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[Past Event] International Crime Fiction | Livestream Zoom

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Course Description:

From the sun-soaked beaches of Sicily to the romantic canals of Venice, Italy has long provided a welcoming landscape for literature. Contemporary crime writers are not immune to the Mediterranean’s allure and in this discussion-based course, we’ll explore Italian-set works by two masters of the genre. The American-born Donna Leon called Italy home for more than three decades, and with Death at La Fenice she launched her internationally bestselling series featuring Commissario of Police Guido Brunetti. Beloved in his native Italy, Andrea Camilleri takes readers to seaside Sicily in The Shape of Water, where wry DI Salvo Montalbano takes on local corruption. As we immerse ourselves in the pleasures of these diverting mysteries, we will also consider how fiction can take us deep into other cultures, as we compare the various ways two different writers—one Italian, one an expat; one male, one female—probe aspects of Italian life, history and society that percolate beneath the surface of their entertaining narratives.


Tuition: $40.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesdays, Mar. 22, 29; Apr. 5, 12 *3:30 – 5:00 p.m.* (4 sessions)


Course will meet via Zoom and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. A Zoom link will be emailed to each participant prior to the class session.


Robert Weibezahl, M.A., is a writer, editor, critic, and playwright who has worked with Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and countless bestselling authors. The author of two novels and two award-nominated non-fiction books, as well as short stories and poems, he writes a monthly literary column for "BookPage."