHAT WE ARE GOING TO READ in the following months (October 2017 – June 2018)

  • 24 October - Silvia Avallone – Marina Bellezza - Rizzoli, 2013
  • 21 November - Alessandro Baricco – Il nuovo Barnum (#3) - Feltrinelli, 2016
  • 19 December - Italo Calvino – Gli amori difficili - Einaudi, 1970
  • 16 January - Lalla Romano – Maria - Einaudi, 1953
  • 20 February - Melania Mazzucco - Sei come sei - Einaudi, 2013
  • 20 March - Paolo Cognetti – Le otto montagne - Einaudi, 2016
  • 17 April - Salvatore Satta – Il giorno del giudizio - Adelphi, 1997
  • 15 May - Alessandro D’Avenia – Ciò che inferno non è - Mondadori, 2014
  • 19 June - Alessandro Marzo Magno – Missione grande bellezza - Garzanti, 2017
  • Summer 2018 - Goliarda Sapienza – L’arte della gioia - Einaudi, 1998  

The Italian Book Club

For further information contact Silvia Giabardo:, Roman.