My novel Necessary Errors is coming out today in Italy: Errori necessari is being published by 66th and 2nd, in a translation by Federica Aceto. I’ll be showing up at a few places to talk about it, thanks in part to support from the American embassy, and here’s the schedule:
- Pordenone. Sunday, September 21, at 3:30pm. An interview with Chiara Valerio at the Pordenone Legge book festival. Palazzo della Camera di Commercio, Sala Convegni.
- Bologna. Monday, September 22, at 6:30pm. A discussion at Il Cassero LGBT Center, with Vincenzo Branà and Bruno Pompa. Via Don Minzoni 18.
- Bassano del Grappa. Tuesday, September 23, at 6pm. A presentation at the Libreria Palazzo Roberti. Via Jacopo Da Ponte, 34.
- Rome. Thursday, September 25, at 6:30pm. A reading and conversation at John Cabot University, with Carlos Dews and Andrea Maccarrone. Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus.
Necessary Errors is coming out in Italian this week, as Errori necessari. The publisher is 66th and 2nd, the translator is Federica Aceto, and the illustrator of the charming cover is Philippine d’Otreppe.
This fall, my novel Necessary Errors will be published in Italian by 66th and 2nd. I’m afraid I can’t speak or read Italian myself, but to judge by the kind of questions she’s asked me, my translator, Federica Aceto, has done an incredibly thorough and careful job. She has even put together a Pinterest page of images that might illuminate scenes in the novel, shades of the extra-illustrations that I posted on this blog last fall. In conjunction with the release, I’ll be traveling to Italy in September to speak at Pordenone Legge, a book festival in a town near Venice, among other stops. If you happen to speak Italian and are interested, here are the Pordenone festival’s descriptions of my novel (“Jacob è a Praga per esplorare una nuova forma di libertà”) and of me.
In other news this summer, a blogger named Theobald wrote a thoughtful review of the book at a site called Loads of Learned Lumber. And a friend of mine from college, Richard Howells, now of King’s College London, wrote about the book for the Times Higher Education supplement.
A few new reactions to Necessary Errors:
In a long review at Public Books, Ryder Kessler writes that the novel “captures the hesitance of two systems, or two selves, touching along a fragile filament.”
If you want to live abroad and are trying to figure out which book to read about the topic, the glasses-maker Warby Parker has a flow chart, and Necessary Errors is one of the possible termini.
Migs Bassig has a few kind words about the novel at his blog A Man in Manila.
Dana Trismen, editor of the Brandeis Hoot, interviewed me in advance of a reading I gave on campus Wednesday, and Andrew Elmers reported on the reading for the same paper. I had a great time both there and at Harvard this week! Thanks to all involved.