Ciao Napoli Author & Culture Night at Casa Belvedere Wed. 5/20/15

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Ciao Napoli.  A Scrapbook of Wandering in Naples
Authored by Antoinette Carone, Photographs by Jim Mauro

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 7:00 PM

When Antoinette Carone and her husband hatched a plan to relocate to Naples, Italy, they had no inkling that every trip to the market would be a sojourn dating back as far as 2500 years. In this book and in her presentation this evening, she shares their remarkable experience roaming the streets of Naples and beyond on a trail of history as colorful as it is far-reaching.

From the famous tableau of time standing still in Pompeii to vestiges of Napoleon's brief tenure in town, Ciao, Napoli: A Scrapbook of Wandering in Naples is a delightful trip that is ideal reading for anyone who loves a voyage, on land, on sea, or over long stretches of time. With evocative descriptions and photographs, the travelogue charts the couple's gradual immersion in the culture, and how they became utterly swept up in the layers of history that can be found on every corner or on any venture outside the city proper.

Exploring traces of earlier times, she surmises that many things may have roosted in the fabled city, but few ever really leave. Similarly, the author finds her own time there indelibly etched in her mind's eye, and now enthusiastically shares her sense of discovery of Naples, then and now.

We invite you to come meet and hear this most talented writer and learn all about Naples. You will be immersed in the culture of this fabled place just as she did.

Donation: $20pp Refreshments will be served.

The book will be available for sale and signing by author.

Kindly RSVP in advance so that we can plan accordingly.
Call 718-273-7660 or E-Mail

Parking lot available directly across the street at Notre Dame Academy


Antoinette lived in Staten Island until 2003, where she was active in community theater, directing for Seaview Playwrights Theatre. She has a Master's Degree in Cinema Studies from College of Staten Island and has worked for CBS and has done free-lance product placement. She has also worked for a not-for-profit organization, where, among her other responsibilities, wrote fund-raising requests.

When she retired from working as an assistant to a fundraiser, she decided to pursue the loves she had left behind as a working woman and mother. One love was travel and another was writing, a third was to pick up on her studies of French and Italian. So, when her husband suggested that they live in another country and learn another language, she enthusiastically agreed.

Italy was where she began to write seriously. At first she wrote "newsletters" to friends, attempting to describe what it was like living in a different place. Then she began to write short fiction in a workshop she attended after their return. She often found herself writing about Italy, particularly Naples. She continued to study Italian and in a weekly homework assignment wrote a page a page in Italian, so, to her, writing and Italy are intertwined.

Source: Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere

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